Actors The Best Actors of 2014  

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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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200 39
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur
2
344 328
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Muppets Most Wanted, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
3
207 176
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
4
196 192
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Chef, The Judge
5
122 111
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
John Wick
6
140 156
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings
7
179 208
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Interstellar
8
154 166
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Imitation Game, Penguins of Madagascar, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
9
245 313
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frank, Trespass Against Us
10
162 159
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy, Serena
11
144 153
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Equalizer
12
142 143
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Transcendence, Tusk, Into the Woods
13
90 109
Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Into the Woods, Horrible Bosses 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
14
97 123
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
merlockwho added The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World
15
101 130
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, Match, X-Men: Days of Future Past
16
77 121
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Stonehearst Asylum, Interstellar
17
70 126
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Winter's Tale, Noah, The Water Diviner
18
75 121
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
DusanKomazec added Guardians of the Galaxy, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty
19
79 116
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
St. Vincent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men
20
82 125
Orlando Bloom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Romeo and Juliet, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
21
93 147
Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Gone Girl
22
109 155
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Fury
23
59 98
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Judge
24
80 116
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Monuments Men
25
67 134
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Edge of Tomorrow