Top Ten Greatest Actors

Presenting the top ten best male actors in the history of cinema. The greatest actors including silver screen heroes, Oscar winners, Bollywood superstars, and big time names from the small screen.
The Top Ten
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.

The #1 spot is completely deserved! Tom Hanks is downright the most versatile actor of all time. Every single movie he's in is a work of art, because he makes it. He can play funny roles, a man with aids, a WW2 captain, a man with a mental disability, the list goes on.

Seems to be one of the nicest guys on the planet. Possibly the most likeable actor out there. Have liked him since the days of "Bosom Buddies".

I was REALLY scared to see if he was going to be lower on this list but damn, I did not expect my favorite actor of all time to be THIS beloved?

The absolute greatest actor who will ever exist let us never forget the legendary parts of the WWII captain, Woody, or Forrest Gump. no one else will ever come close to even challenging this God of acting. He is the star of my First (Saving Private Ryan), second (Toy Story 4) and Fourth (Forrest Gump) favourite movies.

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 man whose age one must not ask, because eternal is his middle name. I am one of the unlucky souls to be born after his generation, but then again he belongs to all generations. He, like Mr. Bachchan, Sir Ian, Sir Caine, Sir Freemen and Sir Lee belongs make us believe in immortality with their never ending roles. They are more than versatile for they are the embodiment of "actor". to our feeble minds, he is the hero to every villain and the villain to all heroes. So, I guess Nicholson award does not roll that easily of the tongue. But we can't argue that he has flown much higher up our cuckoo's nest.

Fell in love with this man after I watched one flew over the cuckoos nest. His performance was flawless and the movie in general was just a joy to watch. Beautiful film. Performances in the shining, Chinatown, as good as it gets and the departed are just a few other examples of this mans brilliance. Love JD and tom hanks but there quality of performance isn't quite on the same level as jacky boys. For me he's the best. Other notable greats that aren't far off for me include, Al Pacino, Daniel day Lewis, Robert de niro, Gary oldman, gene Hackman, Alan rickman, and Anthony Hopkins. Don't understand how will smith and Tom cruise have managed to secure more votes than the last 4 actors that I mentioned, especially gene Hackman and Anthony Hopkins... Gene Hackman is actually 100th on this list with less votes than Daniel Radcliffe and Andrew Lincoln. What a load of baloney.

Simply put, Jack is the man! One the most versatile (great as a psychopath, the best. see The Shining, Cuckoos Nest, The Departed). Who the hell are the crackheads that consider Jared Leto or Johnny Depp or even Brando better than Jack? Depp is a very versatile actor but I don't consider him to be great at any of them. Leto? Requiem for a Dream he played a very good part but that's it really.. Brando, aside from The Godfather and maybe On the waterfront was all that great an actor (he was good in Apocalypse now but had to short a part.)

Jack Nicholson is one of the only actors of the past 40 years to be named on this list: Nicholson, De Niro, Hanks, and Day-Lewis. End of story. Watch Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, The Departed, etc. How do you even compare Al Pacino or Johnny Depp to him. They are both GOOD actors, but lack the special thing that GREAT actors have. Plus Pacino is only a gangster, prove me wrong Pacino.

Robert DeNiro 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.

Have never seen "The Godfather" movies, but I'd recognize that reference anywhere. Another versatile actor with lots of good movies under his belt. An absolute classic.

To be honest, a lot of old time actors are not in the top 20 except for DeNiro, Pacino, and Brando. I have been watching lots of movies, and looked on this list, and wondered why about 90% of the entire list absolutely WRONG. I couldn't find any of the OG actors. Here is the list of actors that are very underappreciated in my opinion:
Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Laurence Oliver, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Newman, Robert Duvall, Charlie Chaplin, Bruce Lee, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Sean Connery, Alan Rickman, James Earl Jones, Clark Gable, Peter Sellers, Anthony Perkins, Anthony Hopkins, and Gregory Peck just to name a few. Why did people even put Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio or even Tom Hanks on the same level or even above the level of actors like DeNiro? I just wanted to give a quick rant about why actors from back then are better than actors are today and how messed up the world is right now. Anyway... back to why I chose DeNiro. DeNiro has had many stellar ...more

This list is hideous; makes me wanna run straight into the bathroom and right to the porcelain. I'd say 95% of the voters to this survey must have been born after 1990 or total morons. Or both.

Depp and DiCaprio are slightly better than average actors who have their moments, but they don't belong in the same country as guys like Nicholson, Marlon Brando, DiNiro, Pacino, Bogart. Tom Hanks is a cut above but not a cut above the list of legends I just mentioned. What a joke.

If you want to go more modern, what about Denzel, Morgan Freeman, or even Harrison Ford? I'd take Kevin Spacey over some of the clowns near the top of this list.

Depp/DiCaprio couldn't even look up to the sky and still see DiNiro above them. That's how far below they are.

Style, Accent, Delivery, Action, Range, Emotion. Tick them all. Ask for their perfect blend. U get Mr. DeNiro, possibly the first and last of his kind. We invite him to all shows around glove just to see this divine gift and enjoy this brilliant piece of humanity. Even the Joker earned his show ticket for chaos of the heart from this heavenly taxidriver.

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.

I don't think he is sexy but the man can act! He is very diverse and agile. He can be so funny, elusive, mysterious, boyish, wise, psycho, happy, sad, grievous, etc. And I believe every moment of his characters.

Johnny Depp is the best actor and I love his movies. He sing very good too, I've watched the movie "Sweeney Todd" and I really liked the way he sing in it. It's not only that, he is the most sexiest man in the world, I LOVE HIM!

There is no doubt that Johnny Depp IS the best actor in the world. Hands down. I would love to see anyone else in this list match his versatility. The man started off with Edward Scissorhands and acted solely with his eyes. He followed it up with Ed Wood, Benny and Joon, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Sleepy Hollow, Chocolat, Blow and From Hell. And if you think that wasn't enough "range" the last decade has seen him rule the box office as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates series. His performance in Finding Neverland, Secret Window, Sweeney Todd, Alice In Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Public Enemies and a lesser known movie - but no less exceptional in term of Depp's performance - The Libertine are just superb. He is the best character actor in the world, naturally alluring with an intelligent mind and those deep liquid eyes. He is the sexiest man alive and to me the greatest actors list starts, continues and ends with ...more

I have seen many Hollywood movies. Recently I came across this guy. I am not that good in expressing or explaining but this much I can say that some one said the truth that, "He can be so funny, elusive, mysterious, boyish, wise, psycho, happy, sad, grievous, etc. And I believe every moment of his characters. " I was so influenced by Johnny Depp that I watched 8 movies in two days just buy downloading them and watching them one after the another. I am really influenced by this awesome actor. I learn many things when I feel his acting, expression and many things. It was just my opinion, you may agree to it or you may not. Thank You.

Al Pacino Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning more than five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors.

Al Pacino jumpstarted the careers of Robert DeNiro and many others on this list. His acting prowess is unmatched. There is a reason that many of his movies aare listed in the top 100 of all time, including The Godfather series. This man knows not only film acting, but theatre acting as well. As an ACTOR, he is the best of all time. I can understand why the popular vote isn't swaying his way, since many of his best movies are older. However, that doesn't change the fact that he is the best of all time.

Everything great needs a challenger. DeNiro's throne needed an Al Pacino.
God delivered him to us as a piece of clay to be molded into roles that shall become example. The literal acting child of Sir Marlon has outdone him after all. His acting is the scent of life for some of us. I might have seen his dialogues a million times.

One of the greatest actors in history. He can be the guy you love and the guy that you love to hate! His film career has withstood the test of time. It is filled with diverse screen roles and his tremendous ability to set the screen on fire. If he was younger he would be the only man alive that could honestly pull off being larger than life and believable as Christian Grey. I don't think that there are any other actors alive that will be able to realistically be Christian Grey onscreen. So sad the book wasn't written sooner and for Pacino!

In terms of ACTING SKILL, Pacino #1, Johnny Depp #2, De Niro #3, Brad Pitt #4 all of these are almost equal in my opinion, and for people who's gonna laugh of my brad pitt choice, Brad Pitt is one of the best actor I've seen, Some of his movie that he performed acting like crazy: Twelve Monkey (acting like some kind of psychotic), Troy as Achille, Kalifornia as a serial killer, Snatch who is playing a pikey irish that we can hear him talk just barely since he speak so bad ( very funny ), and his top movie in terms of ''ACTING SKILL'' in my opinion is The Assasination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. In this movie Brad Pitt is playing jesse james role so perfectly, when he know that someone is trying to betray him, you can read in his face that he know, he don't even have to say anything, he just do the acting perfectly. at the table when he start to humiliate Robert Ford at dinner when he ask him to tell him the things he has in common, and when he laugh loud and everything, ...more

