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The Best (Male) Actors Working Today 

Buster McDermott
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Updated May 4, 2020 1.6M votes 98.1k voters 1.1M views 276 items

List Rules Working male 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, among other popular actors, 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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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Age: 78

Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom

Charlie's Angels (2019)
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
The Wilde Wedding (2017)
Logan (2017)
Christmas Eve (2015)
Green Room  (2015)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Match (2014)

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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 55

Birthplace: Owensboro, USA, Kentucky

City of Lies (2018)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)
Black Mass (2015)
Mortdecai (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
Tusk (2014)
Transcendence (2014)

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Age: 85

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, England, London

Medieval (2019)
Going in Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Youth (2014)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Interstellar (2014)

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added Age: 75

Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

The Irishman (2019)
The War with Grandpa (2019)
The Comedian (2016)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Joy (2015)
Heist (2015)
The Intern (2015)

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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 78

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

The Irishman (2019)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Hangman (2017)
The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Misconduct (2016)
Danny Collins (2015)
The Humbling (2014)
Manglehorn (2014)

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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Veronica1 added Age: 46

Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Age: 39

Birthplace: Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

It: Chapter Two (2019)
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Glass (2019)
Submergence (2017)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Split (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 41

Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Joker (2019)
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Mary Magdalene (2018)
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Irrational  Man (2015)
Inherent Vice (2014)

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 48

Birthplace: Cambridge, USA, Massachusetts

Ford v. Ferrari (2019)
Ocean's Eight (2018)
Suburbicon (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Great Wall (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 62

Birthplace: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

The Upside (2019)
Last Flag Flying (2017)
Wakefield (2017)
Why Him? (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
All the Way (2016)
Get a Job (206)
Trumbo (2015)
 

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 63

Birthplace: Grand Chute, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

The Lighthouse (2019)
Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Aquaman (2018)
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Opus Zero (2017)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
What Happened to Monday (2017)
The Florida Project (2017)
The Greay Walt (2016)
A Family Man  (2016)
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
My Hindu Friend (2015)
John Wick (2014)
Pasolini (2014)
The Fault in  Our Stars (2014)
Bad Country (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
bareed added Age: 66

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 58

Birthplace: Eurasia, South West England, Dorset, United Kingdom, Hampshire, + more

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Kursk (2018)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
The Mercy (2018)
The Happy Prince (2018)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
Genius (2016)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Devil's Knot (2014)
The Railway Man (2014)

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
MattBryant added Age: 37

Birthplace: Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Age: 68

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Ghosbusters (2016)
Aloha (2015)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Age: 88

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Widows (2018)
In Dubious Battle (2016)
Wild Horses (2015)
The Judge (2014)
A Night in Old Mexico (2014)

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Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today