Top 30+ Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History  

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List RulesVote up and add all of the actors and actresses who you think are the very best.

The best actors and actresses of all time, male and female, ranked by film fans worldwide. This list of greatest actors and actresses attempts to answer the question “Who are the best actors of all time?” by incorporating the views and opinions of all members of the Ranker Community. Keep in mind, as you vote or add a top actor or actress you see missing, that we are rating these actors on their body of work, not just what they have done recently! Some of the greatest actors of all time have not necessarily acted in a project in the past 5 years, but they still deserve to be on this greatest actresses and actors of all time list.

Top actors and actresses in films are judged by their acting ability and their mastery of roles that they have played over the years. Many of these great actors have videos of their best roles for you to view so you can refresh yourself on the best works of your favorite actors as you consider your votes for top thespians of all time. Nominate your picks for the top actors & actresses by making a list of your own. Then come back to the Master List and vote up your favorites!

For lists separated by gender, check out our lists of the best actors of all time and the best actresses in film history.

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1

22,8407,550
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanksage 62

2

10,0894,506
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian addedBette DavisDec. at 81 (1908-1989) – The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

3

10,6478,593
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon BrandoDec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4

16,22014,305
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jack Nicholsonage 81

5

7,2074,519
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine HepburnDec. at 96 (1907-2003)

6

14,50611,256
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert De Niroage 75

7

9,3044,220
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James StewartDec. at 89 (1908-1997)

8

9,7724,832
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dustin Hoffmanage 81

9

10,8994,989
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Anthony Hopkinsage 81
did you know?Robert De Niro fans upvote Jeff Bridges on this listPeople over 50 are 2x more likely to vote for Henry FondaAnthony Hopkins is also ranked #2of 300 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

10

5,6213,567
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey BogartDec. at 58 (1899-1957)

11

11,8125,625
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Morgan Freemanage 81

12

8,0023,961
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey HepburnDec. at 64 (1929-1993)

13

12,9668,560
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacinoage 78
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14

14,9908,189
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek addedMeryl Streepage 69

15

6,2173,113
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary GrantDec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16

6,9802,910
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gregory PeckDec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17

9,3844,372
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Clint Eastwoodage 88

18

5,3153,507
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Charlie ChaplinDec. at 88 (1889-1977)
winners & losers

19

9,2313,371
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul NewmanDec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20

6,8062,573
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid BergmanDec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21

7,1113,015
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Laurence OlivierDec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22

9,3023,571
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackmanage 88

23

8,4073,767
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Fosterage 56
BEST ATHLETESRonaldinhofalling to #5 onThe Best Soccer Players of All Time

24

8,9933,400
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caineage 85

25

9,3223,320
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvallage 87

26

12,80211,320
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Leonardo DiCaprioage 44

27

10,57911,475
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Deppage 55
did you know?Marlon Brando fans upvote Ben Kingsley on this listPeople over 50 are 2x more likely to vote for Laurence OlivierBette Davis is also ranked #5 of 892 on The Best Actresses in Film History

28

7,7752,770
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry FondaDec. at 77 (1905-1982)

29

9,3278,576
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Denzel Washingtonage 64

30

6,9443,104
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Conneryage 88

31

6,2263,747
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neesonage 66

32

7,4495,792
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana addedDaniel Day Lewisage 61

33

7,2934,327
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Fordage 76
ENTERTAINMENTTom Hanksrising to #1 onThe Best (Male) Actors Working Today

34

8,9336,473
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin WilliamsDec. at 63 (1951-2014)

35

6,8243,399
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldmanage 60

36

6,3862,536
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Christopher Walkenage 75
winners & losers

37

6,6742,251
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tommy Lee Jonesage 72

38

6,7854,197
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Downey Jr.age 53

39

4,8471,932
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Denchage 84

40

4,6171,851
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirrenage 73

41

7,4823,799
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spaceyage 59

42

5,0522,759
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Nortonage 49

43

4,2892,011
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cate Blanchettage 49

44

5,2122,579
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winsletage 43

45

5,4312,979
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Christian Baleage 44

46

5,7544,199
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pittage 55

47

5,1793,281
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damonage 48

48

5,2472,923
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Samuel L. Jacksonage 70

49

5,3012,865
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath LedgerDec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50

3,7441,481
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alan Rickmanage 72

51

4,5152,953
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Russell Croweage 54

52

3,8782,220
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Sidney Poitierage 91

53

3,5202,201
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Philip Seymour HoffmanDec. at 47 (1967-2014)

POPULAR OPINIONClint Eastwoodrising to #1 onThe Coolest Actors Ever

54

3,2271,437
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Maggie Smithage 84

55

3,8581,830
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Jack LemmonDec. at 76 (1925-2001)

56

3,1241,913
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Elizabeth TaylorDec. at 79 (1932-2011)

57

3,1901,733
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Robert Redfordage 82

58

2,7781,573
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Emma Thompsonage 59

59

3,8541,709
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Hugh Jackmanage 50

60

3,1731,439
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
MissTempeste added

Kathy Batesage 70

61

3,2291,673
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Sally Fieldage 72

62

2,5801,527
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Ralph Fiennesage 56

63

3,8302,179
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Sandra Bullockage 54

VOTEDustin Hoffmanrising to #8 onThe Best Actors in Film History

64

3,3802,071
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Bill Murrayage 68

65

3,5471,612
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Julie Andrewsage 83

66

2,8901,640
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Ian McKellenage 79

67

2,9361,954
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Jeff Bridgesage 69

68

2,9201,662
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Ben Kingsleyage 75

69

3,3152,292
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Mel Gibsonage 62

70

3,0791,827
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Susan Sarandonage 72

71

2,5811,551
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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