Entertainment The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role  

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Every year the Academy evaluates a year's worth of brilliant performances and picks what they believe to be the best of the best, nominating these for the most prestigious acting awards in cinema: the Oscars. This in itself is an honor - just to be nominated for an Academy Award. But only one person can win each year, and the men listed here have all taken home Oscar gold for Best Actor in a Leading Role - so which Best Actor Oscar winners are the best?

Of the leading men who have won Best Actor, who is the best Best Actor?! Do you think it's a classic choice like Marlon Brando? Clark Gable? Humphrey Bogart? Is it a more recent recipient like Philip Seymour Hoffman? Sean Penn? Jack Nicholson?

With so many options choosing the best is hard, but that's where you come in. Vote up the very best actors of all the Best Actor Academy Award winners below!
list ordered by

1
2,493 343
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 63
Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994)

2
379 348
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
On Golden Road (1981)

3
361 327
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 89
The French Connection (1971)

4
329 296
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)

5
414 489
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 82
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), As Good as It Gets (1997)

6
386 431
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

7
409 437
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 76
Raging Bull (1980)

8
292 303
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)
On the Waterfront (1954), The Godfather (1972)

9
298 339
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 79
Scent of a Woman (1992)

10
265 283
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 82
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Rain Man (1988)

11
236 280
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

12
244 270
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 88
Tender Mercies (1983)

13
232 259
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

14
639 625
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 61

The Darkest Hour (2017)

15
244 313
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 61
My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), Lincoln (2012)

16
441 540
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 59

17
137 181
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 75
Wall Street (1987)

18
178 239
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 55
Gladiator (2000)

19
107 115
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)

20
143 179
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
The African Queen (1951)

21
158 170
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
Save the Tiger (1973)

22
167 192
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 69
Crazy Heart (2009)

23
103 91
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 57

24
133 161
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 70
Reversal of Fortune (1990)

25
81 81
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)