Top 10 Male Actors of the 21st Century

This is a list of the actors that caught our imagination in the past 13 years.

The Top TenXW

1Leonardo DiCaprio

He is the most consistent actor in my opinion.
He takes movies to a whole new level!

There really is no one who can do what this guy does...

There isn't a role this man can't handle excellently and convincingly.

Intelligent and beautiful as he has been always.

V10 Comments
2Christian BaleChristian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

His greatest work was the fighter transforming from the batman stuff to new england at its best he deserved the academy award

Go Christian! I loved his movies. My favorite batman series the darknight rises, Batman begins, and the dark night. Termiantor Salvation All the way!
Oscar here he comes

V3 Comments
3Johnny DeppJohn Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.

Johny Depp has starred in many brilliant movies including rango, Scissorhands and the most famous of all "the pirates of the carribean series and the latest comedy, dark shadows.

It was a hard decision but I have to say Johnny. He can play any character perfectly. Great as jack sparrow - dragonfly99

Every character he plays is THE SAME. He is always a freaky weirdo and has no charisma or emotion in his acting.

V1 Comment
4Daniel CraigDaniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage.

Daniel Craig is an amazing actor. Aside from the James Bond series his acting in Defiance and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (adaptation) were excellent. Although I did not like the movies themselves he was good at Dream House and Cowboys vs Aliens.

Well now... You can't beat those eyes.

5Liam NeesonLiam John Neeson is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years.

I will find you and I will kill you. - Sh8 just got real

Good actor loved the taken trilogy and his role as ra's al Gul in batman begins

V1 Comment
6Samuel L. JacksonSamuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie more.
7David TennantDavid Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the Harry Potter movie series.

Great actor! Has been chosen for many films, series and episodes now that's saying something he was the doctor for 4 years, featured in doctor who, broad church and the escape artist!


8Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch CBE is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.

Amazing Actor, Sherlock Holmes

9Robert De Niro

The most amazing actor of our generation.

10Kevin Spacey

I can't believe he is not in the top.. And also matthew mcconaughey

The Contenders

11Will Smith

Did not know Johnny Depp was so bashful. Love him on his movies and off.

Nobody can beat these - Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds. Best Actor there is!

Should be #1 you uncluttered swine

12Denzel WashingtonDenzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day.

Dependable performance always. Believable in all of his roles. Training day took him to a new level. Super bad Azzz. But he's able to carry the good guy role too.

13Christoph Waltz
14Tom Hardy

He is one of the most talented actors of this generation! He is such a versatile actor. Every movie that he is been in has been worth watching just to see him act. First film of his that I watched was "Stuart a life backwards" and since then I have watched all and will continue to watch any film that he is in. :D

He should be top three. Liam neeson should nit be on the list. Hardy is the top method actor of the past 20 years

15Martin Freeman
16Tom CruiseTom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.V2 Comments
17Guy Pearce

Guy Edward Pearce (born 5 October 1967) is an English-born Australian actor and musician, known for his roles as Leonard Shelby in Christopher Nolan's Memento, Lieutenant Ed Exley in L.A. confidential, Adam Whitely aka Felicia Jollygoodfellow (a drag queen) in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mike Young in the Australian television series Neighbours and King Edward VI ("David") in The King's Speech. Pearce has won an Emmy Award, and received nominations for Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Saturn Awards.

18Robert Downey Jr.Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.
19Christopher Walken
20Russell CroweRussell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian.

His body of work speaks for itself. Thoroughly a craftsmen and artist at work. Definitely in the all-time top 10.

PSearch List

Related Lists

Top 10 Malayalam Actors of 21st Century Best Male Singers of the 21st Century Top Ten Actors In Asia of the 21st Century Top Male Songwriters of the 21st Century Best Saturday Night Live Actors of the 21st Century

List StatsUpdated 26 Oct 2016

500 votes
116 listings
3 years, 247 days old

Top Remixes (8)

1. Johnny Depp
2. Daniel Craig
3. Leonardo DiCaprio
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
2. Johnny Depp
3. Christian Bale
1. Suriya
2. Christian Bale
3. Shahrukh Khan

View All 8


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.