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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
16,242 4,444
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks age 60

The Post (2017)
Sully (2016)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)

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2
13,947 9,980
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio age 42

The Revenant (2015)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013)

3
11,399 6,048
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman age 79

Going In Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
London Has Fallen (2016)
Lucy (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)
Last Vegas (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)
Oblivion (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

4
10,045 4,395
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christian Bale age 43

Backseat (2018)
The Big Short (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
American Hustle (2013)

5
8,803 3,898
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Kevin Spacey age 57

Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
Baby Driver (2017)
House of Cards (2013-17)
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

6
9,290 4,653
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
zxray added Robert De Niro age 73

The Comedian (2016)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Joy (2015)
Heist (2015)
The Intern (2015)
Grudge Match (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
Last Vegas (2013)
The Family (2013)

7
6,987 3,240
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins age 78

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Westworld (2016)
Red 2 (2013)

8
9,786 7,248
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington age 62

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Fences (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Equalizer (2014)

9
6,113 3,365
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Edward Norton age 47

Collateral Beauty (2016)
Birdman (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

10
7,288 3,493
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson age 64

Silence (2016)
Run All Night (2015)
Taken 3 (2015)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Non-Stop (2014)

11
10,282 6,003
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. age 52

The Nice Guys (2016)
Chef (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Avengers / Marvel movies (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013)

12
9,304 6,533
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp age 53

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)
The Lone Ranger (2013)

13
6,428 3,899
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Al Pacino age 76

Hangman (2017)
The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Misconduct (2016)
Danny Collins (2015)
The Humbling (2014)
Manglehorn (2014)

14
6,427 3,233
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman age 59

Darkest Hour (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
The Space Between Us (2017)
Criminal (2016)
Man Down (2016)
Child 44 (2015)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
RoboCop (2014)
Paranoia (2013)

15
6,132 3,264
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Dustin Hoffman age 79

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
The Program (2015)
The Cobbler (2014)
Chef (2014)

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16
11,694 6,220
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added Hugh Dancy age 41

The Path (2016-)
Hannibal (2013-15)

17
7,854 4,803
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matt Damon age 46

Ocean's Eight (2018)
Suburbicon (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Great Wall (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)
Elysium (2013)
Behind the Candelabra (2013)

18
6,303 4,764
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis age 59

Phantom Thread (2017)

19
4,863 2,078
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen age 76

Vicious (2013-16)
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Hobbit movies (2014, 2013, 2012)
Marvel movies (2014, 2013)

20
7,836 4,891
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt age 53

War Machine (2017)
Allied (2016)
The Big Short (2015)
By the Sea (2015)
Fury (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
World War Z (2013)

21
5,961 2,600
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken age 74

Father Figures (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
The Family Fang (2015)
Jersey Boys (2014)

22
5,942 2,162
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson age 67

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Chi-Raq (2015)
Big Game (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Kite (2014)
Oldboy (2013)

23
5,739 2,579
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Michael Caine age 84

Going in Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Youth (2014)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
Last Love (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)

24
5,856 2,810
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford age 74

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Ender's Game (2013)
Paranoia (2013)
42 (2013)

25
4,032 2,295
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Russell Crowe age 53

The Mummy (2017)
Fathers and Daughters (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
The Water Diviner (2015)
Noah (2014)
Winter's Tale (2014)
Man of Steel (2013)
Broken City (2013)

26
6,948 2,403
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman age 48

The Greatest Showman (2017)
Logan (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Pan (2015)
Chappie (2015)
X:Men :Days of Future Past (2014)
Prisoners (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)

27
4,881 2,311
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Bill Murray age 66

Aloha (2015)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)

28
5,111 2,170
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Clint Eastwood age 86

29
4,331 1,941
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Jeff Bridges age 67

Only the Brave (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Seventh Son (2015)
The Giver (2014)
R.I.P.D. (2013)

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30
5,121 1,919
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Tommy Lee Jones age 70

31
6,106 2,823
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper age 42

War Dogs (2016)
Joy (2015)
Aloha (2015)
Serena (2015)
American Sniper (2015)
American Hustle (2013)
The Hangover Part III (2013)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

32
3,411 1,703
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Robert Duvall age 86

33
3,331 2,329
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz age 60

Downsizing (2017)
Tulip Fever (2017)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Spectre (2014)
Big Eyes (2014)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Epic (2013)

34
4,109 1,664
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Woody Harrelson age 55

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
LBJ (2017)
The Glass Castle (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Wilson (2017)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The Duel (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2014-15)
Out of the Furnace (2013)

35
5,917 2,390
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Matthew McConaughey age 47

The Dark Tower (2017)
Gold (2017)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Interstellar (2014)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Mud (2013)

36
3,111 1,711
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender age 40

The Snowman (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Macbeth (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Slow West (2015)
Frank (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)

37
4,075 2,649
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
George Clooney age 55

Money Monster (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
Tomorrowland (2015)
The Monuments Men (2014)
August: Osage County (2013)
Gravity (2013)

38
3,512 1,462
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy age 39

Taboo (2017-)
Dunkirk (2017)
Peaky Blinders (2014-)
London Road (2016)
The Revenant (2015)
Legend (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Chilf 33 (2015)
The Drop (2014)
Locke (2014)

39
4,422 2,033
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston age 59

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

40
4,505 2,501
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added Mark Wahlberg age 45

41
2,912 1,688
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Ralph Fiennes age 54

42
3,247 1,691
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Ewan McGregor age 46

43
3,186 2,002
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors Working Today

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44
2,941 1,750
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Colin Firth age 56

45
4,232 1,663
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Patrick Stewart age 76

46
3,269 1,549
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Mark Ruffalo age 49

47
4,165 1,583
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jake Gyllenhaal age 36

48
3,395 1,611
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Benedict Cumberbatch age 40

49
3,198 1,612
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
FloridaRj added Forest Whitaker age 55

50
3,893 1,921
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Sean Connery age 86