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The Top 10 Greatest Actors of All-Time (After HOURS of Research)

After about 5 straight hours of research, I have compiled my list of the ten greatest actors of all time. Now, you may not agree, but this is wholly based on performance, regardless of how bad the movie was they were in. If they were good, then that is a point for them. An example would be #10 on this list’s Daniel Day-Lewis. I loved him in There Will be Blood, though I hated There Will be Blood.Without further ado, I bring you my list, after countless pieces of research, my list for the top ten actors of all time.BTW: I like these actors, but they aren’t as good: screw Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole and John Wayne. None of them are on this list.Honorable Mentions:>Morgan Freeman>Laurence Olivier>John Wayne>Jimmy Stewart>Peter O’Toole>Tom Hanks>Tim Curry>Leonardo DiCaprio>Christopher Walken>Benicio del Torro>Laurence Fishburne>Tim Roth>Steve Buscemi>Stephen Lang>Ray Liota>Tom Cruise (Solely because of Vanilla Sky)>Mickey Rourke>Harvey Keitel>Samuel L. Jackson>Joe PesciMy Top Ten:10. Daniel Day-Lewis9. Brad Pitt8. Jack Nicholson7. Sean Penn6. John Malkovich5. Kevin Spacey4. Edward Norton3. TIE:>Johnny Depp>Robert Downey, Jr.2. Robin Williams1. Sam Rockwell

6 thoughts on “The Top 10 Greatest Actors of All-Time (After HOURS of Research)”

  1. I like the list. At first I was surprised by Brad Pitt, but I guess I can see why. Still not sure I’d put him in my top 10, but it’s not my list, right? :) Robin Williams was my only other double take, but I do think he is pretty underrated as a dramatic actor.

  2. Robin Williams went to Juilliard for acting. That is the most prestigious college for the performing arts. He is one of the greatest dramatic actors to ever hit the scene, whereas his comedic field is also fantastic. And Brad Pitt is very good because he can play ANY character and be fantastic at it. Thanks for the post, and I’d like to see your list to see who you think is the best, Carrie.

  3. So explain to me how you make a top 10 actors of ALL TIME list and replace Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Dustin Hoffman, and Henry Fonda with the likes of the actors you included. Nicholson should be on it, but none of those inclusions minus Day Lewis should even be mentioned in that discussion let alone be on the list.

  4. Bogart wasn’t too great in my opinion. Jimmy Stewart was… no. He was the Don Knotts of action/drama. Brando… well, he’s god, but I forgot to mention him. Same goes for Peck, Wayne, Hoffman and Fonda. Sam Rockwell is amazing. ROBIN WILLIAMS is awesome. Brad Pitt is the shit, and Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr. and every other actor on the list. I thank you for disagreeing and commenting, but if you disagree, you could always make your own list.

  5. I would have put more thought into your list.
    10. Brad Pitt The assassination of Jesse James, Fight Club, Babel, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven, Legends of the Fall, Twelve Monkeys, Burn After Reading, Snatch, Inglorious basterds.
    9.George Clooney- Syriana, Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, Burn After Reading, Good night and good luck, Oh Brother where art though, Three Kings.
    8.Tom Cruise- Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia,Collateral, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, Minority report,A few good men, risky business
    7.Heath Ledger- Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight, Lords of Dogtown, Monster’s Ball, The Patriot, 10 things I hate about you.
    6. Robert Deniro-
    5.Sean Penn-Milk, Dead Man Walking, I am Sam, Mystic River, Fast times at Ridgmont High, 21 Grams,Sweet and Lowdown,Carlito’s Way (almost unrecognizable), State of Grace, She’s so Lovely
    4.Marlon Brando- The God Father, A street Car named Desire, On the waterfront, Apocolypse Now,The Wild One, A dry white season, Sayanora, Julius Caesar, Last Tango in Paris Mutiny on the Bounty, Guys and Dolls,
    3.Philip Seymore Hoffman- Capote, The Savages, Almost Famous Before the Devil Knows your dead, Magnolia, Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, Owning Mahoney, Punch Drunk Love,Boogie Nights Along Came Polly, 25th Hour, Flawless,
    2.Daniel Day-Lewis- There will be blood, My Left Foot, Gangs of New York, In the name of the father, the boxer, the last of the Mohicans, The ballad of Jack and Rose,Nine, The Crucible, The age of innocence, the unbearable lightness of being
    1.Jack Nicholson- One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest,As good as it gets, The shining, Terms of endearment, A few good men, About Schmidt, Chinatown, the last detail, Five Easy Pieces, Batman, Reds, The Departed,Anger Managment, Prizzi’s Honor, Something’s gotta give, The Witches of Eastwick,

    Honorable Mention- Richard Curtis/ Ralph Feines/Leonardo Dicaprio/ Russle Crowe/ Tom Wilkinson/ Gary Oldman/ Peter O’toole/ Humphrey Bogart/ James Stewart/ Dustin Hoffman/ Orson Wells/ Peter Sellers/
    I will give credit where credit is due but we have been blessed with so many great actors over the past 25 years, that this era really dominates the opposition in my opinion.

  6. Bob Deniro- Cape Fear, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, God Father Part II, The King of Comedy, Awakenings,Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Once upon a time in America, Good Fellas, Casino, This boys Life, A Bronx Tail, Frankenstein, Heat, Cop land, Wag the Dog, Jackie Brown.

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