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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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
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
3
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Muppets Most Wanted, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
4
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Chef, The Judge
5
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
John Wick
6
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings
7
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Interstellar
8
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
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy, Serena
10
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frank, Trespass Against Us
11
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Transcendence, Tusk, Into the Woods
12
Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Into the Woods, Horrible Bosses 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
13
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Equalizer
14
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
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
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Winter's Tale, Noah, The Water Diviner
17
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Stonehearst Asylum, Interstellar
18
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Judge
19
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
DusanKomazec added Guardians of the Galaxy, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty
20
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
St. Vincent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men
21
Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Gone Girl
22
Orlando Bloom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Romeo and Juliet, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
23
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Fury
24
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Edge of Tomorrow
25
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies