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List Rules Upvote the actors who did the best work in and had the greatest performances of 2014.

In 2014, we saw another year of some great performances by leading men and emerging actors. We've gathered the best film actors of the year, and these guys turned in some truly amazing and memorable performances. Some might even end up nominated for Oscars in 2015, but all of these great actors were at the top of their game in 2014. Who was the best of the best?
 

Did Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr., Bill Murray, or Denzel Washington dazzle you with their on-screen performances? Do Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, George Clooney, or Benedict Cumberbatch deserve to be ranked here among the best actors of 2014? What did you think of 2014 Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey?

Vote below and if you see an actor whose work you particularly liked in 2014 missing from the list, add him so other movie fans can weigh in on whether they really were one of 2014's best actors.

And, if you think these guys were good, take a look at the best actors in film history! Who knows, maybe some of today's top actors will be on that list!
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197 14
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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336 305
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
James McAvoy Muppets Most Wanted, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

3
178 173
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Hugh Jackman X-Men: Days of Future Past

4
241 287
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Michael Fassbender X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frank, Trespass Against Us

5
139 129
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Denzel Washington The Equalizer

6
166 186
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Robert Downey Jr. Chef, The Judge

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155 203
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar

8
95 109
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Keanu Reeves John Wick

9
112 154
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Christian Bale Exodus: Gods and Kings

10
127 164
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game, Penguins of Madagascar, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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136 156
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Bradley Cooper Guardians of the Galaxy, Serena

12
96 108
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Patrick Stewart Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, Match, X-Men: Days of Future Past

13
89 101
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
merlockwho added Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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67 102
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Russell Crowe Winter's Tale, Noah, The Water Diviner

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73 99
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Michael Caine Stonehearst Asylum, Interstellar

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76 93
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Bill Murray St. Vincent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men

17
78 102
Orlando Bloom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Orlando Bloom Romeo and Juliet, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

18
68 100
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
DusanKomazec added Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty - Guardians of the Galaxy

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91 123
Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Ben Affleck Gone Girl

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73 101
Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Chris Pine Into the Woods, Horrible Bosses 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

21
114 137
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Johnny Depp Transcendence, Tusk, Into the Woods

22
107 130
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Brad Pitt Fury

23
56 78
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Robert Duvall The Judge

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76 94
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
George Clooney The Monuments Men

25
62 101
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Martin Freeman The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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61 116
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Tom Cruise Edge of Tomorrow

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17 30
Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Ethan Hawke Dead Poets Society, Training Day, Gattaca

28
85 123
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Matt Damon The Monuments Men

29
17 31
David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
David Oyelowo Lincoln, Interstellar, The Help

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41 89
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
KarenReid added Eddie Redmayne Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn

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52 74
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Fcr123 added Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

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45 83
Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
15katimarr added Sam Claflin The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman

33
10 25
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
SandalKhalil added Joaquin Phoenix Inherent Vice, The Master, Her

34
59 94
Dylan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Dylan O'Brien The Maze Runner

35
35 97
Lee Pace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Vanim_124 added Lee Pace Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lincoln

36
42 99
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Nicolas Cage Rage, Outcast, Left Behind

37
67 121
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Escobar: Paradise Lost

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6 29
Ellar Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Ellar Coltrane Boyhood, Fast Food Nation, Lone Star State of Mind