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
2,687 359
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
389 369
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
370 346
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
423 515
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 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)
5
340 316
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
6
416 455
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
391 449
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
8
299 320
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
271 302
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
194 201
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
239 304
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
305 392
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 79
Scent of a Woman (1992)
13
250 301
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 88
Tender Mercies (1983)
14
506 629
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 59
15
238 292
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 15 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)
16
643 672
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 61

The Darkest Hour (2017)

17
183 255
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 55
Gladiator (2000)
18
204 219
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 47 (1967-2014)
Capote (2005)
19
163 196
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 92
Lilies in the Field (1963)
20
170 203
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 70
Crazy Heart (2009)
21
249 336
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
105 97
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 58
23
180 219
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 60
American Beauty (1999)
24
132 170
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 76
Gandhi (1982)
25
123 133
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)
Ben-Hur (1959)