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The Best (Male) Actors Working Today 

Buster McDermott
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Updated May 4, 2020 1.6M votes 96.4k voters 1.1M views 285 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

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

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 45

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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

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3
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 70

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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)

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4
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 50

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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)

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 53

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

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

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6
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 81

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

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

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Age: 46

Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, USA

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)

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Age: 39

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Ironbark (2019)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
The Grinch (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
The Current War (2017)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Black Mass (2015)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)

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9
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 38

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Fonzo (2019)
Venom (2018)
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)

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Age: 38

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Wildlife (2018)
Stronger (2017)
Okja (2017)
Life (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Demolition (2015)
Everest  (2015)
Southpaw (2015)
Accidental Love (2015)
Nightcrawler (2014)

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11
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Age: 72

Birthplace: San Saba, Texas, United States of America

Ad Astra (2019)
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)

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12
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 44

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

A Star Is Born (2018)
The Mule (2018)
War Dogs (2016)
Joy (2015)
Aloha (2015)
Serena (2015)
American Sniper (2015)

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13
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

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)

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14
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
15
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Age: 57

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

The Highwayman (2019)
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
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)

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16
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 72

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, USA

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

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17
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 60

Birthplace: Eurasia, New Cross, London, England, United Kingdom, + more

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)

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18
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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)

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19
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 38

Birthplace: London, Canada

First Man (2018)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Song to Song (2017)
La La Land (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
The Big Short (2015)
Lost River (2014)

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20
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 81

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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)

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21
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Age: 69

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Only the Brave (2017)
The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)
Only the Brave (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Seventh Son (2015)
The Giver (2014)

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22
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 66

Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom

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)

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23
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Age: 51

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Spotlight (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Foxcatcher (2015)
Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
Avengers Movies (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015)

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24
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Age: 55

Birthplace: USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

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)

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today