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

all I have to say when people debate whether leonardo di caprio is the greatest actor of all time is the simple word "inception". Then the argument is over. His performance in that movie was so amazing and flawless that if anyone who has seen inception wants to argue with me, they should watch the movie again, this time paying attention LEONARDO is the MAN! and I do have to say that johnny depps role as jack sparrow was almost as good, so he deserves a high spot on this list as well

Stop looking at his pre 2000 movies. Once he took up Gangs of New York, he never stopped giving phenomenal performance year after year in some of the best movies of the past twenty years. Check out his performances in Gangs of New York, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Revenant, and most recently, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. The man knows how to completely emulate characters and bring them to their maximum potential. He is the best actor in film.

Leonardo is really just the best actor ever. Every movie I see with him in it is just amazing. Titanic was a bit overrated, but his role in Inception was the most amazing acting job ever, and he was great in Catch me if you can, The revenant, the departed... he is the best actor

I'll admit, he's handsome. Young leo and current leo are both very attractive and good looking men. But there is way more to him, he is a talented actor, Basketball Diaries, Gilbert Grape, Revenant, Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, and Titanic especially are some of my favorite films of all time. He is talented and an environmentalist. He is a humble and talented man who should've won an Oscar many years before 2010 where he won his first after being nominated 6 times before the Revenant.

Marlon Brando Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.

No one can rival the greatest actor of all time. Okay that was an overstatement, actors like DDL or Jack Nicholson are just below him. But Marlon Brando took acting very seriously I MEAN VERY SERIOUSLY (it messed him up) and it shows in his movies. He was hard to work with on set, but look where that got him. He smashed nearly every role he was given. Some of his movies include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Julius Caesar, The Wild One, On The Waterfront, the Godfather, and Apocalypse Now. They are all great films made even better or carried by Marlon Brando.

Man, you can't just make an all time greatest list by inviting votes of today's public. This population also includes retards and bunch of jokers who go all ga ga over actors like Johnny Depp and Leonardo. I mean they are good but not anywhere near actors like Brando, Pacino, DeNiro and Hopkins. And where is Morgan Freeman? Good lord! I guess this list should be renamed to "favorite actors of present generation" instead of "top ten greatest actors". I am an Indian still I can't understand why so many Hindi and Tamil actors are here in this list. I bet most of the people who voted here don't know heck about acting.
I am sorry to say but this is just not fair.
Regards
- Dev

I mean, come on, this guy is amazing. If you go back and look at films that came out around the same time as "On the Waterfront" you can see how amazing this guy was. Everyone else is just saying their lines but this guy was living them. He's in "Guys and Dolls" with Frank Sinatra and he makes Frank look like an Amateur, and Brando really shouldn't have any business being in a musical and yet he kills it. This is the best actor of all time. No question.

Streetcar; Waterfront; Julius Ceasar; Wild One; Zapata - five performances right out of the gate that have no equal! Not even Brando could compete with these early ground breaking roles. Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe, Paul Newman all stated that he was the best by far. I think he became disillusioned with film making and fame and so withdrew his gift from the art form and walked on in later roles to keep the money coming in. His Godfather role was highly over rated but his presence is what made it work and it was a masterpiece of film making in every aspect. A one off for sure was Brando who was once labeled "The Talent Of Our Time"!

Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. ...read more.

Another with a voice that's everywhere. Movies. Commercials. Books on tape. Distinctive and mesmerizing. Has had plenty of great movie roles too. Another of the "old standards" who's been in the biz for decades and never seems to get stale.

Morgan Freeman... His voice alone could win an Oscar. What is there to say about Freeman, besides always turning in a great performance. Can be somber, can be intense, can be funny... No limits. His best performances. #1 - Shawshank Redemption, Red. #2 - Hoke, Driving Mrs. Daisy
- difficult to leave out his role as Ned in Unforgiven, or his performance in Million Dollar Baby. So many good roles.

Morgmyster I call him. A spectacular tribute to the acting history. Freeman and Hanks in my mind are the best you can imagine. Freeman starred beautifully in Invictus and a great actor in Shawshank and all the new modern films. He is what I like to call unbeatable. He is the light shinning in the dark... He is the greatest actor of all time. If anyone thinks that anyone can mess him over (apart form Learnardo Decaprio and Tom Hanks and that guy off the new fantastic 4) they are wrong and if I met someone how thought different I would fold them like a deck of cards.

