Americans 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
6,712 987
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,802 1,033
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,837 936
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,415 2,915
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,091 1,698
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,743 989
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,979 1,760
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,660 2,539
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

9
1,784 871
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,707 822
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,586 1,357
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

12
1,624 625
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,615 717
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

14
1,961 527
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America

15
1,645 758
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, USA

16
1,442 907
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, USA

17
1,474 1,095
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

18
1,387 701
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,663 3,621
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, USA

20
1,443 579
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,172 721
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

22
1,236 692
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
1,509 800
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America

24
1,647 1,564
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,851 2,099
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

26
2,220 2,714
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,519 1,636
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,516 1,747
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

29
1,274 573
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

30
1,211 641
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, Manhattan, USA

31
828 486
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,117 513
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

33
972 405
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
916 550
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
934 612
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

36
988 489
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

37
908 549
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
769 792
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, USA

39
837 459
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,075 578
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
820 460
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, California, Lynwood

42
679 295
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

43
1,077 432
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
945 717
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
839 470
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

46
817 483
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
665 533
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

48
716 636
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

49
584 447
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

50
600 453
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America