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:
119012
Total Votes:
161718
2
For six decades -- in The Grapes of Wrath and Fail-Safe -- Fonda was so good people stopped appreciating his talent.
Current Score:
12353
Total Votes:
41785
3
Stereotyped as an aw-shucks Everyman, Stewart brought fierce intelligence to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Current Score:
10776
Total Votes:
29518
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:
8796
Total Votes:
29886
5
Classically trained and Hollywood handsome, Olivier approached Shakespeare with the same vigor he brought to Wuthering Heights.
Current Score:
8371
Total Votes:
28457
6
World-weary Casablanca and Maltese Falcon star Bogart was a man's man who was also loved by the ladies.
Current Score:
8125
Total Votes:
26745
7
Decades after A Streetcar Named Desire, Brando was electrifying in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
Current Score:
7580
Total Votes:
33572
8
Peck could play neurotic (Spellbound) and dashing (Roman Holiday) but excelled at righteousness (Gentlemen's Agreement).
Current Score:
6876
Total Votes:
21440
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:
29184
10
Hoffman broke Hollywood's blond-macho-leading-man mold in the generation-defining Graduate and (in a different way) Tootsie.
Current Score:
6787
Total Votes:
25621
11
Nicholson's feral, defiant energy dovetailed with the Zeitgeist, producing movies like Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, and Chinatown.
Current Score:
6676
Total Votes:
45026
12
Newman defiantly hitched his good looks to one slippery, startling classic after another, from The Hustler to Hud.
Current Score:
6413
Total Votes:
35319
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:
5594
Total Votes:
15702
14
Jug ears notwithstanding, Gable oozed uncomplicated sex appeal, especially as Gone With the Wind's Rhett Butler.
Current Score:
5337
Total Votes:
16039
15
Hopkins's movie career has been a roller-coaster ride through TV, supporting roles, and cult favorites, like The Elephant Man.
Current Score:
5240
Total Votes:
22684
16
In movies like Patton, Hardcore, and A Christmas Carol, he embodied moral outrage, right or wrong.
Current Score:
5153
Total Votes:
13995
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:
5131
Total Votes:
17519
18
A bundle of urban energy, Pacino embraced bravura in such crowd-pleasers as Glengarry Glen Ross and The Devil's Advocate.
Current Score:
4639
Total Votes:
34809
19
Holden parsed world-weariness as a screenwriter turned gigolo (Sunset Blvd.) and a cynical WWII POW (Stalag 17).
Current Score:
4575
Total Votes:
12863
20
De Niro is as mesmerizing in the low-rent Bloody Mama as he is in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Current Score:
4532
Total Votes:
54008
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:
4462
Total Votes:
16958
22
Hollywood's seventies detour into gritty, downbeat movies saved Hackman -- he shone in The French Connection and The Conversation.
Current Score:
4405
Total Votes:
27927
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:
4219
Total Votes:
13499
24
The onetime circus acrobat brought physical grace to crime movies (The Killers) and swashbucklers (The Crimson Pirate).
Current Score:
3720
Total Votes:
14006
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:
3497
Total Votes:
15731
26
Sellers was bitter fun: who else could have played Dr. Strangelove and president Merkin Muffley in the same scene?
Current Score:
3021
Total Votes:
12403
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:
2556
Total Votes:
11564
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:
2323
Total Votes:
11049
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:
15216
30
Handsome, articulate, and almost frighteningly intense, Day-Lewis is relentless in Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood.
Current Score:
2275
Total Votes:
34045
31
With his rough-hewn good looks and casual manliness, Connery was born to play James Bond.
Current Score:
2040
Total Votes:
17482
32
Douglas's insecurity and festering resentments gave depth to his best roles, like the cynical reporter in Ace in the Hole.
Current Score:
1933
Total Votes:
13623
33
McQueen's brand of sensitive rebelliousness made him the ultimate in cool in The Great Escape.
Current Score:
1925
Total Votes:
13159
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:
1922
Total Votes:
11396
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:
1878
Total Votes:
10374
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:
1864
Total Votes:
11418
37
No one did seething fury like the small, wiry Cagney did in movies such as White Heat and The Public Enemy.
Current Score:
1744
Total Votes:
10362
38
Wayne spent 50 years defining American manhood, while starring in the career-making Stagecoach and the bittersweet Shootist.
Current Score:
1606
Total Votes:
27868
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:
1603
Total Votes:
11739
40
Crowe has built a career on playing bruisers, from Romper Stomper's conflicted skinhead to the disillusioned journalist in State of Play.
Current Score:
1586
Total Votes:
16020
41
Flynn defined the roguish swashbuckler in movies like Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk.
Current Score:
1577
Total Votes:
11047
42
Powell was a leading man for four decades, assembling a highly diverse filmography, including My Man Godfrey and Sherlock Holmes.
Current Score:
1565
Total Votes:
10531
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:
11499
44
If you need an actor who can play both a vicious pimp (Street Smart) and God (Bruce Almighty), you need Freeman.
Current Score:
1557
Total Votes:
27563
45
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:
1529
Total Votes:
32605
46
Washington played the voice of moral authority in movies like Glory and Courage Under Fire without seeming sanctimonious.
Current Score:
1528
Total Votes:
24596
47
Groucho introduced absurdist anarchy to mainstream comedy in Animal Crackers and Horse Feathers.
Current Score:
1030
Total Votes:
12710
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:
10814
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:
11168
50
Depp rejected pretty-boy stardom to play the soulful monster Edward Scissorhands and the cross-dressing moviemaker Ed Wood.
Current Score:
-6083
Total Votes:
40219