Lean on me, my old man's favorite of his, batman dark knights, no way in hell yall can't tell me he not one of the greatest, he top 5 one of the greatest of all times and I do mean all times and there are a lot of great actors out there but no matter what he still top 5 remember the name BIG LOS I'm gone comment on every actor I think and know is great, I'm not gone comment here I'm gone comment under there pictures I'm gone put my name BIG LOS legendary actors then meantion the movies they kick ass in.

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.

DDL could be the greatest actor ever, if he had more movies. But his lack of screen appearances are made up by his astounding performances. The only person to win Best Actor (and I think any Oscar award) 3 times (for the movies My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, and Lincoln). He never disappoints and he's one of the few actors to NEVER have a "bad" performance. I hope he continues to make more movies.

If everyone understood Daniel Day Lewis's commitment to each movie he's in, they'd put him in the top 5. He's only been in 8 movies in this entire life, and he's won 3 oscars! All of them were completely deserved. He will gain 20 pounds, grow a beard down to his chest, and not shower for two whole weeks if that's what the director wants from him. I also must point out his brilliance as an actor alone. His performance in The Crucible had me in tears.

There should really be two separate lists here. One with Daniel Day Lewis. And another with everyone else. Danial Day Lewis is at another level that is untouched by any other actor. You don't see Lewis on film, you see only the characters he portrays, and each completely unrecognizable from the other.

To be honest this list is absolutely terrible Jason stratman is in front of daniel day Lewis? A man who has done nothing and played the same hard man english role vs the 2 time Oscar winner. (soon to be three for his part in lincoln). I mean the guys a legend he has put some unbelievable performances in movies such as: in the name of the father, gangs of new York, there will be blood, lincoln and my left foot. He is one of the best actors I have ever seen the only performance which is up with his in my mind is brando in the godfather and maybe Heath ledger as the joker. He is a true actor, he doesn't care about money but for the role and in my opinion he is the hardest worker with months of preparation going into his work.. He is the greatest of his generation for sure. We will wait and see if he proves himself best ever. I think he is...

Samuel L. Jackson Samuel 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 ...read more.

Kicked so much butt in action movies, how can you NOT like this guy? Also has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood.

He's just one of the most memorable people from our time thanks to a slew of memorable quotes and roles, such as the badass Nick Fury, or the hilarious Jules Winnfield. He's a great actor and can make even the worst of movies better thanks to his memorable presence and great acting talents, even when working with the worst of scripts.

Why is Samuel Jackson at 91, he should be in the top 20 at least! I mean come on! He is a great actor, he did very good in pulp fiction and coach cater. He is so underrated on this website, he is very talented and clever. The power he puts into his acting is unreal.

He is the most underrated versatile actor. He can play anything and make it good. Samuel L. Jackson should be higher. Loved him in Coach Carter, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Rules of Engagement, The Negotiator, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Pulp Fiction...the list goes on.

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Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

One of the most versatile actors in my lifetime. Can go from hilarious to dramatic and back again, sometimes within the same movie. From his TV series to his best movies (Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, One Hour Photo, just to name a few), was a true icon.

Comedians are amazing because they can do what dramatic actors can't... do both. Robin Williams, "Captain my Camptain," created roles that can not be duplicated from Good Will Hunting to Aladdin.

I miss him, honestly. But Aladdin? And Mrs. Doubtfire? Don't forget Jumanji (the original)! Night At The Museum wouldn't be that great without him! Flubber is great! If you think he deserves to be in 11th place, then you are CRAZY and INSANE and I will go over to your house (because I know where you live) and smack you 11 times!

His comedies will always be classics but it's the serious roles that I truly love. Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Insomnia. Robin Williams 100% should have done more serious roles and left things like Patch Adams and Jack to Jim Carrey.

Robert 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.

Robert Downey Jr. The only person who just might be able to go toe to toe with him on his finest day may just be Johnny Depp but hey, this dude deserves to be up there! Better than a ton of actors up there. His work in Iron Man as Tony Stark actually got me thinking whether he secretly was Tony Stark. Just that good. Perfect for any role he does. And the way he played Chaplin, mind-blowing! Do I even need to mention Tropic Thunder? And my oh my, Sherlock Holmes. He was a true British there for crying out loud! Diverse, awesome, sassy, confident, what's not to like? And to top it all off, this guy started his career at the age of 5! The best. Simply, the best.

