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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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3,565 623
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)

2
1,205 880
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jack Nicholson How Do You Know (2010), The Bucket List (2007), The Departed (2006)

3
1,369 1,047
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)

4
1,553 1,030
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Spacey Baby Driver (2017), Elvis & Nixon (2016), House of Cards

5
1,638 1,201
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman Lucy (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

6
1,027 864
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Al Pacino Danny Collins (2015), Happy Valley (2014), Wilde Salomé (2013)

7
940 521
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Edward Norton Birdman (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Incredible Hulk (2008)

8
1,062 565
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Dustin Hoffman Barney's Version (2011), Last Chance Harvey (2009), Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

9
999 554
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bill Murray Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Zombieland (2009)

10
908 436
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jeff Bridges True Grit (2010), Crazy Heart (2009), Iron Man (2008)

11
965 493
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
883 404
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
947 321
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert Duvall Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)

14
1,131 532
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford 42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)

The Best American Actresses Working Today

15
918 519
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Mel Gibson Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)

16
1,159 446
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)

17
1,177 370
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)

18
1,345 417
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)

19
1,004 389
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Steve Buscemi Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)

20
1,396 1,131
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)

21
1,233 500
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)

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1,574 1,879
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained (2012)

23
1,028 672
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt World War Z (2013), Killing Them Softly (2012), Moneyball (2011)

24
1,066 555
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Matt Damon The Monuments Men (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Elysium (2013)

25
1,083 1,143
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp Mortdecai (2015), Into the Woods (2014), The Lone Ranger (2013)

26
839 417
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)

27
693 453
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Joaquin Phoenix The Immigrant (2014), Her (2013), The Master (2012)

28
577 360
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Robert Redford All Is Lost (2013), The Company You Keep (2013), Buck (2011)

The Best Actresses Working Today

29
779 332
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Michael Keaton Birdman (2014), The Other Guys (2010), The Merry Gentleman (2009)

30
1,172 859
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. The Judge (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Iron Man (2008)

31
719 368
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added James Earl Jones Gimme Shelter (2014), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

32
689 282
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

33
817 289
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

34
536 307
John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added John Turturro The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers

35
486 328
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
James Caan Detachment (2012), For the Love of Money (2012), Henry's Crime (2011)

The Scariest Movies Ever Made

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657 383
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

37
571 333
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

38
501 266
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Gary Sinise Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

39
565 266
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 39 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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721 579
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
George Clooney The Monuments Men (2014), Gravity (2013), The Descendants (2011)

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506 517
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 41 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)

42
461 203
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 42 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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428 331
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 43 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)

44
702 539
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Will Smith Focus (2015), After Earth (2013), Hancock (2008)

45
657 418
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

46
461 248
Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Stanley Tucci The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Captain America: The First Avenger

47
496 294
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

48
532 282
J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
J.K. Simmons Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

49
527 256
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
aldous_42 added Mark Wahlberg The Departed, Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes

50
329 325
Kevin Kline is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda, Sophie's Choice, Wild Wild West