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List Rules 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks The Circle (2017), Sully (2016), Bridge of Spies (2015)

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Spacey Baby Driver (2017), Elvis & Nixon (2016), House of Cards

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert De Niro The Comedian (2017), Joy (2016), The Intern (2015)

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jack Nicholson How Do You Know (2010), The Bucket List (2007), The Departed (2006)

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Dustin Hoffman Barney's Version (2011), Last Chance Harvey (2009), Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman Lucy (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Al Pacino Danny Collins (2015), Happy Valley (2014), Wilde Salomé (2013)

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Edward Norton Birdman (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bill Murray Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Zombieland (2009)

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Ed Harris Cymbeline (2015), Snowpiercer (2014), Game Change (2012)

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jeff Bridges True Grit (2010), Crazy Heart (2009), Iron Man (2008)

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert Duvall Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Clint Eastwood Trouble with the Curve (2012), Gran Torino (2009), Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Tommy Lee Jones The Homesman (2014), Liincoln (2012), Hope Springs (2012)

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Mel Gibson Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Matt Damon The Monuments Men (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Elysium (2013)

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford 42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson Reasonable Doubt (2014), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained (2012)

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt World War Z (2013), Killing Them Softly (2012), Moneyball (2011)

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Joaquin Phoenix The Immigrant (2014), Her (2013), The Master (2012)

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained (2012)

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert Redford All Is Lost (2013), The Company You Keep (2013), Buck (2011)

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Michael Keaton Birdman (2014), The Other Guys (2010), The Merry Gentleman (2009)

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
James Earl Jones Gimme Shelter (2014), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
John Turturro The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers

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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp Mortdecai (2015), Into the Woods (2014), The Lone Ranger (2013)

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
James Caan Detachment (2012), For the Love of Money (2012), Henry's Crime (2011)

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Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Harvey Keitel The Congress (2014), A Farewell to Fools (2014), A Beginner's Guide to Endings (2010)

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. The Judge (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Iron Man (2008)

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Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Gary Sinise Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Sean Penn Gangster Squad (2013), This Must Be the Place (2012), The Tree of Life (2011)

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Peter Dinklage X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Bacon National Lampoon's Animal House, X-Men: First Class, Friday the 13th

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Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Stanley Tucci The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Captain America: The First Avenger

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
George Clooney The Monuments Men (2014), Gravity (2013), The Descendants (2011)

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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
James Spader Pretty in Pink, Lincoln, Stargate

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J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
J.K. Simmons Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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Kevin Kline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda, Sophie's Choice, Wild Wild West

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Don Cheadle Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Boogie Nights

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Mark Wahlberg The Departed, Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes