Actors and Actresses Who Play Good and Bad Characters Really Well


The Top Ten

1 Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many more.
2 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio
3 Robert De Niro Robert De Niro

This guy can do anything!

4 Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.
5 Samuel L Jackson
6 Bryan Cranston Bryan Cranston Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, ordained Pastor and producer.
7 Lee Marvin
8 Denzel Washington Denzel Washington Denzel 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.
9 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.
10 Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.

The Contenders

11 Rutger Hauer Rutger Hauer
12 John Travolta John Travolta John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
13 Al Pacino Al Pacino
14 Meryl Streep Meryl Streep Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.
15 Robert Mitchum
16 Faye Dunaway Faye Dunaway Dorothy Faye Dunaway is an American actress. She has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy, and was the first-ever recipient of a Leopard Club Award which honors film professionals whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination.
17 Liam Neeson Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years.
18 Matthew McConaughey Matthew McConaughey Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, the legal thriller A Time to Kill, Steven Spielberg's more.
19 Kurt Russell Kurt Russell
20 John Lithgow
21 Robert Shaw Robert Shaw
22 Ed Norton
23 Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi
24 Charlize Theron Charlize Theron
25 Michael K. Williams
26 Jim Carrey Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, more.

Gotta admit, this guy is just weird.

27 Hrithik Roshan Hrithik Roshan
28 Woody Harrelson Woody Harrelson
29 Billy Bob Thornton
30 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp John 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. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.
31 Ray Liotta Ray Liotta
32 Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins
33 Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey
34 Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper
35 Christopher Walken Christopher Walken
36 Martin Sheen
37 Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Day-Lewis Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has won 3 Academy Awards for Best Actor for My Left Foot, There Will be Blood, and Lincoln.
38 Mel Gibson Mel Gibson
39 Tom Hardy Tom Hardy
40 Willem Dafoe Willem Dafoe William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. A member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). He is also well known for his performances as Jesus Christ in The Last more.
41 Kathy Bates Kathy Bates Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress. She began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother.
42 Mickey Rourke Mickey Rourke Philip Andre Rourke Jr., known professionally as Mickey Rourke, is an American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films.
43 Nicolas Cage Nicolas Cage Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. He is well known for his roles in Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Vampire's Kiss, Wild at Heart, Honeymoon in Vegas, Red Rock West, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, City of Angels, 8MM, Bringing more.
44 Ed Harris
45 Glenn Close Glenn Close Glenn Close is an American actress, singer and film producer. With an acting career spanning over 40 years, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.
46 Bette Davis Bette Davis Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances more.
47 Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor that has won 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
48 Alan Rickman Alan Rickman Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016
49 Lance Henriksen
50 Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart Sir Patrick Stewart is an English actor whose career has included roles on stage, television, and film.
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