Top Ten Greatest Actors

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101Gregory Peck
Always exactly on target with his performance not to mention the caliber of the films he chose to be in. Great films like To Kill A Mockingbird and Gentleman's Agreement would not have been nearly as important without him.
Handsome sophisticated and extremely sexy
Class act all the way... As an actor, and a human being.
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102Jake Gyllenhaal
He is really awesome. I think he is one of the best actors ever: Donnie Darko, Jarhead, the good girl, the day after tomorrow (sorry, haven't seen the whole Brokeback Mountain movie) - he convinces!

Cranberry20

The best young actor around today. His acting skills are incredible for his young age.
Props for prisoners, he makes a great cop

103Daniel Craig
He's a perfect actor for james bond and always impress.
He is by far the best James Bond there has ever been and he can play as any role he just makes the perfect actor

104Bryan Cranston
Cranston is capable of portraying a very wide variety of characters. His earlier T.V. role as Hal on Malcom in the Middle is absolutely nothing like the other characters he plays. When one first watches the award-winning Breaking Bad, it is hard to believe he could ever play the goofy, incompetent Hal. Walter White (Breaking Bad) is a character with so much depth that Cranston completely personifies as well as makes his own.
Cranston has done to television what Brando did to movies
Greatest actor of all time, want proof? Watch Breaking Bad

105Gene Hackman
Oscars: 2
Oscar Nominations: 5
BAFTA Awards: 3
BAFTA Nominations: 7
Golden Globes: 3
Golden Globe Nominations: 8

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106Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh khanna definitely greatest actor all time not in India but all over the world
No one can act the way he actead in Amar Prem, Anand, Bawarchi, Kati Patang etc. Even BigB was nothing in front of him. The most skilled, versatile actor. The first and the original superstar of Indian Cinema. No actor has recieved as many no. of awards as he had.

107Henry Fonda

108James Caviezel
How can you not love Jesus? My name is Dustin Bible and think it is a grave injustice that Caviezel is ranked so low. Just you guys wait his new show is coming out and he will show you how talented he is. I think he is the most underrated actor of his time. I mean come on vote for the man.
The Count, The Christ, need I say more... well, okay, My Own Private Idaho, Frequency, The Thin Red Line, born 1 hour from where I live... a SOLID guy, ALL-American MAN, and it helps that he's so nice to look at!
James is the best actor in the world. Watch the movie "The passion of the christ" and you see how talented he is. #1

109Ewen McGregor
How is he not on this list? Brilliant actor! Extremely talented! Believable in every role he has played!
Obi-wan kenobi - star wars
Lincoln 6-echo - the island
Ghostwriter - the ghostwriter
Firstly, its EWAN mcgregor not ewen

Secondly he deserves to be much higher, he is an amazing actor
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110Shankar Nag
One of the great directors and great actors of all time in kannada industry.. As well in India he created such a fame for kannada film industry tat it took a change in no time.. First person to direct a movie in 24 hours and to be famous in such a short period of time.. Hats off shankar anna
EUGH! FIT AS. Love his name, makes me go all tingly when I think about him. SUCH A SEX GOD
He is good person and good acter

111James Stewart
Great actor great actor. If he doesn't get into the top 20 something is wrong one of the all time favorite actor
James Stewart was one of the greatest actors of our time. I am shocked he isn't in the top five. A genuinely good guy and amazing actor.
His voice shall be recorded for every woman saying, saying 'Wake up darling, it's morning', I'm sure every women will have the most beautiful day. Nothing left to dsy, as voice speaks of it all.
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112Jared Padalecki
Excuse me, but this man deserves to be way up at the top! He is an amazing actor. He doesn't even have to utter a word, as he has such much expression in his face alone. If any actor deserves an Emmy, it's Jared Tristan Padalecki! Let's get up to #1.

kristinludwig

The fact that he is only #208 proves how underrated this actor is! Jared Padalecki is a brilliant and beautiful actor, who can show so much emotion just with his eyes. He definitely deserves an EMMY for his acting on Supernatural.
A lot of the actors higher on this list are from a by gone era. And they belonged in the Top Ten Actors of their time. Yet we must look to the era we are in. Though Jared has shown a style hardening back to those times. , poised and confident. Conducts himself honorable in all endeavors. Someone the viewers look up to. Talents unquestionable. Saddens me, his standing on this list is not higher.
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113Vishnuvardhan
I love vishnu... Great actor in kannada film industry
He is the legend of the kannada film industry..
Great actor in Indian cinema. He is only next to Rajkumar. His acting skill is just amazing and most handsome hero I have ever seen.
His figthing skills are treat to watch and he is the first action hero in kannada cinema. Most of his films ran for over one year and it shows he is having most number of fan followers in karnataka.

