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300 Greatest Movie Actors

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Criteria: Actors are ranked according to acclaim they received for their craft, popular and cultural recognition, influence they had on acting as well as on other actors and their body of work in terms of acclaim, influence and popularity.

Disclaimer: This list is strongly influenced by the Western canon of films. This means that in the broader scope of a global cinema certain regions may be underrepresented, among them Russia, India, China, Africa and Latin America

Last Updated: 2018-03-12
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  1. Marlon Brando
  2. Charles Chaplin
  3. Laurence Olivier
  4. Robert De Niro
  5. James Stewart
  6. Jack Nicholson
  7. Al Pacino
  8. Paul Newman
  9. Humphrey Bogart
10. Toshiro Mifune
11. Cary Grant
12. Buster Keaton
13. Dustin Hoffman
14. Marcello Mastroianni
15. Daniel Day-Lewis
16. Henry Fonda
17. Alec Guinness
18. Jean Gabin
19. Jack Lemmon
20. John Wayne
21. Tom Hanks
22. Gregory Peck
23. Sidney Poitier
24. Gary Cooper
25. James Cagney
26. Gérard Depardieu
27. Spencer Tracy
28. Peter O'Toole
29. Gene Hackman
30. Denzel Washington
31. Michael Caine
32. Clark Gable
33. Richard Burton
34. Max von Sydow
35. Burt Lancaster
36. Clint Eastwood
37. Jean-Paul Belmondo
38. William Holden
39. Robert Mitchum
40. Peter Sellers
41. Kirk Douglas
42. Morgan Freeman
43. Leonardo DiCaprio
44. Vittorio Gassman
45. Orson Welles
46. Harold Lloyd
47. Sean Connery
48. Robert Duvall
49. Anthony Quinn
50. Rudolph Valentino
51. George C. Scott
52. Robert Redford
53. Montgomery Clift
54. Anthony Hopkins
55. James Dean
56. Alain Delon
57. Michel Piccoli
58. Klaus Kinski
59. Harrison Ford
60. Gene Kelly
61. Peter Lorre
62. Fred Astaire
63. Edward G. Robinson
64. Charles Laughton
65. Takashi Shimura
66. Sean Penn
67. Philip Seymour Hoffman
68. Gary Oldman
69. Max Linder
70. Groucho Marx / The Marx Brothers
71. Ronald Colman
72. Douglas Fairbanks
73. Tom Cruise
74. Tatsuya Nakadai
75. Johnny Depp
76. Ben Kingsley
77. Fredric March
78. Dennis Hopper
79. James Mason
80. Louis de Funès
81. Robin Williams
82. Michel Simon
83. Woody Allen
84. Philippe Noiret
85. Bill Murray
86. Totò
87. Jeff Bridges
88. Amitabh Bachchan
89. John Barrymore
90. Chishu Ryu
91. Lon Chaney
92. Jean-Louis Trintignant
93. Laurel and Hardy
94. Jean-Pierre Léaud
95. Errol Flynn
96. Albert Finney
97. Emil Jannings
98. John Hurt
99. Russell Crowe
100. Walter Matthau





