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
7,344 1,142
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,642 3,285
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, USA, New York

3
2,271 1,823
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

4
2,190 1,815
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

5
1,903 1,073
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

6
1,935 1,082
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Diego

7
2,900 1,205
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

8
2,845 2,656
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,897 1,013
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,832 945
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,146 575
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
1,737 854
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

13
1,791 675
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,620 1,158
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

15
1,658 1,546
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

16
1,613 965
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,543 749
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
2,833 3,752
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

19
1,726 891
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

20
1,604 627
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

21
2,066 2,158
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

22
2,358 2,826
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

23
1,832 1,600
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

24
1,679 857
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
1,335 747
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

26
1,619 1,869
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

27
1,630 1,762
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,239 856
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

29
1,348 682
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
885 608
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,042 586
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

32
1,352 700
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

33
1,120 531
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
1,020 600
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
1,175 637
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
897 846
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

37
1,040 524
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
1,222 472
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

39
888 575
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

40
1,167 697
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
969 513
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
977 731
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

43
618 559
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
790 770
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
1,013 835
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

46
602 480
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

47
890 560
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

48
875 596
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

49
726 474
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

50
733 397
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America