Actors 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 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
19,569 5,798
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks age 59

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

2
16,809 11,923
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
10,985 6,159
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 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)

4
13,720 7,754
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman age 78

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)

5
11,858 5,821
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
8,555 4,167
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins age 78

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

7
11,750 8,871
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
9,722 6,055
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
12,514 6,862
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. age 50

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

10
7,181 4,521
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 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)

11
7,619 5,655
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis age 60

Phantom Thread (2017)

12
11,369 7,584
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 12 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)

The Best Short Actors

13
7,829 3,952
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 13 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)

14
7,659 4,754
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
8,628 4,355
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
9,278 5,581
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Matt Damon age 45

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
9,211 5,658
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 17 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)

The Coolest Actors Ever

18
5,863 2,700
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 18 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)

19
7,313 2,758
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) 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)

20
7,141 3,361
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford age 73

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)

21
6,791 4,116
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
6,906 3,225
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)

The Best New Male Artists

23
11,929 7,331
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added Hugh Dancy age 42

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

24
8,587 2,744
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman age 47

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)

25
6,488 3,136
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
4,818 2,936
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
6,015 2,712
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Clint Eastwood age 87

The Best Official Republican Candidates for 2016

28
5,598 2,888
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Bill Murray age 65

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

29
5,098 2,414
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 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)

30
7,079 3,349
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 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)

31
5,913 2,318
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Tommy Lee Jones age 71

32
4,005 2,854
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 32 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)

The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Musicians

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3,852 2,218
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
4,056 2,136
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Robert Duvall age 87

35
7,002 2,810
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Matthew McConaughey age 46

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
4,942 2,119
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
4,691 1,882
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 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)

The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

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4,803 3,219
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 38 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)

39
5,350 3,044
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added Mark Wahlberg age 46

40
5,097 2,491
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 40 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)
 

41
3,835 2,136
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Ewan McGregor age 47

42
3,413 2,130
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Ralph Fiennes age 55

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

43
3,530 2,161
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Colin Firth age 57

44
3,757 2,447
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

45
4,915 1,992
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Patrick Stewart age 77

46
4,064 1,948
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Mark Ruffalo age 50

47
5,093 1,981
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jake Gyllenhaal age 37

48
4,432 1,929
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Benedict Cumberbatch age 41

49
4,696 2,112
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Ryan Gosling age 37

50
3,748 1,936
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
FloridaRj added Forest Whitaker age 54