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The Best (Male) Actors Working Today  

Buster McDermott
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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!

list ordered by
1
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 62

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
The Post (2017)
Sully (2016)
Bridge of Spies (2015)

2
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 44

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
The Revenant (2015)

3
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 45

Ford v. Ferrari (2019)
Vice (2018)
Backseat (2018)
The Big Short (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

4
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 81

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Going In Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
London Has Fallen (2016)
Lucy (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)

5
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added age 75

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

6
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 64

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

7
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 81

The Pope (2019)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Westworld (2016)

8
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added age 43

Late Night (2019)
The Path (2016-)
Hannibal (2013-15)

9
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 61

Phantom Thread (2017)

10
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 70

Shaft (2019)
Glass (2019)
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)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Kite (2014)
Avengers / Marvel movies (2019, 2018, 2015, 2014)

11
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 53

All-Star Weekend (2019)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Chef (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Avengers / Marvel movies (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

12
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 48

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)

13
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 60

The Woman in the Window (2019)
The Laundromat (2019)
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)

14
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 78

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)

15
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 49

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

16
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 79

Cats (2019)
The Good Liar (2019)
All Is True (2018)
Vicious (2013-16)
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Hobbit movies (2014, 2013, 2012)
Marvel movies (2014, 2013)

17
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 76

Call of the Wild (2019)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
The Expendables 3 (2014)

18
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 55

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)

19
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 59

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

20
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 55

Once  Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Ad Astra (2019)
War Machine (2017)
Allied (2016)
The Big Short (2015)
By the Sea (2015)
Fury (2014)

21
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 50

The Front Runner (2018)
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Logan (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Pan (2015)
Chappie (2015)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

22
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 63

Men in Black: International (2019)
Cold Pursuit (2019)
Widows (2018)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
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)

23
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 75

The War with Grandpa (2019)
Father Figures (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
The Family Fang (2015)
Jersey Boys (2014)

24
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 81

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

25
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added age 49

The Beach Bum (2019)
White Boy Rick (2018)
The Dark Tower (2017)
Gold (2017)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Interstellar (2014)