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Al Pacino named greatest film star of all time



Story: Jack Foley

BRITISH film fans have made Godfather stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro an offer they can't refuse, by naming them as the greatest two stars of all time, in a poll for Channel 4.

Screen legend, Pacino, narrowly beat his Heat co-star, De Niro, to the number one spot, following more than 250,000 votes over the course of the past year.

In an all-male Top 10, some of the crop of Hollywood's current elite featured strongly, with Oscar favourite, Tom Hanks, and audience favourite, Harrison Ford, coming in third and fifth, respectively.

Jack Nicholson emerged in sixth position, just ahead of Anthony Hopkins, who, at seventh, was the highest-placed British star, closely followed by Sean Connery (8th) and Ewan McGregor (9th).

Completing the top 10 was Cary Grant, while the highest placed actress was Breakfast at Tiffany star, Audrey Hepburn, at 13 - one place ahead of the king of cool, Steve McQueen.

Sigourney Weaver, best known for her roles as Ripley in the Alien movies, came in at number 20, and was the second-highest placed woman in the poll.

Other notable positions went to Samuel L Jackson, who, at number 11, is the highest-placed black actor, while Hong Kong action star, Jackie Chan, at 41, was the highest-placed Asian star.

Amitabh Bachchan proved to be the lone Bollywood representative, coming in at 92 in the poll.

The list was unveiled by Channel 4 over the course of two nights, during the May Day Bank Holiday (2003), and further details and clips are available from the Channel 4 website, which can be accessed via the link on this page.

The Top 100:
1. Al Pacino
2. Robert De Niro
3. Tom Hanks
4. Kevin Spacey
5. Harrison Ford
6. Jack Nicholson
7. Anthony Hopkins
8. Sean Connery
9. Ewan McGregor
10. Cary Grant
11. Samuel L. Jackson
12. James Stewart
13. Audrey Hepburn
14. Steve McQueen
15. Brad Pitt
16. Paul Newman
17. Mel Gibson
18. Clint Eastwood
19. Robin Williams
20. Sigourney Weaver
21. Nicole Kidman
22. Johnny Depp
23. Jodie Foster
24. Dustin Hoffman
25. Susan Sarandon
26. Russell Crowe
27. Morgan Freman
28. Denzel Washington
29. Julia Roberts
30. Marlon Brando
31. Christopher Lee
32. Tom Cruise
33. Nicolas Cage
34. Christopher Walken
35. Bruce Willis
36. Humphrey Bogart
37. Cate Blanchett
38. Katharine Hepburn
39. Marilyn Monroe
40. Gary Oldman
41. Jackie Chan
42. Gene Hackman
43. Jack Lemmon
44. Michael Caine
45. Bette Davis
46. John Travolta
47. Jim Carrey
48. John Cusack
49. Bruce Lee
50. Charlie Chaplin
51. Will Smith
52. Sidney Poitier
53. Harvey Keitel
54. Arnold Schwarzenegger
55. Kate Winslet
56. John Wayne
57. Peter Sellers
58. Meryl Streep
59. John Malkovich
60. Jude Law
61. Robert Redford
62. Robert Downey Jnr
63. Clark Gable
64. James Dean
65. Cameron Diaz
66. Gene Kelly
67. Eddie Murphy
68. Ingrid Bergman
69. River Phoenix
70. Richard Burton
71. Woody Allen
72. George Clooney
73. Hugh Grant
74. Angelina Jolie
75. Meg Ryan
76. Richard Gere
77. Elizabeth Taylor
78. Oliver Reed
79. Vivien Leigh
80. Dennis Hopper
81. Fred Astaire
82. Judy Garland
83. Ralph Fiennes
84. Doris Day
85. Daniel Day-Lewis
86. Grace Kelly
87. Winona Ryder
88. Juliette Binoche
89. Gwyneth Paltrow
90. Gerard Depardieu
91. Julie Christie
92. Amitabh Bachchan
93. Kevin Costner
94. Leonardo DiCaprio
95. Uma Thurman
96. Wesley Snipes
97. Burt Reynolds
98. Jane Fonda
99. Halle Berry
100. Michael Douglas

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