Best Actors of the 90s

The Top Ten

1 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.

tom hanks... very much obvious... the first time this list and I hav like opinions! n I feel so proud...
and I guess the quality n high standards of performance set by hanks are way above the competition...
thanks guys keep voting...
run forrest run...

Tom Hanks is an amazingly talented actor. Well-rounded and imaginative, he has done more for the film industry in the last few decades than many that have tried. I.wonder if he just picks great roles, or does he make a movie great?

Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), That Thing You Do! (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), You've Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999).

Tom Hanks was the best in Forrest Gump.. He was just awesome. I enjoyed the Green Mile too. I think Tom Hanks is a really nice person and he should be right up their with his acting.. He is truly awesome.

2 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s.

I absolutely find Leonardo DiCaprio very talented and cute. He's now older but he still has all that talent. He's a wonderful person in so many ways. The way he surges for the environment. I've watched some his recent movies.

So good looking and an awesome actor!
I wish he still looked the same because I really wanted
Him to be in my movie that I'm gonna make when I'm older in Hollywood
Based on my novel about vampires. I wish that Leonardo Dicaprio would be
The guy in my movie

Critters 3 (1991), This Boy's Life (1993), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Quick and the Dead (1995), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Total Eclipse (1995), Romeo Juliet (1996), Marvin's Room (1996), Titanic (1997), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), Celebrity (1998).

"Leo I love you since I saw titanic and now o watched some movies of you and I can tell you how many talent you have" I think that leo is the top one he is hot, cute... He is the BEST

3 Tom Cruise Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.

Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996), Eyes withe Shut (1999), Magnolia (1999).

A Few Good Men and Mission Impossible were two of the greatest movies of the '90s. He made them very dramatic and interesting.

His personality exudes out any character he plays. It gives the the feeling of optimistic and joyfulness

So many memorable performances, an iconic superstar and very handsome too!

4 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.

Too Young to Die? (1990), Across the Tracks (1991), Thelma & Louise (1991), Johnny Suede (1991), Cool World (1992), A River Runs Through It (1992), Kalifornia (1993), True Romance (1993), The Favor (1994), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994), Se7en (1995), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Sleepers (1996), The Devil's Own (1997), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), The Dark Side of the Sun (1997), Meet Joe Black (1998), Fight Club (1999).

Brad Pitt is one of the best actors in History. He is just awesome. Really enjoyed Joe Black, Seven Years in Tibet, Sleepers and my favorite is Legends of the Fall. He should be right up their at the top. You can just see what a great person he is and his beautiful wife Angelina. You can see what a great person he is if you go to New Orleans, you may see him. Helping the people from Hurricane Katrina.

Brad Pitt is one famous actor and deserves all of the credit he gets..He is terrific.

Absolutely very underrated! Love everything about him. Great guy agreat actor!

5 Keanu Reeves Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor, director, producer, and musician. He gained fame for his starring role performances in several blockbuster films, including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise.

I Love You to Death (1990), Tune in Tomorrow... (1990), Point Break (1991), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Speed (1994), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Chain Reaction (1996), Feeling Minnesota (1996), The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), The Devil's Advocate (1997), The Matrix (1999).

Maybe not as good as Tom Hanks, but definitely the best action star in the 90s with movies like Speed and The Matrix.

Lovable! I'm always gonna vote for him. Amazing actor, lovely personality, not to mention his looks...

He is breathtaking taking. And very humble celebrity,he is good person on and off screen.

6 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.

Cry-Baby (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Arizona Dream (1993), Benny & Joon (1993), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan DeMarco (1994), Dead Man (1995), Nick of Time (1995), Donnie Brasco (1997), The Brave (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Ninth Gate (1999), The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999).

How is it that this amazing actor/man/person is not number one? He is by far the best actor here then mabey tom cruise... And jim carrey, adam sandler, bredon fraiser, will smith, leonardo dicapreo and brad pitt... The others pretty much suck...

Do not forget captain jack sparrow or sweeney todd no one could play like him

Great career considering during this time he went out of his way to not gain comercial success

7 Matt Damon Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.

I agree. Matt Damon was fantastic in Good Will Hunting.

Good will hunting was a phenomenal film

He deserved in 3rd place

Nice personality...
The man in super hero

8 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, ...read more.

Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), Dumb & Dumber (1994), Batman Forever (1995), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), The Cable Guy (1996), Liar Liar (1997), The Truman Show (1998), Simon Birch (1998), Man on the Moon (1999).

Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, The truman show... aside from the grinch movie from 2000, I enjoy all of his movies, especially liar liar and the cable guy.

