25 Best Actors/Actresses

My list of best actors and actresses. 3 must watch movies of each. MUST WATCH If you don't like these actors, I feel that after these films, you will.
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1.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, The Terminal, Big, Bachelor Party, and Saving Private Ryan. He is THE BEST actor ever! It was hard to narrow, so I listed 6 for him. ” - saturn0187
 
2.
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...
“ What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Cry-Baby, and The Astronaut's Wife. I would suggest watching all of his movies. He always takes cool roles. ” - saturn0187
 
3.
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ Never Been Kissed, Ever After, and Music and Lyrics. If she's not your favorite or you haven't seen much of her, please watch these films. ” - saturn0187
 
4.
Jack Nicholson
With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine (1960s-2000s), Paul Newman (1950s-1960s, 1980s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades...
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Departed, and Batman. I just love him! He's so mysterious and sexy. ” - saturn0187
 
5.
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents...
“ Scent of a Woman, Scarface, and The Devil's Advocate. This is me being Captain Obvious. He is such a bad*ss. ” - saturn0187
 
6.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received...
“ A Bronx Tale, Goodfellas, and Heat. (Changed from Righteous Kill) Another obvious pick. He seems so genuine. ” - saturn0187
 
7.
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, All About Eve, and Jezebel. Bette Davis is so beautiful and can be so creepy at the same time. Ha! ” - saturn0187
 
8.
Vincent Price
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ House on Haunted Hill, The Fly, and House of Wax. Vincent Price's voice is so dark and eerie in the best way possible. He is so awesome. ” - saturn0187
 
9.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis (Lowe), from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University...
“ Remember the Titans, Training Day, and Book of Eli (Changed from John Q) Awe. Denzel Washington is so believable. It's heartbreaking in the good way. ” - saturn0187
 
10.
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...
“ The Machinist, American Psycho, and Harsh Times. I didn't like him much at first, but I started watching most of his movies one by one. He shows nothing but dedication. ” - saturn0187
 
11.
Kevin Spacey
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
“ American Beauty. Se7en, and Pay It Forward. Kevin Spacey is so clever when he's on screen. The way he talks and carries himself. I love it. ” - saturn0187
 
12.
Janeane Garofalo
Actress, Ratatouille
Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, to Joan, a secretary, and Carmine Garofalo, an Exxon executive. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Janeane had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson, waitress and temp secretary...
“ The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Reality Bites, and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. This lady is funny as hell. Her sense of humor is so alarming and her timing is excellent. ” - saturn0187
 
13.
Steve Buscemi
Actor, Fargo
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, and Con Air. Steve Bucemi makes me listen to everything he has to say. I just love the sound of his voice and his character. ” - saturn0187
 
14.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ Fight Club, American History X, and 25th Hour. Norton seems intelligent and I love the sound in his voice as well. (HA! Don't I for most of them?) Someone told me, "He thinks he's too good." I said, "That's because he is." ” - saturn0187
 
15.
Jack Black
Jack Black was born Thomas Jacob Black in Santa Monica, California, to Judith Love (Cohen) and Thomas William Black, both satellite engineers. He is of British-German (father) and Russian Jewish (mother) ancestry. Black attended the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was a member...
“ The Holiday, Shallow Hal, and Saving Silverman. Oh my! Jack Black is so mind-blowing. I love him to pieces with his music talent and acting. He's all around an impressive person. ” - saturn0187
 
16.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress, Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
“ White Oleander, One Fine Day, and Batman Returns. Michelle Pfeiffer can be so sweet, cunning, and evil. But she is so amazing with her looks and acting. She's brilliant. ” - saturn0187
 
17.
Tim Curry
Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors...
“ Legend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Clue (If you can find it, watch his scene in the move The Worst Witch, and tell me you don't love it.) OMG. I don't usually do that. When I see Tim Curry on a movie I must watch. He is voice is so sensual (to me) and his sophistication is astonishing. ” - saturn0187
 
18.
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ My Fair Lady, Sabrina, and Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn is so sweet. She reminds me of my mother in some ways. Very pure but very assured. ” - saturn0187
 
19.
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ Blast From the Past, Nick of Time, and The Rundown. Christopher Walken is just plain unusual. But I adore it. I admire his extra-ordinary demeanor. He is what I say "too cool." ” - saturn0187
 
20.
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her...
“ The Little Princess, The Littlest Rebel, and Poor Little Rich Girl. She can make me cry and cry and believe everything she is saying or what she is standing for. I'm just crazy about her! When I was young and thought of having kids I always wanted them to look like her and/or the baby from Baby's Day Out. They're so darn cute! ” - saturn0187
 
21.
Dakota Fanning
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
“ Trapped, I Am Sam, and Man On Fire. I appreciated Dakota Fanning when she was younger as an actress. Man, can she cry?! She was so cute with her big eyes and cute little face. ” - saturn0187
 
22.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ Frankenstein, Big Fish, and Corpse Bride. Helena Bonham Carter is glorious. She picks some of my favorite characters in films. She is dark and bizarre. It's lovely. ” - saturn0187
 
23.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ The Truman Show, Liar Liar, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey is my favorite comedian next to Mike Meyers. (Meyers seems a little more "clean"?) But he still proves he can do other work than just being funny. ” - saturn0187
 
24.
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and the Resident Evil franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ The Fifth Element, The Fourth Kind, and Zoolander (not a lead role, definitely should check out movie and her acting, though). This chick is the "bomb" Ha! I love when she does action flicks. ” - saturn0187
 
25.
Kate Beckinsale
Actress, Underworld
Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale...
“ Brokedown Palace, Tiptoes, and Cold Comfort Farm. (Changed from Underworld) I think Kate Beckinsale is so beautiful and I love her accent. Her acting seems simple, but it's really great. ” - saturn0187