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The Best American Actors Working Today 

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Updated January 16, 2020 161.3k votes 9.3k voters 117.2k views 195 items

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
The Circle (2017), Sully (2016), Bridge of Spies (2015)
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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)
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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Liincoln (2012), Hope Springs (2012)
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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)
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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Cymbeline (2015), Snowpiercer (2014), Game Change (2012)
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)
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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Reasonable Doubt (2014), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained (2012)
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Barney's Version (2011), Last Chance Harvey (2009), Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Trouble with the Curve (2012), Gran Torino (2009), Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)
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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Birdman (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Incredible Hulk (2008)
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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)
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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Judge (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Iron Man (2008)
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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia
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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Lucy (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)
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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Monuments Men (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Elysium (2013)
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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers
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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Danny Collins (2015), Happy Valley (2014), Wilde Salomé (2013)
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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
National Lampoon's Animal House, X-Men: First Class, Friday the 13th
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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
BriceHardelin added The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense
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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
True Grit (2010), Crazy Heart (2009), Iron Man (2008)