Top of the World: My Ultimate Top 100 Favourite Actors

I once presented you top 10 favourite actors. But, of course, I have much more than only 10 favourite actors, even more than 100 favourite actors. But I’ll keep that to this number as it is a beautiful number, no? Of course this list contains my own personal choices. I don’t say that an actor is better than another one if he is higher in the list. The most important thing to know here is that, I love all the actors on this list, even number 100!

It was, of course, not an easy exercise and I’m working on it since quite a long time. Of course, is this actor REALLY my #58? Well, for the moment, yes, but it may always change. The thing is, there are some actors I love as much as some others, so it’s hard to make decisions.

Anyway, in general, this list will give you a view of what my tastes are. Here, we have all types of actors, classic, modern, leading man, character actors, etc. I only want to precise that, on my list, I only included the actors from whom I had seen at least two films.

So, here we go! Enjoy!

1. James Stewart

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2. William Holden

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3. Marlon Brando

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4. Cary Grant

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5. Burt Lancaster

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6. Gregory Peck

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7. Joseph Cotten

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8. Robert de Niro

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9. Gary Cooper

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10. Peter O’Toole

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11. Jack Lemmon

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12. Buster Keaton

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13. Charlie Chaplin

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14. Michael Redgrave

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15. James Cagney

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16. James Mason

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17. Robert Mitchum

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18. Fredric March

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19. Laurence Olivier

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20. Claude Rains

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21. John Gielgud

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22. Peter Lorre

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23. Sidney Poitier

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24. Robert Young

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25. Jack Carson

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26. Humphrey Bogart

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27. George Kennedy

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28. Paul Douglas

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29. Charles Laughton

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30. Jack Nicholson

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31. Eli Wallach

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32. Montgomery Clift

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33. Spencer Tracy

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34. Herbert Marshall

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35. Henry Fonda

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36. Dustin Hoffman

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37. Anthony Hopkins

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38. Stewart Granger

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39. Paul Newman

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40. Leonardo DiCaprio

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41. Earl Holliman

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42. David Niven

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43. Rémy Girard

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44. Robert Donat

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45. John Williams

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46. Clark Gable

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47. Arthur Kennedy

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48. John Mills

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49. Lee J. Cobb

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50. Cecil Kellaway

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51. Paul Henreid

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52. Michel Côté

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53. Edward G. Robinson

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54. Walter Pidgeon

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55. Paul Dupuis

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56. Pierre Fresnay

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57. Lew Ayres

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58. Rod Steiger

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59. Dana Andrews

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60. Karl Malden

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61. Tom Hanks

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62. Bing Crosby

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63. Frank Sinatra

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64. Gilbert Sicotte

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65. Robert Ryan

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66. Naunton Wayne

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67. Louis Calhern

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68. Dennis Hopper

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69. Glenn Ford

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70. Brian Aherne

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71. Robin Williams

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72. Thomas Mitchell

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73. Charlton Heston

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74. Yul Brynner

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75. Tony Curtis

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76. George Raft

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77. Lionel Barrymore

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78. Basil Radford

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79. Morgan Freeman

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80. George Sanders

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81. Al Pacino

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82. Sterling Hayden

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83. Michael Rennie

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84. Eric Blore

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85. S.Z Sakall

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86. Martin Balsam

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87. James Dean

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88. Paul Lukas

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89. Alan Arkin

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90. Wallace Ford

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91. Tyrone Power

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92. Rod Taylor

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93. Richard Basehart

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94. Jude Law

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95. Richard Dreyfuss

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96. Andrew Prine

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97. Robert Duvall

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98. Roger Moore (the only exception to the rules, as I haven’t seen him in any movies, but only a TV show: The Saint.)

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99. Walter Matthau

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100. Cliff Robertson

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Ok, honorable mention to Warren Beatty, Kevin Spacey, Clint Eastwood, Louis Jourdan, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Richard Burton, Ernest Borgnine and many others favourites that I would have loved to include on the list. I have to say, that’s the hardest thing I ever did for my blog! A very difficult, but worthy exercise. The problem with these tops is that they may always change depending on the actors you discover in the future.

Anyway, I hope there’s at least ONE actor you like or love among those on this list. Otherwise, well, we have VERY different tastes ahah!

Stay tuned for a ultimate top 100 of my favourite actresses!

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13 thoughts on “Top of the World: My Ultimate Top 100 Favourite Actors

  1. Oh my, oh my, oh my!!! That must have been hard! I was surprised to see Al Pacino and Tom Hanks so low on the list, and I was kind of hoping Jack Lemmon would be in your top 10 (almost! lol).
    I could NEVER do this kind of list, so well done! lol I’m impressed.

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  2. I plan to do mine as well, but it’s a lot of work and it needs a whole day to really dedicate to it. So, I am very impressed with the energy and you love that you’ve poured in making this list. As always, it’s very interesting list.

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  3. Great list with great actors. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of my top together with many of the ones you already have on there. I love that your list reminded me of the Super 8 movies I used to watch with my parents as a little girl and can’t believe how many movies I had forgotten about: Last of Sheila (James Mason), Vera Cruz (Gary Cooper), Little Caesar (Edward G. Robinson) and Soylent Green (Edward G. Robinson and Charlton Heston) and the list goes on. Thanks goodness a weekend is coming up as I now want to watch some of them that I have managed to track down on DVD over the years.

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  4. very eclectic list, Virginie!! You do love your lists..knew Jimmywas #1, glad you included Spencer Tracy and Al Pacino. Also I would have included George C. Scott but it is all subjective. Looking forward to your top actresses with Audrey Hepburn being # 1.

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    • Not at all. Cary Grant, Peter O’Toole, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Redgrave, James Mason, Laurence Olivier, Claude Rains, John Gielgud, Charles Laughton, Herbert Marshall, Antony Hopkins, Stewart Granger, David Niven, Robert Donat, John Williams, John Mills, Cecil Kellaway, Nauton Wayne, Brian Aherne, Basil Radford, George Sanders, Michael Rennie, Eric Blore, Jude Law and Roger Moore are British (Irish for O’Toole); Peter Lorre and Paul Henreid are Austrian; S.Z Sakall and Paul Lukas are Hungarian; Pierre Fresnay is French; Jack Carson, Rémy Girard, Michel Côté, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Dupuis, Gilbert Sicotte and Glenn Ford are Canadian/French-Canadian; and Rod Taylor is Australian. Thank you! 🙂

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