I'll say, he's an amazing actor. Naturally born with the talent! My favorite parts he's acted, well I have more than three, like five, but I will share my top three. The part that earned third place is Tony Stark from The Avengers released in 2012. Second place is Iron Man from Iron Man released in 2008. And first place is... Iron Man (A.K.A. Tony Stark) from The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron. And just an FYI, I am aware these three were all the same part. But I must add that they are from different movies. I don't care about appearance more than acting, but I must admit he's pretty cute. And if anybody replaces him (that wont happen I hope) I will start a group against the person who replaced him. Unless he's better which I seriously doubt. I agree with all of you fans. GO ROBERT DOWNY JR!
- Grace C

Iron Man. The Golden Boy of the MCU. Robert Downey Jr. is the best Marvel actor definitely ever. My favourite Sherlock Holmes and a pretty good Dr Dolittle, RDJ is the best.

I admit that this man has changed my life. Not only does he do every single role he's ever played absolutely perfectly, he's also one of the hottest people I've ever had the luck to set my eyes on.
It's his fault that I'm in love with a fictional character (Tony Stark) and not someone real.

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.

The funniest actor ever by far. No one is as hilarious as Jim Carrey, his Riddler was the best I've ever seen and his Count Olaf was the best as well.

This guy is a super funny dude. It's amazing how well he does and such. I wonder how many times he cracks up when filming scenes for his movies.
Also, why are there so many people, like Johnny Depp (don't get me wrong, he's a good actor), that are on this list AND the Top Ten WORST Actors list?

One of my favourite actors of all time! He can play very funny parts but also serious parts for example his role in "The Truman Show". And very Dumb but funny parts like "Dumb and Dumber. You can't get a funnier actor than Jim Carrey!

My favorite actor is Jim Carrey I will tell you my favorite movies that he acts in are The mask Dumb & dumber Ace Ventura pet detective Ace Ventura 2 when nature calls Liar liar Bruce Almighty Dr. Seuss How the grinch stole Christmas Dr. Seuss Horton here's a who Mr. Poppins penguins and a lot more.

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 franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is ...read more.

This man - is a clown. I do not know why his picture is up with these other fine, great actors on this page. Why is not Denzel Washington's picture up. He is ten times the actor of Will Smith. Where is Morgan Freeman's picture as actor. Will Smith shouldn't be on a list of one of the best 200 actors of all time. Cuba Gooding Jr is 5 times better then Will Smith. What about Forest Whitaker - a very -very fine actor. I think that by showing Will Smith's face, on some of the greatest actors of all time, is sickening and down right insane. It makes me sick to my stomach that his face and name was on the same page as some of these great actors.

I can't believe he isn't higher on the list. Have you seen The Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Even from the beginning, he could act! Very well! Way too well! This is a guy that can make you laugh until your stomach hurt, but can also make you cry until your eyes are dry! Series, movies, wherever he appears, he will either make you laugh or cry, and anybody who can convey those two strong emotions into a perfect balance has to be the king of actors!

I have nothing against Will Smith, I feel he's a top 50 actor but I would take him out of the top ten and replace him with Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Denzel Washington, or Morgan Freeman. It's hard for me to evaluate Mr. Kahn because I have never seen him. That he is better than Hoffman and Hopkins is quite hard to believe. If he was, I think even in America I would have at least heard of him. I think the rest of the top 10 is pretty legit.

All of the different movies that he was in. He has played so many roles. He's went from playing a bad ass, to being that poor person on the street that has to grow, and also from that class clown in his play in the fresh prince. In every movie that he and T.V. show that he has been in he has embraced his role and used it to the fullest. If he wasn't in certain movies, they would instantly drop down in their ratings.

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.

Have loved him ever since his days on "St. Elsewhere". A wonderful actor on both small screen and big, and seems to be such a decent guy to boot. Easy on the eyes, too!

Probably the best actor ever overall. Denzel Washington was great in the Equalizer, Man on Fire and so on. He can act, special skills aside like singing and dancing he can act better than anyone.

There is no doubt, Denzel is top 5 actor if not top 3. Every role is believable. Glory had to be one of my favorite movies because of him. He and Hanks in Philadelphia... tour de force.

