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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Trouble with the Curve (2012), Gran Torino (2009), Million Dollar Baby ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained ...

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

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    Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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    The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers

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    Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    A Fish Called Wanda, Sophie's Choice, Wild Wild West

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    National Lampoon's Animal House, X-Men: First Class, Friday the 13th

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

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    Focus (2015), After Earth (2013), Hancock (2008)

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    Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Boogie Nights

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