VOTE 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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199 15
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
338 306
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
181 174
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past

4
242 289
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frank, Trespass Against Us

5
142 130
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Equalizer

6
169 189
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Chef, The Judge

7
157 205
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Interstellar

8
115 154
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings

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

10
130 165
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Imitation Game, Penguins of Madagascar, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

11
138 157
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy, Serena

12
99 109
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, Match, X-Men: Days of Future Past

13
92 102
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
merlockwho added The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

14
76 101
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Stonehearst Asylum, Interstellar

15
68 105
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Winter's Tale, Noah, The Water Diviner

16
77 96
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
St. Vincent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men

17
71 101
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
DusanKomazec added Guardians of the Galaxy, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty - Guardians of the Galaxy

18
80 104
Orlando Bloom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Romeo and Juliet, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

19
91 127
Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Gone Girl

20
117 140
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Transcendence, Tusk, Into the Woods

21
74 104
Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Into the Woods, Horrible Bosses 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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

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

24
78 97
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Monuments Men

25
65 102
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

26
63 118
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Edge of Tomorrow

27
44 91
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
KarenReid added Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn

28
86 126
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Monuments Men

29
54 77
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Fcr123 added The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

30
17 33
Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Dead Poets Society, Training Day, Gattaca

31
17 34
David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Lincoln, Interstellar, The Help

32
45 86
Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
15katimarr added The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman

33
11 27
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
SandalKhalil added Inherent Vice, The Master, Her

34
60 97
Dylan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Maze Runner

35
36 99
Lee Pace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Vanim_124 added Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lincoln

36
0 0
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Michael Anthony John added Titanic, Inception, The Departed

37
43 102
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Rage, Outcast, Left Behind

38
67 123
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Escobar: Paradise Lost

39
6 31
Ellar Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors of 2014
Boyhood, Fast Food Nation, Lone Star State of Mind