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Top 10 Ultimate Decade Defining Actors

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These are the timeless men who made Hollywood great. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 ultimate decade defining actors. Check us out at http://www.Twitter.com/WatchMojo, http://instagram.com/watchmojo and http://www.Facebook.com/WatchMojo Special thanks to our users kevin najera, Ceione Pafford, Francis FNT, zombie101tactics, Vivek Varghese, MJdawg10, Andrew A. Dennison, Coolhand67, perryhigh, periwinklepower, Kizza1000, PokemaniacNate, a25kaitlynrocks, Hassanstark and Whit Warren for submitting this idea through our Suggestions Tool at http://www.WatchMojo.com/Suggest If you want to suggest an idea for a WatchMojo video, check out our interactive Suggestion Tool at http://www.WatchMojo.com/suggest :) We have T-Shirts! Be sure to check out http://www.WatchMojo.com/store for more info.
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All Day Fans (2 hours ago)
No Denzel??? Come on
Richard Cramer (7 hours ago)
Here's my list, note I don't always think these are the best actors of that decade just those that are the most iconic for the decade, some didn't make the list because they were iconic in several decades like Spencer Tracy, Michael Caine, Jack Lemmon, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise: 20's - Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Buster Keaton 30's - Clark Gable, James Cagney, Fred Astaire 40's - Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant 50's - John Wayne, Marlon Brando, William Holden 60's - Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Paul Newman 70's - Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, John Travolta, Richard Dreyfuss 80's - Harrison Ford, Michael J Fox, Christopher Reeve, Matthew Broderick, Sylvester Stallone 90's - Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Keanu Reeves 00's - Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck 10's - Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt/Evans/Hemsworth
IssyFishyy (18 hours ago)
Here’s my list: 1. Clint Eastwood 2. Marlon Brando 3. Lee Van Clef 4. Robert De Niro ( not counting the modern De Niro ) 5. Kirk Douglas 6. Toshiro Mifune 7. Morgan Freeman 8. Paul Newman 9. Samuel L. Jackson 10. Al Pacino 11. Tom Hanks 12. Anthony Hopkins 13. Jack Nicholson 14. Leonardo DiCaprio 15. Robert Duvall 16. Ian McKellen 17. William DaFoe 18. Johnny Depp 19. Ryan Gosling 20. Hugh Jackman 21. Martin Sheen 22. Bruce Willis 23. Liam Neeson 24. Alan Rickman 25. Harrison Ford
Logan Madden (6 days ago)
no samuel l jackson??
BobbyKing (2 days ago)
Logan Madden nah
iWakers Boi (7 days ago)
Gotta love channels making list of things they know nothing about.
skyelark155 (11 days ago)
No James Dean and Anthony Hopkins??? You kidding me .....
Alesandro Vargas (11 days ago)
Al Pacino should be higher
Dudu Campos (12 days ago)
Top 10 Best actors 1. Marlon Brando 2. Robert De Niro 3. Jack Nicholson 4. Al Pacino 5. Dustin Hoffman 6. Daniel Day Lewis 7. Denzel Washington 8. Anthony Hopkins 9. Charlie Chaplin 10. Tom Hanks Honarable Mentions Russel Crowe Edward Norton Heath Ledger Leonardo Dicaprio
skyelark155 (1 day ago)
@Dudu Campos Yes I understand you love Washington...and yes I have seen them ... hes good but seriously not in the same league... each to there own
Dudu Campos (1 day ago)
@skyelark155 Ok, I understood you love James Dean, BUT, have you seen Malcom X? Training Day? Glory? Hurricane? Denzel Washington is a legend of acting, so much more than Dean.
skyelark155 (2 days ago)
@BobbyKing 🤣🤣🤣🤣 At the same age they never got even close to Dean ...compare apples with apples moron ...!!! You clearly know shit and have no clue ..... Quite clearly you have never seen a Dean movie.. Do you think Washington and Hanks will be icons like Dean has become... I think we both know the answer to that ... but there again ...you not the brightest comparing the number of Oscar's ,which incidentally doesn't mean shit in the modern day as it's all orchestrated by the powers to be ... and the number of movies ....towards a young man that's been dead ... 🤔🤔🤔🤔 Very smart !!!! So by your logic the more films you act in the better you are as an actor ...?? Tell me that Nicholas Cage, Jean claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal are better actors because they have acted in far more movies than Dean ..... facepalm 😩😩😩
BobbyKing (2 days ago)
@skyelark155 Hello No Dean ain't better that Washington and Hanks. Both Washington and Hanks have 2 best actor oscar, and 2 Golden Globes. Look I'm not saying Dean didn't have potenital. He only has 3 actual movies. Where as Washington and Hanks have over 70+ movies and 130+ nominations each.
