Actors

The Best (Male) Actors Working Today  

Buster McDermott
Originally by
1.4M votes 79.2k voters 934.4k views 269 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!

1 35,141 VOTES
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Photo: via Wikimedia

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

Age: 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: California State University, Sacramento, Skyline High School, Chabot College

Major/Field Of Study: Theatre

Children: Chet Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Truman Theodore Hanks

Medical Conditions: Type 2 diabetes

Credits: The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile

More Tom Hanks

#1 of 297 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #1 of 1035 on The Best Actors in Film History #67 of 400 on The Funniest People of All Time #1 of 127 on The Best Living American Actors

Agree or disagree?
see more on Tom Hanks
2 39,225 VOTES
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Photo: via Pinterest

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
The Revenant (2015)

Age: 41

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, John Marshall High School, Corinne Seeds University Elementary School

Credits: Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, The Departed

More Leonardo DiCaprio

#80 of 297 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #8 of 1035 on The Best Actors in Film History #12 of 127 on The Best Living American Actors #81 of 229 on The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

Agree or disagree?
see more on Leonardo DiCaprio
3 24,645 VOTES
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Photo: via Twitter

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

Age: 45

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Bournemouth School, Dolphin School

Children: Emmeline Bale

Credits: The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho, The Dark Knight Rises

More Christian Bale

#22 of 1035 on The Best Actors in Film History #14 of 293 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time #6 of 57 on The Best English Actors Working Today #43 of 2074 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Agree or disagree?
see more on Christian Bale
4 28,166 VOTES
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock

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)

Age: 81

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Schools: Los Angeles City College, Pasadena Playhouse

Children: Alfonso Freeman, Saifoulaye Freeman, Morgana Freeman, Deena Freeman

Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby

More Morgan Freeman

#3 of 297 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #7 of 1035 on The Best Actors in Film History #6 of 127 on The Best Living American Actors #13 of 2074 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Agree or disagree?
see more on Morgan Freeman