Who are the best actors of all time? This is a list of Greatest Actors in Movies All Time. Some of the greatest actors of all time have not necessarily acted in a project in the past 5 years, but they still deserve to be on this greatest actresses and actors of all time list. Top actors and actresses in films are judged by their acting ability and their mastery of roles that they have played over the years. 

Greatest Actors in Movies All Time

1. Tom Hanks
Credits: Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy StoryGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash, Big, Turner & Hooch

2. Jack Nicholson
Credits: The Shining, Batman, The DepartedGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

John Joseph Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for more than 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles

3. Robert De Niro
Credits: Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi DriverGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. is an American actor, producer, and director who holds both American and Italian citizenship.

4. Morgan Freeman
Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman BeginsGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, producer, and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby

5. Leonardo DiCaprio
Credits: Titanic, Inception, The DepartedGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

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

6. Denzel Washington
Credits: Remember the Titans, Glory, Training DayGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award

7. Johnny Depp
Credits: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward ScissorhandsGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.

8. Liam Neeson
Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler’s ListGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players’ Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. 

9. Russell Crowe
Credits: Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful MindGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer, and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. 

10. Al Pacino
Credits: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, ScarfaceGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Alfredo James Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning over five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors both competitive and honorary

11. Christian Bale
Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman BeginsGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor and producer. He has starred both in blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

12. Robert Downey Jr
Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3Greatest Actors in Movies All Time

Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor and singer. 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.

13. Brad Pitt
Credits: Fight Club, Seven, The DepartedGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as a producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment.

14. Matt Damon
Credits: Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will HuntingGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

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

15. Marlon Brando
Credits: The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, SupermanGreatest Actors in Movies All Time

Marlon Brando Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing realism to film acting, helping to popularize the Stanislavski system of acting, studying with Stella Adler in the 1940s.

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