I believe that not only is Denzel Washington a good African American Actor, but rather he is a talented performer regardless. I think that most directors could pretty much assign him the responsibilities of any role that was not dependent on color to portray, whether that be from a movie script of stage play since he got his acting start on the dramatic theater stage performing in front of live audiences... And he would do as well a job as any other performer in successfully bringing the character to life enjoyably. He is very entertaining to watch due to his ability to become very animated and encompass each character he portrays.

Heath Ledger Heath 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.

Heath is a legend. He was able to fully understand and transform into characters in a way no one else could. Not just one, but TWO moments that he improvised during his unforgettable performance as the clown prince of crime during The Dark Knight are two of the best unscripted scenes of all time. Heath was able to immerse himself in a character and dedicate himself to that character and this performance, so much so that for that for the period of time in which the cameras were moving he truly became the character. I Brokeback Mountain the person whom his character was based on said that "he understands me better than I do." It is because of his brilliance that these performances were more than just performances, and instead they became legends. He is my all time favorite actor and deserves to be in that #1 spot!

Heath Ledger was an actor that never failed to move me. He was so unique and is still the only actor to this day that really knew how to immerse himself and become the actual character he was given to portray. He put everything into his acting, I mean he literally locked himself in a hotel room for 43 days to prepare for his role as the Joker! And his portrayal of the Joker WAS AMAZING! Not to mention his performance in Brokeback Mountain, A Knights Tale, and The Patriot... pretty much every film he was ever in. I look up to him so much and in my opinion he really was the best and always will be in my heart. R.I.P. Heathcliff Andrew Ledger

There are so many deluded people voting here that don't understand what acting is, they're all voting for the film stars, not the actors! People like Tom Cruise and Will Smith aren't good actors, they just look good and don't become the character; they stay as who they are, the "film star". People like Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Gary Oldman, Javier Bardem, Tom Hanks and many others should be higher up on this list! It's crazy, watch Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight - to name of few of his brilliant performances - and you will understand that that is proper acting from the best. R.I.P Heath Andrew Ledger, you will never be forgotten.

I know this one's a long shot, but lets be honest. Mr. Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight is one of the most vivid and deep pieces of acting ever accomplished. In this single role he managed to secure the movie's place as the greatest superhero film of all time, and his own reputation as the greatest villain every to be committed to film. While this was his greatest achievement, Mr. Ledger also has to be noted for his various other roles, including one of my favorites in A Knight Tale. This just shows how truly diverse of an actor he was. May he rest in peace.

Harrison Ford Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series.

This guy reshaped the world of acting. He is so funny and so 0w0! He did an amazing job in all of his movies with his adorable, angry, self and I'm surprised that he never won an oscar.

Where do I start, he is the very best! Everyone has heard of Indiana Jones and hans solo! This man has changed my life so much. I can remember some of my early birthday parties dedicated to him. I had at least 4 birthday parties based on him. Indiana Jones was my childhood! The Indiana Jones franchise is still my favourite and he is still in my top 3 actors. He may be getting old but he is still a MAJOR BADASS! His films will always be pure gold. The only reason he is not higher is because the high actors are young and get millions spent on CGI and other things.

ok, Harrison Ford is an actor yea, but he does not deserve to be here. Looks can't define someone. This is not to say I don't like him, but he deserves to be in the 60s

star wars is the best film series ever and han solo is the best actor. Seriously. u can check it out on all the top tens- this much is true. I LOVE HIS ACTING.

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.

Seriously 15th place?!?! Have never seen even half the actors listed before him step much outside their comfort zone. If a great actor constantly picks similar roles over and over, most of these guys are the best in the business. Most of them couldn't have come close to playing half his roles. I hated him when he first started becoming a household name, because he's pretty. People really miss out on some amazing movies due to this very same thinking. Can't help but feel it has something to do with his placement on a list such as this.

Could not agree more. As he ages he is even better as an actor he picks his roles to what fits and interested him. One role forgotten Mr. ^^ Mrs. Smith it was a great movie, but I am sure all those Friends fans would not agree but it really was a fun movie if you take everything else out of it. I bet it made a lot in the theaters but most would not admit to seeing it. Moneyball is his best yet and he pumped that movie after reading the book it took him a few years to be produced and now I am sure he will be in the running for an Oscar. They do not pay him what they Do if he was not a big ticket at the box office. I saw Meet Joe Black and that movie got horrible revues but he was great so was the movie.