114James McAvoy
I was debating who to vote for (Robert Downy Jr, Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp or Gary Oldman) when I thought to myself what was the last movie you watched and actually thought Yeah that's believable acting. And then it hit me Cillian Murphy in The Wind That Shakes The Barley. If you haven't seen it, watch it.
So here I was looking for Cillian Murphy when I spotted my favourite actors name: James McAvoy. To be honest I had thought of him but then thought no, is he really the best actor ever? Then I saw the name and though ok yeah he's pretty amazing. Let's think, Penelope, Shameless and Inside I'm Dancing to name but a few. These roles couldn't be more diverse. To answer my own question, yes he really is the best actor ever (well in my opinion ever anyway).
If you haven't seen him act, do it, like now, seriously. :P Really though he's amazing.
You've seen him at Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Becoming Jane, Wanted, X-men First Class... Need I say more! Please vote for James!
I love him very much! And I think that he's the most talented actor!

115Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the number one actor of our present times. He has an outstanding career since when he left school. He is a CULT FIGURE with films like Velvet Goldmine and the present NBC T.V. series Dracula. He is Henry Tudor in The Tudors and Valentine Morgernstern in the acclaimed Mortal Instruments and City of Bones. All his films should be studied in schools... He is adored by millions of fans woldwide as his characters cover the whole range of the social spectrum... Just watch him from CIA agent in Mission Impossible I to a journalist who saves children in Escape from Huan Shi or as a Politician in Belle de Seigneur next to Natalia Vodianova... His amazing career has also given us films like Prozac Nation, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Matchpoint directed by Woody Allen... The Tesseract, Octane, From Paris with Love... This is an actor that should have been given an Oscar for each of his films... His brilliant career and life is an excellent role model for today's young as he rose from rags to riches. He was awarded the Globe Award for his role as King Henry Tudor and hold the highest award from Trinity College Dublin Philosophical Society for his contribution to the Cinematic Arts. This actor is the number ONE actor of all times...

116Alec Guinness
Well obviously he should be in the top 10. Anyone who knows anything about acting just needs to see "Kind Hearts and Coronets", "Bridge on the River Kwai", "The Ladykillers", "Dr. Zhivago", "Oliver Twist" etc. To know that this guy knows how to play his characters to a tee. Only behind Lord Olivier and Brando in my opinion.
He looks harmless and mediocre but when you see more movies you will notice that he can't be replaced.

Gaspar


117James Franco
Franco is so damn talented.. and so underrated.. I think he is one of the best actors out there right now. In his roles he carries himself with a sensibility so unlike many other actor and unlike a great handful of actors, he is versatile. He appears in a tacky show with tacky script his acting is still great!

127 Hours, Howl, Milk, Good Time Max, pineapple express, even GH
Nicest actor of all time. So damn good in 127 Hours, and so underrated, but he is a little bit like Johnny Depp I think :D
To die for in Tristan + Isolde
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118Ben Stiller
IIn Dodgeball he makes the perfect enemy. With the snobbiness and self-centeredness, he is fabulous!

amyhenry

Ben Stiller is my favorite actor by far. I loved Tower Heist and Little Fockers. Ben Stiller is boss and should be in the top ten. He is hilarious and is a fan favorite. Come on Ben!
He has no talent at all. He's only where he is because of his talented parents. Nepotism strikes again.
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119Chris Hemsworth
Can you say THOR... Wow!
Liam hemsworth should be here too

120Chris Pine
I absolutely LOVE Chris Pine! J.J. Abrams is a GENIUS for casting him for the role of Jim Kirk! Not to mention, he's quite a catch ;).

121Geoffrey Rush
Another one who lurks in the shadows. When considering "the best actor ever, " most lists will have the typical, pacino, de niro, nicholson, penn; but Rush is one of the greats. I remember the first movie I eve saw with him, Shine. I was young and did not quite understand the film but I remember thinking "wow, this guy. " That attitude has not changed. Excellent actor. #1- David, Shine #2- Lionel, The King's Speech

zacenroe86

How can Geoffrey Rush not be in this list? He is one of the best actors I have ever known! He did a great role in the movie "The King's Speech. I like his face, the way he looks at people and also maybe his voice.
Reasons why he is number 1.
- His body of work is incredible
- He has won an Academy Award AND a Tony AND an Emmy!
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122Eminem
Believe it or not, he truly is better than 90% of the current actors on this list
Like him but not as an actor. whatever I voted him and hoping go upper
Marshall Mathers acted awesome in 8 Mile!

