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List Rules Working 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!
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1
15,954 4,344
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

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2
8,711 3,636
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Kevin Spacey American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects

3
9,870 4,276
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

4
13,643 9,878
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

5
11,168 5,967
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

6
9,112 4,578
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
zxray added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

7
7,292 3,823
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jack Nicholson The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets

8
6,817 3,176
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

9
9,601 7,196
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

10
6,023 3,278
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Edward Norton Fight Club, American History X, The Illusionist

11
7,157 3,429
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

12
6,322 3,831
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

13
10,073 5,957
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

14
9,092 6,465
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

15
6,321 3,176
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

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16
6,070 3,191
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

17
11,675 6,124
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added Hugh Dancy Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, King Arthu

18
7,716 4,759
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

19
6,204 4,715
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York

20
4,768 2,035
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

21
7,702 4,834
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

22
5,879 2,559
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

23
5,668 2,543
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Michael Caine The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

24
5,829 2,125
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

25
5,750 2,774
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

26
3,955 2,254
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

27
6,832 2,384
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

28
4,804 2,265
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

29
4,263 1,898
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

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30
5,034 2,137
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

31
6,028 2,785
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle

32
3,346 1,672
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

33
3,269 2,286
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Spectre

34
5,044 1,886
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

35
4,037 1,632
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland

36
5,818 2,354
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Matthew McConaughey Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club

37
3,054 1,671
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past

38
4,358 1,997
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad, Argo, Malcolm in the Middle

39
2,874 1,650
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Ralph Fiennes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler's List

40
4,009 2,605
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
George Clooney Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

41
4,418 2,457
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

42
3,435 1,433
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises

43
3,197 1,666
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Ewan McGregor Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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44
3,139 1,968
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master

45
2,884 1,720
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Colin Firth The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love Actually

46
3,197 1,521
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island, The Avengers, Spotlight

47
4,160 1,640
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2

48
4,088 1,559
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac

49
2,600 1,548
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
augie added Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A History of Violence

50
3,323 1,586
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
wiabux added Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mass