Jim Carrey Should be in at least number 2, But I do agree with number 1 Tom Hanks, because Tom is a legend

I just love his movies... He is the best... He should top this list...

9 Sylvester Stallone Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Rocky V (1990), Oscar (1991), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), Cliffhanger (1993), Demolition Man (1993), The Specialist (1994), Judge Dredd (1995), Assassins (1995), Daylight (1996), The Good Life (1997), Cop Land (1997).

He's epic in every single way, and more than deserves to be in front of Pierce Brosnan

The Rocky series revolutionized the world for the better, and I also love Creed.

Rocky was the greatest movie Sly ever played in..He's an awesome actor.

10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.

Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Last Action Hero (1993), True Lies (1994), Junior (1994), Eraser (1996), Jingle All the Way (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), End of Days (1999).

Kindergarten cop is definitely one of my favorite movies. I liked the first Terminator movie but my favorite was the second Terminator with Linda Hamilton.

My favorite performance he's done is Terminator

I liked all of his movies he was in

The Contenders

11 Bruce Willis Walter Bruce Willis, known professionally as Bruce Willis, is an American actor, producer, and singer.

Die Hard 2 (1990), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Mortal Thoughts (1991), Hudson Hawk (1991), Billy Bathgate (1991), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Death Becomes Her (1992), Striking Distance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), North (1994), Color of Night (1994), Nobody's Fool (1994), Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Four Rooms (1995), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Last Man Standing (1996), The Fifth Element (1997), The Jackal (1997), Mercury Rising (1998), Armageddon (1998), The Siege (1998), Breakfast of Champions (1999), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Story of Us (1999).

Great man. Not a liberal Hollywood wackadoodle like most

Old skool actor kicks ass

12 Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey Fowler is an American actor, producer and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television.

"Henry and June (1991), Darrow (1991), A Show of Force (1991), Consenting Adults (1992), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Ref (1994), Iron Will (1994), Se7en (1995), The Usual Suspects (1995), Swimming With Sharks (1995), Outbreak (1995), Looking For Richard (1996), A Time to Kill (1996), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), LA Confidential (1997), The Negotiator (1998), Hurlyburly (1998), American Beauty (1999)

A Show of Force (1990), Henry & June (1990), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Consenting Adults (1992), Iron Will (1994), The Ref (1994), Doomsday Gun (1994), Swimming with Sharks (1994), The Usual Suspects (1994), Outbreak (1995), Se7en (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), L. A. Confidential (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), The Negotiator (1998), Hurlyburly (1998), American Beauty (1999), The Big Kahuna (1999).

American Beauty, L. A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, The Negotiator, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Outbreak, Swimming with Sharks, Glengarry Glen Ross.

Hall of Fame material

13 Anthony Hopkins Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He was born on December 31, 1937 in Margam, Wales. He is known for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has also won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille ...read more.

Desperate Hours (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Freejack (1992), Spotswood (1992), Howards End (1992), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Chaplin (1992), The Innocent (1993), The Remains of the Day (1993), Shadowlands (1993), The Road to Wellville (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994), Nixon (1995), August (1996), Surviving Picasso (1996), The Edge (1997), Amistad (1997), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Meet Joe Black (1998), Instinct (1999), Titus (1999).

14 Robert De Niro Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. is an American actor, producer, and director. De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Stanley & Iris (1990), Goodfellas (1990), Awakenings (1990), Guilty by Suspicion (1991), Backdraft (1991), Cape Fear (1991), Night and the City (1992), Mad Dog and Glory (1993), This Boy's Life (1993), A Bronx Tale (1993), Frankenstein (1994), Casino (1995), Heat (1995), The Fan (1996), Sleepers (1996), Marvin's Room (1996), Cop Land (1997), Wag the Dog (1997), Jackie Brown (1997), Ronin (1998), Analyze This (1999), Flawless (1999).

15 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.

I was hesitant to see Primal Fear until I saw Norton's incredible performance. And Fight Club remains to be one of my favorite movies of all time. He does everything well, and that's pretty much a must-do for actors. Most of the actors on this list are incredible, but Edward Norton should be higher up.

Surprised to see Edward this low. His performance in American History X was Oscar worthy and Fight Club was great. As the first comment stated, I also wonder what he has been up to. I haven't seen him in many Hollywood movies since his heyday in the late 90s.

American History X, Primal Fear, Fight Club.3 of my favourite films of the 90's. Should have won at least 1 oscar if not 2.

He is one terrific actor. I love the movies he plays in. You are pretty much guaranteed he's the bad guy.

16 Alec Baldwin Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor, producer, and comedian. A member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all actors.