123Richard Burton
Watch "Becket" or "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? " or "Night of the Iguana" and then compare... Burton belongs in the top ten!

TaylorBurton


124Kevin Bacon
I saw one of my favorite movies with him in it, he was great at it, the movie was Hollow Man, I thought that movie was awesome.
Terrible actor. What idiot put him on this list. You gotta be kidding.

125Kevin Costner
Everything he does, he does so very well!

126Raj Kapoor

127Pierce Brosnan
"The best among the seven James Bonds and truly he ROCKS 4ever!!!

128James Gandolfini
what happened to james gandolfini. The sopranos is one of the best shows if not the best shows ever. c'mon if freddie prinze jr. is 32 we could probably squeeze his big ass in somewhere.
Let me start by saying james gandolfini is in the top 5 actors in the world just his portrail as tony soprano alone gives you that incredible insight of what a actor can do he's up there with de niro pacino denzil washington brando its a shame to lose such a great actor R.I. P James Gandolfini 1961-2013 gone but not forgoten
No 100, come on?! He should be number 1!

129M. G. Ramachandran
Actor of the millenium

130Mohamed Sophy

131David Spade
How come no one has even added this hilarious man on the list. His best stuff has always been with Chris Farley but everything he has done whether it was a movie, a T.V. show, it has always made me laugh and smile. Vote this amazing guy up. Come on Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Grown Ups, VOTE!

132Vijay
Super acting skill& having lot of fans

133Wentworth Miller
I love him he is the hottest, sexiest guy I have ever seen. He makes me drool. I love him so much. He's mine.
The 'Prison Break' series is.. awesome. The best thing I ever watched on Television! Hats of to him!
You can't take your eyes off of him.cute.

salmaj

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134Arnold Schwarzenegger
Can any one replace arnold in terminator series, I don't think so. He should be in top 20 at least. What a great acting in those movies. I think acting without any emotionin face, eyes and mind is too difficult than emotionful acting. He did a great work as machines without any emotions
HOW COULD BE OUR SAVIOR NOT ON THE NUMBER 1? ARNOLD WILL ALWAYS BE THE HERO BECAUSE OF COMMANDO. HE SHOULD BE ON NUMBER 1 BECAUSE OF HIS MOVIES LIKE TRUE LIES, TERMINATOR. YO, ARNOLD you'll ALWAYS BE THE BEST IN HOLLYWOOD MY VOTE IS ON YOU.
idk if I spelt hiz name rite lol but he is awseme I meen the terminator kindergarten cop etc and he shood be in the top 10

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135James Dean
The only actor in the world that I look up to... I LOVE him to death, I could watch his movies a million times and never get bored.

The original, the one and only REBEL the world has known and will ever know
The handsomest, most talented actor who ever walked the earth. I totally adore him!
He is a true, he may have made only three movies, half a century ago. But, he is still remembered to this day. and a role model to many actors like al pacino and james franco.
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136Steve Buscemi
He was so good in Fargo...

137Spencer Tracy
A true star and great actor. His characters were always true to life, they had flaws and realism, his emotions came across real, and he demanded your attention when he was on screen in spite of his every man appearance (or perhaps because of it). He could be lovable, cantankerous, tough, or anything else the part called for and it was never obvious he was acting like many lesser actors of his day. If a movie has Spencer Tracy in its cast it is worth a look and often more than one.
2 Academy Awards 9 total nominations for best actor. Leave him in obscurity to show how intelligent you are.
He should be in the top 25 for sure
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138M.A. Jalil Ananta
Ananta Jalil (Bengali: অনন্ত জলিল born M.A. Jalil Ananta ) often referred as AJ, is a Bangladeshi film actor, director, producer and businessman who has established himself as one of the leading actors of Bangladeshi Cinema.
Starting his professional career as a businessman in 1999, Ananta began his film career with the film Khoj: The Search in 2010.
He is the GOD of Cinema, He is the one who can make wonder happens. When he cries, we all cry. He has the move like jagger, in music videos he is the deshi PSY! Jalil is not only an actor, he is CIP.

HE is Dhakar pola, and damn he is very very SMART!

