actors The Best (Male) Actors Working Today  

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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 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
19,207 5,568
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks age 61

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

2
16,374 11,723
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio age 43

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

3
10,720 5,902
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added Robert De Niro 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)

4
13,375 7,597
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman 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
11,568 5,607
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Christian Bale age 44

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

6
8,309 4,010
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins age 80

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

7
11,406 8,751
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington age 63

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

8
9,569 5,704
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Kevin Spacey age 58

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

9
7,012 4,314
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Edward Norton age 48

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

10
12,124 6,730
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. age 52

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

11
7,422 5,476
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis age 60

Phantom Thread (2017)

12
11,034 7,408
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp age 54

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)

The Best Short Actors

13
7,606 3,820
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman age 60

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)

14
7,457 4,607
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Al Pacino age 77

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

15
8,413 4,220
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson 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
9,037 5,457
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Matt Damon 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
8,990 5,504
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt 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)

The Coolest Actors Ever

18
5,705 2,574
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen age 78

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

19
7,093 2,634
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson age 69

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
6,685 3,967
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Dustin Hoffman age 80

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

21
6,914 3,257
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford 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)

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6,763 3,111
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken age 75

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

The Best New Male Artists

23
11,895 7,141
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added Hugh Dancy age 42

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

24
8,318 2,675
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman 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)

25
6,370 3,027
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Michael Caine 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
4,695 2,803
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Russell Crowe 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
5,853 2,606
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Clint Eastwood age 87

The Best Official Republican Candidates for 2016

28
5,468 2,784
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Bill Murray age 67

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

29
4,963 2,316
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Jeff Bridges age 68

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

30
6,907 3,251
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper age 43

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
5,777 2,249
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Tommy Lee Jones age 71

32
3,898 2,751
Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz age 61

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

The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Musicians

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3,731 2,116
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender 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
3,935 2,056
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Robert Duvall age 87

35
4,809 2,034
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Woody Harrelson age 56

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)

36
4,521 1,789
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy 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)

37
6,811 2,732
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
WarrenMitchell added Matthew McConaughey age 46

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)

The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

38
4,684 3,117
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
George Clooney 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)

39
4,979 2,402
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston age 62

 Last Flag Flying (2017)
Wakefield (2017)
Why Him? (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
All the Way (2016)
Get a Job (206)
Trumbo (2015)
 

40
3,742 2,050
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added Ewan McGregor age 47

41
5,203 2,942
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
dlewisxc added Mark Wahlberg age 46

42
3,326 2,049
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Ralph Fiennes age 55

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

43
3,429 2,088
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Colin Firth age 57

44
3,658 2,365
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

45
4,800 1,928
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Booksflavia added Patrick Stewart age 77

46
3,911 1,877
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
rom0618 added Mark Ruffalo age 50

47
4,947 1,906
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jake Gyllenhaal age 37

48
4,538 2,045
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
Ryan Gosling age 37

49
4,224 1,881
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
wiabux added Benedict Cumberbatch age 41

50
3,644 1,862
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
FloridaRj added Forest Whitaker age 56