Seriously? ! Brad Pitt is 19 huh!. He is the best actor out there. want some reasons : 1. Fight club, a movie that has a lot to say and brad pitt is great in it.2. Twelve monkeys.3. Benjamin button. 4. Inglorious Bastards, how great he is in it. Legends of the fall. want more 5, Se7en 6, meet joe black. They are all some of the best movies I have a ever seen. Watch any of them and you will vote for him here. Brad Pitt Forever

best films: once upon a time in hollywood, fury, world war Z, moneybag, inglorious basterds, curious case of benjamin button, oceans 11, 12, and 13, mr and mrs smith, troy (his best) fight club, meet joe black, sleepers, se7en, 12 monkeys, a river runs through it

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.

Not the absolute best but should be in Top 10. not sure why depp made it ahead of legends like Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Marlon Brando, Russel Crowe and Robert De Niro. These guys could easily make the top 5. Depp is overrated. In terms of talent, I consider him to be on the same level as Christian Bale and Leornardo Dicaprio and seeing him very far ahead is just stupid enough I wanna shoot myself. Also there's a lot of Indian actors. I never seen any of their movies so can't say much about them either. But I'm sure Christian Bale kicks pretty much a whole junk of their cartoonish ass.

He is far more devoted to each of his films than any other actor I have ever seen. He lost 60 lbs. for one movie (machinist), resulting in a scarily skinny body that most people thought it was CGI. Johnny Depp is amazing, as well as a bunch of others (Will Smith, Heath Ledger, Denzel Washington, etc), but Bale not only is a convincing actor capable of playing complex characters such as Batman or Patrick Bateman, but also has shown much potential as an action hero in movies such as Equilibrium, Terminator Salvation, the Dark Knight Series, etc. One of the best and most talented actors ever.

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No way is some Indian guy number 1. Not to be a total hater, but get all the darn Bollywood actors off the list. Bollywood films always seem like a joke. The acting isn't bad, just kinda pointless movies. They're just not as good as Hollywood.

He is definitely best actor of his generation and one of the best of all time. great acting skill and full dedication is obvious in each of his roles including: American hustle, the fighter, the prestige, the machinist, rescue dawn, and the Dark Knight Trilogy

He is an actor. A role player. You give him anything, he will play it brilliantly. That's the quality of a great actor. The dedication he puts in his roles is unparalleled. He won't stand out in a particular role like other actors because there's only one standout performance of an actor and that's because that actor might be with that mindframe or so, but this guy will be fit in any roles you give him. A true ACTOR

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. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award: ...read more.

He disappears into his roles and gives a multi-layered performance for every character he plays. I don't think I ever saw a more versatile actor with so much talent; he has this incredible ability to make you feel the character as though it was a real person coming out of the screen. Stansfield from The Professional still gave me chills after all this years, while the enigmatic Smiley from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, is compelling to watch even when he doesn't talk or move. And, unlike some of the actors above, he doesn't rely uniquely on heavy make-up to fully embody a role (unless it's necessary, like in Darkest Hour, because he doesn't resemble Churchill.)

I don't think I ever saw him giving any bad performance. He's probably one of the best, if not the best actor out there and yet, I feel he is pretty underrated because of his ability to fully embody any role. He's not a "star", like Pitt or DiCaprio. That means people don't often recognize him and have a hard time connecting his wide range of characters together, but people who know about acting (like his peers) would agree that all of his performances are top notch.

My first memory of ever actually feeling anything from a film is attributed to this wonderful man. When I was a teenager I watched The Professional and I got literal goosebumps when the scene before Stansfield enters Matilda’s apartment for the second time. The overhead shot of Gary taking that pill will always be seared into my brain. It was just brilliantly shot and the acting was superb. Gary will always be my favorite actor and an actor who I think is severely underrated. I think he is one of the few actors that has been apart, maybe sometimes unknowingly (because he is that good), of a lot of our collective most memorable cinematic moments. He deserves better than number 18 on this list.

he's very different in all roles and you don't think it's him. For example, in The professional and true romance you want to hate him but in Harry potter or Dark knight you want to love him with his character. Also, you don't see the actor behind the character and it's the sign of a great performer. I think he is the best actor and a nice person too.

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.

This dude is nearly 60, and he still does incredible stunts (hanging off the side of a helicopter, jumping out a plane, hanging off the side of an airbus, doing a jump off a motorbike.

Despite all that stupid stuff that came out of his mouth, Tom Cruise is an insanely good actor. (Minus Eyes Wide Shut) Everything he puts his heart and soul into is an instant success. Very few actors have that ability.

