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The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

Updated December 1, 2020 1.6m votes 111.6k voters 1.2m views264 items

List RulesWorking 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

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceConcord, CA

    GenderMale

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

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  • 2
    21,713
    9,707

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameOprah Noodlemantra, Johnny Depp

    City of Lies (2018)
    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)

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  • 3
    21,112
    11,846

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    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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  • 4
    19,786
    11,254

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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

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  • 5
    19,202
    10,951

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    GenderMale

    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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  • 6
    13,958
    7,944

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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

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  • 7
    9,760
    4,858

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    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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  • 8
    14,237
    7,128

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    GenderMale

    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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  • 9
    13,458
    7,655

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameSamuel L. Jackson, Samuel Jackson

    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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  • 10
    9,826
    5,431

    Tom Hardy

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    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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  • 11
    9,387
    4,859

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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  • 12
    10,947
    6,212

    BirthplaceUvalde, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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  • 13
    7,730
    4,377

    BirthplaceRío Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

    GenderMale

    Joker (2019)
    The Sisters Brothers (2018)
    Mary Magdalene (2018)
    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
    You Were Never Really Here (2017)
    Irrational  Man (2015)
    Inherent Vice (2014)

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  • 14
    13,897
    7,913

    Brad Pitt

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceShawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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    3,882

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameRyan Reynolds

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  • 16
    5,290
    2,792

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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  • 17
    10,401
    5,907

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    GenderMale

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

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  • 18
    11,352
    6,658

    BirthplaceNew Cross, London, England, London, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameGary Oldman, Gary von Oldman

    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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  • 19
    8,993
    5,260

    BirthplaceBurnley, Lancashire, England, UK

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameIan McKellen

    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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  • 20
    5,869
    3,261

    Paul Rudd

    Age: 51

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NamePaul Stephen Rudd, Paul Rudd

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  • 21
    6,605
    3,574

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    GenderMale

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  • 22
    5,701
    3,267

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    GenderMale

    It: Chapter Two (2019)
    Dark Phoenix (2019)
    Glass (2019)
    Submergence (2017)
    Atomic Blonde (2017)
    Split (2016)
    X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
    Victor Frankenstein (2015)
    The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)
    X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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  • 23
    6,686
    3,879

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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
    6,300
    3,551

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota, USA

    GenderMale

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  • 25
    8,111
    4,611

    BirthplaceMidland, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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