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
2,922 375
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
392 382
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
373 359
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
342 328
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
423 533
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
416 469
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 76
Raging Bull (1980)
7
392 464
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
8
300 332
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
272 315
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
206 216
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
167 183
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)
Hamlet (1948)
12
239 318
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 12 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)
13
305 408
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 79
Scent of a Woman (1992)
14
251 315
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 88
Tender Mercies (1983)
15
79 83
Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
Marty (1955)
16
63 63
William Holden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1918-1981)
17
72 85
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
18
133 145
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
True Grit (1969)
19
83 78
William Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 69
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
20
153 202
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
70 73
James Cagney 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 87 (1899-1986)
22
251 343
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 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)
23
154 188
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 23 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)
24
81 86
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)
25
170 206
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 70
Crazy Heart (2009)