139Colin Firth

140Robert Redford
Are you kidding me? Robert Redford should at least be in the top ten. He has remained a Hollywood icon for decades and continues to shine as a director. Having been in a wide variety of movies and playing a wide variety of characters he has shown versatility as well as charisma. He was and remains as the best Hollywood has to offer. If you don't believe me, spend time with just one of his movies. You'll be hooked.

141Montgomery Clift
The most beautiful actor that I have ever seen..
One of the greatest actors of all time.
Truly the original actors actor. those who haven't seen his movies should watch it before commenting

142Jack Lemmon
One of the very, very few actors who are equally believable and skilled at being funny or being serious.
All his movies are entertaining. He does comedy and drama better than any actor has.

143Jagathy Sreekumar

144Timothy Dalton
One of the best bonds

145Omar Sharif
He is one of the best commedion of the south asia

146Mads Mikkelsen

147Charlton Heston

The late, great Charlton Heston. One of the best actors of his generation. You're so right. Younger movie goers have no idea of quality acting.

ageistewart

Half of the people who vote on this site don't even know who Charlton Heston is, or may not be old enough to remember him....what a JOKE..a actor for all time... Ben Hur, El Cid, the original Planet of the Apes movies, and a whole list of other wonderful and critically acclaimed performances..how can HE not be on this list..I said it before...what a JOKE!!!


148Tim Robbins
I can't help thinking about "The Shawshank Redemption " it's been voted to the best movie ever (imdb) Why? because of Tim Robbins. He is such a great actor especially in this movie. And not to forget the co. actor Morgan Freeman, he is GOD himself!
And of course "Nothing to loose" lol.

149Jet Li
Good actor and kung fu master he did great in lethal weapon 4 and romeo must die

Big Kung Fu master and his scenes to films is good, my favour role is lethal weapon 4, and final fight Jet Li vs. Mel Gibson. His super is two fighter to spiteful.
This is the most greatest actor in the world, he deserve to be on top 20
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150Chris Tucker
He may be only famous for Rush Hour, but he's a good comedian! His jokes are laughable and you also wanna imitate his lines.

He is like the best laugh out loud
He's also famous for The Fifth Element.

151Rupert Grint
The most funny..
The most amazing
The most charming
I can't believe that this is the spot which people think he is deserving!
He can act very well
And rupert grint or else
RONALD WEASLEY RULES MY HEART!
Harry Potter's "Ron Weasley"? Comm-on! He is sexy, cute, and really good actor!

152Richard Gere

153Andrew Lincoln

154Misha Collins
Misha is an amazing and talented actor! He also has wonderful screen presence, and he's insanely funny and incredibly sweet! Nothing not to love about this man.
Misha Collins is a truly great actor with incredible range. His star is rising and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

macanrothaic

I love him as the Angel Castiel in Supernatural :D he is a really great actor!
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155Sean Bean
He's a great actor! He showed in Jim McGovern's new series accused that he can pull off lots of different roles. He's brilliant in Game of Thrones as well!
Should be No. 1! been superb in every role he's played - Loved sharpe

Assassin

every movie he makes is automatically awesome

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156Hayden Christensen

157Guy Pearce

Can't believe he is not here! Everything he is in is brilliant and he is THE most underrated actor ever! Has everyone forgotten LA Confidential; Memento et al?


158Tommy Lee Jones
Old time classic.

159Park YooChun

160Ben Barnes

161Robert Carlyle
How is Jared Leto on this list, and near the top, no less... But there is no mention of Robert Carlyle... Or even Gary Oldman... These two are probably the most diverse and exceptional actors EVER, along with Johnny Depp of course.
Extreemly underrated actor who is moving whenever you watch him he seriously needs more exposure one of the best actors I've ever seen. Someone you actually notice for their acting ability when their on screen.
It's a crime that he is below people like Daniel Radcliff, Robert Carlyle acts the majority of people mentioned out of the water

162Christopher Lee
WHY THE HELL IS HE SO LOW ON THE LIST
Oh come on, how is this guy not in the top ten?!?
He DESERES it!
He may be damn old, but have you ever watched Lord Of The Rings?!?!
He is the best old actor.
He was fantastic as Count Dooku
And intresting as Saruman.

163Jamie Foxx

164Stephen Merchant

165James Avery
James avery Was Really good in fresh price of bel-air

166Anthony Perkins

167Norman Reedus
I love him so much! And he acts great

168Sir Lawrence Olivier
One of the best.

169Kenneth Branagh

Lord Olivier reincarnate. Truly a magical talent on and off stage


170Ryan Reynolds

He is such a great actor and he is so funny and sexy! definitely one of the best of our generation

katecameron

If I had of seen his name I would have voted for Ryan. Hes so funny and sexy.

