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List Rules Working actors who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years

The best actors working today include Hollywood legends, Academy Award winners and many of the top up and coming actors in the world right now. These talented and beautiful men grace the big and small screen with brilliant performances in our favorite movies and TV shows and do it really, really well. There's no question that many of these top current actors, if they aren't already, will long be remembered among the best actors of all time.

For many of these best male actors, being part of Hollywood's elite is nothing new as they've been starring in our favorite titles for many years. The likes of George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Christopher Walken have been around for decades and lost little of that spark that made them favorites.

Moving into a slightly younger crowd, many of these best current actors are quickly becoming legendary as they continue to see success. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp are not just all hot, but among the best Hollywood has to offer today. But there's another generation of young actors looking for their turn in the spotlight too with up and comers like Aaron Paul, Michael Fassbender, Chris Hemsworth and Henry Cavill all on track to be the next big thing.

How do you compare the newcomers and the veterans to the greatest actors of all time? However you rank them, do so below on this list of the best actors working today!
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1
16,223 4,437
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

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2
11,382 6,040
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

3
13,925 9,969
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

4
10,031 4,388
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

5
8,797 3,883
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Kevin Spacey American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects

6
9,275 4,647
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
zxray added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

7
7,432 3,902
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jack Nicholson The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets

8
6,978 3,234
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

9
9,770 7,246
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

10
6,106 3,356
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Edward Norton Fight Club, American History X, The Illusionist

11
7,276 3,489
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

12
10,261 6,002
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

13
9,281 6,529
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

14
6,417 3,896
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

15
6,419 3,230
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

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16
6,127 3,261
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

17
11,692 6,213
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added Hugh Dancy Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, King Arthu

18
7,844 4,800
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

19
6,299 4,761
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York

20
4,857 2,075
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

21
5,956 2,598
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

22
7,829 4,887
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

23
5,931 2,161
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

24
5,735 2,576
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Michael Caine The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

25
5,849 2,809
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

26
4,027 2,294
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

27
6,942 2,402
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

28
4,879 2,308
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

29
5,105 2,169
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

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30
4,328 1,938
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

31
5,118 1,917
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

32
6,100 2,821
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle

33
3,409 1,700
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

34
4,107 1,660
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland

35
3,327 2,327
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Spectre

36
5,909 2,387
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Matthew McConaughey Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club

37
3,106 1,709
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past

38
4,069 2,647
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
George Clooney Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

39
3,503 1,460
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises

40
4,417 2,031
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad, Argo, Malcolm in the Middle

41
4,497 2,499
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

42
2,911 1,685
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Ralph Fiennes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler's List

43
3,243 1,688
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Ewan McGregor Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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44
3,184 1,999
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master

45
2,936 1,748
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Colin Firth The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love Actually

46
4,225 1,663
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2

47
3,262 1,549
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island, The Avengers, Spotlight

48
4,155 1,583
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac

49
3,388 1,609
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mass

50
3,193 1,610
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
FloridaRj added Forest Whitaker Platoon, The Last King of Scotland, Lee Daniels' The Butler