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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
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
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
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 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)
4
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 89
The French Connection (1971)
5
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 76
Raging Bull (1980)
6
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
7
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
8
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
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 59
10
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
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
Save the Tiger (1973)
12
William Holden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1918-1981)
13
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
The African Queen (1951)
14
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
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
16
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)
Hamlet (1948)
17
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 17 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)
18
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 87 (1899-1986)
19
Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 59 (1901-1960)
20
Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
Marty (1955)
21
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 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)
22
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 22 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)
23
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 92
Lilies in the Field (1963)
24
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 24 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)
25
David Niven 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 73 (1910-1983)