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101. Uttam Kumar
102. George Clooney
103. Rod Steiger
104. Warren Beatty
105. Ralph Fiennes
106. Tony Leung Chiu Wai
107. Richard Harris
108. Raj Kapoor
109. Yves Montand
110. Yul Brynner
111. Charlton Heston
112. Steve McQueen
113. Mickey Rooney
114. Boris Karloff
115. Dirk Bogarde
116. John Gielgud
117. Vincent Price
118. Chow Yun-fat
119. Alberto Sordi
120. Conrad Veidt
121. Christopher Walken
122. Donald Sutherland
123. Kevin Spacey
124. Samuel L. Jackson
125. Michael Douglas
126. Dilip Kumar
127. Paul Muni
128. Lee Marvin
129. Jean Marais
130. Jerry Lewis
131. Rock Hudson
132. Ian McKellen
133. Naseeruddin Shah
134. Mack Sennett
135. Geoffrey Rush
136. Omar Sharif
137. Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
138. Peter Finch
139. Lionel Barrymore
140. Rajesh Khanna
141. Sessue Hayakawa
142. King Baggot
143. Jacques Tati
144. Jeremy Irons
145. Jon Voight
146. Brad Pitt
147. Kenneth Branagh
148. Richard Attenborough
149. Gérard Philipe
150. Erland Josephson
151. Jim Carrey
152. Farid Shawqi
153. Ernest Borgnine
154. Matt Damon
155. Shah Rukh Khan
156. Charles Boyer
157. Javier Bardem
158. Bruce Lee
159. William Hurt
160. Liam Neeson
161. Fernandel
162. Nino Manfredi
163. David Niven
164. Ralph Richardson
165. Erich von Stroheim
166. Daniel Auteuil
167. Richard Dreyfuss
168. William S. Hart
169. Adel Imam
170. Innokenty Smoktunovsky
171. Fernando Rey
172. Maximilian Schell
173. Jackie Chan
174. Edward Norton
175. Tony Curtis
176. Walter Brennan
177. Dev Anand
178. Gunnar Björnstrand
179. W.C. Fields
180. Ed Harris
181. Tommy Lee Jones
182. Bourvil
183. Christian Bale
184. Aamir Khan
185. Christopher Lee
186. Will Smith
187. Claude Rains
188. Gene Wilder
189. José Ferrer
190. Fernando Fernán Gómez
191. Nikolay Cherkasov
192. Ryan Gosling
193. Nicolas Cage
194. Michel Serrault
195. Ugo Tognazzi
196. Choi Min-sik
197. Arthur Kennedy
198. Joseph Cotten
199. Willem Dafoe
200. Thomas Mitchell
201. Cantinflas
202. Karl Malden
203. Heath Ledger
204. Bruno Ganz
205. John Gilbert
206. James Coburn
207. Stellan Skarsgård
208. Gian Maria Volonté
209. Eli Wallach
210. Ahmed Zaki
211. Jean-Claude Brialy
212. Melvyn Douglas
213. Bob Hope
214. Walter Huston
215. Abbott and Costello
216. Nanni Moretti
217. Paul Robeson
218. Wallace Beery
219. Tom Courtenay
220. George Sanders
221. Richard Gere
222. Joel McCrea
223. Viggo Mortensen
224. Ewan McGregor
225. Bela Lugosi
226. Harvey Keitel
227. John Malkovich
228. The Three Stooges
229. Paul Scofield
230. Robert Shaw
231. Gaston Modot
232. Benicio del Toro
233. John Carradine
234. Harry Dean Stanton
235. Raimu
236. Paul Winfield
237. Mel Gibson
238. Rex Harrison
239. Bing Crosby
240. James Earl Jones
241. Robert Downey Jr.
242. Steve Buscemi
243. Denholm Elliott
244. Roberto Benigni
245. Dana Andrews
246. Michael Chekhov
247. Jason Robards
248. Leslie Cheung
249. Martin Sheen
250. Joe Pesci
251. Rudolf Klein-Rogge
252. Robert Ryan
253. William Powell
254. Joaquin Phoenix
255. Peter Cushing
256. Takeshi Kitano
257. Jake Gyllenhaal
258. Robert Donat
259. Matthew McConaughey
260. John Travolta
261. James Woods
262. Donald Crisp
263. Pedro Infante
264. Lee J. Cobb
265. Alan Rickman
266. Alastair Sim
267. Richard Widmark
268. Victor Mature
269. Victor McLaglen
270. Michael Redgrave
271. Armin Mueller-Stahl
272. Anthony Perkins
273. Walter Pidgeon
274. Giancarlo Giannini
275. Bob Hoskins
276. Glenn Ford
277. Gael García Bernal
278. James Caan
279. Martin Balsam
280. Alan Arkin
281. Brendan Gleeson
282. Andy Serkis
283. Leslie Howard
284. Woody Harrelson
285. Steve Martin
286. Martin Landau
287. Edward Everett Horton
288. Arnold Schwarzenegger
289. Tim Robbins
290. Sterling Hayden
291. Don Cheadle
292. Chris Cooper
293. Frank Sinatra
294. Roy Scheider
295. Vincent Cassel
296. Rutger Hauer
297. Gert Fröbe
298. Michael Fassbender
299. John Cleese
300. Jean Hersholt



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