The Best of 2018 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!

1
20,222 5,946
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks age 61

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

2
17,187 12,376
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio age 43

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

3
14,036 8,168
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman age 80

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
11,207 6,556
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added Robert De Niro age 74

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)

5
12,105 5,962
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Christian Bale age 44

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

6
8,762 4,266
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins age 80

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

7
11,998 9,281
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington age 63

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

8
9,819 6,328
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Kevin Spacey age 58

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

9
12,826 6,971
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) 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)

10
11,625 7,723
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp age 54

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)

11
7,343 4,653
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Edward Norton age 48

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

12
8,025 4,044
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman age 60

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)

13
7,784 5,781
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis age 58

Phantom Thread (2017)

14
7,827 4,850
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Al Pacino age 77

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

15
8,807 4,447
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson age 65

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)

16
9,485 5,675
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Matt Damon age 47

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)

17
6,016 2,780
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen age 78

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

18
9,416 5,764
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt age 54

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)

19
7,312 3,436
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford age 75

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)

20
7,502 2,836
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson age 69

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)

21
6,886 4,214
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Dustin Hoffman age 80

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

22
7,027 3,305
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken age 75

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

23
8,798 2,797
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman age 49

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)

24
11,954 7,478
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added Hugh Dancy age 42

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

25
6,598 3,206
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Michael Caine age 85

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)

26
4,915 3,031
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best (Male) 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)

27
6,138 2,786
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Clint Eastwood age 87

28
5,705 2,959
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Bill Murray age 67

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

29
6,039 2,371
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Tommy Lee Jones age 71

30
5,214 2,468
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Jeff Bridges age 68

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

31
7,220 3,417
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper age 43

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
4,149 2,196
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Robert Duvall age 87

33
3,953 2,296
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best (Male) 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)

34
4,849 1,953
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy age 40

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)

35
4,106 2,934
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz age 61

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

36
5,069 2,188
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Woody Harrelson age 56

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)

37
7,158 2,885
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Matthew McConaughey age 48

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)

38
5,209 2,539
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston age 62

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

39
5,470 3,121
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added Mark Wahlberg age 46

40
4,908 3,300
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
George Clooney age 56

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

41
3,923 2,191
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Ewan McGregor age 47

42
3,490 2,186
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Ralph Fiennes age 55

43
3,612 2,224
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Colin Firth age 57

44
3,855 2,505
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

45
5,012 2,039
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Patrick Stewart age 77

46
4,170 1,999
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Mark Ruffalo age 48

47
5,232 2,028
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jake Gyllenhaal age 37

48
4,583 1,979
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Benedict Cumberbatch age 41

49
4,794 2,166
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Ryan Gosling age 37

50
3,827 1,987
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
FloridaRj added Forest Whitaker age 56