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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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

2017: Ben Bradlee in The Post

2016: Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger in Sully

2015: James B. Donovan in Bridge of Spies

2013: Captain Richard Phillips in Captain Phillips

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Dick Cheney in Vice (Nominated for Best Actor)

2015: Michael Burry in The Big Short (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2013: Irving Rosenfeld American Hustle (Nominated for Best Actor) 

2012: Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises

2010: Dicky Eklund The Fighter (WON Best Supporting Actor)

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

2015: Hugh Glass in The Revenant (WON for Best Actor)

2013: Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (Nominated for Best Actor)

2013: Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby

2012: Calvin Candy in Django Unchained 

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Gary Hart in The Front Runner

2017: P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman 

2017: Logan/Wolverine in Logan 

2013: Keller Dover in Prisoners

2012: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (Nominated for Best Actor)

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2016: Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Cinematic Universe 

2017: Thomas Edison in The Current War

2015: William M. Bulger in Black Mass 

2014: Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (Nominated for Best Actor)

2013: Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2010: Tony Stark in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2014: Hank Palmer in The Judge

2014: Marvin in Chef

2011: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2010: Peter Highman in Due Date

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Tobias Beckett in Solo: A Star Wars Story

2017: Sheriff Bill Willoughby in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2016: Max Bruner in The Edge of Seventeen

2016-2013: Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me series

2015-2012: Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games series

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Quentin Beck in Spider-Man: Far From Home 

2018: Jerry Brinson in Wildlife

2017: Jeff Bauman in Stronger

2014: Louis "Lou" Bloom in Nightcrawler

2012: Brian Taylor in End of Watch

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Arthur Fleck in Joker

2017: Joe in You Were Never Really Here

2014: Larry "Doc" Sportello in Inherent Vice

2013: Theodore Twombly in Her 

2012: Freddie Quell in The Master (Nominated for Best Actor)

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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Brixton in Fast & Furios Presents: Hobbs and Shaw

2018-2011: Heimdall in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2017: Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower

2015: Commandant in Beasts of No Nation

2013: Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Moondog in The Beach Bum

2014: Cooper in Interstellar

2013: Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (WON for Best Actor)

2012: Mud in Mud

2011: Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2014: Rocket in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2018: Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born (Nominated for Best Actor)

2015: Chris Kyle in American Sniper (Nominated for Best Actor)

2014: Richie DiMaso in American Hustle (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2013: Patrick "Pat" Solitano, Jr. in Silver Linings Playbook (Nominated for Best Actor)

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Eddie Brock in Venom 

2015: John Fitzgerald in The Revenant (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor) 

2015: Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray in Legend 

2015: Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road 

2011: Tommy Riordan Conlon in Warrior

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2017: Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (WON for Best Actor)

2014: Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

2012: Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises

2011: George Smiley in Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy (Nominated for Best Actor)

2011: Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: One in 6 Underground

2018-2016: Wade Wilson in Deadpool series

2017: Michael Bryce in The Hitman's Bodyguard

2015: Curtis Vonn in Mississippi Grind

2010: Paul Conroy in Buried

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Thomas Wake in The Lighthouse

2018: Nuidis Vulko in Aquaman 

2018: Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate (Nominated for Best Actor) 

2017: Bobby Hicks in The Florida Project (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor) 

2014: J.G. Jopling in The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran in The Irishman 

2019: Murray Franklin in Joker

2016: Dick Kelly in Dirty Grandpa

2015: Ben Whittaker in The Intern 

2014: Pat Solitano, Sr. in Silver Linings Playbook (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor) 

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2012: Bruce Banner in Marvel Cinematic Universe

2015: Michael Rezendes in Spotlight (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor) 

2014: David Schultz in Foxcatcher (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor) 

2013: Dan Mulligan in Begin Again

2010: Paul Hatfield in The Kids Are All Right

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019: Bill Denbrough in It Chapter Two

2019-2011: Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men series

2019-2016: Kevin Wendell Crumb in Unbreakable trilogy

2014: Conor Ludlow in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

2013: Bruce Robertson in Filth

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread (Nominated for Best Actor) 

2012: Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (WON for Best Actor) 

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Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King

2017: Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman

2016-2013: Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek series

2016: Toby Howard in Hell or High Water

2014: Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2019-2013: Allan Trumbull in Angel Has Fallen series

2017: Willie Davis in Going in Style

2013: Thaddeus Bradley in Now You See Me

2012: Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Rises

2010: Joe Matheson in RED

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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Bobby in A Star Is Born (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

2018: Calvin Barr in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

2017: Lee Hyaden in The Hero

2015: Bill in I'll See You in My Dreams

2015: Karl in Grandma

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

2018: Tony Lip in Green Book (Nominated for Best Actor)

2016: Ben Cash in Captain Fantastic (Nominated for Best Actor)

2014: Gunnar Dinesen in Jauja

2014: Chester MacFarland in The Two Faces of January

2011: Sigmund Freud in A Dangerous Method

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 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