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50 Greatest Actors Quiz

Name the 50 greatest male actors of all time, according to AMC.
To make it easier, we give you a movie they starred in.
Last updated: August 18, 2012
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Movie
Actor
Shall We Dance
Fred Astaire
Casablanca
Humphrey Bogart
A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brando
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Richard Burton
White Heat
James Cagney
The Cider House Rules
Michael Caine
City Lights
Charlie Chaplin
Goldfinger
Sean Connery
High Noon
Gary Cooper
Gladiator
Russell Crowe
There Will be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis
Rebel Without a Cause
James Dean
Taxi Driver
Robert DeNiro
Edward Scissorhands
Johnny Depp
Spartacus
Kirk Douglas
Dirty Harry
Clint Eastwood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Errol Flynn
12 Angry Men
Henry Fonda
The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman
Gone With the Wind
Clark Gable
North by Northwest
Cary Grant
Hoosiers
Gene Hackman
Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks
Rain Man
Dustin Hoffman
Sunset Boulevard
William Holden
Movie
Actor
The Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins
The General
Buster Keaton
Singin' in the Rain
Gene Kelly
Elmer Gantry
Burt Lancaster
The Apartment
Jack Lemmon
Duck Soup
The Marx Brothers
Lolita
James Mason
The Great Escape
Steve McQueen
Thunder Road
Robert Mitchum
Cool Hand Luke
Paul Newman
The Shining
Jack Nicholson
Hamlet
Laurence Olivier
The Godfather
Al Pacino
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gregory Peck
Milk
Sean Penn
In the Heat of the Night
Sidney Poitier
The Thin Man
William Powell
Double Indemnity
Edward G. Robinson
Patton
George C. Scott
Dr. Strangelove
Peter Sellers
It's a Wonderful Life
James Stewart
Inherit the Wind
Spencer Tracy
Malcolm X
Denzel Washington
True Grit
John Wayne
Citizen Kane
Orson Welles
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level 42
Jun 5, 2012
Please accept "Marx" for "The Marx Brothers" (as last names are acceptable for all other answers). Also, more time would be nice. :-)
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level 32
Jun 5, 2012
Well I haven't seen any of his movies, but isn't John Wayne supposed to be an actor who only plays naive and idealistic western heros in stupid films?
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level 55
Aug 17, 2012
Yup. For some reason people think he's an amazing actor though.
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level 84
Jan 29, 2018
The same can be said for a lot of pre-1970's actors. Most of them are overrated to the extreme. Don't get me wrong, I love many of their films, and some of them truly are great actors, but I can think of maybe 5 or 6 who actually belong on this list.
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level 29
Aug 20, 2012
International audiences love crap like that, which is probably what makes him so revered and popular.
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level 70
Nov 17, 2012
What--you're too harsh (and wrong to boot). Watch "Red River" or "The Searchers" for the opposite of the role you're describing. Or "They Were Expendable," a retelling of the defeat of the US forces in the Philippines in 1942. Or "Stagecoach," which is a great movie that seems cliched only because it was copied so often. Wayne made his share of stinkers, but you're depriving yourself of the pleasure of watching some good movies if you write him off in advance.
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level 54
Jul 16, 2014
Thank you Baltimorean. John Wayne was a great actor.
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level 50
Jan 3, 2016
I do think John Wayne was a great actor, but I personally thought Jeff Bridges' performance of Rooster Cogburn in the "True Grit" remake was better.
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level 76
Mar 16, 2018
My favorites are "The Quiet Man" and "McLintock"
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
I would definitely recommend The Shootist, his last movie about an Old West character dying of cancer just like he was. Great support from longtime friends in the cast and a great role by Harry Morgan (Colonel Potter of M*A*S*H). Also Opie Cunningham.
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level 76
Nov 13, 2014
You really give the game away by admitting you've never seen any of his movies. Try making up your own mind instead of parroting other people's opinions of him.
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level 75
Dec 9, 2015
Good advice.
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level 51
Jun 26, 2018
Plenty of good movies and good in roles that suited him but obviously not one of the fifty greatest actors.
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level 23
Jul 15, 2012
Yayyy!!! The picture's James Dean!!!!!!!!
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level 32
Aug 17, 2012
It's also Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Charlie Chaplin
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
It's actually Sir Charles Chaplin for stuffy people who believe in the whole better than thou class b.s. Charlie Chaplin spent his later life ostracized for speaking out against supposed superiority.
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level 70
Aug 17, 2012
You couldn't leave John Wayne off a list like this. And he did win a Best Actor Oscar. But how you can have a list of the Greatest Actors and leave off Robert Duvall is beyond me.
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level 81
Jul 28, 2015
There will always be arguments on lists like these but I agree, a list of the 50 greatest actors without including Duvall is ridiculous.
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level 75
Dec 16, 2016
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall and Rod Steiger are actors who always pull through.
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
Of the "younger" actors I'm surprised Matthew McConaughey didn't make it.
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level 68
Feb 6, 2019
I don't begrudge Wayne for an Oscar win, but he did win for "True Grit" because of the vote split between Hoffman and Voight in "Midnight Cowboy". (Irony = Wayne beats two actors in a film with "cowboy" in the title.)
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level 35
Aug 17, 2012
John Wayne did a lot more than westerns and war movies........but, The Searchers, The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, They were Expendable, McLintock, The Longest Day and In Harm's Way will provide you the acting ability of Wayne.
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level 19
May 15, 2014
Absolutely! McLintock is one of our favorites and I love Rio Bravo despite Angie Dickinson.
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level 32
Aug 17, 2012
James Dean is HORRIBLY over-rated!