skyelark155 (2 days ago)
@BobbyKing Absolute zero comparison.... You way off... I'm not comparing him to Nicholson nor Brando .... but to Washington,Hanks and Chaplin .... give me a break !!! Just because he died young doesn't make him less of an actor.... Ledger is really defined for 1 part ... and boy did he nail the Joker... Dean nails Rebel without a cause, East of Eden and Giant to perfection..... it doesn't make him any less of an actor than those mentioned, that's laughable mate ... Each to there own !!! Out of curiosity, have you ever watched a Dean movie ...?? I think I know the answer to that ..
Sal Vulcano (13 days ago)
Tom Hanks??? Denzel Washington???
kushdev vaghela (16 days ago)
Are you mad? Daniel Day Lewis in honorable mentions.... The list should go like... 1) Daniel Day Lewis. 2) Marlon Brando. 3) Robert de Niro. 4) Al Pacino. 5) Jack Nicholson. Rest I don't care..... If you disagree with these go and watch My Left Foot, The Godfather, Scarface, Taxi Driver and The Shining...
Brat Simpson (18 days ago)
Leo decap wasn’t on the list. Not Johnny depp. I’m sad.
Sunju Kang (20 days ago)
Ok Leo DiCaprio should not be on a goddamn honorable mention
Juan Martinez (21 days ago)
Best actor of all time (IMO) 30) Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings, The Road, Witness, Eastern Promises, A History Of Violence) 29) Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, If..., O Lucky Man, Halloween, Time After Time) 28) Gary Oldman (True Romance, Batman, Bram Stocker's Dracula, JFK, Rosencrantz And Guildestern Are Dead) 27) Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike, Killer Joe, A Time To Kill, Interestellar) 26) Tom Cruise (Eyes Wide Shut, Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Mission: Impossible, The Last Samurai, Collateral) 25) Brad Pitt (Se7en, Fight Club, Inglorious Basterds, Twelve Monkeys, Troy, Ocean's Eleven, Seven Years In Tibet) 24) Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed, Gandhi, The Dead Zone, Badlands, Eagle's Wing) 23) Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Ed Wood, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, A Nightmare On Elm Street) 22) Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Die Hard, Robin Hood, Galaxy Quest, Sense And Sensibility, Dogma) 21) Kurt Russell (The Thing, Escape From New York, Death Proof, Elvis, Big Trouble In Little China, The Hateful Eight, Tombstone, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Poseidon) 20) Christian Bale (American Psycho, Batman, Terminator, The Fighter, Vice, The Machinist, American Hustle, The Big Short, Mowgli) 19) Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line, Signs, Gladiator, The Master, The Village, I'm Still Here) 18) Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Spotlight, Birdman, Jack Frost, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jackie Brown, Multiplicity, White Noise) 17) Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man, Tootsie, Midnight Cowboy, Hook, The Graduate, Perfume) 16) Sean Connery (James Bond series, The Name Of The Rose, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, The Hunt For Red October, The Man Who Would Be King, The Longest Day, The Rock, Medicine Man) 15) Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Jackie Brown, Unbreakable, 1408, Django: Unchained, Captain Marvel, The Hateful Eight, Snakes On A Plane, Star Wars, Cell, A Time To Kill, Goodfellas) 14) Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, Hamlet, The Patriot, What Women Want, Signs, Payback) 13) Denzel Washington (Glory, Training Day,American Gangster, The Hurricane, Malcolm X, Remember The Titans, The Great Debaters, Cry Freedom) 12) Liam Neeson (Shindler's List, Taken, The Mission, The Bounty, Michael Collins, Star Wars, Batman Begins, Rob Roy, Kinsey, Les Misérables) 11) Kevin Spacey (Se7en, House Of Cards, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, 21 Blackjack, The Negotiator, Pay It Forward, L.A. Confidential, A Time To Kill) 10) Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Bucket List, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby, Invictus, Se7en, Batman, Wanted, Bruce Almighty, Chain Reaction, Glory, Robin Hood) 9) Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, American Graffiti, Witness, Regarding Henry, Patriot Games, Air Force One) 8) Charles Chaplin (Modern Times, The Great Dictator, The Circus, Limelight, City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Kid, A Woman Of Paris) 7) Anthony Hopkins (The Silence Of The Lambs, The Elephant Man, Shadowlands, Bram Stocker's Dracula, Hitchcock, Legends Of The Fall, Hearts In Atlantis, The Bounty, Chaplin, The Remains Of The Day, Hannibal, Thor) 6) Tom Hanks (The Green Mile, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, Cast Away, Apollo 13, Catch Me If You Can, Road To Perdition, Splash, Big, Saving Mr. Banks, Sully, Sleepless In Seattle, Toy Story) 5) Leonardo Dicaprio (The Departed, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Shutter Island, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, This Boy's Life, Titanic, The Great Gatsby, Django: Unchained, Gangs Of New York, Blood Diamond, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Quick And The Dead, The Revenant, Inception) 4) Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scarface, Scent Of A Woman, Serpico, Heat, Dog Day Afternoon, ...And Justice For All, Donnie Brasco, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dick Tracy, Carlito's Way, The Insider, Insomnia) 3) Marlon Brando (On The Waterfront, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Viva Zapata!, Julius Caesar, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sayonara, The Young Lions) 2) Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Casino, The Godfather Part II, The Untouchables, The Deer Hunter, Cape Fear, Once Upon A Time In America, The King Of Comedy, Mean Streets, Goodfellas, The Mission, Guilty By Suspicion, Heat, Jackie Brown, Killing Season, American Hustle, Limitless, Brazil) 1) Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, Chinatown, Terms Of Endearment, The Passenger, As Good As It Gets, The Departed, The Last Detail, The Bucket List, Five Easy Pieces, Batman, About Schmidt, A Few Good Men, Easy Rider, The Fortune, Ironweed, The Witches Of Eastwick)
B k Singh (22 days ago)
Tom Cruise is best.
Salman Sulfikar (23 days ago)
Check out performance of Indian actors mammooty and mohanlal
Prithvi Unni (24 days ago)
where is tom hanks and leonardo dicaprio!
Isaiah Govea (28 days ago)
how is Morgan freeman, mel Gibson, Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Robert Downey jr. , Clarke gable and James dean not on this list.....atleast as honorable mentions
Sam Price (29 days ago)
Humphrey bogart defines the 40s by far and James Stewart should’ve definitely been higher
Yolk Arch (1 month ago)
A lot of the honorable mentions deserved actual spots on the list. ESPECIALLY Tom Hanks.
BarbaRoja (1 month ago)
Malon Brando <3
RAHUL SHARMA (9 days ago)
MY top 5 Marlon Robert Al pacino DDL Jack nicholson
Gresa Llulluni (1 month ago)
Where's Leonardo Dicaprio
Elliot Hill (1 month ago)
Daniel Day-Lewis Honorable mention????!!! Oh, Top 10 Ultimate Decade Defining Actors. I will let this pass. He is one of the top five all-time great. Just not maybe a decade definer due to his amount of time between movies.
Tiger Young (1 month ago)
Tom Cruise is really good, but I can only give him ranked No. 20, in my mind the first is Kevin Costner And number two is Mel Gibson.
James Ford (1 month ago)
Has to have the token black guy
Georgia Clunis (1 month ago)
My list Jack Nicholson Tom Hanks Robert diniro Leonardo dicaprio Anthony Hopkins (Haven’t seen films with the other actors on the list, in sure they are great)
Ricardo Murillo (1 month ago)
Chaplin is #1, what's wrong with you? Ask anyone who loves movies in the planet. Brando was a popular pretty boy. Chaplin basically put Hollywood on the map! Even Arnold Schwarzenegger was more defining than show off Brando. You saw one movie of his you saw them all, such a bore.
emraan hashmi (1 month ago)
Christian bale Robert de niro Al pacino Are best actors
Shinchan TV (2 months ago)
Jyotishka Saha (2 months ago)
Charlie Chaplin is best actor of all time
Ashish Burman (2 months ago)
You forgot shahrukh Khan from "my name is khan" 😏
Professor D (2 months ago)
where are movie actors defining 2000s and 2010s decade?
