Award Shows 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

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1,664 148
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 62 - Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994)

2
331 143
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 77 (1905-1982) - On Golden Road (1981)

3
266 102
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 89 (1908-1997) - The Philadelphia Story (1940)

4
298 122
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 88 - The French Connection (1971)

5
373 264
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 81 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), As Good as It Gets (1997)

6
259 109
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 80 (1924-2004) - On the Waterfront (1954),  The Godfather (1972)

7
345 224
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 81 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

8
369 232
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 75 - Raging Bull (1980)

9
200 76
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 87 - Tender Mercies (1983)

10
274 144
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 78 - Scent of a Woman (1992)

11
208 98
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 83 (1925-2008) - The Color of Money (1986)

12
190 73
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 87 (1916-2003) - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

13
220 103
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 81 - Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Rain Man (1988)

14
146 69
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 91 - Lilies in the Field (1963)

15
185 83
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 47 (1967-2014) - Capote (2005)

16
152 79
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 69 - Crazy Heart (2009)

17
126 76
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 58 (1899-1957) - The African Queen (1951)

18
147 78
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 76 (1925-2001) - Save the Tiger (1973)

19
140 84
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 67 (1900-1967) - Captain Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938)

20
115 73
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 75 - Gandhi (1982)

21
144 78
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 82 (1907-1989) - Hamlet (1948)

22
94 42
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 86 (1914-2000)

23
209 170
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 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)

24
114 73
Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 59 (1901-1960) - It Happened One Night (1934)

25
80 48
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 71

26
123 106
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 74 - Wall Street (1987)

27
96 61
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 58

28
70 47
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 70 - Reversal of Fortune (1990)

29
88 38
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 57

30
157 156
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 54 - Gladiator (2000)

31
614 438
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 60 - The Darkest Hour (2017)

32
86 37
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Margaret Anne Chalmers Hunt added age 82

33
167 140
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 59 - American Beauty (1999)

34
100 66
Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 60 (1901-1961) - Sergeant York (1941), High Noon (1952)

35
211 212
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 44

36
70 48
Geoffrey Rush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 67 - Shine (1996)

37
69 46
George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 72 (1927-1999)

38
107 78
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 85 (1923-2008) - Ben-Hur (1959)

39
137 129
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 49 - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

40
62 51
Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 81 (1913-1994)

41
221 212
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 64 - Training Day (2001)

42
124 101
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 72 (1907-1979) - True Grit (1969)

43
68 50
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 63 (1924-1987)

44
68 48
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 36

45
57 46
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 87 (1899-1986)

46
65 47
Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 65 (1920-1985)

47
49 41
William Holden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 63 (1918-1981)

48
72 56
William Hurt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 68 - Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

49
65 61
Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Died at 95 (1917-2012) - Marty (1955)

50
45 41
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Died at 73 (1910-1983)