The Best American Actors Working Today

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
    1
    The Circle (2017), Sully (2016), Bridge of Spies (2015)
  • Robert Downey Jr.
    2
    The Judge (2014), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Iron Man (2008)
  • Samuel L. Jackson
    3
    Reasonable Doubt (2014), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained (2012)
  • Matthew McConaughey
    4
    Interstellar (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mud (2013)
  • Clint Eastwood
    5
    Trouble with the Curve (2012), Gran Torino (2009), Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Harrison Ford
    6
    42 (2013), Ender's Game (2013), Morning Glory (2010)
  • Steve Buscemi
    7
    Boardwalk Empire, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rampart (2012)
  • Tommy Lee Jones
    8
    The Homesman (2014), Lincoln (2012), Hope Springs (2012)
  • Morgan Freeman
    9
    Lucy (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
  • Brad Pitt
    10
    World War Z (2013), Killing Them Softly (2012), Moneyball (2011)
  • Matt Damon
    11
    The Monuments Men (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Elysium (2013)
  • Johnny Depp
    12
    Mortdecai (2015), Into the Woods (2014), The Lone Ranger (2013)
  • Bradley Cooper
    13
    Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers
  • Robert Duvall
    14
    Jack Reacher (2012), Belizaire the Cajun (2011), Get Low (2010)
  • Jeff Bridges
    15
    True Grit (2010), Crazy Heart (2009), Iron Man (2008)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
    16
    Nightcrawler (2014), Enemy (2014), Prisoners (2013)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    17
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained (2012)
  • Christopher Walken
    18
    Jersey Boys (2014), Seven Psychopaths (2012), A Late Quartet (2012)
  • Idris Elba
    19
    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus
  • Edward Norton
    20
    Birdman (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Al Pacino
    21
    Danny Collins (2015), Happy Valley (2014), Wilde Salomé (2013)
  • Denzel Washington
    22
    The Equalizer (2014), Flight (2012), Unstoppable (2010)
  • Woody Harrelson
    23
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men
  • Ed Harris
    24
    Cymbeline (2015), Snowpiercer (2014), Game Change (2012)
  • Keanu Reeves
    25
    The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure