American People 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. 
list ordered by
1
7,769 1,399
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America
2
3,016 3,460
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York
3
2,619 1,973
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America
4
2,513 1,975
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York
5
3,210 2,819
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
6
2,145 1,209
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
7
2,093 1,269
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America
8
3,019 1,411
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America
9
2,097 1,207
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America
10
1,931 1,289
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America
11
2,049 1,131
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
12
3,178 3,942
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, USA
13
2,416 660
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America
14
1,866 1,077
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
15
2,429 2,267
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America
16
2,036 775
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York
17
1,989 1,030
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America
18
1,782 1,820
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
19
2,138 1,705
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York
20
1,701 842
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
21
1,880 1,076
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
22
2,619 2,974
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
23
1,835 700
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America
24
1,919 946
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
1,831 1,938
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America