The Hunt for Red October (1990), Miami Blues (1990), Alice (1990), The Marrying Man (1991), Prelude to a Kiss (1992), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Malice (1993), The Getaway (1994), The Shadow (1994), A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), The Juror (1996), Heaven's Prisoners (1996), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), The Edge (1997), Thick as Thieves (1998), Mercury Rising (1998), The Confession (1999), Scout's Honor (1999), Outside Providence (1999).

17 Pierce Brosnan Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor and film producer who after leaving comprehensive school at age 16, began training in commercial illustration.

The perfect Bond for the 90s and many other great performances outside of the franchise like The Thomas Crown affair, Dante's peak and The Tailor of Panama.

Two questions:
1. Am I the only one who knows Pierce Brosnan ONLY cause he was in Mamma Mia 1and 2?
and 2: WHY THE HECK ISN'T JOHN STAMOS ON THIS LIST?!?!?!

His best film of James Bond was a prestigious performance

All bond flicks...remington steele...this guy
Made my 90s

18 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.

Look Who's Talking Too (1990), Chains of Gold (1991), Eyes of an Angel (1991), Shout (1991), Look Who's Talking Now (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995), Broken Arrow (1996), Phenomenon (1996), Michael (1996), She's So Lovely (1997), Face/Off (1997), Mad City (1997), Primary Colors (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), A Civil Action (1998), The General's Daughter (1999).

Greese was the #1 hit of musical of all time.

19 Brendan Fraser Brendan James Fraser is a Canadian-American actor. He played Rick O'Connell in The Mummy trilogy, and is known for his comedy and fantasy leading roles in films, such as Encino Man, The Scout, George of the Jungle, Bedazzled, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Inkheart. ...read more.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent (1991), Encino Man (1992), School Ties (1992), Twenty Bucks (1993), Younger and Younger (1993), With Honors (1994), Airheads (1994), The Scout (1994), The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995), Glory Daze (1995), Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), The Twilight of the Golds (1997), George of the Jungle (1997), Still Breathing (1997), Gods and Monsters (1998), Blast from the Past (1999), Dudley Do-Right (1999), The Mummy (1999).

At first he finished his college then became a television actor slowly slowly he gained popularity and came to Hollywood then he married Afton Smith and became successful when Afton saw that he was not earning much she gave him divorce then he was still good but suddenly his career failed and Hollywood had thrown him out now in 2017 Mummy they didn't give him the leading role instead they gave it to Tom Cruise. It has been years since had appeared at the big screen now he's offered "The Field" a Bollywood movie. Best of luck to him if he is reading this comment.☺

He must be back in Hollywood. He is a really talented actor. The reason his career had drown is because of his stupid Ex-wife Afton smith who is a gold digger. Just used him for money. She came into his life and went away just like a passing cloud. But his fans would pray for him to be back in Hollywood. Best of luck for his upcoming Bollywood movie "The fields" ☺

20 Mark Wahlberg Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, businessman, former model, rapper, and songwriter.

He is the most sexiest men alive! If Rhea Durham don't want him send him my way! Ill put him to good use! Ill make him think the badroom is my bith place!

What? No 23? You guys are crazy...

22? you mad.

21 Mel Gibson Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series.

Air America (1990), Bird on a Wire (1990), Hamlet (1990), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Man Without a Face (1993), Maverick (1994), Braveheart (1995), Ransom (1996), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Payback (1999).

Braveheart was one of the greatest films of all time

22 River Phoenix River Jude Phoenix, born River Jude Bottom (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

A man that was and still is truly amazing, he deserved so much more then what he was given

River is honestly the best actor ever? like why the heck ain't he #1. him and keanu are ICONS

River's voice is not dead yet and it never will.

Most promising actor ever

23 Adam Sandler Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

Shakes the Clown (1991), Coneheads (1993), Airheads (1994), Mixed Nuts (1994), Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), Bulletproof (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), The Waterboy (1998), Big Daddy (1999).

The wedding singer was really good

Gets better & better

He is amazing

24 Jeff Goldblum Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum is an American actor and musician. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his era, Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as their respective sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Mister Frost (1990), Fathers & Sons (1992), Deep Cover (1992), Shooting Elizabeth (1992), Jurassic Park (1993), Hideaway (1995), Nine Months (1995), Powder (1995), The Great White Hype (1996), Independence Day (1996), Mad Dog Time (1996), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Holy Man (1998).

he was great in the show law and order ci his started I think in 2009? I think so.

25 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 ...read more.

The Two Jakes (1990), Man Trouble (1992), A Few Good Men (1992), Hoffa (1992), Wolf (1994), The Crossing Guard (1995), Blood and Wine (1996), The Evening Star (1996), Mars Attacks! (1996), As Good as It Gets (1997).

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