Best Actors in the World
In this big world, where everyone is busy with their work on a daily basis, movies make one of the most popular ways for all the stressed and tired population to take a break and entertain themselves. There is no doubt movies form one of the most significant areas of entertainment sources these days. The actors are the heart of all movies, and their performances are what make some of the films a memorable experience for the audience. There are so many actors and actresses all over the world; every country, language, and culture has its own cinema formed by talented individuals. Whether you watch Korean movies, Hindi movies, Spanish movies, English movies, or Malayalam movies, each has produced incredibly gifted actors and actresses who have made their mark on the film industry as a whole. Some of them earn unique titles to their names, while others give multiple award-winning performances. Here is a list of some of the most talented and memorable actors from all around the world. There have been so many worthy actors that it is simply impossible to name them all. Here, we have selected a few of them who sit at the very top. Do take note that these actors are all definitions of absolute best. Hence it is next to impossible to rank them on their performances, given the splendid movies they all have done; no offense intended to fans of actors placed a little lower in the list.
1. Jack Nicholson - April 22, 1937
The first actor on this list is Jack Nicholson, an American actor who also happens to be a screenwriter, producer, and also director. Jack Nicholson has won Academy Award three times and was a nominee twelve times. He is one of the two actors ever to receive a nomination for the Oscar every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. In his career, he has played many challenging roles, including "The Joker" from Batman (1989). His first Oscar was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and his debut film was The Cry Baby Killer (1958).
2. Daniel Day-Lewis - April 29, 1957
Daniel Day-Lewis is an actor who has won three Oscar awards in his career. It is safe to say that he is one of the most committed actors in the world, maybe even the most. He has always shown great devotion to whatever character he had to play; he always researched his role and gained as much information as he could to output the most stunning performances, one after another. He is also very selective in his films and has done only a total of five films since 1998. He is very popular for his Oscar-winning movie Lincoln (2012). He made his debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971).
3. Tom Hanks - July 9, 1956
Tom Hanks has won several of the top-most reputed awards, including Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Academy Award, and People's choice award for Best Actor category. He has also earned a name for himself as one of the top-grossing actors worldwide in history, with over $8.5 billion and over $4.2 billion at the United States box office. His most notable film would be a winner of two Best Actor awards, Philadelphia (1993), where he produced one of the most deeply felt and memorable performances ever seen. He made his debut with the film Splash (1983), where he landed a lead role instead of a side character like he was initially supposed to play.
4. Mohanlal - May 21, 1960
Mohanlal is regarded as the most gifted actor produced in India. His mainstream work is in Malayalam cinema, but his talent and skills have been acknowledged multiple times all around the world. At some point, he even got the title of "God of Acting". He has been honored by Padma Shri and four Indian National Film Awards. It is said that if he were to enter Hollywood, he would compete with Daniel Day-Lewis or maybe get ranked even higher. Vaanaprastham (1999) and Bharatham (1991) are among his best films, while his debut was as a villain in Manjil Virinja Pookkal (1980).
5. Leonardo DiCaprio - November 11, 1974
Everyone's favorite Titanic man is impossible to forget once you see his performance. He is known for having one of the most diverse careers in the world, playing in low-budget films and high-budget films and supporting roles in many movies. He has won 3 Golden Globe Awards and has earned nominations for over 35 reputed awards. He won an Oscar for his film The Revenant (2015) and has performed in one of history's most iconic films - Titanic (1997). He made his debut with the movie Critters 3 (1991), which was a low-budget horror movie.
6. Choi Min-Sik - January 22, 1962
One of, if not the best, actors ever in South Korean Cinema. He is also well-known for having a weighted presence wherever he goes. He has won several awards in his life, including Asian Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards. His movie Shiri (1999) came to be the most successful film ever in Korea, and his portrayal of a North Korean agent earned great praise for him and earned him the Best Actor Award as well. He started his career in theatre productions and eventually went to playing mainstream in films. He made his debut in a play called "Our Town". His first movie was "Kuro Arirang".
7. Gary Oldman - March 21, 1958
Gary Oldman is a very talented English movie actor who also has branches of his career expanding from cinema to theatres to televisions as well. He is a winner of many awards like Academy Awards, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award, and he won an Oscar in 2018 for his movie Darkest Hour (2017). His films have grossed over $9.6 billion worldwide. Darkest Hour (2017) and Sid and Nancy (1986) are two of his most prominent films. He made his debut in the movie Remembrance (1982). However, he started working in theatres in 1979.
8. Heath Ledger - April 4, 1979
Late Heath ledger first came into the industry around the year 1999. He had to face the stereotypical image of being a handsome young man who is known for his looks but has little weight in his acting skills. Safe to say, he proved everyone wrong with his immense talent for acting. He earned awards like Academy Award and Golden Globe for more than one film. The Dark Knight (2008) was his most iconic movie, where he won almost every single award he earned a nomination for, including BAFTA and an Oscar. Clowning Around (1992) was his debut film.