oK (2 months ago)
Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest actor to ever live.
creeper plays :D (2 months ago)
Bruce Willis
John Wayne was trash
Yu Dha (2 months ago)
you didnt even put 1. john travolta 2. samuel l jackson 3. morgan freeman 5. joe pesci 6. christian bale 7. liam neeson 8. brad pitt 9. harrison ford 10. keanu reeves 11. anthony hopkins 12. kevin spacey 13. adrien brody 14. Arnold Scwarzenegger 15. matt damon 16. kirk douglas 17. jamie foxx 18 christopher waltz 19. josh brolin 20. kurt russel 21. bruce lee 22. mel gibson 23. nicholas cage 24. dustin hoffman 25. sean connery 26. clark gable 26. jim carrey 28 justin bieber
oK (2 months ago)
Nicholas Cage wtf😂😂
Hdkdjd Shdud (2 months ago)
1. Robert De Niro 2.tom Hanks 3. Al Pacino 4.daniel day Lewis 5. Leonardo di caprio
František Timko (2 months ago)
How is Tom Hanks only HM, how?
Amrit Saluja (2 months ago)
1 Marlon Brando 2 jack Nicolson 3 de niro 4 Pacino 5 day lewis 6 hanks 7 Stewart 8 Hopkins 9 Newman 10 Hopkins If you think this one is better hit a like😎
I O (2 months ago)
Dislike. No Denzel Washington. Fuck you watchmojo. Denzel is the absolute number 1. Undeniable. Unsubscribed. Cyaa.
Camren (2 months ago)
Where is Denzel Washington this list is garbage
Dalton Williams (2 months ago)
Where is robbin Williams
Mike Snyd (2 months ago)
Shame that people forget about James Gandolfini in the sopranos just cuz his name is not well known smh one of the best actors of all time
CCornelius (3 months ago)
How the hell did you miss Larry Storch?
Ashir tanveer (3 months ago)
Marlon Brando, al Pacino and Johnny Depp best actors of all times
Baba Meier (3 months ago)
the best aren't not event mentioned. Do you go to Broadway once in a while????
Eran Boazy (3 months ago)
HOW CAN YOU NOT PUT TOM HANKS IN THE FIRST PLACE???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IssyFishyy (3 months ago)
My list 1. Morgan Freeman 2. Paul Newman 3. Samuel L. Jackson 4. Tom Hanks 5. Johnny Depp 6. William DaFoe 7. Leonardo DiCaprio 8. Alan Rickman 9. Liam Neeson 10. Hugh Jackman
my friend calls me green (3 months ago)
How come your gonna mention Marlon Brando's 50s work but not his roles is incredible 70's films like the godfather and apocalypse now?
DonWilk91 (3 months ago)
Would replace cruise with hanks
John Puta (3 months ago)
What in the fuck? Humphrey Bogart honorable mention only?
Speedzone Speedforce (3 months ago)
Alesandro Vargas (3 months ago)
You put Tom cruise in the list when the honorable mentions are better
Alesandro Vargas (3 months ago)
Habitual_line_stepper WTF I don’t think he is better than Leo or Day-Lewis so fuck off
Sahil (3 months ago)
Because tom cruise is very famous and considered royalty even outside of the Hollywood
The Dude (4 months ago)
John “the duke” Wayne definitely should be WAY HIGHER on the list!!!!
Anuprajit Vasudevan (4 months ago)
Morgan Freeman!
Љубитељ Срба (4 months ago)
Tom Hanks in 90s Forest Gump, The Green mile, Philadelphia, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan. He is more than a honourable mention
ESC Em (4 months ago)
i think ed norton would’ve been a good nomination, but hey, that’s just me. 🥂
Claudio Bandito (4 months ago)
Great list!
Katalin Juhaszne Benedek (4 months ago)
Anthony Hopkins!!!Morgen Freeman! Dustin Hoffman! Jeff Bridges! Christian Bale! Leo!etc...
Nazim m (4 months ago)
where is brad pitt???
Deepak Bora (5 months ago)
Joke of the day....four time Oscar award winner Daniel day lewis is in honorable mention
Akseli Alaspaa (5 months ago)
Kevin spacey. Why
Vikas Sonkar (5 months ago)
How can Daniel Day Lewis is not in the top 10 list!?
karthik b (5 months ago)
Al Pachino should be on top 5 Tom hanks is missing in the list
Papri Begum (5 months ago)
Sarah smith you surely had a crush in this stupid actor whom you say is legend and believe me hanks is far better as an actor then t fucking c and Tom cruise is just a pain in the ass for stupid women like you
Caleb O'Connell (5 months ago)
John Wayne should have been number 1 and Pacino should have been higher.
shanaya (5 months ago)
1)Marlon brando for 50s Brando looked so good when he was young especially in a streetcar named desire. He acted really well in on the waterfront, a streetcar named desire, julius caesar, the wild one, viva zapata etc 2) Robert de Niro and Al Pacino for 70s (my favourites) It's difficult to choose between de niro and Pacino. Both of them made 70s one of the best decades for movies.
All Elite (5 months ago)
Tom hanks is 1 million times better than overrated cruise cammon watchmojo!!!!
Aditya Salunke (5 months ago)
Did you seriously fucking kept Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Hanks and Charlie Chaplin in honorable mentions
Devin Depoy (5 months ago)
Really? No Corey Feldman
MS Yadav (5 months ago)
4:04 who else disliked for having Pacino at 7th..
GOAT (5 months ago)
yea robert deniro IS the most iconic
iPod 97 (5 months ago)
Tom Cruise 👎🏽
HunkaHunka (5 months ago)
Nicole Kidman??
jessica thompson (2 months ago)
HunkaHunka these are actors, not actresses
Tastid Muntasir (5 months ago)
Al pachino should be in top 5
Logan Hoomana (5 months ago)
1) Robert De Niro 2) Harrison Ford 3) Al Pacino 4) Charles Chaplin 5) Clint Eastwood 6) Marlon Brando 7) Sidney Pouitier 8) Samuel L Jackson 9) Leonardo Dicaprio 10) Denzel Washington Honorable Mention to: Tom Hanks, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Tom Cruise, John Wayne, Dennis Hopper, and a few others I'm surely forgetting
The Domestic Scientist (6 months ago)
what about Harrison ford!!!!!!!!!
Abhishek Thakur (6 months ago)
Did someone didn't say;Paul Newman & James Dean
bhat aquib (6 months ago)
Where is Leonardo DiCaprio?
KA 31 (6 months ago)
Wtff man no Sylvester Stallone??
Carlos Perez (6 months ago)
de niro, nicholson, al pacino ,Marlon brando ,Tom hanks the top 5
Herkert (6 months ago)
Christoph waltz?
Herkert (6 months ago)
Anthony Hopkins?
Herkert (6 months ago)
Henry Fonda?
Herkert (6 months ago)
Morgan Freeman?
shreyash shreekant (6 months ago)
Ha Humphrey Bogart is the best actor ever.
prabucenna (6 months ago)
where is James Dean in that list
Vice City (6 months ago)
Johnny Depp
hoshen (6 months ago)
How is Charlie Chaplin only a honorable mention?
Akhil J Ajayan (6 months ago)
DDL gets an honourable mention?????????????????????????????????/\
Sledgehammer (7 months ago)
Umm Gary Oldman?
Sebastian Meyer (7 months ago)
Tom Cruise over Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks is Disgrace.
Epic Rants (7 months ago)
What about Morgan Freeman and Robin Williams?
Ren .JV. (7 months ago)
Orson Welles?
Avl Shukla (7 months ago)
Top for me. 1 Brando #2 Pacino #3 De Niro. #4: Nicholson #5: Eastwood #6: Spacey #7: Daniel Day-Lewis #8: Tom Hanks
About More (7 months ago)
Amazing Video #Aboutmore
Mat Oslo (7 months ago)
Where is Gregory Pake ?
J D (7 months ago)
No way Tom Hanks isn't in the top 10 imo
jinas Iqbal (7 months ago)
Leonardo dicaprio is the best actor of any generation
diinomaaxi (7 months ago)
Brando Chaplin Pacino De niro Nicholson Hoffman oldman DDL Washington Hanks Honorable mentions di caprio Tom hardy Philip Seymour Morgan freeman Johnny depp

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