These leading men have had an influence on the industry for years, and years to come. Crizic celebrates the best of leading men on screen. Here are the 7 greatest actors of all time.

7. Orson Welles

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Citizen Kane showcased Welles’s bravura acting style, and roles in Touch of Evil and The Lady From Shanghai proved he was no fluke. We begin the list with this legend on number seven.

6. James Dean

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He was the upcoming heart-throb of his era and commanded the screen as such. His cocky approach to a character changed the norm for his time. He was one of the first stars to use Method acting, and even though he only made three films, they were all incredible performances. The only reason he is on number six is that he tragically died early before giving us more visual treats.

5. Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

 

Even decades after A Streetcar Named Desire, Brando was electrifying in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. The true macho man of cinema finds his place on number five on this list.

4. Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

 

Here’s Johnny! This list would have been pretty much incomplete without this guy. Nicholson’s feral, defiant energy dovetailed with the Zeitgeist, producing movies like Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, and Chinatown.

3. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

 

Two words can easily define Charlie Chaplin: Onscreen genius. Chaplin was funny, but he wasn’t a clown, it’s the razor-sharp edges that make The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator still feel new. This bold and funniest actor of all time finds his place on number three on this list.

2. Humphrey Bogart

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For six decades, in The Grapes of Wrath and Fail-Safe, Fonda was so good people stopped appreciating his talent. He is so up on this list because of a real, real long list of diverse roles he played.

1. Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

 

World-weary Casablanca and Maltese Falcon star Bogart was a man’s man who was also loved by the ladies. Though he gets really tough competition from others on this list, Bogart comes out as a winner with being the greatest Hollywood actor of all time.

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