5 Best Actors Of Each Decade

Close-Up Culture pick five of the best actors from the 1940s through to the 2010s.


5. John Wayne (Fort Apache, Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)

4. Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath, The Lady Eve, My Darling Clementine)

3. Cary Grant (The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, Notorious)

2. James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Rope)

1. Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep)


5. Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen, Sabrina, The Harder They Fall)

4. Cary Grant (To Catch A Thief, North By Northwest, People Will Talk)

3. John Wayne (Rio Bravo, The Searchers, Hondo)

2. James Stewart (Harvey, Rear Window, Vertigo)

1. Marlon Brando (On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, Guys And Dolls)


5. Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, Hud)

4. John Wayne (True Grit, The Longest Day, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)

3. Richard Burton (Becket, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold)

2. Clint Eastwood (For A Few More Dollars, A Fistful Of Dollars, The Good The Bad And The Ugly)

1. Sidney Poitier (A Raisin In The Sun, In The Heat Of The Night, To Sir With Love)


5. Robert Redford (Three Days Of The Condor, All The President’s Men, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid)

4. Dustin Hoffman (All The President’s Men, Marathon Man, Little Big Man)

3. Al Pacino (The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico)

2. Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces)

1. Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The Deer Hunter)


5. William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News)

4. Jack Nicholson (The Shining, Reds, Terms Of Endearment)

3. Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Rain Man,  Born on the Fourth of July)

2. Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom)

1. Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Once Upon a Time in America)


5. Anthony Hopkins (The Silence Of The Lambs, Nixon, The Remains Of The Day)

4. Robert De Niro (Casino, Goodfellas, Heat)

3. Denzel Washington (Malcolm X, Devil In A Blue Dress, Philadelphia)

2. Tom Hanks (Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13)

1. Morgan Freeman (Seven, The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven)


5. Matt Damon (The Departed, The Bourne Ultimatum, Ocean’s Eleven)

4. Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster)

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Synecdoche New York, Doubt, Capote)

2. Daniel Day Lewis (Gangs Of New York, There Will Be Blood)

1. Denzel Washington (American Gangster, The Hurricane, Inside Man)


5. Ryan Gosling (La La Land, Blade Runner 2049, Drive)

4. Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Nightcrawler, Nocturnal Animals)

3. Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, Killer Joe)

2. Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Joker, The Master)

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

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