Entertainment 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
23,046 6,923
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 62

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

2
14,326 6,804
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 45

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

3
15,342 9,618
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 81

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)

4
18,980 14,651
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 44

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

5
12,216 7,513
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
zxray added age 75

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
9,831 4,868
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 81

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

7
12,989 10,703
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 64

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

8
14,262 7,684
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 53

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

9
12,974 8,487
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 55

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)

10
10,940 7,616
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 59

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

11
8,856 4,673
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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)

12
8,556 6,351
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 61

Phantom Thread (2017)

13
8,049 5,294
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 49

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

14
8,606 5,389
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 78

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

15
9,553 5,069
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 66

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
10,346 6,309
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 48

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
10,291 6,421
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 55

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)

18
6,621 3,265
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 79

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

19
9,882 3,099
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 50

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)

20
8,412 3,333
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 70

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)

21
7,987 3,971
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 76

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)

22
7,575 3,718
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
7,315 4,658
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
augie added age 81

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

24
12,059 8,222
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
LizabethCSB added age 43

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

25
7,058 3,691
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)