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
1 Tom Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) 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, ...read more.

I thought this man is done with movies but captain phillips proved me wrong. He has the best filmography of 1990's. Now he's gonna get a certain oscar nomination for captain phillips or saving mr banks.

His best movies are Forrest Gump-1994 (his 2nd oscar win), Saving Private Ryan (oscar nomination-he deserved to win), Big (oscar nomination), The Terminal, A League of their own, philadelphia (his 1st oscar win- but not his best), cast away (oscar nomination-lost to gladiator), green mile, you have got mail (remake of shop around the corner, sleepless in seattle, road to perdition, catch me if you can, apollo 13, captain phillips, saving mr. Banks (in my to do list), cloud atlas, Splash, Toy story-1, 2, 3.

No actor is as versatile as Tom Hanks. He puts and by far the most time studying and learning the person he is portraying and the movie. Like in castaway, he stayed on the island by himself to figure out how he would eat and live in those conditions. Everything you saw him do in that movie he learned while he stranded himself on the island. And to lose the weight that he did and to gain it back, that's pure dedication. And I don't know any other actor that could've done Forest gum any better than he did. In the movie big, forget about it no one could've acted like a child like he did. There is been thousands of movies that are similar where they switch places with another person and no one nails it like Tom Hanks dead in bag

Nominated for 5 academy awards for playing a little kid in a man's body, a troubled WWII captain, a modern Robinson Caruso and his two Oscar winning roles as a gay man and a mentally challenged overachiever. Hanks is extremely versatile and is brilliant in both comedic and dramatic roles.

Tom Hanks Is Just the best. He is so versatile. Everything he touches is gold. I mean like Saving private Ryan is the best war movie. Forrest Gump is the best drama. Even toy story is considered one of he best kids movie,

2 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.

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.

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.

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.

This list is downright hideous. How many people voted here were born before 1990? Depp and DiNardo are OK, but guys like Bogart, Nicholson, Brando and Pacino are so far ahead of these clowns they wouldn't be able to see them in their rear view mirror. More recently, guys like Denzel, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford and probably even Kevin Spacey are better. This is why general public surveys should carry little to no weight.

3 Robert DeNiro Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (born August 17, 1943) 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.

Love his mind. Have never seen the Godfather but have great respect from listening to interviews like The Actors Studio and most recently his outing and warning Americans of notorious, Manhattan criminal grifter, Donald Trump. People in the city were very familiar with Trump's reprehensible business practices and ongoing lawsuits and legal problems.

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

People say he plays the same guy in every movie of his. But I just don't see how! Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver), Jake La Motta (Raging Bull), Jimmy Conway (Goodfellas), Michael (Deer Hunter) are all completely different from each other.
It's a shame people say Tom Hanks is great (which he is) and then deride De Niro, saying he plays the same monotonous character in every movie. That insults my intelligence.

De Niro is so very versatile... he can do serious roles and comedy with equal ease. He can put on a straight face and make you laugh.
For me, he is the greatest actor ever. He is method acting and natural acting combined into one.
Simply put, he is a legend.

Forgive me fanboys, I do not by any way mean to be harsh, but Johnny Depp at #1 is a joke. So are Shah Rukh Khan at #7 and Will Smith at #10 (I am Indian, by the way, and if any Indian actors deserve to be in this list's top ten, they're actors like Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan and Mammootty - especially ...more

#1 Robert DeNiro is the greatest actor of our time; not to mention the greatest actor of ALL time. He has won 2 Academy Awards and still makes movies to this day. The movie "Awakenings" with Robin Williams show the range and versatility DeNiro has and shows that he can act any role asked. In the Deer Hunter you felt like you were right there in the jungles of Vietnam with him. The delivery of his lines and the way he can make you believe anything is astonishing and breath-taking to watch. It is a joy to watch. He is the GOLD-standard in acting. In Ronin, the scene where he takes out the bullet from his gut after being shot and when he is done just looks at his co-actors and says, "OK, I am gonna go ahead and pass out now" was a masterpiece. Just watch his movies and compare him to anyone and you can see how he can easily have replaced any actor on this list. The same can NOT be said if you said that any other actor could have replaced Robert DeNiro in the acting roles he played in. ...more

4 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. ...read more.

I've only seen 5 Johnny Depp movies. And honestly, his performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in those movies is impeccable. He doesn't even have to say any lines to make the character. The way he walks, the way he holds and moves around his hands, and all of his various facial expressions tell you everything you need to know about the character! I've never seen an actor convey a characters personality so well just without needing to say any words! And on top of that, he delivers all of his exceptionally witty lines beyond perfectly!

PS Disney, if you make another PotC movie, it better have Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow! If it doesn't we won't watch!

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.

Reading what people think they mostly refer to his Jack Sparrow character. My favorite is actually Sweeney Todd. There are many others in which he took on quirky roles and did a great job with them.

If someone ask me if I ever seen a man of versatile talent, I can answer in 0.5 second that is johnny depp. Everyone think that actors who play romantic role they are best. But nowadays to make people laugh is the hardest thing. Jonny depp is born talent who can make you laugh as captain jack sparrow on the other side he can make you cry as james as well as he can be a erfect villain as grindelwald.There is no doubt that he is best actor of this century. I can see the whole caribbean ocean into this man..there is some special god gifted.

5 Leonardo Di Caprio Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s.

Leonardo DiCaprio could be the best actor ever. What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Wolf of Wall Street are two of the best performances I've ever seen. I have watched 20+ Leo DiCaprio movies and he never gave an bad or even average performance. Every performance he has is a good one and most are Oscar worthy. He is only in his 40's and he is one of the best actors. With only a few more great performances, everyone will realize he is an all-time great.

I chose Leonardo dicarpio cause he has inspired me and he's acting just amazed me.. I'll never forget the memorable moment when he wiped his blood on Kerry Washington's face in the movie Django unchained and the best part is that he didn't even hesitate or break character. I was really impressed by his character in the movie What's eating Gilbert grape... I like the fact that he started acting in the 1980's... I vote for him cause he deserves the best...

Honestly all these actors are great in their own right. I find it really hard to rank them. When people say this person, or that person is the best actor... I don't usually say anything. Take into the account the eras they acted in and the genre of movies they acted in as well as the quality of their performances. It is pretty close if you think about it. But I believe that at least 7 people here have a legitimate argument of being the greatest actor. Those people are Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day Lewis, and this man I voted for, Leonardo DiCaprio.

He began his career since such a young age and developes himself more and more. He is definitely the lost talented actor in my opinion. I don't think that other actors could do the role in Gilbert Grape if they would be at his age. Leonardo simply lives all of his roles and could pull every single role in my opinion. Just watch the aviator, catch me if you can, wolf of wallstreet, shutter island etc and you'll love him. He is also a person everyone should look up to. He donated 120 million dollars to a foundation that is related to nature, I think.

6 Al Pacino Alfredo James "Al" (April 25, 1940) 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.

Great actor. Many improvisational moments in all his films. My favorite of his films is hard, but has to go to Dog Day Afternoon.

I think there are 6 actors (DDL, DeNiro, Nicholson, Hanks, Brando, and Pacino) who can say they are the greatest actor of all time. Pacino may just be my favorite. He's been in so much great movies, and most of these movies are great because Pacino was in them. The Godfather trilogy, Scent of a Woman, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, The Irishmen, and Heat are only some of Pacino's best movies. I do agree he's been in some horrible movies such as Gigli and Jack and Jill but the rest of his movies and acting performances in them make up for it (he only played minor characters in those movies too). If it has been said once, it's been said a million times, Pacino may just be the most talented actor of all time.

I think there are several categories by which to evaluate the greatness of an actor.
1. Body of work - How many movies?
2. Roles - Diversity of characters played.
3. Cultural Impact - The affect their career had on the cultural landscape and movie industry.

It is the third category that best exemplifies this mans career, in my opinion. The string of film roles not only put him on the map in regards to the movie industry but cemented him in pop culture for all time. It is for roles such as;
1. The Godfather
2. Serpico
3. The Godfather part II
4. Dog Day Afternoon
5. Scarface

These movies establish him as a cultural icon but also a staple in the conversation as one of the top 15 greatest actors of all time.

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!

7 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. He died on July 1, 2004 at the age of 80.

The fascinating thing about this list is it's all about personal opinion. Greatest film / actor/ crisp brand? We could argue or debate forever. Personally I think Pitt and dicaprio are both fine actors , I've only just watched once upon a time in Hollywood and they were both once again very good. It's hard to argue that dicaprio is not a very fine actor , having seen his performance in what's eating Gilbert grape at such a young age it's hard to believe he didn't win an Oscar! However I'm sure both he and Pitt would crack a smile at their lofty positions on this list. At 39 I've seen films from both the golden age of cinema (1930-60) and the modern age , and I have to say have been equally astounded by both the film and acting performances in both generations. From citizen Kane and the searchers to apocalypse now and magnolia , their are so many right answers here. The actors I've found in numerous roles to be astonishing ( in no particular order) are Gregory peck/ Robert Mitchum / ...more

You couldn't take your eyes off him, not even when another actor was doing the talking. He was powerful in his silences.
I believe him to be America's greatest actor.

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"!

The only actor, who makes me forget who he really is. It was Stanley Kowalski in the Streetcar and not Brando, it was Terry in Waterfront and not Brando, it was Don Corleone in godfather and not Brando, it was Colonel Kurtz in apocalypse now and not Brando. This guy never wears a face, but strips himself naked, so that you may see not the actor or character but your own reflection. With Brando it isn't emotion, it's gestures, subtle, soft and suitable. A flick of eye for anger, a nervous twitch for agitation. Normal. For men express much in the heart. He knew it.

8 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, director and narrator. He has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles and is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), ...read more.

Morgan Freeman is just so so stunning when it comes to what I know he does... Be it the movies or anyother thing. Age can't stop his shine. #Blessed

GOD only knows. Seriously, when I die if Morgan Freeman isn't standing in front of me then I won't believe it's god. Every audio book in the world should be narrated by him, I'd buy them all!

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.

9 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.

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...

Daniel Day Lewis is the consummate actor who literally transforms himself into the characters he portrays. I especially respect he is so very selective about the roles he plays. I was smitten by him in "Last Of the Mohicans", repulsed by the father in "There Will Be Blood", and felt I had stepped back in time and really knew the true Abraham Lincoln. Great talent isn't sufficient enough to describe Daniel Day Lewis. His humility is his best trait and he certainly deserves to be higher on this particular list. He ranks with Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Peter O' Toole, Orson Wells, Marlon Brando, Spencer Tracy, but his humility doesn't allow him to see himself as their equal. That's merely my perception of this wonderful actor.

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.

Incomparable when considering all facets of Acting. Gravity & craft not only perfected, he is the next step in acting evolution. The only limit to due recognition for Daniel Day Lewis is that people may not actually recognize him, in character. He brought us the nearest we could ever be to Lincoln, barring the invention of time travel. He was lost to us when he discovered to us a fundamental character of American origins - becoming Bill (the Butcher) Cutting. A character so rivitingly outrageous and genuine that an all-time-master director (Scorsese) left the character's invention to DDL. His performances so separate him from his the best of his peers and predecessors that even they choose him as the greatest, with all due respect to the man who opened the path to greatness through method acting, Marlon Brando.(Look up the choice for greatest actor as made by other great actors and directors). It always and finally comes down to Day-Lewis and Brando. And while he stood on the giant ...more

10 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.

Samuel L. Jackson is the best actor I've probably ever seen, he is the star role character for Nick fury in Avengers which is on of the greatest series of movies ever. Samuel L. Jackson also acts in a lot of other movies, I don't know much but he does play in Kong Skull Island which is another great movie. He has great acting skills better than most people I've seen in a while, honestly he should star in a lot more movies than how many he has stared in now.

Samuel L Jackson! I've loved him and Loved watching him even before I knew much about movies... To tell you how great you are. I loved your works before I knew much about it... Then when I got to know as much as I do about it,...LACK WORDS!

Sam L. Jackson deserves to be in the top 10. He has fine-tuned his craft of acting and is a true professional in his various roles. I love that thing he does with his eye when he is p-o at someone.

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.

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11 Robert Downey Jr. Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor and producer. 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.

Surprisingly terrific in all his movies, especially the little moments, like in Chaplin. He seems to assume his character's personality. He'll weather the years well and hopefully will work into his 80s and beyond.

Robert Downey Jr! He's AMASOME! That's it! That's just it...I love watching his movies... His characters get me quiet and concentrated all the time!
I love Robert... Truly!

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 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.

12 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.

Robin Williams has one of the best acting range. Also he is in some of the best movies out there (Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet Society, Aladdin, Jumanji, and so much more). He will always be the best in my opinion.

