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IMDb - 20 : The Top 20 Actors of the Last 20 Years

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1. Tom Hanks
The Da Vinci Code
“ He won back-to-back Oscars first for Philadelphia, then Forrest Gump. He was the voice of Woody in the Toy Story trilogy, saved Private Ryan and starved himself for Cast Away. He's now become the likable, avuncular face of Hollywood but he still manages to get out great roles such as he did in Charlie Wilson's War ”
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Average listal rating (962 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
2. Russell Crowe
Gladiator
“ A force of nature the charismatic Crowe seems to dislike what he does but he does it so extremely well it's hard to begrudge him for it. Nominated for three Academy Awards (he won for Gladiator) he's the go-to guy when a film needs a commanding presence but he's also played nuanced schlubs such as in The Insider and Body of Lies. ”
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Average listal rating (922 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
3. Denzel Washington
American Gangster
“ Washington has five total Oscar nominations. His first win was for his magnificent performance in Glory and his second Oscar was for Training Day (The Hurricane, Malcolm X and Cry Freedom round out the list). He's recently played an apocalyptic drifter and drug kingpin Frank Lucas and shows no sign of slowing down. ”
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Average listal rating (3188 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
4. Johnny Depp
Edward Scissorhands
“ He's played the reprobate, the odd, the drunkard and the murderer and somehow you like him all the same. Throughout there is always a hint of tenderness and fragility in all of his characters, from Captain Jack Sparrow to John Dillinger to the Mad Hatter.
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Average listal rating (832 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
5. Sean Penn
Mystic River
“ Whether it's a scummy lawyer in Carlito's Way or a mentally retarded man in I Am Sam, a grieving father in Mystic River or a real-life gay trail-blazing politician in Milk Penn is always "all-in" in his roles. ”
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Average listal rating (2017 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
6. Tom Cruise
Top Gun
“ A Few Good Men, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire,
Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia. Love him, hate him, or just feel vaguely unnerved by him, he's more than earned his place here."
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Average listal rating (1675 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
7. Will Smith
Independence Day
“ "Mr. 4th of July" has dominated that holiday since Independence Day in 1996. He followed up the next year with Men in Black. Will Smith in a sci-fi movie may be the only sure thing left in Hollywood but he's also a fine actor shining in Six Degrees of SeparationAli, and The Pursuit of Happyness ”
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Average listal rating (1504 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
8. George Clooney
Ocean's Eleven
“ Unlike the actors above him Clooney had no breakout roles prior to 1990; he was a long-suffering TV actor. His role on "ER" however led to From Dusk Til Dawn and it snowballed from there. He's been nominated for three acting Oscars and won for Syriana and has come to personify a kind of old-fashioned Hollywood glamor even while using that celebrity for charitable causes."

Average listal rating (1996 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
9. Leonardo DiCaprio
Titanic
“ DiCaprio became the heart-throb of a generation with Titanic but had already been nominated for an Oscar four years earlier for his outstanding performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape . He's been in four Scorsese films (Gangs of New York , The Aviator , The Departed , and Shutter Island ) and has a smash hit with Inception . ”
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Average listal rating (2534 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
10. Brad Pitt
Se7en
“ He was a thief first, stealing scenes as J.D. the drifter who makes Geena Davis whine like a puppy in Thelma & Louise, then absconding with the entirety of A River Runs Through It. Next up: Se7en, Twelve Monkeys, Fight Club, The Mexican, Ocean's 11 and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (a favorite here), and Inglorious Basterds. Much, much, more than just a pretty face. ”
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Average listal rating (557 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
11. Daniel Day-Lewis
There Will Be Blood
“ He's not been in a lot of film over the last 20 years but they've almost all uniformly been great, filling roles tinged with uncoiling ferocity. His best have been in My Left Foot, Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence, In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, and There Will Be Blood ”
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Average listal rating (1190 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
12. Kevin Spacey
American Beauty
“ From the officious manager of a real estate office (Glengarry Glen Ross) to a stammering, terrified cripple (The Usual Suspects) to a suburbanite adrift in banality (American Beauty) Kevin Spacey has grounded all of his films to reality with biting and knowing performances. ”
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Average listal rating (2232 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
13. Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
“ He'd been paying his dues for years when he became a movie star overnight with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. For about ten years his massive hits (The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Bruce Almighty) outweighed the occasional misses (The Cable Guy, The Majestic). We're waiting for his return (notice we didn't say "comeback"). ”
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Average listal rating (1125 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
14. Ian McKellen
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“ The Shakespearean actor has two franchises under his belt. He's both Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings series (his second Oscar nomination was for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and he's Magneto in X-Men. He also lent his voice to a warrior polar bear and you can't get much cooler than that. Before the roles in the major studio films he was brilliant in Gods and Monsters and Richard III. ”
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Average listal rating (1957 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
15. Morgan Freeman
The Shawshank Redemption
“ Often playing the moral center of the films he's in, heck he's even played God twice, Freeman brings a kind of paternal authority to the proceedings. Witness: Se7en, The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby ”
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Average listal rating (1594 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
16. Nicolas Cage
Adaptation.
“ Maybe it's his scattershot approach to picking material that's really made him successful. With so many roles some will be great films such as Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, and Matchstick Men. And some will be deliciously campy, such as about the other half of his credits."
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Average listal rating (1758 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
17. Christian Bale
The Dark Knight
“ He was a kid in 1992, playing a strike-rallying newspaper carrier in Newsies and he had a fervent fan-base who watched his every role for the next 13 years. His work included the perfect psychopath in American Psycho and a shocking, emaciated role in The Machinist. And then the rest of world really got introduced to him with Batman Begins. He's the only one on this list to not have an Academy Award nomination. ”
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Average listal rating (1428 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
18. Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man
“ Downey's recent phoenix-like career resurrection as Ironman and beyond was one of the happier things to happen in the last 20 years. His abilities were easily discerned early in lofty fare such as Chaplin (for which he was nominated for Best Actor). His qualities always shone through, regardless if he was in comedies such as Soapdish or films no one went to see, like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. ”
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Average listal rating (1495 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
19. Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight
“ Nominated for two Oscars--Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight--he won for his role as the Joker in Knight. He was just as good in Monster's Ball as the distraught son of an execution guard. ”

Average listal rating (542 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
20. Jeff Bridges
The Big Lebowski
“ The Dude. Rightfully received his Academy Award for Crazy Heart(he's been nominated a total of five times) but could have gotten one for The Fisher King or Fearless (though neither were one of the five noms). We salute you, His Dude-ness. ”
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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 22:37
I agree with you on everyone here, they are all (or were, sadly) excellent actors who deserved their Oscar and/or Oscar nominations. And, Christian Bale definitely needs an Oscar or at least a nomination.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 22:52
ugh nick cage is awful! I can't stand critics hahah they're hardly right
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 23:35
everything deserved i guess but man...Da Vinci Code was so boring xD
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 20 1:54
@Kami-chan Yeh I agree with you, but IMDB lists are not quite agreeable :)
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 1 5:31
I agree with most of them, but i think that heath ledger must be in the top 10 and man where is edward norton?!
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 1 10:09
@I.T.log Yes But its IMDB list. Not mine :( in which case I can change
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 1 10:13
Hehe ok i understand ^^
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 25 7:14
not George Clooney nor Tom Cruise
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 25 7:25
Christian Bale won an Oscar for "The Fighter"
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 25 19:08
i agree with most of them
and tom hanks in frist
it's so great, he is great actor.

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