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Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends

The following list includes the top 50 greatest actors in the history of film, according to the American Film Institute. The American Film Institute defines an American screen legend as “an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.”

Men

  •  1. Humphrey Bogart
  •  2. Cary Grant
  •  3. James Stewart
  •  4. Marlon Brando
  •  5. Fred Astaire
  •  6. Henry Fonda
  •  7. Clark Gable
  •  8. James Cagney
  •  9. Spencer Tracy
  • 10. Charlie Chaplin
  • 11. Gary Cooper
  • 12. Gregory Peck
  • 13. John Wayne
  • 14. Laurence Olivier
  • 15. Gene Kelly
  • 16. Orson Welles
  • 17. Kirk Douglas
  • 18. James Dean
  • 19. Burt Lancaster
  • 20. The Marx Brothers
  • 21. Buster Keaton
  • 22. Sidney Poitier
  • 23. Robert Mitchum
  • 24. Edward G. Robinson
  • 25. William Holden

Women

  •  1. Katharine Hepburn
  •  2. Bette Davis
  •  3. Audrey Hepburn
  •  4. Ingrid Bergman
  •  5. Greta Garbo
  •  6. Marilyn Monroe
  •  7. Elizabeth Taylor
  •  8. Judy Garland
  •  9. Marlene Dietrich
  • 10. Joan Crawford
  • 11. Barbara Stanwyck
  • 12. Claudette Colbert
  • 13. Grace Kelly
  • 14. Ginger Rogers
  • 15. Mae West
  • 16. Vivien Leigh
  • 17. Lillian Gish
  • 18. Shirley Temple
  • 19. Rita Hayworth
  • 20. Lauren Bacall
  • 21. Sophia Loren
  • 22. Jean Harlow
  • 23. Carole Lombard
  • 24. Mary Pickford
  • 25. Ava Gardner

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