Fred Astaire
Rank Title Points Votes Your Vote
1
He loved a mermaid (Splash) and crossed paths with history (Forrest Gump) but never lost his boy-next-door appeal.
Current Score:
119010
Total Votes:
161628
2
For six decades -- in The Grapes of Wrath and Fail-Safe -- Fonda was so good people stopped appreciating his talent.
Current Score:
12374
Total Votes:
41740
3
Stereotyped as an aw-shucks Everyman, Stewart brought fierce intelligence to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Current Score:
10777
Total Votes:
29481
4
Practical about the art of acting, Tracy was an unlikely leading man in the socially conscious drama Bad Day at Black Rock.
Current Score:
8802
Total Votes:
29856
5
Classically trained and Hollywood handsome, Olivier approached Shakespeare with the same vigor he brought to Wuthering Heights.
Current Score:
8376
Total Votes:
28428
6
World-weary Casablanca and Maltese Falcon star Bogart was a man's man who was also loved by the ladies.
Current Score:
8109
Total Votes:
26709
7
Decades after A Streetcar Named Desire, Brando was electrifying in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
Current Score:
7545
Total Votes:
33525
8
Peck could play neurotic (Spellbound) and dashing (Roman Holiday) but excelled at righteousness (Gentlemen's Agreement).
Current Score:
6868
Total Votes:
21414
9
Long before dramedy had a name, Lemmon perfected the art of wrapping laughter around emotional truth in Some Like It Hot.
Current Score:
6840
Total Votes:
29156
10
Hoffman broke Hollywood's blond-macho-leading-man mold in the generation-defining Graduate and (in a different way) Tootsie.
Current Score:
6781
Total Votes:
25583
11
Nicholson's feral, defiant energy dovetailed with the Zeitgeist, producing movies like Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, and Chinatown.
Current Score:
6640
Total Votes:
44978
12
Newman defiantly hitched his good looks to one slippery, startling classic after another, from The Hustler to Hud.
Current Score:
6394
Total Votes:
35284
13
Grant's comic flair came through in The Awful Truth and His Girl Friday, and his dramatic gift was on display in North by Northwest.
Current Score:
5593
Total Votes:
15685
14
Jug ears notwithstanding, Gable oozed uncomplicated sex appeal, especially as Gone With the Wind's Rhett Butler.
Current Score:
5335
Total Votes:
16021
15
Hopkins's movie career has been a roller-coaster ride through TV, supporting roles, and cult favorites, like The Elephant Man.
Current Score:
5211
Total Votes:
22643
16
In movies like Patton, Hardcore, and A Christmas Carol, he embodied moral outrage, right or wrong.
Current Score:
5148
Total Votes:
13970
17
Bad boys are sexy, but the slow-talking Cooper made basic decency a turn-on in movies like Meet John Doe and High Noon.
Current Score:
5132
Total Votes:
17504
18
A bundle of urban energy, Pacino embraced bravura in such crowd-pleasers as Glengarry Glen Ross and The Devil's Advocate.
Current Score:
4603
Total Votes:
34755
19
Holden parsed world-weariness as a screenwriter turned gigolo (Sunset Blvd.) and a cynical WWII POW (Stalag 17).
Current Score:
4573
Total Votes:
12835
20
De Niro is as mesmerizing in the low-rent Bloody Mama as he is in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Current Score:
4490
Total Votes:
53956
21
In the sixties, Caine brought working-class sex appeal to cads (Alfie), thieves (The Italian Job), and unglamorous spies (The Ipcress File).
Current Score:
4456
Total Votes:
16932
22
Hollywood's seventies detour into gritty, downbeat movies saved Hackman -- he shone in The French Connection and The Conversation.
Current Score:
4397
Total Votes:
27901
23
Burton's movies were rarely as good as he was, but when they were -- as Look Back in Anger was -- they were breathtaking.
Current Score:
4224
Total Votes:
13478
24
The onetime circus acrobat brought physical grace to crime movies (The Killers) and swashbucklers (The Crimson Pirate).
Current Score:
3719
Total Votes:
13983
25
Chaplin was funny, but he wasn't a clown -- it's the razor-sharp edges that make The Gold Rush still feel new.
Current Score:
3498
Total Votes:
15710
26
Sellers was bitter fun: who else could have played Dr. Strangelove and president Merkin Muffley in the same scene?
Current Score:
3029
Total Votes:
12383
27
Odd Man Out put Mason on the radar, and he brought a touch of tainted class to North by Northwest and Lolita.
Current Score:
2564
Total Votes:
11548
28
Citizen Kane showcased Welles's bravura acting style, and roles in Touch of Evil and The Lady From Shanghai proved he was no fluke.
Current Score:
2329
Total Votes:
11031
29
Penn's specialty is the intense, complicated loners he's played in movies like Dead Man Walking and Mystic River.
Current Score:
2284
Total Votes:
15188
30
Handsome, articulate, and almost frighteningly intense, Day-Lewis is relentless in Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood.
Current Score:
2257
Total Votes:
33995
31
With his rough-hewn good looks and casual manliness, Connery was born to play James Bond.
Current Score:
2029
Total Votes:
17459
32
Douglas's insecurity and festering resentments gave depth to his best roles, like the cynical reporter in Ace in the Hole.
Current Score:
1926
Total Votes:
13604
33
McQueen's brand of sensitive rebelliousness made him the ultimate in cool in The Great Escape.
Current Score:
1918
Total Votes:
13142
34
At a time when most Black actors were stuck at the back of the bus, Poitier took the wheel, winning an Oscar for Lilies of the Field.
Current Score:
1917
Total Votes:
11375
35
Squat and ugly, Robinson was convincing as a force for justice (Double Indemnity), a criminal (Little Caesar), and a schmuck (Scarlet Street).
Current Score:
1877
Total Votes:
10363
36
Mitchum's sleepy, vaguely menacing sensuality made him a noir icon in movies like Out of the Past and The Night of the Hunter.
Current Score:
1851
Total Votes:
11399
37
No one did seething fury like the small, wiry Cagney did in movies such as White Heat and The Public Enemy.
Current Score:
1742
Total Votes:
10346
38
Wayne spent 50 years defining American manhood, while starring in the career-making Stagecoach and the bittersweet Shootist.
Current Score:
1595
Total Votes:
27849
39
Dean tapped into the pure essence of teen misery in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, then died before he got old.
Current Score:
1594
Total Votes:
11716
40
Flynn defined the roguish swashbuckler in movies like Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk.
Current Score:
1580
Total Votes:
11036
41
Crowe has built a career on playing bruisers, from Romper Stomper's conflicted skinhead to the disillusioned journalist in State of Play.
Current Score:
1575
Total Votes:
15995
42
Powell was a leading man for four decades, assembling a highly diverse filmography, including My Man Godfrey and Sherlock Holmes.
Current Score:
1571
Total Votes:
10519
43
The Great Stone Face was the main attraction in such innovative silent comedies as Sherlock Jr., Seven Chances, and The General.
Current Score:
1561
Total Votes:
11487
44
If you need an actor who can play both a vicious pimp (Street Smart) and God (Bruce Almighty), you need Freeman.
Current Score:
1533
Total Votes:
27525
45
Washington played the voice of moral authority in movies like Glory and Courage Under Fire without seeming sanctimonious.
Current Score:
1507
Total Votes:
24557
46
In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the Man With No Name has a suspicion of authority that makes him the perfect anti-hero of the sixties.
Current Score:
1503
Total Votes:
32571
47
Groucho introduced absurdist anarchy to mainstream comedy in Animal Crackers and Horse Feathers.
Current Score:
1034
Total Votes:
12696
48
The virile Kelly made ballet safe for mainstream moviegoers in classic musicals like An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain.
Current Score:
716
Total Votes:
10798
49
Studio executives were underwhelmed by the skinny Astaire, but he seduced audiences in Flying Down to Rio and Shall We Dance.
Current Score:
708
Total Votes:
11152
50
Depp rejected pretty-boy stardom to play the soulful monster Edward Scissorhands and the cross-dressing moviemaker Ed Wood.
Current Score:
-6098
Total Votes:
40170