VOTE The Best Living American Actors  

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List Rules Living AMERICAN male actors only. Vote up and add all of your favorites based on their all-time body of work.

It takes a lot to make a movie great. There has to be excellent writing, production, direction, editing, and of course, acting. While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actors are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. 

These actors are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. These are the greatest American actors who are alive today. Who are the best actors from the USA? That's up to you to decide. This list is votable and rerankable, and if you don't see someone on here that deserves a spot, feel free to add them, but make sure they're still alive. 
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1
7,307 1,122
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,617 3,270
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

3
2,245 1,809
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, USA

4
2,166 1,802
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

5
1,885 1,062
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

6
1,925 1,067
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Diego

7
2,891 1,190
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

8
2,815 2,645
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,878 998
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Francisco

10
1,812 932
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,126 566
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America

12
1,724 837
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

13
1,781 664
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,657 1,520
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,601 1,152
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

16
1,601 954
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,526 741
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,717 877
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
2,805 3,737
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,588 622
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

21
2,042 2,150
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

22
2,336 2,815
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

23
1,809 1,594
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

24
1,664 849
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America

25
1,323 739
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

26
1,604 1,857
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

27
1,616 1,746
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,230 840
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

29
1,335 675
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
877 596
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,020 582
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

32
1,344 687
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

33
1,108 522
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

34
1,008 591
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

35
1,174 622
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

36
885 837
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

37
1,034 512
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
1,207 466
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

39
878 564
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

40
1,150 685
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
955 508
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

42
971 716
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

43
613 546
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

44
776 754
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

45
1,003 824
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

46
884 548
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

47
592 473
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

48
867 584
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

49
723 386
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

50
716 468
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Newark, New Jersey, United States of America