Top Ten Actors With the Best Acting Range

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The Top Ten

1 Tom Hanks Tom Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Splash, Big, Turner & Hooch, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, the Toy Story Franchise, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. ...read more.

He played a dim-witted, gentle man in Forrest Gump, a hardcore Army captain in Saving Private Ryan, a businessman fighting AIDS in Philadelphia, and a man lost on an island in Boston Cast Away. Those roles are all very different from one another.

He can go from playing Forrest Gump to playing the captain in Captain Phillips. He can so it all - Cyclone97

Definitely my favourite actor ever! To me, there is no role this man cannot act well!

That's an overstatement. He has obviously limits in his acting.

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2 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.

What character hasn't this guy played. come on guys from Donnie Brasco, to the Demon Barber of Fleet Street to Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp's acting range is practically unlimited think about it.

3 Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker, having performed for nearly 60 years.

Come on people he has been in so many movies from the cry baby killer(1958) to One flew over the Cuckoos nest(1975) Shinning(1980) Batman(1989) As good as it gets(1997) and the departed(2006) plus over 50 more films... so yeah he should be number one

4 Al Pacino Al Pacino
5 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio

LOVE HIM

6 Brad Pitt Brad Pitt William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories and received three further Academy Award nominations, winning one, as producer under his ...read more.
7 Robert De Niro Robert De Niro

He really can act! He's believable in anything he's in. - Britgirl

8 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman ...read more.
9 Dustin Hoffman Dustin Hoffman Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor and director with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters.
10 Edward Norton Edward Norton Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman.

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal

He can go from skinny psychopath to a role in a rom-com to a boxer. He should be in the top five.

13 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black lineup, Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is often referred ...read more.

Greatest actor I've ever seen,
Should be at top 3

14 Nathaniel Potvin Nathaniel Potvin Nathaniel James Potvin (born October 2, 1999) is an actor known for his roles in Twist of Faith and Table 58. He guest starred on Jessie, The Haunted Hathways and Girl Meets World. He currently plays Ryan Walker on MECH-X4.

Is this by any chance Andre56? - gemcloben

I wonder who added this... - IronSabbathPriest

Why isn't he on top? - keyson

It's a matter of how many points an item gets through original position on list, remixes and votes. The items listed above have more. - Billyv

15 Robert Duvall Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award.
16 John Malkovich John Malkovich
17 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.
18 Matt Damon Matt Damon
19 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.
20 Ben Kingsley Ben Kingsley Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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