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
2,532 347
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
380 353
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
362 332
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
331 301
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
415 495
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
387 435
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

7
411 442
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
294 307
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
299 346
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
266 288
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
237 285
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
244 278
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
233 268
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
641 641
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
459 563
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 59

16
164 178
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
155 170
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)
Hamlet (1948)

18
71 80
Burt Lancaster 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 81 (1913-1994)

19
68 67
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 87 (1899-1986)

20
134 164
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 70
Reversal of Fortune (1990)

21
179 212
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 59
American Beauty (1999)

22
148 188
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
The African Queen (1951)

23
108 118
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)

24
77 71
Yul Brynner 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 65 (1920-1985)

25
132 140
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
True Grit (1969)