List of 35 actors who I think are the best.

This list is not in order! (that would be impossible) This list is of the actors that actually make me want to get off my ass and go buy their movies.

Honorable Mentions: Robert Hoffman, Logan Lerman, Daniel Craig, Ryan Phillippe, Leonardo Dicaprio, Pierce Brosnan, Rob Lowe, Michael Fassbender, Scott Speedman.
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1.
“ Best performances: Mystery, Alaska (1999) 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Legion (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
2.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Actor, Kick-Ass
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor. He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas. Aaron is of English-Russian Jewish background...
“ Best performances: Nowhere Boy (2009) The Greatest (2009) Kick-Ass (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
3.
Joshua Jackson
Actor, The Affair
Joshua Carter Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. His Irish mother, Fiona Jackson, is a casting director originally from Dublin. His American father, John Carter Jackson, is from Texas. Josh spent the first eight years of his life in California before returning to Canada. At the age of 11...
“ Best performances: Dawson's Creek (1998-2003) Shutter (2008) Fringe (2008-present) ” - Burning_Bones
 
4.
Kyle Gallner
Kyle Gallner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He started his career by following his sister along to one of her auditions. Perhaps best know for his role as Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas on the CW's lone hit series, "Veronica Mars" (2004- ), actor Kyle Gallner had been appearing in films and on television since his early adolescence...
“ Best performances: Veronica Mars (2005–2006) CSI: NY (2007–2011) The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
5.
Paul Rudd
Actor, Ant-Man
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the U.K. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at TWA. His family eventually settled in Overland Park...
“ Best performances: Clueless (1995) Role Models (2008) I Love You, Man (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
6.
Tom Sturridge
Tom Sturridge was born in London, England. He is the son of actress Phoebe Nicholls and sometime-actor and full-time director Charles Sturridge, and the grandson of actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent. His maternal great-grandfather, Horace Nicholls, was a prominent photographer. Tom started his acting career under the guidance of his father's directing...
“ Best performances: Like Minds (2006) Pirate Radio (2009) Waiting for Forever (2011) ” - Burning_Bones
 
7.
Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany is an English actor. He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No. 1, and director Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale. He has gone on to appear in a wide variety of films, including A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Dogville...
“ Best performances: The Heart of Me (2003) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Creation (2009) Legion (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
8.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ Best performances: Edward Scissorhands (1990) Benny & Joon (1993) Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (2003-present) Public Enemies (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
9.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ Best performances: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) The Remains of the Day (1993) Shadowlands (1993) The Wolfman (2010) The Rite (2011) ” - Burning_Bones
 
10.
Ben Foster
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in Boston), while his mother's family is from Maryland...
“ Best performances: Liberty Heights (1999) Get Over It (2001) Alpha Dog (2006) 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Pandorum (2009) The Mechanic (2011) ” - Burning_Bones
 
11.
Gaspard Ulliel
Gaspard Ulliel's dream has always been to direct a movie, and after completing his studies at the lycée (French high school), he majored in cinema at the University of Saint-Denis. However, fate had other plans, and he is currently pursuing an acting career. It began when Ulliel was 12 years old when he appeared in the TV film Une femme en blanc...
“ Best performances: A Very Long Engagement (2004) Hannibal Rising (2007) The Princess of Montpensier (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
12.
Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and training horses filled much of his recreational time growing up...
“ Best performances: The Rules of Attraction (2002) The Tournament (2009) The Vampire Diaries (2009-present) ” - Burning_Bones
 
13.
James McAvoy
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ Best performances: Inside I'm Dancing (2004) The Last King of Scotland (2006) Atonement (2007) ” - Burning_Bones
 
14.
Jason London
Jason London and his twin brother, Jeremy London, were born in San Diego, California, and were raised in Oklahoma and DeSoto, Texas. Jeremy was the first of the two to start auditioning, but it was Jason who nabbed the first role, in the movie The Man in the Moon. Jason also got a role in the dramatic series...
“ Best performances: The Man in the Moon (1991) Dazed and Confused (1993) Out Cold (2001) ” - Burning_Bones
 
15.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone...
“ Best performances: Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Elvis (2005) The Tudors (2007-2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
16.
Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point...
“ Best performances: The Hangover (2009) It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Due Date (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
17.
Jason Statham
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a fashion model...
“ Best performances: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Transporter Trilogy (2002-2008) Crank (2006) The Mechanic (2011) ” - Burning_Bones
 
18.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Best performances: I Am Sam (2001) Mystic River (2003) 21 Grams (2003) Milk (2008) ” - Burning_Bones
 
19.
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Best performances: Trainspotting (1996) A Life Less Ordinary (1997) Young Adam (2003) I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
20.
“ Best performances: Rushmore (1998) Spun (2002) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
21.
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German...
“ Best performances: October Sky (1999) Donnie Darko (2001) The Good Girl (2002) Jarhead (2005) Brokeback Mountain (2005) Brothers (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
22.
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the early 2000s...
“ Best performances: The Shining (1980) Reds (1981) Batman (1989) A Few Good Men (1992) The Departed (2006) ” - Burning_Bones
 
23.
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Best performances: American Psycho (2000) The Machinist (2004) Batman Begins (2004) 3:10 to Yuma (2007) The Dark Knight (2008) Public Enemies (2009) The Fighter (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
24.
Ryan Reynolds
Actor, Deadpool
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen, a Nickleodeon series taped in Florida with many other Canadian actors...
“ Best performances: Blade Trinity (2004) Waiting... (2005) Just Friends (2005) Buried (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
25.
Michael Pitt
Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes between 1999 and 2000)...
“ Best performances: Murder by Numbers (2002) The Dreamers (2003) Jailbait (2004) Funny Games (2008) ” - Burning_Bones
 
26.
Cillian Murphy
Actor, Inception
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
“ Best performances: On the Edge (2001) 28 Days Later (2002) Red Eye (2005) Sunshine (2007) The Edge of Love (2008) Peacock (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
27.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Best performances: Mysterious Skin (2004) Brick (2005) 500 Days of Summer (2009) Inception (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
28.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ Best performances: The Insider (1999) Gladiator (2000) A Beautiful Mind (2001) Cinderella Man (2005) 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Robin Hood (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
29.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ Best performances: Happiness (1998) Owning Mahowny (2003) The Savages (2007) Doubt (2008) Pirate Radio (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
30.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Best performances: Lethal Weapon Series (1985-1998) The Man Without a Face (1993) Braveheart (1995) The Patriot (2000) We Were Soldiers (2002) Signs (2002) ” - Burning_Bones
 
31.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Best performances: Chaplin (1992) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Iron Man Series (2008-present) Sherlock Holmes (2009-present) Due Date (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
32.
Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson). He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman...
“ Best performances: Murder by Numbers (2002) The Slaughter Rule (2002) The United States of Leland (2003) The Notebook (2004) Half Nelson (2006) Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Blue Valentine (2010) ” - Burning_Bones
 
33.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Best performances: X-Men Series (2000) Kate & Leopold (2001) The Fountain (2006) Australia (2008) ” - Burning_Bones
 
34.
Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ Best performances: The Game of Their Lives (2005) 300 (2007) P.S. I Love You (2007) The Ugly Truth (2009) Gamer (2009) Law Abiding Citizen (2009) ” - Burning_Bones
 
35.
Kieran Culkin
Kieran Kyle Culkin was born September 30, 1982 in New York City, New York. He is the son of Christopher Culkin, a former stage and child actor, and Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin, Dakota Culkin, Macaulay Culkin, Quinn Culkin, Christian Culkin, and Rory Culkin. His mother...
“ Best performances: The Mighty (1998) The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) Igby Goes Down (2002) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) ” - Burning_Bones