According to popular belief, acting is one of the second-oldest professions in our world. Together with, of course, pickpockets, pirates, spies, and gangsters, just to name a few. A fun bunch, indeed! And, of course, with such eon-spanning traditions of the craft and such respectability its professionals have gained in our society, there’s no wonder that we, as a human collective, decided to name who is the best of them all and who shall wear the pretend crown. Picking out the best is basic human nature! So, here we are, with our list of the best actors ever! And because we are pretty sure that our ranking will cause some discussion, don’t forget that we have that vote button if you’d like to change up the sequence in which these Hollywood stars are listed!

From the legends of the Golden Era of Hollywood to stars of the ‘70s to modern-day icons, this list has all the best actors in it. Not all of them have won the elusive Oscar or garnered a myriad of accolades, but we think that awards aren’t always the measure of success. What’s also interesting is that, say, in the top 20 of our actors, almost all of them started acting almost by accident, having worked a heap of odd jobs beforehand. So, if you still don’t know what talents you have, just remember that neither did they!

So, check out our list of the greatest actors just a bit further down and vote for your own favorites. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your movie-crazed friends too!  

#1

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Notable movies - The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Seven
 

Interesting fact - mister Freeman is a unique persona, and there’s so much interesting stuff about him that we couldn’t decide on just one! So, from being an expert beekeeper just like Henry Fonda to writing a cookbook and breaking Academy Awards and golfing records, it seems like no day is boring in the world of Morgan Freeman. 

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Pernille Dyre
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Driving miss Daisy

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Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Notable movies - Forrest Gump, Castaway, Saving Private Ryan
 

Interesting fact - Tom Hanks is a distant relative of President Abraham Lincoln.

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Suzanne McHenry
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I love Tom Hanks, he is a fantastic actor and a lovely guy too.

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams

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Adrienne Mcginley
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1 month ago

The world is a sadder place without him!

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Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck

Notable movies - To Kill A Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen
 

Interesting fact - Peck probably had the most durable career of any Hollywood star as it spanned from as early as the 1940s and ended in the 2000s. During that time, he starred in at least 57 movies! 

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Grace Austin
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1 month ago

Atticus Finch

#5

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Notable movies - The Silence Of The Lambs, Fracture, The Father

Interesting fact - Anthony Hopkins is a real-life knight! He received his title from Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his services to the arts.

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HarriMissesScotland
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1 month ago

The Lion in Winter, one of my all time favorite movies

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#6

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

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Kipper
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1 month ago

Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, Benny & June, Jack Sparrow.......you couldn't come up with just one movie?

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Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall

Notable movies - The Apostle, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part I and II 

Interesting fact - before being discovered, Robert Duvall worked plenty of odd jobs, one of them being a post clerk. He left the position after half a year, fearing that if he stayed any longer, he’d never quit!

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HarriMissesScotland
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1 month ago

First role was Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Notable movies - The Cider House Rules, The Italian Job, Batman Begins

Interesting fact - Michael Caine isn’t his real name, it’s Maurice Micklewhite, and he never legally changed it out of respect for his family.

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

Alfie was his classic role. Don't forget Muppet Christmas Carol.

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#9

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

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Adrienne Mcginley
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1 month ago

He did so much more than the Harry Potter movies

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#10

Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Notable movies - The French Connection, Unforgiven, The Royal Tenenbaums
 

Interesting fact - besides being a world-renowned actor, Gene Hackman is also a novelist, with his first book - Payback At Morning Peak - published in 2011.

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Suzanne McHenry
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1 month ago

I like him. Met him once and he was really lovely in person, he took the time to chat. Great guy.

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Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman

Notable movies - The Graduate, Being John Malkovich, Rain Man

Interesting fact - before “catching the acting bug,” Dustin Lee Hoffman was studying to become a classical pianist. However, we’re not a tiny bit sad about his change in aspirations!

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Tamara
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1 month ago

Really? Being John Malkovich? Really?

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Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Notable movies - In The Heat Of The Night, A Raisin In The Sun, The Defiant Ones

Interesting fact - besides being the first black person to win the title of Best Actor for his role in Lilies Of The Field, being a civil rights activist, and a real-life knight, Sidney Poitier was also a Bahamian ambassador to Japan, holding this title for ten consecutive years!

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UpQuarkDownQuark
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1 month ago

In the Heat of the Night is one my all-time favorite movies. He commands the screen every moment he’s in that picture.

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#13

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Notable movies - The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars

Interesting fact - Paul Newman loved pranks, with his most notable being faking his own death. From lying under a wrecked car to dropping a look-alike dummy off of a 60-foot building, he sure did scare plenty of Hollywood directors.

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

Missing: Slapshot, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, The Long Hot Summer and so on......

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#14

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago (edited)

Unpopular opinion. I like him, honest, he is an icon, but.... his acting is not that great is it?

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#15

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Notable movies - City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

 

Interesting fact - Charlie once entered a “Charlie Chaplin look-alike” contest and… lost it!

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

The problem I have with him is his private life. He liked his ladies a bit too young.

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

Notable movies - Once Upon A Time In The West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes Of Wrath

Interesting fact - Henry Fonda had a quite unusual hobby of beekeeping. In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he incorporated the practice into his movie Ulee’s God. Also, Henry is the father of two other Hollywood megastars - Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda.

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Brenda
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4 weeks ago

On Golden Pond

#17

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Notable movies - Remember The Titans, Glory, Training Day
 

Interesting fact - his fate of becoming a world-renowned actor was told to him by a fortune teller. That’s why he deems his fate a pulpit for doing the greater good!

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Eff the haters
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1 month ago

The equalizer? How could you forget

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#18

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Notable movies - Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen
 

Interesting fact - ever wondered why mister Bogart speaks in an unusual way? Well, it isn’t really a fun story - his father, a surgeon, beat him up as a kid and split his lip. He stitched it up so badly that Bogart was left with a permanent lisp. 

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Wendy McCallister
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1 month ago

That fact is not accurate. It is believed to be hereditary as his son has it too.

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#19

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

Godfather I and II, King of Comedy, Once Upon a Time in America, Midnight Run, Goodfellas, Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Casino, Heat, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets - and there's plenty more.

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#20

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

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Brenda
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4 weeks ago

Everything

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#21

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

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Fun fact, Steve was a NYC fireman, and after 9/11 happened, he went back to his old firehouse and volunteered, working 12 hours days for weeks.

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#22

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Notable movies - The Revenant, Titanic, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
 

Interesting fact - his mother named him Leonardo after he kicked her when she was looking at a Da Vinci painting. 

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Mixed Reality Portal
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1 month ago

Still think he should've got an Oscar for What's Eating Gilbert Grape...

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#23

James Stewart

James Stewart

Notable movies - Rear Window, Vertigo, It’s A Wonderful Life
 

Interesting fact - James Stewart, besides being an iconic actor, also had a degree in architecture. But, because he had earned it during the time of the Great Depression, he thought there was no reason to chase this career. 

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Joel Hopkins
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1 month ago

Don't forget bomber pilot in WW2 and Air Force general!

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#24

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Notable movies - Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry
 

Interesting fact - in 1951, a then 21-year-old Eastwood survived a plane crash in shark-infested waters. Turns out, his action star roles also followed him into real life!

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Pernille Dyre
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The good, the bad and the ugly...

#25

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Notable movies - Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Dr. No
 

Interesting fact - before becoming an actor, Sean Connery had a job that we thought didn’t exist at all. You’d never guess, but he actually worked as a coffin polisher!

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Mixed Reality Portal
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1 month ago

Not for me. He was a misogynist and abusive towards women ... He just "acted" himself in every role he played. Sometimes he was lucky his character and accent worked with the role - eg. The Hunt For Red October.

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#26

Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

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Kipper
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1 month ago

New series.......The Outlaws.....he is brilliant in it!

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#27

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman

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Laura Mende (Human)
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I love him as this drug addicted cop in "Léon: The Professional"...

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#28

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

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Libby Tailor
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Ghost dog ♥️♥️♥️

#29

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

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Cameron Deering
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Excellent actor....

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#30

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Notable movies - North By Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday
 

Interesting fact - here’s one - Cary Grant had a peculiar habit of cutting off his dress shirts’ buttons. Why did he do it? Well, to replace missing buttons on other shirts and because his housekeeper loved to use his old shirts as dust cloths!

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1 month ago

So he was thrifty? Recycled clothing?

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#31

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

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Brenda
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4 weeks ago

Gandolf, Magneto

#32

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones

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Kipper
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1 month ago

MIB.......!

#33

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

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Brenda
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4 weeks ago

The knight movie (can't think of the name)

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#34

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

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UpQuarkDownQuark
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1 month ago

Birdman is a masterpiece.

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#35

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

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ComfyPanda
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1 month ago

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy

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#36

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

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"Make it so."

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

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Kipper
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1 month ago

Star Wars, Indiana Jones

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#38

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

The Last Picture Show, The Fisher King, Big Lebowski, Tron and King Kong from 1976 are my faves.

#39

Bill Murray

Bill Murray

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Pablo Ramos
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1 month ago

I fu$#ing detest Bill Murray.

#40

Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz

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Lis Daglish
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How is Christoph Waltz this low??? Fantastic actor.

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#41

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Notable movies - The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, On The Waterfront
 

Interesting fact - Brando had no idea where he put or if someone stole the Oscar he won for his role in On The Waterfront. Now that’s a man who probably doesn’t care much about accolades and praises!

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Matt Damon

Matt Damon

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Cubbypotato
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1 month ago

Love him he is so funny in the Martin and we bought a zoo

#43

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Jeremiah Johnson is one of my favourite films. Everyone needs to watch it.

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#44

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley

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Cameron Deering
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1 month ago

He should be higher on this list... Ghandi...You Kill Me... and Sexy Beast...

#45

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

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Cubbypotato
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1 month ago

Love this guy

#46

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

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Nick fury

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#47

Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon

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Milady Blue
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1 month ago

He and Walter Matthau were fantastic in Grumpy Old Men. I love movies with those two.

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#48

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

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Grace Austin
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1 month ago

Alright, alright, alright

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#49

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

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Mike Daley
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Orson Welles Kevin Spacey Peter O'Toole Lawrence Olivier Russel Crowe Eddie Redmayne Adam Driver

#50

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

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Karin Gibson
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1 month ago

I haven't seen the movie but I live the dance on the stairs.