Top 10 Best Actors of All-Time

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to grow his own movie knowledge as well as share his own thoughts with others in a streamlined fashion. As MovieBabble continues to grow, Nick hopes to one day become a reputable critic that many turn to first for a quality movie review.

43 Responses

  1. millyer says:

    Al Pacino isn’t on the list, and Clint Eastwood is? Confused.com

    • Nick Kush says:

      Personally, Pacino hasn’t really done any solid work for quite some time (even longer than De Niro). It’s a pretty stacked list so some tough choices had to be made!

      Clint on the other hand put in some incredibly memorable work over many, many decades. It may be a little of a personal choice, but I’m sticking with it lol!

  2. montyvijh says:

    Great list!! Leo, Denzel and Hanks are some of my favorites. I would just try to squeeze in Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. They did some fantastic work.

  3. Jason Hitch says:

    Interesting list. Do you think that knowing Day-Lewis was so committed on set plays into where you rank him or are you picking him solely for his on-screen performance? And..do you think the clunkers that De Niro has had (recently more often than not unfortunately) should subtract from his legacy?

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t affect it at all. But Day-Lewis’ performances are just absolutely unreal that you have to put him high on the list. I just rewatched There Will Be Blood the other day and I couldn’t get over how good he was.

      As for De Niro, there are some serious stinkers in his later career, but personally, he has way too amazing performances in too many movies to be anything but the best ever IMO

  4. If we were including Bollywood actors, Amitabh Bachchan would definitely make my list!

  5. pepperloves says:

    I would replace Harrison Ford with Gary Oldman. Ford is entertaining to watch but most time he acts the same very little range.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Certainly a worthy idea (I LOOOOOVE Gary Oldman), but I think there’s something to say about a guy who dazzled us with many different lovable characters.

      • pepperloves says:

        True but there are the Harrison Fordisms that you notice that end up pissing you off, Gary Oldman on the other hand completely immerses himself that you don’t recognize him which is what makes a great actor in my opinion. Even DeNiro pisses me off with some of his roles in that I can notice his -isms and not the character. I did love him in the Godfather and Raging Bull.

      • Nick Kush says:

        I think those “isms” are what make each individual actor different. I’d argue that Gary Oldman still has his little quirks, even if he does immerse himself more.

  6. I adore Leo and Tom Hanks. I loved The Wolf on Wall Street and I adored Forrest Gump. Those two are easily in my top 10 favorite actors as well. Excellent post! It’s always cool to see people’s top 10 lists and if my faves make other people’s list.

  7. twaldron2014 says:

    Great list! Hard to disagree. I was glad Denzel made it!

  8. Patricia says:

    Interesting list. I can appreciate these choices. You already know who I’d add. 😉

  9. dwmckay says:

    Although I am a big fan of Bogie movies — I cannot help but feel he tended to play the same character over and over. Kinda like Tom Cruise but only with style, integrity and finesse. If you want to see truly great actors look for the ones who play supporting roles so well you are drawn to them. And who create new characters with each role. Nehemiah Persoff. John Gielgud. Christopher Plummer.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I see your point there (the same argument can be made for Leo, Jack, and Clint as well) but I think there’s something to be said about a man that captivates us time and time again with amazing performances that have stood the test of time. As much as it pains me to say it, those three incredible talents that you mentioned just don’t have the same cultural impact. Unfortunately, many people wouldn’t even know who they are!

  10. anne leueen says:

    Interesting choices. I agree with but would add Ryan Gosling. I know he is a heartthrob but his work in ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ and ‘Drive’ show me that he has some first rate acting chops. He has ben nominated for , I think, 3 or 4 , Best Actor Academy awards and eventually he will get one.

    • Nick Kush says:

      He was one I comtemplated, I think give it another ten years and I’m sure he’ll be there.

  11. I share many of your choices and have my own list I’ve yet to publish on my blog, “In My Vue” I appreciate your posts.

  12. Great post and some excellent choices. Though very good actors, I would not place Harrison Ford or Clint Eastwood in the Top 10. I would replace them with Spencer Tracy and either Anthony Hopkins or Paul Newman. I would also put Humphrey Bogart in the top 5.

    • Nick Kush says:

      There’s definitely some personal elements that goes into these types of lists. Clint and Ford have a special place in my heart and certainly changed cinema, but I completely understand why you’d think that way. Honestly, you could have a completely different top 10 and make a good case for it!

  13. jimbelton says:

    This is a tough one for me, because I find my impression of actors largely influenced by the films they’ve been in. Here are a few actors who I think have an ability to transcend roles that I think you’ve missed, and who seem to stand out in almost anything they’re in:
    1. Gary Oldman
    2. Morgan Freeman
    3. Sigourney Weaver
    4. Helen Miren

    Some up and comers (and maybe these will turn out to be unenduring):
    1. Idris Elba
    2. Benedict Cumberbatch
    3. Karl Urban
    4. Emily Blunt

    • Nick Kush says:

      I made this list with just men in mind so watch out for my list of top 10 actresses of all-time coming soon (Sigourney Weaver and Helen Miren will definitely make an appearence).

      Personally, I absolutely looooove both Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. If I extended my honorable mentions another five or ten slots they’d probably be there. Like I said, this is a reaaaaaally hard list to make and I might change it if you asked me again tomorrow lol

    • Jason Hitch says:

      What have you seen that you’re most impressed w/ from Cumberbatch and Urban?

      • jimbelton says:

        Cumberbatch blew me away in Sherlock, especially in the first season. He was OK in Star Trek. I liked him in Dr. Strange. Still haven’t seen the Imitation Game. He’ll have a hard time living up to Derek Jacoby in the role of Turing.
        I really liked Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, especially in the first film of the reboot, but he’s be great in all of them. I also liked him a lot in LOTR. He was good in Dredd, and I liked him far better than the main villain in Chronicles of Riddick.

  14. Nice list! I’d definitely add Johnny Depp on the list – for What’s eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, Black Mass and all the other amazing roles he played. Yet another talented actor, which has not won yet an Oscar.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I can’t get over his annoying caricatures that he’s been doing lately. I wish he would go back to movies like Donnie Brasco!

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