Best Of 2014 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 Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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338 306
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

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180 174
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Hugh Jackman X-Men: Days of Future Past

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242 289
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

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

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168 189
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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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar

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114 154
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Christian Bale Exodus: Gods and Kings

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96 111
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Keanu Reeves John Wick

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128 165
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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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Bradley Cooper Guardians of the Galaxy, Serena

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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

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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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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Michael Caine Stonehearst Asylum, Interstellar

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Russell Crowe Winter's Tale, Noah, The Water Diviner

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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

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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Orlando Bloom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Orlando Bloom Romeo and Juliet, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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

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116 140
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Johnny Depp Transcendence, Tusk, Into the Woods

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Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Chris Pine Into the Woods, Horrible Bosses 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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57 81
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Robert Duvall The Judge

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107 135
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Brad Pitt Fury

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

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

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Matt Damon The Monuments Men

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43 91
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Ethan Hawke Dead Poets Society, Training Day, Gattaca

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Fcr123 added Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

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

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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

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

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

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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

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43 102
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Nicolas Cage Rage, Outcast, Left Behind

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67 123
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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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