9. Javier Bardem - March 1, 1969
Javier Bardem is among the world's most gifted actors. He is one of the best Spanish actors the film industry has ever seen and the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar. Javier has won Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, five Goya Awards, and two European film awards. He also became the first actor in the Spanish film industry to have won an Academy Award. Before Night Falls (2000) is considered to be one of his highest-rated films. He made his debut with the movie Las edades de Lulú (1990), while his first television appearance was in El Pícaro (1974).
10. Anupam Kher - March 7, 1955
One of the most respected and highly regarded actors from India. Anupam Kher has made an irreplaceable mark in Hindi cinema. Whether he has to perform as a serious individual, a villain, or a comedic character, Anupam Kher has never failed to deliver. Saransh (1984), A Wednesday (2008), and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) are considered to be among his top films. He made his acting debut in 1982 with the movie Aagman. He has bagged a lot of Filmfare Awards, along with some National Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many more.
11. Christian Bale - January 30, 1974
He is one of the youngest actors to catch the interest of the film audience. He was 13 years old when he got a role in Empire of the Sun (1987) and was received well by the audience. He gained immense popularity when he became known as Bruce Wayne or Batman in the movie Batman Begins (2005). Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) are among his best films. Towards the end of the 1990s decade, he became one of, if not the most popular and fan-favorite celebrities. He won several reputed accolades like the Academy Awards, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
12. Naseeruddin Shah - July 20, 1950
He is among the most influential and finest Indian actors. He has earned several highly reputed awards like three National Film Awards and four International South Asian Film Festival Awards and also received the honor of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan from the government of India. A Wednesday (2008), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), and Iqbal (2005) are considered to be a few of his finest movies. His first appearance was supposed to be when he was 18, but his scene was edited out before the film got released. His actual debut came with a small role in Aman (1967).
13. Johnny Depp - June 9, 1963
Johnny Depp is an extremely commercially successful actor who has gained critical praise multiple times over the course of his career for his splendid portrayals of different characters. His movies have grossed over $7.6 billion worldwide. He has earned an Oscar nomination as well as some esteemed awards like Screen Actors Guild Award, People's choice award, Golden Globe, and many more. He is best known for his performances in the film series Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, which are also two of his most commercially successful films. His debut was in the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
14. Benedict Cumberbatch - July 19, 1976
Well-loved and widely known for being a doctor and a magician - Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel movies. But that isn't his only known personality portrayal. He played the role of Stephen Hawking in the television movie Hawking (2004) and Sherlock Holmes in another show called Sherlock. His best films are considered to be Marvel movies, along with some gems like the drama The Imitation Game (2014) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). He won an Oscar as well as awards like Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, Academy Award, etc. Amazing Grace (2006) served as his debut in the industry.
15. Tom Hiddleston - February 9, 1981
Another actor from the Marvel movies is very well loved and considered to be one of the finest actors in the MCU cast (Marvel Cinematic Universe). He is very famous for playing the role of Loki in multiple Marvel films like Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), etc., along with some other successful titles like War Horse (2011) and Midnight in Paris (2011). He has won several awards like National Film Awards UK and many nominations as well. He made his debut with the movie Unrelated (2006).
16. Amitabh Bachchan - October 11, 1942
Amitabh Bachchan is probably the most influential actor in India. He dominated the film industry to the extent that it earned him a 'one-man industry' title. He also acquired "Shehenshah" of Bollywood (named after his movie) title due to his success. He is well-known for the majority of films from the 1970s and for later movies like Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), and his television show Kaun Banega Crorepati. He has won several esteemed awards, including multiple International Awards, three National Film Awards, and fourteen Filmfare Awards. He has also been honored with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Indian Government. His debut was Saat Hindustani (1969).
17. Mammootty - September 7, 1951
Mammootty is an Indian actor known for his contribution to Malayalam Cinema. He is said to be a master of his craft, and it is not hard to see why once you watch his performances. He is one of the three Indian Actors to have won three National Film Awards. Apart from that, he has also earned eleven Filmfare awards and has received the honor of Padma Shri. Sangham (1988) and Utharam (1989) are two of his top-rated movies. His debut was with Anubhavangal Paalichakal (1971), where he had an uncredited role.
18. Jake Gyllenhaal - December 19, 1980
Jake Gyllenhaal started acting first when he was merely ten. In 2006, he was also named one of the most beautiful actors to exist. He has won multiple awards for his movies like the BAFTA and got many nominations like Academy Awards and Golden Globe. His most notable films include Zodiac (2007), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), and Source Code (2011), to name a few. He made his debut in the film industry in the movie City Slickers (1991).