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
2,514 346
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
380 352
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
362 331
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
331 300
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
415 493
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
387 434
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

7
410 441
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
294 306
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
299 344
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
266 287
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
237 283
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
244 275
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
232 265
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
641 636
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
453 554
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
161 175
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
146 185
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
The African Queen (1951)

18
246 323
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 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)

19
235 304
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 45

20
155 189
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 50
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

21
178 242
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 55
Gladiator (2000)

22
151 177
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 22 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)

23
88 102
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 71

24
103 91
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Margaret Anne Chalmers Hunt added age 83

25
107 117
Alec Guinness 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 86 (1914-2000)