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level 66
Aug 19, 2012
There's a lot of horribly overrated actors on this list. Soooo many of them play the exact same role in every movie. Good screenwriting = good acting I guess. How about some of the newer actors with great range.
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level 70
Nov 17, 2012
Now on that we can agree.
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level 40
Dec 26, 2012
Well it depends. Spencer Tracy was terrible. On the other hand for instance, Flynn has more charisma in his little pinky than Costner, Hanks, Damon etc etc combined.
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level 21
Dec 9, 2012
Who says these are the greatest actors? Half of these guys I've never heard of. Plus Will Ferrell isn't on there. =P
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level 70
Jul 8, 2013
where o where is robert redford
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level 69
Nov 26, 2015
Yep. Was thinking about the same thing...!
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level 50
Jan 3, 2016
Robert Redford is an excellent director, but if you watch a few of his movies you'll see that he doesn't show much emotional depth - only a few expressions, kind of wooden. He was excellent in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Sting", though.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2016
Out of Africa one of Redford's best.
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level 77
May 8, 2014
These are great actors, I won't deny that but... these are only english-speaking actors. Do they happen to know at AMC that people are making films in other countries ?
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level 74
Nov 16, 2015
What would the results be for lets say Klaus Kinsky, Alain Delon or Amitabh Bachchan? Pretty terrible I'm sure.
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level 75
Dec 9, 2015
Make a quiz and educate us. I'm open to learning new things.
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level 58
May 26, 2017
I was under the impression AMC = AMERICAN Movie Classics.
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level 63
May 28, 2014
Had know idea Astaire could act. And I am amused that the Marx Brothers are considered as one actor.
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level 40
May 31, 2014
Dont know who AMC are? But they Fred Astaire cant act and how is Ed Harris not on the list??????????
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level 46
Jun 14, 2014
Here should be Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis!
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level 50
Jan 3, 2016
I wouldn't consider any of those three to be great actors. In action movies, maybe, but I would surely not put their names up there with true greats like Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, or Sidney Poitier.
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level 45
Jul 10, 2014
I missed the part about it being male actors, but agree that a separate list is probably better.
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level 50
Aug 10, 2014
Johnny Depp is number 14, after Jack Sparrow, the Mad Hatter, etc.??? Really? And where's Orlando Bloom, who was Will Turner and also Legolas?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS LIST?
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level 76
Nov 13, 2014
It's alphabetical, not by rank.
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level 71
Jul 18, 2018
Damn, I didn't realize they were in alphabetical order! That would have helped a lot... :(
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level 50
Jan 3, 2016
I'm a huge LOTR/Orlando Bloom fan myself, but in no world would I consider him to be a great actor. The majority of his work is in action/adventure.
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level 50
Dec 23, 2014
You should specify that you are referring only to male actors, because the term actor now refers to both male and female artists.
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level 66
Dec 23, 2014
How did Sean Penn make the list?
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level 52
Apr 30, 2015
I dont get how Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe can be on the list but not DiCaprio
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level 65
Jun 9, 2016
these kind of lists are weird like that, I think it's basically because they have been around longer. But Di Caprio has made more truly good movies than those two put together.
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level 75
Oct 13, 2016
I like Depp and Crowe (and DiCaprio) but I think I could list at least 30 or 40 actors way better than any of them. Mostly from the past couple decades, as it seems the list heavily favors older actors. But that just makes the inclusion of Depp and Crowe that much more puzzling.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2016
It is always the same when a list is made up of the best etc..... ask 50 people for a list of anything and you will have 50 different lists. I have a quiz on jetpunk ........... 'Mal's 20 Greatest Ever Soccer, Football Players'....... and nobody has agreed on the list yet, but everyone has given different preferences..
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level 49
Dec 16, 2018
I agree that Depp and Crowe do not deserve to be on the list, but neither does DiCaprio, there's a few on this particular list that I would remove besides them as well, but that's the funny thing about opinions.
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level 33
Dec 10, 2015
no Monty Clift :-((
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level 38
Dec 16, 2018
Montgomery Clift should definitely be on this list. As to John Wayne, he was a popular hero, mostly because of his patriotism (which was extremely important in the '40s and '50s). To me, his acting is on the same level with that of Errol Flynn, a great swashbuckler but with no true depth. Compare his acting to that of DeNiro, Pacino, Brando and Hopkins and you'll understand what I mean. Had James Dean lived, he might have attained the same status as the four actors mentioned above. His performance in the three films he completed attested to his great potential.
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level 75
Dec 16, 2016
Disappointed Sir Alec Guinness didn't make the list. :-(
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level 52
Dec 16, 2016
This should be labelled greatest movie stars, not actors. So many on this list are truly terrible actors but had great charisma eg Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Errol Flynn etc. Fred Astaire was a wonderful singer and dancer bur actor? Really?
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level 75
Dec 16, 2016
I thought this was a great list. I would add a few more and make it the 60 greatest actors just to get them all in, but I wouldn't take a single one of these away.
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level 77
Jan 29, 2017
Why...did...you...omit......William...Shatner?? ;)
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level 68
Feb 5, 2017
LOL... Although maybe that should be "Why...did you...omit...William Shatner?!"
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
Sidney Poitier said of "In the Heat of the Night" that working with Rod Steiger was like going to acting class every day. Rod Steiger should definitely be on this list.
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level 68
Feb 6, 2019
Nitpicking point: Quiz title should include "film" in the title. Other wise pre-Edison actors should be considered (e.g. Edwin Booth).
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level 68
Feb 6, 2019
Mel Blanc !!!!!!!