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List Rules Living AMERICAN male actors only. Vote up and add all of your favorites based on their all-time body of work.

It takes a lot to make a movie great. There has to be excellent writing, production, direction, editing, and of course, acting. While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actors are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. 

These actors are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. These are the greatest American actors who are alive today. Who are the best actors from the USA? That's up to you to decide. This list is votable and rerankable, and if you don't see someone on here that deserves a spot, feel free to add them, but make sure they're still alive. 
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Larry Crowne, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Heat, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Seven

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets, The Shining, A Few Good Men

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, The Life of David Gale

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Rain Man, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino The Godfather, Heat, Scarface

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman Unforgiven, The French Connection, Enemy of the State

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood Mystic River, The Outlas Josey Wales, Unforgiven

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Edward Norton Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster, Man on Fire

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Harrison Ford Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Appaloosa, The Truman Show, The Abyss

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Her, Walk the Line, Gladiator

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Jurassic Park, A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused, The Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me if You Can

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Ironman, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men

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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Footloose, X-Men: First Class, A Few Good Men

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2, Crash

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones

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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bradley Cooper Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers

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Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kurt Russell Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn Mystic River, I Am Sam, Dead Man Walking

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Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Keaton Batman, Toy Story 3, Beetlejuice

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
James Earl Jones Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti Sideways, Man on the Moon, Cinderella Man

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Will Smith Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas Wall Street, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Rain Man

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney O Brother Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven, The Monuments Men

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
James Caan The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Misery