5:31 am - Wednesday July 1, 2015

Top 100 Best Hollywood Actors Of All Time

Greatest Hollywood Actors in the History of Cinema

In its history of near about 100 years Hollywood has seen hundreds of thousands of actors to try their luck on screen. However,only handfuls of them were successful enough to leave an ever-lasting impression on the mind of audience. These actors were not only popular among audience during their peak time but were also admired by the next younger generations. Some of them focused on the pure entertainment, some focused on method acting and while many branched out from acting to other fields of film making like Direction and Screenplay writing. Some actors even achieved a god like cult status. Before you read any further let me tell you that this list was compiled after poll among 50 film lovers. You will find many of your favorite actors and will also find several highest paid hollywood actors of all time. Please note that this list has covered famous hollywood actors of almost all decades. So not only you will find your favorite childhood hero but you will also find the leading actors of this decade.

best hollywood actors

Here is the list of Top 100 Greatest Hollywood Actors of All time. If you find any of your favorite Hollywood actor missing then please let us know in comments. We would also like to hear who is your favorite actor in the list.

100. Patrick Swayze
best hollywood actors
99. Kevin Bacon
best hollywood actors
98. Benicio Del Toro
best hollywood actors
97. Harvey Kietel
best hollywood actors
96. Ed Harris
best hollywood actors
95. Willem Dafoe
best hollywood actors
94. Ben Stiller
best hollywood actors
93. Michael Douglas
best hollywood actors
92. James Caan
best hollywood actors
91. Alec Baldwin
best hollywood actors
90. Richard Burton
best hollywood actors
89. Alec Guiness
best hollywood actors
88. Geoffrey rush
best hollywood actors
87. Christopher Lee
best hollywood actors
86. Hugo Weaving
best hollywood actors
85. Viggo Mortensen
best hollywood actors
84. Sylvester Stallone
best hollywood actors
83. Arnold Schwarzenegger
best hollywood actors
82. Tim Robbins
best hollywood actors
81. Javier Bardem
best hollywood actors
80. Steve Martin
best hollywood actors
79. Mark Wahlberg
best hollywood actors
78. Jim Carrey
best hollywood actors
77. Mel Gibson
best hollywood actors
76. Jon Voight
best hollywood actors
75. Woody allen
best hollywood actors
74. Peter Sellers
best hollywood actors
73. Charlie Chaplin
best hollywood actors
72. Kevin Costner
best hollywood actors
71. Gene Wilder
best hollywood actors
70. Steve McQueen
best hollywood actors
69. Nicolas Cage
best hollywood actors
68. Bill Murray
best hollywood actors
67. John Cusack
best hollywood actors
66. Ian McKellen
best hollywood actors
65. James Cagney
best hollywood actors
64. Peter O’ Toole
best hollywood actors
63. Robert Downey Jr.
best hollywood actors
62. John Travolta
best hollywood actors
61. Christopher Walken
best hollywood actors
60. George C. Scott
best hollywood actors
59. Christopher Plummer
best hollywood actors
58. George Clooney
best hollywood actors
57. Charlton Heston
best hollywood actors
56. Joe Pesci
best hollywood actors
55. Matt Damon
best hollywood actors
54. Samuel L. Jackson
best hollywood actors
53. Philip Seymour Hoffman
best hollywood actors
52. Tommy Lee Jones
best hollywood actors
51. Clark Gable
best hollywood actors
50. Ben Kingsley
best hollywood actors
49. Robert Duvall
best hollywood actors
48. Gary Oldman
best hollywood actors
47. Jeff Bridges
best hollywood actors
46. Harrison Ford
best hollywood actors
45. Will Smith
best hollywood actors
44. Joaquin Phoenix
best hollywood actors
43. Tom Cruise
best hollywood actors
42. Ralph Fiennes
best hollywood actors
41. Robert Redford
best hollywood actors
40. Gregory Peck
best hollywood actors
39. Gary Cooper
best hollywood actors
38. Bruce Willis
best hollywood actors
37. Edward Norton
best hollywood actors
36. Liam Neeson
best hollywood actors
35. Gene Hackman
best hollywood actors
34. Kevin Spacey
best hollywood actors
33. Jack Lemmon
best hollywood actors
32. Sean Connery
best hollywood actors
31. Heath Ledger
best hollywood actors
30. Christoph Waltz
best hollywood actors
29. Orson Welles
best hollywood actors
28. Robin Williams
best hollywood actors
27. Sean Penn
best hollywood actors
26. Denzel Washington
best hollywood actors
25. Henry Fonda
best hollywood actors
24. Russell Crowe
best hollywood actors
23. Kirk Douglas
best hollywood actors
22. James Dean
best hollywood actors
21. Paul Newman
best hollywood actors
20. Spencer Tracy
best hollywood actors
19. Brad Pitt
best hollywood actors
18. Sidney Poitier
best hollywood actors
17. John Wayne
best hollywood actors
16. Humphrey Bogart
best hollywood actors
15. Leonardo DiCaprio
best hollywood actors
14. Anthony Hopkins
best hollywood actors
13. Christian Bale
best hollywood actors
12. Morgan Freeman
best hollywood actors
11. Johnny Depp
best hollywood actors
10. Clint Eastwood
best hollywood actors
9. Dustin Hoffman
best hollywood actors
8. Cary Grant
best hollywood actors
7. James Stewart
best hollywood actors
6. Tom Hanks
best hollywood actors
5. Daniel Day-Lewis
best hollywood actors
4. Jack Nicholson
best hollywood actors
3. Robert De Niro
best hollywood actors
2. Al Pacino
best hollywood actors
1. Marlon Brando
best hollywood actors

Here is FILMSCHOOLWTF list of most popular hollywood actors of all time. Did we missed any actor? Did you felt that any actor was ranked much higher than deserved or was any actor ranked much lower than you expected? Feel free to share your views on this list in the comment section below.

Best Sci Fi Movies
Best Horror Movies
Best Kids Movies
Best Animated Movies
Best Comedy Movies

208 Responses to “Top 100 Best Hollywood Actors Of All Time”

  1. July 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM #

    Finally Some one Got Johnny depp ranked near Top 10. I don’t why people Keep Academy Awards a standard to measure the versatility and devotion of an actor. Clint eastwood is a multi talented person and one can not forget his contribution to cinema – Mystic River, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino. Amazing list. Thumbs Up.

    • lawrence
      March 29, 2014 at 6:18 AM #

      Johnny depp should be number 1 on the lis . No one act like johnny depp.

      • leo
        April 1, 2014 at 6:54 AM #

        No one is as crazy as depp, but just watch the Godfather and you will see why the top 2 are ranked there.

        • santiago
          April 5, 2014 at 12:25 AM #

          top 3, if we’re talking about the trilogy

      • frank lopez
        July 25, 2014 at 5:32 AM #

        excuse me Marlon Brando will always be #1

        • dave
          November 17, 2014 at 5:13 AM #

          Clark gable will always be number 1

    • KonkeyDong
      May 2, 2014 at 1:20 AM #

      Christian Bale and Will Smith act circles around Depp. Depp just gets unbelievably eclectic roles. Not to mention Tim Burton’s infatuation with him.

  2. July 16, 2013 at 5:10 AM #

    DENNIS QUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Signet
    August 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

    Err, How about around 100 others, starting with Lord Lawrence Olivier?

    • Carl LaFong
      September 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

      Er, I think you mean “Laurence” Olivier…

  4. Adhish sengupta
    August 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM #

    That was really great ! He was missing in the list , Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, the Mexican American actor, a legend . History has its truth, and so has legend.

  5. August 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM #


    Beautiful Collection. And Big Thanks For My Fav. Tom Hanks On Top Ten

  6. Sydney
    August 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM #

    I agree with alot of the comments here. Although im surprised at the inclusion of a few who really didnt set the screen alight or were just mis-cast for most of their lives. looking forward to what the new talent can do. One name to watch out, Vivi Devereaux. you heard it here first.

  7. Mohit Chaudhary
    August 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

    you have missed tomm hardy

    • Jenifer
      March 27, 2014 at 3:02 AM #

      Totally agree!

    • Nicola
      April 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM #

      Tom Hardy is the best!

  8. tiityman
    September 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM #

    Bryan Cranston.

    • diego
      October 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

      Off course, bryan cranston is one of the best actors.

  9. shamil
    September 10, 2013 at 2:17 AM #

    Jason Statham… dont forget the best …

    • santiago
      April 5, 2014 at 12:29 AM #

      You can measure the skills of an actor mostly in drama movies, i think jason is great, but he’s pure action

  10. ida
    September 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM #

    I am crazy over Bryan Cranston’s acting as Walter White. He is the best actor i ever seen

  11. Mayuri
    September 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM #

    X men First Class
    Jane Eyre
    12 years a slave
    A dangerous Method
    and who can forget “SHAME”

    He is one of the most finest actors of the hollywood industry
    He ought to get some space between in the top 20 at least

  12. Bryan
    October 12, 2013 at 5:26 AM #

    Few adjustmetns I would make:
    Newman should be in the top 3 or so.
    Pacino outside of the top 10.
    Depp outside of top 30.
    Eastwood great as director but not sure how high I’d rank him as an actor.

    James Dean????

    • ramin
      March 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM #

      the great alfredo james pacino out of ten?
      are u sure of that?dont make me laugh dude
      he s just goooooooddddddddddddddd
      i agree with the top 10
      and there is just one guy i think a bit higher than pacino,with out no hesitation marlon brando
      i recommend take a look at godfather series,serpico,scent of a woman,dog day afternoon,dick tracy,scarface and ……then we ll discuss about that looser

      • samantha
        February 22, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

        clint eastwood is the best actor of all time, the best director of all time and a talented jazz musician to boot! NO.1 in everything without any doubt! Amazing array of different films all beautifully produced. I love this man!!

    • Ricky
      February 3, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

      Your crazy Eastwood was/is a great actor

    • Bryce Bitter
      March 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

      Dean is great, but he only made three movies

  13. shishir
    October 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

    you have missed adam sandler the most comedian hollwood actor i have ever seen and now he is also ranked as the top most paid actor.

    • January 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM #

      Adam Sandler should be top 10, top 10 worst of all time.

  14. Josh
    October 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM #

    I believe Bryan Cranston should be somewhere on this list.

    • Mr. X
      October 27, 2013 at 6:02 AM #

      Even i Love Breaking Bad too.

  15. Timmy
    October 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM #

    James dean is posily the greatestt actor of all time , he pretty much ties with brando. then you look at modern actor , bryan cranston gives oe of the gratest tv performances EVER in breaking bad!

  16. case
    November 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM #

    Not a single woman – I thought Actor mean female and male these days.

    • Mr. X
      November 2, 2013 at 6:45 AM #

      There is a Separate List for Female Actors > actresses.

    • yeah
      December 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM #

      Actor = male
      Actress = female

      Waiter = mail
      Waitress = female

      Steward = male
      Stewardess = female

      Mister = male
      Miss/Misses = female

      That’s how it was in the past and that’s how it still is today.

  17. akingcake
    November 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM #

    Richard Gere should b in d list.

    • Glenn
      February 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

      YEAH Where is he?????? His performance in Mystic River. And i would like to add one, GUY PEARCE. MEMENTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • vivek
        March 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM #

        Richard Gere was not there in Mystic River :). It was Sean Penn

  18. rajaram jyani
    December 1, 2013 at 7:19 AM #

    Pears Brosnan as OO7, in a spy roll.He is best actor.Man who gives absolute response to willion charector.

  19. rahul
    December 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

    I think robert downey jr. Should be at top 20

  20. ebrahim
    December 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM #

    I think that Golshifte Farahani is the best

  21. LDarcy
    December 7, 2013 at 2:01 AM #

    Charles Bronson, Burt Lancaster, Peter Falk, Jackie Chan, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Omar Sharif, Fred Astaire, Bruce Lee, Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, and (Superman) Christopher Reeve…

  22. Michael
    December 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

    I think Charlie Sheen should have been in the list.

  23. Jap
    December 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM #

    I can’t Antonio Banderas is not on thia list! Also, in my opinion Leonardo Di Caprio should be top 10 as he has shown great versatality in his acting for almost 2 decades now

  24. Adam
    December 16, 2013 at 2:45 AM #

    Sorry let me get this straight, Arnold Swzrzenegger is not just voted ‘an actor’ but a ‘great one’ and ranked higher than Alec Guiness?!?! Seriously this is a joke right?

    BTW, Clint Eastward CANNOT act. He has one level…grimace…and one vocal tone…grimace. He annunciates every line of dialogue ultra slow and over pronounciates every vowel like a stroke victim in speech therapy.

    • Azad
      April 19, 2015 at 1:19 AM #

      Arnold is greatest of all .

    December 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    Hi Dear,

    It is really sad to see that Charlie Chaplin has been ranked at 73 who as a matter of fact deserves to be a guide for many actors ranked above him. Would you mind making this modification to your list.


    December 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

    I mean Charlie Chaplin has been a kinda torch-bearer for every actor around the world. There might hardly be any country or culture where Charlie Chaplin is not revered with heartfelt affection. Such an actor should be ranked somewhere among top 10 at least, if not on the top.

  27. Nigel
    December 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    Where is Charles Laughton on your list? He could act the above lot off the set.

    • C E Conrad
      March 14, 2014 at 3:16 AM #

      Charles Laughton was one of the finest character actor ever. But people only remember the leading man and woman types. Because that’s what Hollywood tells them too. When most of them couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag. Few compare to this legendary actor!

      Yet…. I see they also left off Spencer Tracy too!!! ….and nobody was more natural playing a whole host of roles that Spencer Tracy. Both were never cast as leading men in the Hollywood sense of what a leading man was supposed to be. Tall dark and handsome!

      When most of the greatest Hollywood actors have never fit the role!

  28. Tural
    December 27, 2013 at 4:30 AM #

    Antonio Banderas and Jackie Chan missing…overall, this list is good.

  29. January 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM #

    Enjoyed this list, and motivates me more to write about Hollywood actors.

  30. Rake
    January 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM #

    Where is john cazale?

  31. Free
    January 7, 2014 at 3:17 AM #

    Michael Caine would be recommended?

    I dont know, but he is a delight to see in movies.

  32. January 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM #

    Edward Norton should be higher and Pacino lower

  33. Petar Dzakovic
    January 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM #

    If you can see first 3 are from Godfather movies.

    • Bert
      January 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM #

      And that’s how it should be, the best trilogy ever made, with as far as i am concerned 3 of my favourite actors, i only miss Russel Crowe on number 5, great actor who can play any role, in any genre.

  34. RJ
    January 10, 2014 at 3:24 AM #

    No supporter for Christian Bale … 38 … way low …. one man who does voice modulation in each of his movie, just looks perfect for every role .. batman to machinist to 3:10 to Yuma to American Hustle .. brad pitt, Liam Neeson too high on the list … but thats just my opinion

    • Zizou
      September 20, 2014 at 4:59 AM #

      I agree. Bale is one of the most talented actors out there. I totally love his movies… Well, most of them. Didn’t like the Machinist though (not my kind of movies), but indeed his acting skills in that movie were outstanding; not to mention the sacrifice he went through to embody his character. Oh, and don’t forget American Psycho.

  35. Chris
    January 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

    This list is for the most popular actors not best actors. Many popular actors can’t act and many great actors aren’t very popular.

  36. Charlie
    January 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

    What the hell was Chaplin doing at 73?! He kicked @$$ without even talking and paved the way for the rest of these guys.

  37. Ema
    January 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM #

    Di Caprio 28th ????????

  38. Tom
    January 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM #

    John Wayne not in top 10?

    • Joey
      April 17, 2014 at 4:43 AM #

      John Wayne wasn’t that great. He was a pressence more than an actor.

  39. Fj Mc Carthy
    January 16, 2014 at 12:59 AM #

    Paul Schofield?
    Alan Bates?

  40. Ryan
    January 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM #

    I think Giovanni Ribisi is extremely underrated and should be on the list.

  41. Big Red Jonson
    January 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM #

    Missing James Dean, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, James Coburn, Louis Gossett Jr, Edward G. Robinson, John Belushi, John Candy, Richard Gere, Roy Scheider, George Kennedy, Burt Reynolds, Rob Lowe, John Malkovich. Overall a good list though. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Joe Pesci and Michael Douglas should be ranked higher.

  42. Ankit Chauhan
    January 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

    I think CHRISTIAN BALE deserves to be in top 10. For me, he is number one actor and he’ll always be the number one actor. So I’m little dissapoint from his ranking is much lesser than I expected. :(

  43. David nelson
    January 19, 2014 at 1:51 AM #

    James dean!!! Need I say more. Duh!!!!!!

  44. Chris Goddard
    January 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM #

    Any list that does not have Christian Bale as number 1 is void.

    Sorry guys :(

  45. Shilpee
    January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM #

    Where is Ryan Gosling…………………..
    He is one of the finest actor I have ever seen…..
    He is amazing……

    • RJ
      October 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM #

      Hey Shilpee … totally agree with you

  46. James dean
    February 1, 2014 at 2:07 AM #

    James dean would be number one had he not died at 24 years old

    Why is he not on the list

    • Ron Thacker
      February 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM #


  47. Ron Thacker
    February 1, 2014 at 11:42 PM #

    James Garner might be an actor who is overlooked. He may not have a body of work to be included, but when he plays a part, he seems perfect for it. In the Maverick series, the episodes with him as Bret are much better that the other ones.

  48. February 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM #

    there are lot of actors missed.
    what about paul walker?

    • Isaac
      February 26, 2014 at 7:42 AM #

      Paul walkers wasn’t that good

  49. tom tubiolo
    February 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM #

    Arnold and Sly shouldn’t be on this list at all. Especially considering Gosling is not.

  50. Bugz
    February 4, 2014 at 1:50 AM #

    Did I miss Michael Caine? And how in THE BLUE is Tim Robbins ranked lower than Stallone and Swarchzneger?

  51. Paul
    February 5, 2014 at 3:49 AM #

    Christian Bale should not be on the list, he cannot even pronounce the letter ‘S’ without hissing and gives the same performance every film. His Batman with the dog growling voice and shouting was a lousy performance.

    Laurence Olivier is not on the list but Arnie, Sly and Clint are? This is beyond a joke. Gary Oldman could run circles around the whole top 10.

    • Zizou
      September 20, 2014 at 5:05 AM #

      I guess you haven’t watched The Machinist. Batman is not one of his best performance.

  52. Bartholomew
    February 6, 2014 at 12:29 AM #

    I personally think that Robin Williams should have gotten into the number one spot on this list or at the very least in the top five.

    • srhandel
      November 27, 2014 at 3:06 AM #

      Wow, #1, really? I would rank him in the top 20….sadly he was underutilized and underrated.

  53. Genius
    February 7, 2014 at 3:51 AM #

    Daniel Craig should be on this list. Alan Arkin as well. Please remove Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg.

  54. giga
    February 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM #

    what a great list, 80 of them is known for me, but 20 other are too old for me. thanks

  55. Bale Lover
    February 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

    My baby Christian Bale, #13!?!???!!!!! I am so proud. but Hugh jackman doe… What about Joseph gordon Levit?

  56. February 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM #

    Top 10 should have some others like anthony hopkins and leonardo dicaprio

  57. Bobby
    February 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM #

    Nicholas Cage should not be that high in the rankings. His caliber as an actors is no where near Robert Downey Jr. Let alone Harrison Ford and Christopher Walken.

  58. Emma Powell
    March 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM #

    Robin Williams should be in the top 5, he has played a variety of different Characters, From comedy, Scary, Creepy Stalker, Passionate loving Doctor, The guy played Peter Pan and Captain Hook, He went from Playing a woman to a Robot.
    Robin Williams I believe is a great actor.

    • srhandel
      November 27, 2014 at 3:08 AM #

      I agree. One of my favorite actors.

  59. John
    March 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM #

    Matthew Mconaughey.

  60. John
    March 4, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

    hugh jackman? josheph-gordon levitt, tom hardy?

  61. March 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM #

    great list very happy to see Dustin Hoffman in the top 10!

  62. tim
    March 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM #

    sorry but robert deniro is great but playing virtually the same charecter in 80% of all your movies does not put you ahead of daniel or jack. Jack has the most oscar noms of all time for male actors and is just an abosolute joy to watch time and again. And Daniel is hands down the greatest actor of all time, i barely recognize him from movie to movie because he is so good at convincing people he is the charecter he is portraying. Brando is classic but he had his chance and he did great but i honestly think jack and daniel come before him. I mean don juan cmon.

  63. Bradan
    March 9, 2014 at 5:50 AM #

    Great list. I don’t think al Pacino should be above DeNiro and Nicholson thought. I also think Ewan McGregor and Woody Harrelson should be on there too. And for the record, it’s Willem DaFoe not William DaFoe

    • MOD
      November 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM #

      Pacino is the Best

  64. Casey
    March 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM #

    Woody Harrelson should crack top 100 and Steve Martin should be ranked a little better than 80. Planes Trains and Automobiles = best comedy ever

  65. dan
    March 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM #

    They forgot Omar Sharif

  66. Pien
    March 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM #

    Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  67. dilip
    March 19, 2014 at 6:31 PM #

    chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Anthony Hopkins, peter o’toole, Anthony quin, Samuel l Jackson, bill cosby, George Clooney, vin diesel, paul walker, Jason statham, roger moore, nick nolte, and many more

  68. Bugz
    March 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM #

    Hopkins is on there. No way Statham deserves it, imo.

  69. Jeremiah
    March 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM #

    What about woody harrelson? Pretty decent actor!

  70. cidel
    March 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM #

    Warren Oates doesn’t make the list….rediculous

  71. Jonathan Kelly
    March 22, 2014 at 6:44 AM #

    I was never a big fan of Johnny Depp to be honest. I think Robert De Niro is right up there so I agree with that and I feel Tim Robbins should be higher as well. Mystic River and Shawshank Redemption,classics.

  72. kumar Kishore das
    March 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM #

    Where is Anthony Quinn ? he should be in top 10.

    • louis
      March 29, 2014 at 6:11 AM #

      John Ritter, Vince Vaughan, Adam Sandler,Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Bradley Cooper,Henry Winkler Elvis, Michael Keating. Michael j Fox
      Maybe I’m thinking of the top 200 also health ledger is to high

  73. Hello pls
    March 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM #

    Where’s Montgomery Clift? How can you go 100 spots and still leave him out?

  74. sam
    March 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

    Peter lorre
    Charles laughton
    Edward g Robinson
    Have been favorites of mine for years, all were simply great actors.
    Also liked Jackie Gleason, many remember him only as a comedic actor, but he was one of the most talented film actors of his time as well.

  75. BhaowMeow
    March 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM #

    Pheew! WTH is Hugh Jackman? According to me, top 10 :
    1. Johnny Depp
    2. Hugh Jackman
    3. Christian Bale
    4. RDJr
    5. Liam Neeson
    6. Mark Wahlberg
    7. Leonardo DiCaprio
    8. Tom Cruise
    9. Andrew Garfield
    10. Liam/Chris Hemsworth

  76. Shaun Hastings
    March 31, 2014 at 7:44 PM #

    Well, I think Jonah Hill should definitely be there, he is one of the greatest comedians ever…

  77. Taken
    April 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM #

    Liam Neeson is way too high. He didn’t even have a hit role until age 40.

  78. temp
    April 3, 2014 at 3:34 AM #

    how can james cagney not be in the top ten one of the best actors of all time

  79. miltmcmahan
    April 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    where the hell is William Holden and Glenn Ford?

  80. sandeep[
    April 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

    jason statham, van dame , vin diesel , hugh jackman, keanu reeves , jackie chan r missing in this list. more emphasis is given to drama despite of action. action should also be given equal weightage.

  81. Stephen Mack
    April 8, 2014 at 6:11 AM #

    Woody Haralson anyone

    • Krontologist
      March 13, 2015 at 3:59 PM #

      No way should Woody Harrelson even be on this list. Along with so many others, that are! Sorry!

  82. Stephen Mack
    April 8, 2014 at 6:13 AM #

    Ray Liotta maybe

  83. james
    April 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM #

    I look at a lot of lists and no one every brings up the name Mickey Rooney.
    He achieved as much as anyone. James Cagney should be higher. What about Fred

  84. isabella
    April 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM #

    Joaquin Phoenix should be higher and Depp in the top 30?

  85. shahrokh
    April 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

    charlie chaplin in 73th place??

  86. fouad
    April 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM #

    sean connery should be within top ten

  87. john
    April 19, 2014 at 2:40 AM #

    I guess this list was compiled by younger people. Strange that the most popular entertainer of the 20th century was not included! Bing Crosby.

  88. JE
    April 21, 2014 at 2:37 AM #

    My opinions and favorite films they have been in.

    1.Al Pacino… Scarface, Godfather, and Donnie Brasco, Carlitos way
    2.Dustin hoffman… For Rainman alone but kramer vs kramer is amazing
    3.Kevin spacey… American beauty, usual suspects, l.a confidential, Glengarry Glen Ross
    4.Robin williams…Good will hunting, dead poet society, The Fisher King (best stand up comedian ever
    5.Jack Nicholson… One flew over the cuckoos nest, the shining
    6. Robert De Niro… Raging bull casino and goodfellas oh and taxi driver
    7.Samuel L Jackson… Pulp Fiction, shaft, Jackie brown
    8.Christopher walken… everything he’s been in… Love king of new york
    9.Eddie Murphy… Everything he’s been in plus his stand up and music
    10.Daniel day Lewis…Gangs of new york, The Last of the Mohicans, My Left Foot

    • phil
      May 17, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

      Good list. For Dustin Hoffman note: Tootsie, Little Big Man, Ratso Rizzo, Rainman. Beat that for versatility.

  89. frank
    April 28, 2014 at 8:25 AM #

    2 things:

    stallone….. schwartzanagger …………

  90. Tim
    April 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    Denzel Washington is not high enough on the list. Maybe one of the greatest actors of all time. He can play any part and dominate it. I like just about all the actors on this list but he is a leader of men at his profession. I am younger so actors only in black and white i don’t know. But since the early 90’s I’m not sure I’ve seen a better overall actor. Will play any part and own it. Obviously there are guys like Daniel Day Lewis who are amazing actors but hand pick and only play parts they will own. There are other actors that will own the same part over and over again. Jason Statham Is awesome but plays the same part in every movie. A villain is a villain a hero is a hero. Very few actors can play both. Denzel can play both and everything in between. I would easily put him in my top 5 of all time even though none of his movies are probably near my top 10 ever. He is just an incredible actor that knows how to perform. There is a fine line between good and great and he walks that barefoot.

  91. Jasmin
    May 4, 2014 at 12:36 AM #

    Whoa!! I know I’m part of the younger generation but Stallone and Arnold?! Really?! What about Burt Lancaster? Montgomery Cliff? Even Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, Anthony Quinn and James Stewart were ignored!! What about Fred Astaire? I would also like to add two severely underrated actors, Giovanni Ribisi and George Peppard (Guy from Breakfast at tiffany’s).

    • Coleman
      July 10, 2014 at 1:43 AM #

      They did put James Stewart in there, but totally agree with everything you said…Mitchum, Lancaster, and Clift are no brainers, shouldn’t even be a list without them…take off Arnold and Stallone and put on Woody Harrelson and Matthew Mc

  92. CK
    May 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

    Daniel Lewis is my favorite, but great list. I agree 99%. 😀

  93. bozz Smith
    May 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM #

    GARY OLDMAN should be in the top 10. He’s at 48? Are you kidding me? His versatility is better than anyone here.

  94. Helen
    May 9, 2014 at 5:54 AM #

    Nick Cage, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson should not even be in the top 50. Let alone Nick Cage and John Travolta be on the list.

  95. mukesh
    May 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

    Robert downey jr is missing in this list , he is best actor

  96. Leonard
    May 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM #

    Charlie Sheen? he did lots of great movies like Platoon,Wall Street,Hot Shots and Major League. He also did one of the hardest tasks which is saving Spin City after Michael J Fox’s health problems.

  97. Myra
    May 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

    my own top 15 in no particular order … Michael J Fox, Anthony Hopkins, Gregory Peck, Sydney Poitier, Johnny Depp, James Garner, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Cary Grant, Christian Bale, Jan Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Alan Alda, Christopher Lloyd

  98. sina
    May 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM #

    daniel day must be 1st

  99. Arthur
    May 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM #

    You missed a number of great actors including Jose Ferrer, Mel Ferrer, John Wayne, Stewart Granger and a least dozen other. Samuel L. Jackson never saw a movie role or TV commercial he could turn down, which is why he is one of the wealthiest supporting actors around.

    • blo
      June 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM #

      Denzel glory, Malcolm x, Philadelphia, crimson tide, devil in a blue dress, the hurricane, remember the titans, training day, antwone fisher, inside man, American gangster, flight, should be top 5 just saying

    • blo
      June 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM #

      Samuel l jackson is a great actor that why everyone wants to work with him

  100. saeed
    June 2, 2014 at 11:20 PM #

    I dont see keanu reeves! why? We all remember the Matrix!

  101. Andrew
    June 4, 2014 at 1:11 AM #

    I guess no women on this list? Anyway for guys: Peter Fonda, Emilio Estevez, Michael Beck, Tom Berringer, Kurt Russell, Henry Winkler, Edward Furlong, Keifer and Donald Sutherland, Alan Alda…

  102. Kerno
    June 4, 2014 at 3:53 AM #

    Im glad that Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale it among these great actors in top 15 😀

  103. Erin
    June 8, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    You have forgotten two other terrific actors who should be on that list. Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth. They have done terrific work in comedy and drama.

  104. June 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM #

    Nice Collection Hollywood Actor And my Fav. Actor In Kevin Spacey And Clint Eastwood

  105. gibber
    June 13, 2014 at 6:04 AM #

    oh yeah…..Arnold and Stallone took Errol Flynn and Tyrone Powers spot on this “list”….I am in for a sleepless night….Thank God for TCM!!!

  106. June 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM #

    My Fav. is Braid Pitt and Johnny Deep. Thanks For Top 20 In List.

  107. Indrajit Das
    June 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM #

    where is the name of —— hugh jackman

  108. alex
    June 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM #

    This list is good but some great actors have not been mentioned,such as laurence olivier, alan rickman,michael caine,steve buscemi,woody harrelson,montgommery clift and christopher lloyd

    • Jimmy
      July 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM #

      Christopher Lloyd did really good in back to the future but his other movies aren’t really good or well known

  109. Han Solo
    June 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM #

    Harrison Ford should be in the top ten!He is the best actor ever!!!!

  110. jidesh
    June 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM #


  111. Nick
    June 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    I think you should move Harrison Ford up to at least the Top 10 he is one of the greatest Actors and has played some of the greatest Characters in HISTORY OF ALL MOVIES AND TRILOGIES

  112. Allan
    July 6, 2014 at 3:12 AM #

    Charlie Chaplin has to be in the top 10!!

  113. July 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM #

    There are some great actors on here……and some that don’t belong. You forgot Paul Muni (The best prepared actor of all), Claude Raines, Victor McGauglin, Edward G. Robinson, Randolph Scott, Danny Kaye (The man could sing, dance, do comedy and serious acting), Lawrence Olivia, Mickey Rooney, Charles Laughton, Lionel Barrymore………your list has many missing and some who shouldn’t even be on it……JMO, but these valid names proves it!

  114. chiloane11719
    July 30, 2014 at 8:33 PM #

    I think Di Caprio deserves a top 10 spot

  115. Karen
    August 5, 2014 at 8:09 AM #

    Some minor adjustments should be made to the list, but one HUGE flaw is the fact that Clark Gable did not make it onto the list.

    • RJ
      October 15, 2014 at 4:42 AM #

      I agree …… he is brilliant …. I would rate him very high on the list

      I saw Manhattan melodrama after watching 2 minute clip of his performance in Public Enemies …. tells something about his acting skills

    • dave
      November 17, 2014 at 5:16 AM #

      Clark is on the list.

  116. Bodie R.Hart
    August 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM #

    I miss Mickey Rourke… most talented actor of our time

    • RJ
      October 15, 2014 at 4:38 AM #

      agree bro … wrestler, sin city … he is good

  117. oland
    August 9, 2014 at 4:55 PM #

    Stallone? didn’t Rocky Balboa made you cry? Rambo made you say a big YES! ? and is Jackie Chan not belong? Liam Neeson? ‘nways Depp is Something else. he can cary Drama Comedy Adventure Science fiction Action what more?

  118. Joe
    August 14, 2014 at 8:03 AM #

    what about mel gibson what a joke he should be at least top 20

  119. osman
    August 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM #

    I miss TONY CURTIS. RICHARD WITMARK. Allan ladd. Burt lancaster

  120. vamsi
    August 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM #

    Common…..Christian bale deserves better………he works so hard….nd the one who commented he gives same performance is a d0uc#e bag viewer….he is different in all his movies…..from voice to body language…..thats why he should be on the top

  121. Carl LaFong
    September 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM #

    Mmmmmmm…I think from what I’ve seen, this may be more about movie “stars” than a list of great actors listed in order of talent and also falls prey to “who’s currently big right now” syndrome. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes this list, but I didn’t see Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Laurence Olivier, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, and–oh heck, more than I can recall offhand really!

  122. Marshall
    September 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM #

    Christian Bale ahead of Heath Ledger…really?

    • nagamani rao
      February 15, 2015 at 3:43 PM #

      dont compare from the dark knight…compare overall….bale is limited in triology….but look at american psycho, rescue dawn, fighter…

  123. Leeza Ka
    September 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM #

    Where’s Andy Gracia?

  124. shai
    October 8, 2014 at 12:57 AM #

    where is theo james

  125. beck
    October 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM #

    why is JOHNNY DEPP only top 11!! i’m sad … but its ok… for me … he’s always top 1 !! I LOVE YOU JOHNNY DEPP!! more powerrrrr :))

  126. Brett
    October 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM #

    No William Shatner?

  127. Kowbell1
    October 31, 2014 at 7:48 PM #

    Pretty good list overall, but I think Pacino should be 4th, with Brando,Deniro, and Nicholson a tie for first! Deniro is my personal favorite but Jack is almost beyond belief in One flew over the cuckoos nest, and Brando’s talent is undeniable! Edward G Robinson simply can’t be left off a top 25 list never mind a top 100 list! Laurence Olivier is a bad omission too! I would make a few other changes but list is not bad.

  128. Darth Vader
    November 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM #

    Some of these people don’t have enough movies under their belt to warrant being so high on the list. Harrison Ford should absolutely be #1, as he has proven capable of being a dynamic actor across the board. Drama, action, humor. He wins.

  129. CMM
    November 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    Hard to imagine Lee Marvin absent from this list !

  130. Shreet174
    November 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM #

    Pls include Matthew McConaughey

  131. BG
    November 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

    stongly disagree with list.. Major mistake in leaving Burt Lancaster off – top 10 actor of all time. Patrick Swayze on a greatest actor. List and Richard Widmark, Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power left off. -really .

  132. Gravy
    November 21, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

    Patrick Stewart definately needs to be on here.

  133. oke j.
    November 22, 2014 at 3:37 AM #

    Robert de Niro is number one ever…being an A-list actor for forty years is something no actor has accomplished…Jack Nicholson could be considered number 2.

  134. Anamol
    November 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM #

    bradley cooper ???
    he should be somewhere in the list ..

  135. KG23
    December 5, 2014 at 4:51 AM #

    Jake Gyllenhaal? Patrick Stewart? Bryan Cranston?? John Malkovich? Way too many brilliant actors left out..

  136. James
    December 24, 2014 at 3:34 AM #

    Where is Ice Cube???? 21 and 22 jump street and ride along!

  137. Kenzie
    December 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

    Where is Denzel Washington?

  138. Melissa Vandermeer
    December 31, 2014 at 7:50 AM #

    Matthew McConnaghy and Jamie Fox!

  139. andrian
    January 13, 2015 at 12:48 PM #

    here’s my list:
    1. Christian Bale
    2. Leonardo DiCaprio
    3. Daniel Day Lewis
    4. Matthew McConaughey
    5. Johnny Depp
    that’s my favourite list, for the best list, i think pacino and de niro deserve in top 5 over johny depp and perhaps McConaughey

  140. filmbuff1947
    January 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    Buster Keaton’s not on that list? And why is Charlie Chaplin so low on that list? Can’t believe Laurence Olivier isn’t on there either…

  141. Djole
    February 3, 2015 at 4:15 AM #

    My list
    1.Liam Neeson
    2.AL Pacino
    3.Robert DeNiro
    4.Kevin Spacey
    5,Robie Williams
    6.Johnny Depp
    7.Hugh Jackaman
    8.Humphrey Bogart
    9.Robert Downey Jr
    10.Michael Caine
    11.Garry Oldman
    12.Joe Pesci
    13.Steve McQueene
    14.Christian Bale
    Marlon Brando is just way to good to put on any list!

  142. Brian
    February 14, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    Michael Caine?

  143. nagamani rao
    February 15, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

    Al pacino should be the no. 1….gary oldman way in top 10…hes got a crazy range…christian bale in top 10..he is one crazy actor..

  144. chris balefan
    February 15, 2015 at 4:31 PM #

    How on earth di caprio is near bale…if bale is 13 then dicaprio must be 31…thats how talented christian bale is….he should be in top 10.. .just becuase he isnt a paperrazzi nd less commercial than leo doesnt mean he is less than him…nd johnny depp too out of 30…

  145. Vamsi pacino
    February 15, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

    Aldres james pacino should be no.1

  146. Bryce Bitter
    March 1, 2015 at 4:17 PM #

    Obviously I would change certain things based on opinion, but this is definitely the best list that I have seen

  147. G. Patil
    March 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    good to see TOM HANKS and Christian belle in top rank……….

  148. Mukesh
    March 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM #

    This is not good tom cruise is a best actor he is deserve top 10 ranking

  149. Elizabeth
    March 26, 2015 at 6:58 AM #

    Matthew Mc Conaughey

  150. Lyn
    March 27, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

    OK, I really like the older actors and some great ones are listed, but where in the world is Walter Pidgeon?! He was excellent in “Madame Curie”, “Mrs. Miniver” and “How Green Was My Valley” and was nominated for best actor in two of those three movies listed.

    • saud
      April 22, 2015 at 2:33 PM #

      Why most of the actors are British and Americans

  151. Pete
    April 21, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

    No Johnny Cassavetes ? No Ernest Borgnine?

  152. Mike
    April 26, 2015 at 11:10 AM #

    Costner and Harrison Ford are terrible, James Caan #92 should be top 30 on any conceivable list and Gene Hackman would be my #1.. Ben Stiller? LoL! had the list went to 120 Jack Black, Seth Rogen, and Adam Sandler would have made it. Top 150 would have got Pauly Shore, Bu-ddy, Robert Redford or Will Smith spots need to take a hike for Burt Lancaster. Seriously, Danny Devito is a better actor than Will Whooo! Smith.

  153. Mike
    April 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM #

    Also no William Holden.

  154. bharat
    April 27, 2015 at 9:15 PM #

    Tom cruise should be in top ten if bradd is 19,,tom is more goodlooking and succesful dan pitt

  155. Omar
    May 20, 2015 at 11:07 PM #

    Where is Vin Diesel and Paul Walker?

  156. Kyle Gilbert
    May 21, 2015 at 3:29 AM #

    Very heavy with modern actors. Where’s William Holden, Jack Lenmon, and Tony Curtis?

  157. Gregg
    May 24, 2015 at 6:11 AM #

    No issue with Brando at or near very top, but I also like to think of this subject in terms of balance – meaning, i don’t think just because they employed a less modern approach to acting, older stars shouldn’t be considered invalid, and I really think a big part of what my Top 10 would consist of actors from further back, Spencer Tracy and Frederic March in particular. as others have noted, this list is a bit too top heavy with very recent actors.

  158. aditya
    June 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM #

    Where is hugh jackman

  159. alison
    June 11, 2015 at 12:42 PM #

    James Dean should be top 5

  160. Mridul
    June 17, 2015 at 2:36 PM #

    Hugh jackman??

  161. Babe
    June 21, 2015 at 12:54 AM #

    No M. Cain, D. DeVito, H. Jackman….?

    Gary Oldman, Robert Downey Jr., Chaplin and Joaquin Phoenix should be in top 15.

  162. June 25, 2015 at 7:59 PM #

    yaa you are right all actors are block baster

    June 25, 2015 at 9:07 PM #

    Who is this marlon brando , and in which film he act , and which character did he made. All poor actors poor films noone inspire us even in our country this top ten acters are totally unknown. We just like JHONNY DEPP who gives blockbusters characters all over the universe many hence we like him.The we knows some OUR best heroes ian macklen (gandalf) arnold (terminator) geofry rush (barbossa) tom cruise(ethan hunt) Heath leadger(joker) will smith jackie chan are also good but noone in top ten what is standard?

Leave a Reply