The 10 best male movie actors are all really excellent professionals. There are many actors, but there are less great ones. This list is populated by actors who take their craft seriously and lose themselves in their roles.

  1. Robert DeNiro. DeNiro's career is one of the most amazing in Hollywood history. He’s played everything from gangsters to crazy people, and he handles every role with incredible skill. Some of his career highlights include “Taxi Driver,” and “The King of Comedy.”

  2. Daniel Day-Lewis. Very few male movie actors take their craft as seriously as this master. Day-Lewis seems to change into a totally different person in every movie, and he does it with seeming effortlessness. Some of his most effective roles include “My Left Foot" and “There Will Be Blood.”

  3. Johnny Depp. This is one of the male movie actors that’s most associated with playing quirky characters. Hollywood has always tried to shoehorn him as a sex symbol, but he constantly fights this temptation. Some of his best performances can be seen in “Finding Neverland” and “Ed Wood.”

  4. Jack Nicholson. Nicholson is one of those male movie actors who doesn’t really change his whole persona with every role, but he makes subtle adjustments with incredible skill. He has a great ability to grab the audience in and keep them riveted. Some of his better roles are in “The Shining” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest."

  5. Al Pacino. It’s been a while since this actor did anything truly amazing, but he still obviously has it in him. Pacino is a master of using very subtle body language, and he’s also skilled with accents. Some of his best roles include “The Godfather” and “Scent of a Woman.”

  6. Tom Hanks. For a guy that got his start in comedies, this actor has had a truly storied career. He always wanted to surprise people with his performances and avoided getting typecast into any particular kind of role. Some of his best movies include “Forrest Gump”, and “Road to Perdition”.

  7. Christian Bale. He’s one of the most intense male movie actors you’re ever likely to see. When Bale's on the set, it’s often very serious business for him, and sometimes this leads to surprising outbursts, but his results speaks for itself. Some of his best acting can be seen in “American Psycho” and “The Fighter.”

  8. Robert Downey Jr. The fact that this actor is still working, despite his years of struggle with drugs, speaks volumes about his incredible skill as an actor. He’s received a few award nominations over the years, but sometimes he prefers to play in more commercial films. Some of his best work includes the film “Chaplin” and “Zodiac.”

  9. Jeff Bridges. He’s one of the best actors of his generation and he shows it with his incredible flexibility. Sometimes it’s hard to even tell if Bridges is the same actor from one movie to the next. Some of his top performances include “Starman” and “True Grit.”

  10. Kevin Bacon. This actor has quietly put together an incredible career. He’s adventurous as an actor and remarkably consistent even though he doesn’t always get top billing. Some of his better performances can be seen in “The River Wild” and “Murder in the First.”