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My Top 20 Living Actors

My top 20 living actors is based on star image, acting ability and charisma all rolled into one, and it's my opinion, so I may choose someone on the grounds that I see fit regardless of if it fits into one of the three categories. For example, if I chose Rob Schneider (I'm not going to, so don't panic), he's not particularly a good actor, nor does he have charisma or a bankable star image, but if I chose him it'd just be for the simple fact that I like the guy. I tried to choose someone who has a bad reputation yet isn't in my list, because I didn't want to give away one of the names this early on (wink wink, #3).

Essentially this is a list of my top 20 working actors that if they're involved in a movie in any way, I'll be wanting to see it for their involvement alone. It was so difficult to come up with 20 that meets those demands, so the ones near the end you might want to forget about the bolded statement. But for the top 10, it definitely applies. Also, it applies to a whole career, not just their last few films. But they must have worked recently, otherwise I just won't include them on the grounds they might have retired for all I know.

I’ve also included their top three movies below.


Ok, so let's begin:


20: Russell Crowe

  1. Gladiator
  2. American Gangster
  3. Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

19: Gerard Butler

  1. Machine Gun Preacher
  2. The Ugly Truth
  3. 300

18: Jason Statham

  1. The Expendables
  2. The Mechanic
  3. Snatch

17. Leonardo DiCaprio

  1. Catch Me If You Can
  2. The Departed
  3. The Beach

16. Mark Wahlberg

  1. The Big Hit
  2. Ted
  3. Three Kings

15. Clive Owen

  1. Closer
  2. Sin City
  3. Trust

14. Bruce Willis

  1. Die Hard
  2. Mercury Rising
  3. The Jackal

13. Brad Pitt

  1. Ocean’s Twelve
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

12. George Clooney

  1. From Dusk Till Dawn
  2. Ocean’s Twelve
  3. Up in the Air

11. John Travolta

  1. Broken Arrow
  2. Face/Off
  3. The Taking of Pelham 123

10. Jackie Chan

  1. Project A: Part II
  2. Rumble in the Bronx
  3. Police Story 3: Supercop

9. Ricky Gervais

  1. Ghost Town
  2. The Invention of Lying
  3. Night at the Museum

8. Colin Farrell

  1. Miami Vice
  2. Total Recall
  3. Ordinary Decent Criminal

7. Matt Damon

  1. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  2. The Bourne Supremacy
  3. The Bourne Identity

6. Nicolas Cage

  1. The Rock
  2. Face/Off
  3. The Weather Man

5. Christian Bale


  1. American Psycho
  2. Rescue Dawn
  3. Public Enemies

4. Arnold Schwarzenegger

  1. Predator
  2. The Terminator
  3. Commando

3. Mel Gibson

  1. Payback
  2. Lethal Weapon 2
  3. The Patriot

2. Tom Cruise

  1. The Last Samurai
  2. Collateral
  3. M:I-2

1. Sylvester Stallone

  1. Rocky IV
  2. Rambo III
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II


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Total Comments: 1
David    Dec 19 2012 3:59am
Good list, sir. I am particularly pleased to see Farrell and Owen. Underrated, wonderful actors.