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!

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1
21,637 6,415
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 59

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

2
18,104 13,488
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 41

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

3
13,367 6,338
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 44

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

4
14,700 9,216
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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)

5
11,720 7,117
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added 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)

6
9,356 4,554
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 80

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

7
12,494 10,259
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 63

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

8
10,678 6,941
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 58

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

9
13,558 7,326
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 50

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

10
12,324 8,082
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 52

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
8,468 4,325
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 57

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)

12
7,721 4,940
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 46

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

13
8,171 6,044
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 60

Phantom Thread (2017)

14
8,226 5,111
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 77

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

15
9,190 4,742
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
9,945 5,970
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
6,345 2,985
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 78

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

18
9,871 6,072
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
7,970 3,069
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
7,675 3,689
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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)

21
9,332 2,925
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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)

22
7,300 3,498
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 75

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

23
7,095 4,420
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 78

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

24
12,013 7,802
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added age 42

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

25
6,838 3,401
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added 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
5,167 3,266
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
6,411 2,999
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 87

28
6,308 2,531
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 71

29
5,455 2,634
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 66

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

30
7,605 3,592
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 40

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
5,871 3,186
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 65

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

32
5,288 2,127
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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)

33
4,209 2,489
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
5,386 2,326
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added age 54

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
4,316 2,364
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 87

36
4,306 3,112
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 59

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

37
7,524 3,020
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added 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
5,423 2,712
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
5,720 3,346
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added age 46

40
5,109 3,551
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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
3,686 2,323
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added age 53

42
4,107 2,333
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 47

43
3,842 2,364
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 57

44
4,087 2,677
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

45
5,528 2,143
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added age 35

46
4,422 2,142
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added age 50

47
5,200 2,172
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added age 77

48
4,975 2,068
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added age 39

49
5,088 2,286
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 37

50
3,392 1,788
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added age 38