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
2,511 345
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
380 351
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
331 299
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)

4
362 330
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
415 492
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
387 433
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

7
410 439
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
293 305
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
299 341
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
266 285
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
236 282
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
244 273
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
232 263
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
640 633
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
146 182
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
The African Queen (1951)

16
161 173
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
Save the Tiger (1973)

17
448 553
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 59

18
122 127
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)
Ben-Hur (1959)

19
245 321
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 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)

20
76 77
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
62 60
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
133 163
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 70
Reversal of Fortune (1990)

23
162 190
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 91
Lilies in the Field (1963)

24
178 242
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 55
Gladiator (2000)

25
151 177
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 25 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)