Entertainment The Best American Actors Working Today  

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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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1
3,929 749
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)

2
1,875 1,311
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Lucy (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

3
1,569 1,229
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Comedian (2017), Joy (2016), The Intern (2015)

4
1,362 1,053
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
How Do You Know (2010), The Bucket List (2007), The Departed (2006)

5
1,664 1,250
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Baby Driver (2017), Elvis & Nixon (2016), House of Cards

6
1,184 981
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Danny Collins (2015), Happy Valley (2014), Wilde Salomé (2013)

7
1,072 629
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Birdman (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Incredible Hulk (2008)

8
1,115 654
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Zombieland (2009)

9
1,159 663
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Barney's Version (2011), Last Chance Harvey (2009), Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

10
1,018 510
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
True Grit (2010), Crazy Heart (2009), Iron Man (2008)

11
1,074 571
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)

12
1,626 1,194
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)

13
1,259 606
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)

14
1,296 500
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Trouble with the Curve (2012), Gran Torino (2009), Million Dollar Baby (2004)

15
1,030 602
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)

16
1,054 385
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)

17
976 476
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Cymbeline (2015), Snowpiercer (2014), Game Change (2012)

18
1,504 481
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Reasonable Doubt (2014), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained (2012)

19
1,270 442
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Liincoln (2012), Hope Springs (2012)

20
1,368 572
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)

21
1,097 455
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)

22
1,800 1,942
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained (2012)

23
1,161 755
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
World War Z (2013), Killing Them Softly (2012), Moneyball (2011)

24
1,192 613
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Monuments Men (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Elysium (2013)

25
1,244 1,210
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Mortdecai (2015), Into the Woods (2014), The Lone Ranger (2013)

26
940 480
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)

27
1,344 908
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Judge (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Iron Man (2008)

28
770 514
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added The Immigrant (2014), Her (2013), The Master (2012)

29
647 421
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added All Is Lost (2013), The Company You Keep (2013), Buck (2011)

30
854 371
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Birdman (2014), The Other Guys (2010), The Merry Gentleman (2009)

31
786 413
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Gimme Shelter (2014), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

32
754 329
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

33
882 334
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

34
580 356
John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers

35
716 428
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

36
528 376
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Detachment (2012), For the Love of Money (2012), Henry's Crime (2011)

37
643 306
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
publius added X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

38
549 304
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

39
526 255
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
aldous_42 added The Avengers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shutter Island

40
620 379
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
National Lampoon's Animal House, X-Men: First Class, Friday the 13th

41
789 638
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Monuments Men (2014), Gravity (2013), The Descendants (2011)

42
805 598
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Focus (2015), After Earth (2013), Hancock (2008)

43
744 455
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

44
547 580
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Gangster Squad (2013), This Must Be the Place (2012), The Tree of Life (2011)

45
563 337
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Boogie Nights

46
460 376
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Congress (2014), A Farewell to Fools (2014), A Beginner's Guide to Endings (2010)

47
590 319
J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

48
504 293
Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Captain America: The First Avenger

49
603 299
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
aldous_42 added The Departed, Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes

50
655 250
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers