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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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2,779 542
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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1,463 760
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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1,208 691
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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1,422 863
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 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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1,094 607
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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1,201 647
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)

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973 458
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Dustin Hoffman Barney's Version (2011), Last Chance Harvey (2009), Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

8
885 631
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)

9
839 447
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)

10
898 420
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bill Murray Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Zombieland (2009)

11
837 428
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)

12
683 338
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)

13
776 376
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)

14
741 269
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert Duvall Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)

15
941 438
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 15 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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876 324
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Tommy Lee Jones The Homesman (2014), Liincoln (2012), Hope Springs (2012)

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708 327
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)

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959 372
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 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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860 483
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford 42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)

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879 400
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 20 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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1,390 1,406
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 21 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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638 447
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Mel Gibson Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)

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891 458
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)

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912 599
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 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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722 372
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)

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617 406
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Joaquin Phoenix The Immigrant (2014), Her (2013), The Master (2012)

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706 294
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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657 330
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added James Earl Jones Gimme Shelter (2014), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

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514 318
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Robert Redford All Is Lost (2013), The Company You Keep (2013), Buck (2011)

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764 248
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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630 238
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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494 263
John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added John Turturro The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers

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949 1,066
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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1,044 833
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 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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502 225
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
publius added Peter Dinklage X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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457 225
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Gary Sinise Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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512 295
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 37 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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591 338
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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443 289
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 39 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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407 290
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 40 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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410 212
Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Stanley Tucci The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Captain America: The First Avenger

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477 252
J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
J.K. Simmons Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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650 544
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
George Clooney The Monuments Men (2014), Gravity (2013), The Descendants (2011)

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397 173
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
aldous_42 added Mark Ruffalo The Avengers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shutter Island

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588 381
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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468 462
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 46 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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440 266
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Don Cheadle Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Boogie Nights

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391 228
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
LanaYoshii added James Spader Pretty in Pink, Lincoln, Stargate

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413 272
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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446 229
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
aldous_42 added Mark Wahlberg The Departed, Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes