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The Greatest Film Actors Of The 2010s

Updated September 2, 2020 65.7k votes 4.2k voters 19.4k views123 items

List RulesVote 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
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    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

    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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    Tom Hardy
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    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

  • 4
    Jake Gyllenhaal

    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

  • 5
    Joaquin Phoenix

    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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    Hugh Jackman

    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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    Leonardo DiCaprio

    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 

  • 8
    Gary Oldman

    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

  • 9
    Matthew McConaughey

    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

  • 10
    Woody Harrelson

    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

  • 11
    Benedict Cumberbatch

    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

  • 12
    Idris Elba

    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

  • 13
    Bradley Cooper

    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)

  • 14
    Robert Downey Jr.

    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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    Morgan Freeman

    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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    Ryan Reynolds

    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

  • 17
    Robert De Niro

    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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    Willem Dafoe

    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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    James McAvoy

    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

  • 20
    Adam Driver

    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

  • 21
    Daniel Day-Lewis

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

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

  • 22
    Denzel Washington

    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

  • 23
    Mark Ruffalo

    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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    Johnny Depp

    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 Evans

    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