Parasite star Song Kang Ho, Joaquin Phoenix and Keanu Reeves among '25 Greatest Actors' of 21st Century

The New York Times has released its list of "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century". It features an array of actors from World Cinema. This includes Parasite star Song Kang Ho, Joker Joaquin Phoenix and more.

The 21st Century witnessed some of the best performances from World Cinema. While there were a few veteran actors who continued to hold moviegoers' attention in the past two decades, there were several others who held the spotlight and had the world bowing down to them. The New York Times compiled a list of "The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far)" featuring 25 brilliant actors from different parts of the world. The list was curated by the publication's critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. 

Hollywood actors like Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix, Tilda Swinton, Mahershala Ali, Melissa McCarthy, Julianne Moore, Saoirse Ronan, Nicole Kidman, Rob Morgan, Alfre Woodard, Michael B. Jordan, Viola Davis, Wes Studi, Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, Keanu Reeves, and Daniel Day-Lewis were featured on the list. 


On the international front, Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, Brazilian actress Sônia Braga, French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert, South Korea stars Kim Min Hee and Song Kang Ho, Chinese actress Zhao Tao and Italian actor Toni Servillo featured on the list. 

Speaking about the formula using which they drew the list, the writers revealed that there was no set formula. The list merely featured their favourite film performers from the past 20 years. "This list is both necessarily subjective and possibly scandalous in its omissions," the writers penned. They noted that during their decision making, they focused on this century and wanted to focus beyond the boundaries of Hollywood. 


Do you think there were actors who deserved to make the cut but didn't feature? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Russel Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Irfan Khan
Bro/Sis, you know 21st century is the period from 2000-2020,and Clint's only good performance was in Million Dollar baby. The other actors, sure.But, there are other brilliant artists who deserve to be on this list than clint. No offence to you or him
  • 3 months ago
Morgan Freeman
  • 3 months ago
Christian Bale ..goddammit
Karl Urban
  • 3 months ago
I love Keanu as much as the next guy but seriously... greatest actor?? What were they smoking??
Ikr he's got some movies in his pocket but he obviously isn't one of the greatest...
  • 3 months ago
Looks like the jury is full of teenagers
  • 3 months ago
I think India's stars such as Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth and Shah Ruk Khan should be in the list as well.
  • 3 months ago
Lol nice joke
  • 3 months ago
And what about Big B
  • 3 months ago
And what about Big B. He is G.O.A.T
  • 3 months ago
Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. And not to forget his performances in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Dark Knight,etc.
Nic Cage
Pankaj tripathi Nawaz Uddin siddique Manoj bajpai Aamir khan Shahid kapoor Tom hardy James spader Kevin spacey Gerald butler James McAvoy Robert Downey Jr Jake Gyllenhaal Micheal keaton Bryan cranston Samuel l jackson Ryan reynolds Are Also worth mentioning They've had their ups and downs.. Given the right role they execute it flawlessly
Adam Driver
Lucky us! We get to witness not only a world class humanitarian, but THE GREATEST ACTOR OF ALL TIME! Thank you for being such a sensitive soul and speaking for those who have no voice. The contribution you are making to the world is priceless! Thank-you Joaquin Phoenix I hope to meet
Where is johnny depp i mean he has some wonderful performances under his belt
I’m so glad Keane Reeves is there. I think Keanu is the most worthy of being here.
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