He was no common actor. Not at all. He gave movies something only a few can: a soul. In fact I can't think of an actor right now that gave such heart and emotional immersion in films like this man did. Jumanji, Mr. Doubtfire, Dead Poet Society, Patch Admans. Man, those films couldn't have been so brilliant if Robin Williams had'nt been on them. Like, no way. He was a Jewel film maker. Movie he was in, movie you always remeber and enjoy. Period. World lost a big one. A really big one.

People need to stop voting for people that are just popular. For example SRK, he can't portray any emotion in a believable manner. His happiness is the only thing that is even a little believable but that is the easiest emotion. Sadness is something that SRK will take more than a lifetime to master because it's so fake. When Robin Williams is acting he looks genuinely happier than SRK even if he is depressed. And is sad emotions make you want to cry.

Robin Williams oh we could never forget about Robin Williams he is like the second best actor in the world he is great he is funny and serious he can Aldo make very funny and different voices like I love the movies Aladdin when he is the genie and the movie Mrs. Doubtfire or Biocential Man he is the best guys awesome yeah

13 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.

He's got to be the best actor of all-time Come on, people, have you ever seen the Ace Venturas, The Mask or Bruce Almighty? He was also in the Sonic The Hedgehog film (which is my favourite film of all-time) and in that film, he proves that he still hasn't lost his touch!

Jim Carrey is the best actor in the entire universe he is extremely funny and barley is he serious but that doesn't matter anyways I also love the movie Ace Ventura and The Truman Show those are just some of the amazing movies he is in he is the best.

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.

He is smookin hot. My favorite. Best movie I think BruceAlmighty. I would love to meat him some day. I don't think there could be a better actor than him. My number one comedy man. Should see Mr. Popers Penguins looks awesome. I am pretty happy that he has won lots of Golden Globe awards. He is b-e-autiful with his role. Two people that I think is a bit equal with his acting Stallone and Diesel.

14 Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) 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, ...read more.

Really enjoy his work. He is absolutely entertaining. I watched Fresh Prince when it first aired back in the day and he has done nothing but get better and better.

Will Smith is just the best like I love watching Will Smith I just enjoy watching Will Smith he's just amazing I've seen a lot of his movies and I'm just mind blown all the time I just love Will Smith so so much I can't say much I can't. Will Smith is just I don't know I can't say much because I'm just speechless I really really love Will Smith he's so good like so so so good

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.

15 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.

Firstly, my name is VICTOR IFEANYI (Vin) and I pray everyday to be in a movie with the one and only Denzel Washington! I need not type his name fully before my keyboard knows whose I intend typing. Denzel washington is just the best of the best. Watching him has changed my life. I lack words to explain how I feel and what I know about Denzel! He's just amazing! So true! So so real! I'll have to stop here for now...I love Denzel Washington! And may God bless him, may God answer my prayers... I'm an aspiring actor...I live so far away but...God be praised!

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.

I consider Washington to be just an average actor. He was uninspiring and flat in his "Philadelphia" role. To me he is a "performer" and not a compelling actor. Top "performers",as opposed to gifted actors, in my opinion, are Cruise, Hanks, Washington and b/c of his over-acting Nicholson. Actors who are compelling and act from the "gut" are Brando, Pacino, Kingsley, Rush and the two Hoffmans - Dustin and Phillip - Seymour.

No possible way of leaving Denzel out of my list. Too many good performances... Exceptional talent. Picking his best movie is difficult, #1- Pvt. Trip, Glory #2- Alonzo Harris, Training Day *
*-Movie was very overrated, Washington's performance was not. He deserved the Oscar, even with how brilliant Crowe was in A Beautiful Mind

16 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.

Never made a bad film. Can play any role given him and demands your respect for his acting prowess. Only Tom keeps him from number 1 spot for me.

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

17 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.

Great man, Colonel Ladlaw in "Legends of The Fall" was a very nice character for a person who hates wars and seeks justice.
One of the greatest movies ever, though it is not much famous.

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.

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.

18 Tom Cruise Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American actor and producer. He has received various accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and three nominations for Academy Awards. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

Tom Cruise is so good! His acting teachers will be so glad. He's a really fantastic person on the screens...I trust he is too in person

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

19 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.

