Movie Stars: Durable Stars (by year)

Most movie stars did not disappoint or surprise, and once they found their “niche” (be it genre, part, or image), and apt mode of projecting and delivering, they stayed with their narrow sets of screen roles.

 

Records: Most Years–Top 10 Actors

25 John Wayne 1949–1957, 1959–1974

21 Clint Eastwood 1968–1986, 1992–1993

20 Tom Cruise 1983, 1986–1990, 1992–1994, 1996–1997, 1999–2007

18 Gary Cooper 1936–1937, 1941–1949, 1951–1957

17 Tom Hanks 1988–1989, 1993–1995, 1998–2000, 2002–2007, 2009–2010, 2013

16 Clark Gable 1932–1943, 1947–1949, 1955

15 Bing Crosby 1934, 1937, 1940, 1943–1954

14 Paul Newman 1963–1964, 1966–1975, 1982, 1986

13 Mary Pickford 1914–1926

13 Bob Hope 1941–1953

13 Harrison Ford 1981–1985, 1990, 1993–1997, 2000, 2008

13 Mel Gibson 1987, 1989–1996, 1998–2000, 2002

12 Burt Reynolds 1973–1984

11 Douglas Fairbanks 1916–1926

11 Cary Grant 1944, 1948–1949, 1959–1966

10 Spencer Tracy 1938–1942, 1944–1945, 1948, 1950–1951

10 Betty Grable 1942–1951

10 James Stewart 1950, 1952–1959, 1965

10 Doris Day 1951–1952, 1959–1966

10 Barbra Streisand 1969–1970, 1972–1975, 1977–1980

10 Julia Roberts 1990–1991, 1993, 1997–2001, 2003–2004

Most years ranked #1 Actor Years

7 Tom Cruise 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000–2001, 2005

5 Bing Crosby 1944–1948

5 Clint Eastwood 1972–1973, 1983–1984, 1993

5 Burt Reynolds 1978–1982

5 Tom Hanks 1994–1995, 1998, 2002, 2004

4 Shirley Temple 1935–1938

4 John Wayne 1950–1951, 1954, 1971

4 Doris Day 1960, 1962–1964

3 Mickey Rooney 1939–1941

3 Robert Redford 1974–1976

3 Johnny Depp 2006–2007, 2010

2 William S. Hart 1915–1916

2 Douglas Fairbanks 1917–1918

2 Wallace Reid 1919–1920

2 Mary Pickford 1921–1922

2 Clara Bow 1928–1929

2 Marie Dressler 1932–1933

2 Rock Hudson 1957, 1959

2 Julie Andrews 1966–1967

2 Paul Newman 1969–1970

2 Sylvester Stallone 1977, 1985

Most Consecutive Years Ranked #1 Actor Years

5 Bing Crosby 1944–1948

5 Burt Reynolds 1978–1982
4 Shirley Temple 1935–1938

3 Mickey Rooney 1939–1941

3 Doris Day 1962–1964

3 Robert Redford 1974–1976