You are my favourite. You are doing very good job in acting I've ever seen in the world. So I am very much shocked that you are in very down under in this list.I want you to come in India to visit and shooting of any film of yours because in our country there is no shooting of any Hollywood movies except a few movies some scenes. So I request you to please come in India and do this mission possible

His movies simply outgrossed everybody elses except Tom Hanks. If you take Hank's cartoons out of the picture then Cruise is king of the box office. I guess its easy to crap on him for his religion, or being weird on oprah.. But even since then War of The Worlds, MI4, Knight and Day have all his the 100 mil mark

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.

The DeNiro's Pacino to Jack Nicholson. You can't choose between the power houses. Feels like if we have to define the bottom of the pit of acting, it is him. He was surely lurking there, a lost world of gems till we saw Dr. Lector and we can't stop searching anymore.

No contest. Anthony Hopkins is without any doubt the greatest actor OF ALL TIME! Forget Silence of the Lambs, good film of course. His performance in Titus is untouchable. Meet Joe Black, astounding! The Remains of the Day, truly remarkable. I could go on and on. This man has a gift for acting like no other, it's a shame to see the actors of today.
Johnny Depp, your kidding me right. Is it because his portrayal of Willy Wonka just captured the essence of the film. What a lousy excuse of an actor, seriously.

He can be anyone's nightmare as a Dr. Hannibal Lecter or he can make you feel that your existence is what imbalances nature's harmony as Dr. Ethan Powell and he can be the all powerful Odin and he is the only one who can shine like Burt Munro in The world's fastest Indian.

I was torn between Nicholson and Hopkins, but I just had to go with him simply because of Hannibal Lecter. Definitely one of the greatest performances in film history, and one of the best-deserved Best Actor awards ever.

Chris Pratt Christopher Michael "Chris" Pratt is an American actor. He came to prominence from his television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood and Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.1, Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame, Jurassic World, Passenger... Man he is one of the best actors I have ever known. Any Marvel or DC fans?

He just became my favorite Actor after he was in Guardians of the galaxy, I actually didn't know about him before that, he's an awesome actor but why so low?!

So, you guys think Adam driver is "hot" looking and very funny? Well, THIS guy is twice as funny as Adam driver will ever be. Plus he got me absolutely crazy over velociraptors...

He did an amazing performance in all his movies like the Lego movie, Jurassic world and guardians of the galaxy. His performance just WOW

Clint Eastwood Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.

Are you feeling lucky, punk? He is so good with lines and his charisma is very strong. I think he deserves to be the top one on this list. Most of his spoken words are being copied and the way he delivers it is very expressive. I don't think that there is still a kind of actor that could level his ability. Not even Pierce Brosnan can compared to him. He is truly a legend. Since, there is only two kinds of people in this world, the one who is loaded and the one who digs. You dig.

I realize these lists are popularity contests, mostly voted on by a younger crowd, but in my opinion Clint is the best actor I've ever seen, certainly the greatest living actor. He has too many classic movies to even start naming, and his career has spanned so many decades and the quality of his movies and performances has never diminished

All Clint had to do was be himself an he would captivate audiences everywhere. His one liners were legendary and his silence at times was equally great. I never seen him make a completely terrible movie, which happens sometimes to other top actors. Clint is an icon of the business, whether he's acting or directing.

This man has to be the greatest actor to ever live. His performences in his western movies are all classics and the other movies he played in, such has Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz and Gran Torino, are all phenomenal. It's a crime that he is currently number 24 on this list as of me writing this.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.

The Most Iconic Actor in the world. The Rock has starred in countless movies such as: Tooth Fairy, Jumanji, Journey to the Mysterious Island (my personal favourite) and Scorpian King and so forth. The Rock is easily the most cast able actor and his name sells more than any one else.

I do like the rock as a wrestler and in fast and furious but to be honest how can he be better than Christopher waltz, Michael fastbender and jack black seriously re-think people because the rocks not that good to better than Michael J Fox he was in one of the best movies of all time back to the future. People re-think your votes

He is fun and funny always brings a sense of humour to the roles he plays in and fits in with any character if its either an action figure a nervous figure or a weird figurehe is number 1 in my house!

He's a great actor, a great man and he was a great wrestler! I love him and I love his movies. I can't wait to see G.I. jOE: Retaliation next June 29th

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