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:
119059
Total Votes:
162451
2
For six decades -- in The Grapes of Wrath and Fail-Safe -- Fonda was so good people stopped appreciating his talent.
Current Score:
12300
Total Votes:
42242
3
Stereotyped as an aw-shucks Everyman, Stewart brought fierce intelligence to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Current Score:
10876
Total Votes:
29962
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:
8803
Total Votes:
30279
5
Classically trained and Hollywood handsome, Olivier approached Shakespeare with the same vigor he brought to Wuthering Heights.
Current Score:
8392
Total Votes:
28838
6
World-weary Casablanca and Maltese Falcon star Bogart was a man's man who was also loved by the ladies.
Current Score:
8200
Total Votes:
27110
7
Decades after A Streetcar Named Desire, Brando was electrifying in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
Current Score:
7714
Total Votes:
33964
8
Peck could play neurotic (Spellbound) and dashing (Roman Holiday) but excelled at righteousness (Gentlemen's Agreement).
Current Score:
6973
Total Votes:
21829
9
Long before dramedy had a name, Lemmon perfected the art of wrapping laughter around emotional truth in Some Like It Hot.
Current Score:
6924
Total Votes:
29588
10
Nicholson's feral, defiant energy dovetailed with the Zeitgeist, producing movies like Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, and Chinatown.
Current Score:
6830
Total Votes:
45510
11
Hoffman broke Hollywood's blond-macho-leading-man mold in the generation-defining Graduate and (in a different way) Tootsie.
Current Score:
6828
Total Votes:
26108
12
Newman defiantly hitched his good looks to one slippery, startling classic after another, from The Hustler to Hud.
Current Score:
6476
Total Votes:
35590
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:
5589
Total Votes:
15937
14
Hopkins's movie career has been a roller-coaster ride through TV, supporting roles, and cult favorites, like The Elephant Man.
Current Score:
5327
Total Votes:
22975
15
Jug ears notwithstanding, Gable oozed uncomplicated sex appeal, especially as Gone With the Wind's Rhett Butler.
Current Score:
5293
Total Votes:
16259
16
In movies like Patton, Hardcore, and A Christmas Carol, he embodied moral outrage, right or wrong.
Current Score:
5095
Total Votes:
14209
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:
5080
Total Votes:
17722
18
Holden parsed world-weariness as a screenwriter turned gigolo (Sunset Blvd.) and a cynical WWII POW (Stalag 17).
Current Score:
4804
Total Votes:
13362
19
A bundle of urban energy, Pacino embraced bravura in such crowd-pleasers as Glengarry Glen Ross and The Devil's Advocate.
Current Score:
4511
Total Votes:
35473
20
In the sixties, Caine brought working-class sex appeal to cads (Alfie), thieves (The Italian Job), and unglamorous spies (The Ipcress File).
Current Score:
4497
Total Votes:
17211
21
De Niro is as mesmerizing in the low-rent Bloody Mama as he is in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Current Score:
4458
Total Votes:
54684
22
Hollywood's seventies detour into gritty, downbeat movies saved Hackman -- he shone in The French Connection and The Conversation.
Current Score:
4236
Total Votes:
28522
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:
4174
Total Votes:
13698
24
The onetime circus acrobat brought physical grace to crime movies (The Killers) and swashbucklers (The Crimson Pirate).
Current Score:
3687
Total Votes:
14175
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:
3537
Total Votes:
15923
26
Sellers was bitter fun: who else could have played Dr. Strangelove and president Merkin Muffley in the same scene?
Current Score:
2979
Total Votes:
12583
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:
2489
Total Votes:
11713
28
Handsome, articulate, and almost frighteningly intense, Day-Lewis is relentless in Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood.
Current Score:
2303
Total Votes:
34455
29
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:
2278
Total Votes:
11222
30
Penn's specialty is the intense, complicated loners he's played in movies like Dead Man Walking and Mystic River.
Current Score:
2231
Total Votes:
15453
31
With his rough-hewn good looks and casual manliness, Connery was born to play James Bond.
Current Score:
2111
Total Votes:
17689
32
Douglas's insecurity and festering resentments gave depth to his best roles, like the cynical reporter in Ace in the Hole.
Current Score:
1975
Total Votes:
13781
33
McQueen's brand of sensitive rebelliousness made him the ultimate in cool in The Great Escape.
Current Score:
1968
Total Votes:
13328
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:
1951
Total Votes:
11551
35
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:
1870
Total Votes:
11568
36
Squat and ugly, Robinson was convincing as a force for justice (Double Indemnity), a criminal (Little Caesar), and a schmuck (Scarlet Street).
Current Score:
1851
Total Votes:
10503
37
No one did seething fury like the small, wiry Cagney did in movies such as White Heat and The Public Enemy.
Current Score:
1770
Total Votes:
10510
38
Wayne spent 50 years defining American manhood, while starring in the career-making Stagecoach and the bittersweet Shootist.
Current Score:
1688
Total Votes:
28078
39
Crowe has built a career on playing bruisers, from Romper Stomper's conflicted skinhead to the disillusioned journalist in State of Play.
Current Score:
1600
Total Votes:
16218
40
Dean tapped into the pure essence of teen misery in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, then died before he got old.
Current Score:
1568
Total Votes:
11886
41
Powell was a leading man for four decades, assembling a highly diverse filmography, including My Man Godfrey and Sherlock Holmes.
Current Score:
1550
Total Votes:
10672
42
Flynn defined the roguish swashbuckler in movies like Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk.
Current Score:
1548
Total Votes:
11176
43
The Great Stone Face was the main attraction in such innovative silent comedies as Sherlock Jr., Seven Chances, and The General.
Current Score:
1544
Total Votes:
11638
44
If you need an actor who can play both a vicious pimp (Street Smart) and God (Bruce Almighty), you need Freeman.
Current Score:
1433
Total Votes:
28081
45
Washington played the voice of moral authority in movies like Glory and Courage Under Fire without seeming sanctimonious.
Current Score:
1382
Total Votes:
25096
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:
1377
Total Votes:
33121
47
Groucho introduced absurdist anarchy to mainstream comedy in Animal Crackers and Horse Feathers.
Current Score:
1191
Total Votes:
13047
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:
882
Total Votes:
11158
49
Studio executives were underwhelmed by the skinny Astaire, but he seduced audiences in Flying Down to Rio and Shall We Dance.
Current Score:
689
Total Votes:
11329
50
Depp rejected pretty-boy stardom to play the soulful monster Edward Scissorhands and the cross-dressing moviemaker Ed Wood.
Current Score:
-6110
Total Votes:
40612