MOVIE STARS

The ten male stars who made movie history: the ranking

Th eAmerican Film Institute organization established to promote and protect the history of cinema has compiled a ranking of the top 100 movie stars, both male and female.

To make the ranking, the AFI adopted a chronological criterion: the debut on the movie screen had to be no later than 1950 or, if it was, the actor's career had to be ended permanently, due to his or her death.

Thus, the ranking includes the best stars of the last century who made 20th century film history. Here are the Top 10 male stars.

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The ten male stars who made film history
The American Film Institute, organization established to promote and protect the history of cinema has compiled a ranking of the 100 best movie stars. To make the ranking, the AFI adopted a chronological criterion: the debut on the movie screen had to be no later than 1950 or, if it was, the actor's career had to be ended permanently, due to his or her death. Accordingly, the ranking includes the best stars of the last century who made film history in the twentieth century. Here are the Top 10.
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10. Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
Actor, director, screenwriter, composer, film producer. Charlie Chaplin was one of the first artists to write film history, thanks to his unique characters. In 1973, Chaplin won the Oscar for best score for the film "Limelight", which had been made a full twenty years earlier.
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9. Spencer Tracy (1900-1967)
Spencer Tracy starred in about 75 films between 1930 and 1967 and is also remembered for his long and fruitful artistic and romantic association with actress Katharine Hepburn. Tracy won the Academy Award for Best Actor for two consecutive years, in 1938 for "Captains Courageous" and in 1939 for "Boys Town". This record would be equaled only in 1994-1995 by Tom Hanks.
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8. James Cagney (1899-1986)
An actor born into very complicated economic conditions, James Cagney debuted first as a dancer, making his debut in Broadway in the early 1920s. Cagney is best remembered for his outstanding performance in "Yankee Doodle Dandy", a biographical musical about the life of George Michael Cohan: thanks to this performance the actor managed to win an Oscar in 1943.
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7. Clark Gable (1901-1960)
Clark Gable was an actor of great charm and strong stage presence, who could also be a bit of awe-inspiring at times. Gable is inextricably linked to the role of Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind", although he won the only Oscar of his career with the 1934 film "It Happened One Night".
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6. Henry Fonda (1905-1982)
Henry Fonda distinguished himself for his portrayal of characters with strong moral integrity, acting mainly in films western. Only in the second part of his career, Henry would also try his hand at "villain" roles. Fonda holds the particular record of having received first the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement and then for Best Actor, for his performance in "On Golden Pond", a film in which he starred alongside his daughter Jane and Katharine Hepburn.
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5. Fred Astaire (1899-1987)
Fred Astaire 's association with Ginger Rogers is unforgettable: the two acted, danced and worked together in no fewer than ten films. Choreographers and dancers George Balanchine and Rudol'f Nureev have considered him the greatest dancer of the 20th century. One thing is certain: Fred Astaire was the most influential dancer in the history of musical and cinema.
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4. Marlon Brando (1924-2004)
Marlon Brando was one of the most charismatic, but also controversial, Hollywood actors, an actor who broke stereotypes and also emerged for his respectable physical and athletic presence. An eight-time Academy Award nominee, the actor won the statuette twice, in 1955 for "On the Waterfront" and in 1972 for "The Godfather" as many know, on the second occasion he did not pick up the award in protest.
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3. James Stewart (1908-1997)
James Stewart began his career in Broadway as a stage actor, before making his name at Hollywood. Most of all, Stewart is remembered for his versatility, having starred in films belonging to so many film genres, from comedy to thriller to western, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1941 for "The Philadelphia Story", before starting an important artistic partnership with Alfred Hitchcock.
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2. Cary Grant (1904-1986)
An Englishman by birth but who moved to the United States in the 1920s, Cary Grant over the course of his career starred in about a hundred films including comedies, sentimental films, as well as thriller: Alfred Hitchcock once said that Cary Grant was the only actor he had really loved in his career. Ian Fleming on the other hand admitted that he was partly inspired by Grant for the character of James Bond. Despite this praise, Grant never won an Oscar in a competitive category, receiving only honorary recognition in 1970.
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1. Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
Topping the list is Humphrey Bogart, which still remains a film icon many years after his death. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War I, Bogart turned to film, acting first in Broadway, where he befriended Spencer Tracy, and then in Hollywood. Bogart won an Oscar in 1951 with "The African Queen", but his performance in "Casablanca" alongside Ingrid Bergman is also unforgettable.
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