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Will Smith Tops Forbes' Most Bankable List

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In today's economy, Tinseltown insiders are looking at Will Smith as the best business investment on the big screen.

The "Hancock" star was voted the most bankable actor on the inaugural Forbes Star Currency survey that asks entertainment industry members who among the working actors can best ensure the financial success of a film project.

Ranked from 1-10 on various criteria, ranging from the ability to attract financing to box-office ticket sales, Smith was the only actor to achieve a perfect score of 10. Nipping at his heels, however, were Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio -- all tied for second place.

Smith's name alone is a draw for ticket sales, regardless of genre. On top of his ability to bring in the bucks, he's actually respected as a serious actor, having received two best actor Oscar nominations for "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Below are the Top 20 Most Bankable Actors and their three top-grossing films:

1. Will Smith - Score: 10, "Independence Day," "Hancock," "Men in Black"

Tied:
2. Johnny Depp - Score: 9.89, All three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films
2. Leonardo DiCaprio - Score: 9.89, "Titanic," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Departed"
2. Angelina Jolie - Score: 9.89, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Wanted," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
2. Brad Pitt - Score: 9.89, "Troy," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Ocean's Eleven"

6. Tom Hanks - Score: 9.87, "The Da Vinci Code," "Forrest Gump," "Saving Private Ryan"
7. George Clooney - Score: 9.81, "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "The Perfect Storm"
8. Denzel Washington - Score: 9.76, "American Gangster," "Philadelphia," "The Pelican Brief"
9. Matt Damon - Score: 9.69, "Saving Private Ryan," "Ocean's Eleven," "The Bourne Ultimatum"
10. Jack Nicholson - Score: 9.68, "Batman," "As Good As It Gets," "The Departed"
11. Julia Roberts - Score: 9.65, "Pretty Woman," "Ocean's Eleven," "Notting Hill"
12. Adam Sandler - Score: 9.61, "Click," "Big Daddy," "You Don't Mess With the Zohan"
13. Tom Cruise - Score: 9.6, "War of the Worlds," the first two "Mission: Impossible" films
14. Russell Crowe - Score: 9.57, "Gladiator," "A Beautiful Mind," "American Gangster"
15. Will Ferrell - Score: 9.56, "Elf," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Blades of Glory"
16. Meryl Streep - Score: 9.55, "Mamma Mia!," "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Bridges of Madison County"
17. Robert De Niro - Score: 9.54, "Meet the Fockers," "Meet the Parents," "Heat"
18. Ben Stiller - Score: 9.5, "Night at the Museum," "Meet the Fockers," "There's Something About Mary"
19. Jim Carrey - Score: 9.42, "Bruce Almighty," "The Mask," "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
20. Clint Eastwood - Score: 9.33, "Million Dollar Baby," "The Bridges of Madison County," "In the Line of Fire"

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