Oscars 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
2,855 373
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
392 380
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
373 358
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
342 327
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
423 531
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
392 462
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
7
416 468
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
300 331
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
272 314
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 82
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Rain Man (1988)
10
204 215
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
Save the Tiger (1973)
11
545 671
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 59
12
166 182
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)
Hamlet (1948)
13
239 317
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)
The Color of Money (1986)
14
305 407
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 79
Scent of a Woman (1992)
15
251 314
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 88
Tender Mercies (1983)
16
250 342
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 62
My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), Lincoln (2012)
17
154 188
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)
Captain Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938)
18
184 261
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
132 145
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
True Grit (1969)
20
81 86
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)
21
62 63
William Holden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1918-1981)
22
170 206
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 70
Crazy Heart (2009)
23
77 82
Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
Marty (1955)
24
163 199
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 92
Lilies in the Field (1963)
25
204 222
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 47 (1967-2014)
Capote (2005)