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
4,029 782
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
1,960 1,343
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
1,625 1,276
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
1,410 1,094
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
1,695 1,321
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
1,242 1,009
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
1,115 670
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
1,152 694
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
1,183 689
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
1,058 538
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
1,716 1,207
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)

12
1,113 596
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)

13
1,315 625
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
1,353 520
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
1,098 401
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)

16
1,072 633
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
looksharp added Get the Gringo (2012), The Beaver (2011), Edge of Darkness (2010)

17
1,008 499
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Cymbeline (2015), Snowpiercer (2014), Game Change (2012)

18
1,559 501
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
1,309 456
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
1,408 591
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
1,883 1,956
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained (2012)

22
1,124 478
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actors Working Today
Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)

23
1,208 775
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
1,235 632
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
1,291 1,235
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)