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:
120971
Total Votes:
192115
2
For six decades -- in The Grapes of Wrath and Fail-Safe -- Fonda was so good people stopped appreciating his talent.
Current Score:
15593
Total Votes:
61479
3
Stereotyped as an aw-shucks Everyman, Stewart brought fierce intelligence to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Current Score:
11235
Total Votes:
48157
4
Classically trained and Hollywood handsome, Olivier approached Shakespeare with the same vigor he brought to Wuthering Heights.
Current Score:
11095
Total Votes:
46163
5
Decades after A Streetcar Named Desire, Brando was electrifying in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
Current Score:
9416
Total Votes:
51104
6
Peck could play neurotic (Spellbound) and dashing (Roman Holiday) but excelled at righteousness (Gentlemen's Agreement).
Current Score:
9215
Total Votes:
38283
7
Holden parsed world-weariness as a screenwriter turned gigolo (Sunset Blvd.) and a cynical WWII POW (Stalag 17).
Current Score:
8864
Total Votes:
26028
8
Practical about the art of acting, Tracy was an unlikely leading man in the socially conscious drama Bad Day at Black Rock.
Current Score:
8390
Total Votes:
47448
9
Long before dramedy had a name, Lemmon perfected the art of wrapping laughter around emotional truth in Some Like It Hot.
Current Score:
7478
Total Votes:
34250
10
Handsome, articulate, and almost frighteningly intense, Day-Lewis is relentless in Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood.
Current Score:
6690
Total Votes:
51724
11
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:
6661
Total Votes:
22955
12
Sellers was bitter fun: who else could have played Dr. Strangelove and president Merkin Muffley in the same scene?
Current Score:
6592
Total Votes:
19344
13
Odd Man Out put Mason on the radar, and he brought a touch of tainted class to North by Northwest and Lolita.
Current Score:
6577
Total Votes:
18985
14
Newman defiantly hitched his good looks to one slippery, startling classic after another, from The Hustler to Hud.
Current Score:
6002
Total Votes:
42262
15
World-weary Casablanca and Maltese Falcon star Bogart was a man's man who was also loved by the ladies.
Current Score:
5999
Total Votes:
39839
16
Hopkins's movie career has been a roller-coaster ride through TV, supporting roles, and cult favorites, like The Elephant Man.
Current Score:
5290
Total Votes:
25930
17
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:
5181
Total Votes:
18069
18
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:
5155
Total Votes:
16597
19
In movies like Patton, Hardcore, and A Christmas Carol, he embodied moral outrage, right or wrong.
Current Score:
5117
Total Votes:
15963
20
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:
5102
Total Votes:
18898
21
Jug ears notwithstanding, Gable oozed uncomplicated sex appeal, especially as Gone With the Wind's Rhett Butler.
Current Score:
5066
Total Votes:
18082
22
The onetime circus acrobat brought physical grace to crime movies (The Killers) and swashbucklers (The Crimson Pirate).
Current Score:
5014
Total Votes:
17182
23
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:
4732
Total Votes:
19726
24
Penn's specialty is the intense, complicated loners he's played in movies like Dead Man Walking and Mystic River.
Current Score:
4569
Total Votes:
28233
25
Hoffman broke Hollywood's blond-macho-leading-man mold in the generation-defining Graduate and (in a different way) Tootsie.
Current Score:
4387
Total Votes:
36345
26
Nicholson's feral, defiant energy dovetailed with the Zeitgeist, producing movies like Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, and Chinatown.
Current Score:
4380
Total Votes:
57588
27
In the sixties, Caine brought working-class sex appeal to cads (Alfie), thieves (The Italian Job), and unglamorous spies (The Ipcress File).
Current Score:
3780
Total Votes:
20940
28
With his rough-hewn good looks and casual manliness, Connery was born to play James Bond.
Current Score:
2206
Total Votes:
20538
29
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:
2113
Total Votes:
12943
30
McQueen's brand of sensitive rebelliousness made him the ultimate in cool in The Great Escape.
Current Score:
2103
Total Votes:
15083
31
Douglas's insecurity and festering resentments gave depth to his best roles, like the cynical reporter in Ace in the Hole.
Current Score:
2099
Total Votes:
15399
32
Wayne spent 50 years defining American manhood, while starring in the career-making Stagecoach and the bittersweet Shootist.
Current Score:
2063
Total Votes:
29745
33
Squat and ugly, Robinson was convincing as a force for justice (Double Indemnity), a criminal (Little Caesar), and a schmuck (Scarlet Street).
Current Score:
2041
Total Votes:
11915
34
Crowe has built a career on playing bruisers, from Romper Stomper's conflicted skinhead to the disillusioned journalist in State of Play.
Current Score:
2026
Total Votes:
18058
35
The virile Kelly made ballet safe for mainstream moviegoers in classic musicals like An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain.
Current Score:
2004
Total Votes:
21582
36
Studio executives were underwhelmed by the skinny Astaire, but he seduced audiences in Flying Down to Rio and Shall We Dance.
Current Score:
2003
Total Votes:
21705
37
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:
2002
Total Votes:
12884
38
Dean tapped into the pure essence of teen misery in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, then died before he got old.
Current Score:
1960
Total Votes:
13616
39
Flynn defined the roguish swashbuckler in movies like Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk.
Current Score:
1948
Total Votes:
12832
40
Powell was a leading man for four decades, assembling a highly diverse filmography, including My Man Godfrey and Sherlock Holmes.
Current Score:
1940
Total Votes:
12264
41
The Great Stone Face was the main attraction in such innovative silent comedies as Sherlock Jr., Seven Chances, and The General.
Current Score:
1935
Total Votes:
13301
42
Groucho introduced absurdist anarchy to mainstream comedy in Animal Crackers and Horse Feathers.
Current Score:
1931
Total Votes:
15279
43
Hollywood's seventies detour into gritty, downbeat movies saved Hackman -- he shone in The French Connection and The Conversation.
Current Score:
197
Total Votes:
46627
44
De Niro is as mesmerizing in the low-rent Bloody Mama as he is in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Current Score:
193
Total Votes:
79215
45
A bundle of urban energy, Pacino embraced bravura in such crowd-pleasers as Glengarry Glen Ross and The Devil's Advocate.
Current Score:
-67
Total Votes:
53225
46
No one did seething fury like the small, wiry Cagney did in movies such as White Heat and The Public Enemy.
Current Score:
-270
Total Votes:
20276
47
If you need an actor who can play both a vicious pimp (Street Smart) and God (Bruce Almighty), you need Freeman.
Current Score:
-1709
Total Votes:
50083
48
Washington played the voice of moral authority in movies like Glory and Courage Under Fire without seeming sanctimonious.
Current Score:
-2779
Total Votes:
45831
49
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:
-2812
Total Votes:
55088
50
Depp rejected pretty-boy stardom to play the soulful monster Edward Scissorhands and the cross-dressing moviemaker Ed Wood.
Current Score:
-7980
Total Votes:
51306