I can't understand how Robert Downey jr is ahead of him. people always say that people only like him because he is handsome, but the charm and wit he puts into his characters is just astounding. He performed Han Solo spectacularly well, just the sheer coolness, and daring ness of a true space pirate. And Indiana Jones. The attitude, mcu arm, was just perfect. He is truly the greatest actor of all time. He is my favaroute, and I have fond memories watching Indiana Jones and the temple of doom with my dad, and being scared to death (mum wasn't home). I recently watched call of the wild, and cried becuase I got so attached to his characte

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.

Harrison ford was the #1 actor in 2 decades. He was in indiana jones, star wars IV, V, VI, (the good ones) blade runner in the 80s. Air forse one, and point blank in the 90s. And for all I care he is still number one with 42, enders game and anchor man 2. He has won almost a dozen oscars and several golden globes. He has been in action, drama, comitey, mystery even musicals. The man is a legend no way he is not top 3. All johnny depp does is do weird movements and talk in different accents. And what great movies has he been in any way? Pirates of the carribean (meah) disneys lone ranger (fart) charlie and the chocolete factory (oh god). Yeah that's what I thought.

No contest (in my opinion) As you can't really complete in art and this is highly subjective. I just think there has never been a more compelling actor. He is so good at what he does that he melds into every character effortlessly. So much so, that it goes totally unnoticed and he never gets the recognition he deserves. On top of that he is a good man with a heart for the environment, people and animals.

20 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!

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.

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

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.

21 Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

Christian Bale got me searching for more of his movies after I watched Ford Vs Ferrari! Then I saw movie be was in with Hugh Jackman (The Prestige) and I have just loved him ever since... He's really good! A master in method acting!
So amazing!

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.

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 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

22 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.

I made this comment on another website: there are many exceptional actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Marlon Brando, Alec Guinness, John Hurt, Laurence Olivier, etc. But Oldman tops them all, in my opinion. He can lose himself entirely in every kind of character you could imagine, in every genre possible. All of his performances are crafted with precision, without forgetting any detail. He is very creative in achieving his portrayals and does not limit himself to one method (Adler or Stanislavski, for example.) Instead, he uses everything that could make the character "appear" and is looking everywhere for inspiration. It also helps that he is a fine observant and an incredible mimic: look at how he acts ans sounds like Churchill or Lee Oswald, and how he can master so many accents.

As a result, he gaves us mesmerizing performances from film to film but is entirely different each time. Compare his pimp Drexl in "True Romance" and George Smiley, for example. These are two great roles ...more

23 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.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson is really the most electrifying man in all of entertainment! He really is. The story of his life and how he made it is another lovely thing to know on its own. I get motivated and encouraged every time I see Dwayne including his movies. I love love Dwayne and his good heart. Dwayne is truly Dwayne!

He is a best wrestler that we all know but no one expects he can be terrific actor now he is the second person to earn more salary for a movie. His journey is a very great journey I wish he should continue this for long time

He is an actor who is very versatile and involved in roles that have depth and a lesson to learn. He can perform any age appropriate acting role.

I do like The Rock as a wrestler and in Fast & Furious, but to be honest how can he be better than Christopher Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Jack Black? Seriously re-think people because The Rock is not that good, not better than Michael J Fox who was in one of the best movies of all time Back to the Future. People, re-think your votes.

24 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.

Chris Pratt is not only one of the funniest actors ever he leaves you feeling like you can't wait for his next movie to come out ! One of the few good guys left in Hollywood

Didn't mean to actually nothing against him. Can't believe Dustin Hofman's name is missing from the list. Two time AW winner and nomnated 7 times.

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?!

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

How can you not love Clint Eastwood. Not a fan of his early spaghetti westerns but Dirty Harry was great. Now, late in life, we get Grand Torino, The Mule, and others, even better.

Love his movies and ones he directed as well. He is truly an icon and deserves better than 25 and Dustin Hofman also deserves to be mentioned. Won 2 AW and nominated 7 times. What!

I know the man is about 90 and hasn't acted that much of late but he's way better than this. Eastwood has had 30 to 35 true classics through his career. Usually, he plays a tough guy and people only think that of him. He has been in funny movies or movies where he's mild mannered. He has done a lot of films where he is the director/ lead actor. Between his 60's westerns, 70's Dirty Harry's or a hodgepodge of other genres, the rest of his career. Clint is an American Icon who deserves better than this. You can't tell me that when he's on the screen, you can't take your eyes off him. I can't believe guys like Will Smith and Jim Carrey are rated higher, they haven't had half the career Clint has had. He should be no lower than 15th.

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.

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