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
2,687 358
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
389 368
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
370 345
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
340 315
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
423 514
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
391 448
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
7
415 454
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
298 319
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
271 301
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
194 200
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
239 303
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
304 390
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
249 299
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
504 627
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
237 290
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
643 670
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
105 96
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 58
18
203 217
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
77 80
Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
Marty (1955)
20
249 335
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 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)
21
152 198
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
The African Queen (1951)
22
154 185
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
182 254
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 55
Gladiator (2000)
24
138 190
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 75
Wall Street (1987)
25
163 196
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 92
Lilies in the Field (1963)