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
7,206 1,072
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,860 1,139
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,890 1,027
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,534 3,226
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,170 1,781
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,827 1,043
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
2,086 1,787
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,755 2,607
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,844 953
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,777 896
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,064 552
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
1,723 653
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,679 795
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

14
1,622 1,466
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,542 1,134
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
1,541 939
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, USA, Massachusetts

17
1,479 724
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,690 834
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
1,533 609
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

20
2,745 3,702
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

21
1,605 831
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, Contiguous United States, New York

22
1,967 2,136
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

23
2,284 2,784
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, USA

24
1,740 1,587
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,278 726
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

26
1,209 799
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,569 1,819
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,583 1,708
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

29
1,291 663
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
859 556
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,318 647
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, USA

32
972 574
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

33
1,152 586
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, USA, New York

34
1,063 513
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Florida, Miami

35
967 578
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

36
1,009 472
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
838 824
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

38
962 678
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

39
909 493
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

40
852 529
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
1,152 455
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
866 509
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,120 648
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
983 788
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

45
603 506
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

46
849 546
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
714 351
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

48
557 462
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

49
681 577
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

50
752 706
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, USA