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The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s  

Jules Burke
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List Rules Vote up the actors whose 2010s performances will be remembered forever.

Who were the best actors of the 2010s? This list will highlight 2010s actors, from Oscar regulars like Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale to new faces who took the last 10 years by storm, such as Timothée Chalamet. But are they the top 10 actors of 2010s?

As far as film goes, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Joaquin Phoenix were some of the best actors of the decade. But if you disagree, feel free to vote them down and/or vote up who you think were the greatest actors of the 2010s. Do you think the top 10 actors of the 2010s on this list are accurate? You can also add in your picks for the 2010s best actors. 

Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Denzel Washington were also arguably top actors of 2010s. The best male actors 2010s starred in award-winning dramas like 12 Years a Slave, and genre-defying hits like Get Out. Christoph Waltz and Steve Carrell are some famous actors of 2010s. But the jury is still out for who are the most famous actors of 2010s. 

Whether you’re a fan of Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey or someone else entirely, don’t hesitate to make your voice heard regarding the best actors 2010s. Vote up who you believe deserves the title of best 2010s actor.

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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2011: Steve Rogers in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2019: Ransom Drysdale in Knives Out

2017: Frank Adler in Gifted

2013: Curtis in Snowpiercer

2012: Mr. Freezy in The Iceman

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018-2016: Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts series

2017: Edward Ratchett in Murder on the Orient Express

2015: James 'Whitey' Bulger in Black Mass

2014: Wolf in Into the Woods

2010: Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland

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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2011: Thor in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2019: Agent H in Men in Black International

2018: Billy Lee in Bad Times at the El Royale

2013: James Hunt in Rush

2012: Curt Vaughhan in The Cabin in the Woods

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Jimmy Hoffa in The Irishman

2019: Marvin Schwarz in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

2015: Danny Collins in Danny Collins

2014: A.J. Manglehorn in Manglehorn

2012: Val in Stand Up Guys

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: H. Clifford McBride in Ad Astra

2017: Leo in Just Getting Started

2017: Joe Galloway in Shock and Awe

2012: Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln

2011: Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Ben Emmerson in Official Secrets

2016: Laurence Laurentz in Hail, Caesar!

2015-2012: Gareth Mallory/M in James Bond series

2014: Monsieur Gustave H. in The Grand Budapest Hotel

2011-2010: Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Philip Seymour Hoffman ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2015-2013: Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games series

2014: Gunther Bachmann in A Most Wanted Man

2012: Lancaster Dodd in The Master (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2011: Art Howe in Moneyball

2011: Paul Zara in The Ides of March

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2011: Loki in Marvel Cinematic Universe 

2017: Captain James Conrad in Kong: Skull Island 

2015: Sir Thomas Sharpe in Crimson Peak

2013: Adam in Only Lovers Left Alive 

2012: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris

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Mahershala Ali is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s
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2019: Vector in Alita: Battle Angel

2018: Dr. Donald Shirley in Green Book (WON for Best Supporting Actor)

2016: Colonel Jim Johnson in Hidden Figures

2016: Juan in Moonlight (WON for Best Supporting Actor)

2015-2014: Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

2017-2014: Harry Hart/Galahad in Kingsman series

2016: Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Baby

2011: Bill Haydon in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2010: King George VI The King's Speech (WON for Best Actor)

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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy

2018: Eric "Killmonger" Stevens in Black Panther

2018-2015: Adonis "Donnie" Johnson Creed in Creed series

2015: Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four

2013: Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station

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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2014: Peter Quill in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2019-2014: Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie series

2018-2015: Owen Grady in Jurassic World series

2016: Jim Preston in Passengers

2011: Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball

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Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s
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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018-2014: Robert McCall in The Equalizer series

2018: Roman J. Israel in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Nominated for Best Actor)

2016: Troy Maxson in Fences (Nominated for Best Actor)

2012: William "Whip" Whitaker Sr. in Flight (Nominated for Best Actor)

2010: Eli in The Book of Eli

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Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel

2018: Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

2018: The Manager in Vox Lux

2017: Vortigern in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

2011: Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Javier Bardem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2017: Him in Mother!

2017: Pablo Escobar in Loving Pablo 

2017: Armando Salazar in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

2012: Raoul Silva in Skyfall

2010: Uxbal in Biutiful (Nominated for Best Actor) 

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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018-2015: Scott Lang in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2016: Ben in The Fundamentals of Caring

2014: Joel in They Came Together

2012: Pete in This Is 40

2012: George in Wanderlust

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Carroll Shelby in Ford v Ferrari

2017: Gardner in Suburbicon 

2017: Paul Safranek in Downsizing

2016: Jason Bourne in Jason Bourne

2015: Mark Watney in The Martian (Nominated for Best Actor)

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Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Charlie in Marriage Story

2019-2015: Kylo Ren in Star Wars sequel trilogy

2018: Detective Philip "Flip" Zimmerman in BlacKkKlansman (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2016: Father Francisco Garupe in Silence

2012: Lev Shapiro in Frances Ha

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2011: Erik Lehnsherr in X-Men series

2017-2012: David 8 in Alien series

2015: Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs (Nominated for Best Actor)

2013: Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2011: Brandon in Shame

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2010: Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

2019: Elijah Price in Glass

2015: Dolmedes in Chi-Raq

2015: Major Marquis Warren in The Hateful Eight

2014: Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (WON for Best Actor)

2017: Louis Dega in Papillon

2016: Jonah in Buster's Mal Heart

2014: Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

2013: Nate in Short Term 12

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Lionel Essrog in Motherless Brooklyn 

2016: Whit Yardsham in Collateral Beauty

2014: Mike Shiner in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2014: Henckels in The Grand Budapest Hotel

2012: Scout Master Randy Ward in Moonrise Kingdom 

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep

2018: Christopher Robin in Christopher Robin 

2017: Mark Renton in T2 Trainspotting 

2015: Inspector Alistair Martland in Mortdecai

2013: Bill Fordham in August: Osage County 

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J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Bill Dixon in The Front Runner

2017: James Gordon in Justice League

2017: Steve in I'm Not Here

2016: Ray King in The Accountant

2014: Fletcher in Whiplash (WON for Best Supporting Actor)