The Best American Actors Working Today

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List Criteria: American actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great American actors throughout film history, but which are the greatest working today? This list ranks the best current leading men in Hollywood, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actors are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.
 
Who are the greatest current male actors from the USA? These talented men are all from all over the country, though they might be popular with international film lovers as well. Today's top US actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are handsome to boot!

Some of the top actors from the United States right now include Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Robert de Niro, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey, Jr., Kevin Spacey, and Ben Affleck. If there’s an actor listed here that you think is the absolute best of the moment in the movie industry today, vote him up. If the actors you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best US actors currently working.
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    Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Cloud Atlas (2012)

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    House of Cards, Horrible Bosses (2011), Recount (2008)

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    Last Vegas (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Limitless (2011)

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    Barney's Version (2011), Last Chance Harvey (2009), Stranger Than Fiction ...

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    How Do You Know (2010), The Bucket List (2007), The Departed (2006)

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    Lucy (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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    The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)

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    Birdman (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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    Danny Collins (2015), Happy Valley (2014), Wilde Salomé (2013)

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    Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)

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    Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Zombieland (2009)

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    Cymbeline (2015), Snowpiercer (2014), Game Change (2012)

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    True Grit (2010), Crazy Heart (2009), Iron Man (2008)

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    Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012) ...

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    Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)

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    The Homesman (2014), Liincoln (2012), Hope Springs (2012)

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    Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)

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    The Monuments Men (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Elysium (2013)

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    The Immigrant (2014), Her (2013), The Master (2012)

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    Reasonable Doubt (2014), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained ...

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    42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)

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    Birdman (2014), The Other Guys (2010), The Merry Gentleman (2009)

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    All Is Lost (2013), The Company You Keep (2013), Buck (2011)

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    World War Z (2013), Killing Them Softly (2012), Moneyball (2011)

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    Gangster Squad (2013), Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Drive (2011)

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    Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)

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    Gimme Shelter (2014), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

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    Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)

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    The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers

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    Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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    Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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    Detachment (2012), For the Love of Money (2012), Henry's Crime (2011)

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    The Congress (2014), A Farewell to Fools (2014), A Beginner's Guide to ...

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    Mortdecai (2015), Into the Woods (2014), The Lone Ranger (2013)

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    Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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    Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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    The Judge (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Iron Man (2008)

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ...

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    Gangster Squad (2013), This Must Be the Place (2012), The Tree of Life ...

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    Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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    The Monuments Men (2014), Gravity (2013), The Descendants (2011)

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    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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    Pretty in Pink, Lincoln, Stargate

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    Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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    Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Boogie Nights

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