He is too funny and very sexy!


171Jeff Bridges
One of the best and underrated actors in Hollywood. The Dude! The fact that he only won his first Oscar several years ago is sacrilege. Mr. Bridges has been at the top of the game for many years now, almost always Oscar worthy performances. Yet when he finally wins the award it is not even one of his best? Answer me that. Best performances #1- Jack, The Fisher King #2- Jeffrey Lebowski, The Big Lebowski

zacenroe86

Brilliant actor, seriously underrated - go back to his performance in StarMan -- especially considering it was shot out of sequence. OUTSTANDING
Consider portrayal of two starkly (no pun intended) different roles in The Big Lebowski and Iron Man
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172Lee Min Ho
Lee mi ho oppa don't be sad I wil vote for you I love your last drama city hunter fighting oppa be always happy your Arab fans love you fighting
The handsome young best actor! You will the best for ever!
Lee Min Ho is a good actor talented and good person. fighting!
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173Jamie Bell
This actor is incredible! It is very convincing especially in the movie Billy Elliot and in the music video Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day, it was fantastic. He is young and beautiful and there will be yet another movie which will bring his signature.
He is just the best actor and belongs in the top 10 his role in jumper was just amazing when you don't vote for him you really need to watch better movies (with Jamie)

174Peter Sellers
He could play any character he wanted and he is one of The Goons, one of the most influential comedy acts of all time.

175James Spader
James Spader always nuances his performances with intricate details that are fascinating to watch. He amazes me: watch his performance in "sex, lies, and videotape" or "Secretary" or on the 8th season of "The Practice" or many other roles...all brilliant.
James Spader creates such depth, intimacy, such reality, in every role. He creates characters you've never seen portrayed, before. His face, his presence, - convey what can't be written. He amazes me.
James Spader is the most under-rated acting genius of our time. He brings the most memorable and subtle nuances to everything he is in. Absolutely amazing and versatile actor.
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176Albert Finney

177Joe Pesci
Casino, Goodfellas, Home Alone 1 & 2... Say no more.

178Hugo Weaving

Agent Smith - The best sci-fi villain this side of Darth Vader.
Red Skull - the only good portrayal of a nazi outside of Inglorious Basterds.
V - Managed to successfully translate an Alan Moore character onto the screen. The only other person to manage this is Jackie Earle Haley (with Rorschach. )
Megatron - the most badass voice since Kevin Conroy's Batman.
Elrond - despite primarily playing villains, he pulled off the wisest character of the wisest race in LOTR.
... And he's only number 91?


179Alain Delon
-who are you? -this isn't important! -what do you want? -I want to kill you!

180John Goodman

181Clark Gable
The man could kill woman with his seductive smile, charming but shrewd and clever. The song of Heart, 'If looks could kill' is only applicable for him I guess. Whoa, what a man made! In GWTW he looked so charming with the moustache!
God must be praised for making him.
His figure of Rhett in 'Gone with the wind'is unforgettable! Has caught my heart in my youth - and still holds my heart.
Frankly my dear, he is awesome

182Bob Hope
One of the greatest.

183Martin Lawrence
He is one of the funniest actor and should be in the top 50 respect

184James Mason
20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
Odd Man Out.
Journey to the center of the Earth.
The Desert Fox.

185Christopher Plummer

186Javier Bardem

Anton Chigurh. End of story


187James Marsters
He's fantastic. He was only supposed to work one season in Buffy, just as a small villain character, but he brought a certain depth to this role and acted so well that the director, Joss Whedon, decided "Oh hey, let's just keep Spike for a little longer..." And James Marsters stayed in the series until the very last episode.

RizaLovato

Loved his work in Buffy, the vampire slayer and in Angel.

stephanielovecats


188Kevin Kline

189Viggo Mortensen

190Emilio Estevez

191Jason Segel

192Aaron Paul
Very good actor and seems like such a nice guy.

193Pat Morita

194Simon Baker
Best actor of all time! He is in countless movies...

195Frank Welker

196Paul Bettany

197Freddie Prinze Jr.
He is adorable and is really good in ALL of his movies.
He sucks. he only made it because of hi name.

198Simon Pegg
shaun of dead' hot fuzz.legand
He is the funnist ators of our times. Thank god he is english

199Ryan Phillippe

I can't believe no one put him on here. He's an amazing actor and he's a great person overall


200Sam Neill

Sam Neill is the greatest actor ever to live and I am ashamed at the fact that he is not shown any where!!!


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