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. 

1
6,495 959
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,781 997
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
2,370 2,775
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

4
1,813 911
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

5
2,063 1,666
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,720 976
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,943 1,752
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
1,756 845
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

9
2,618 2,518
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

10
1,567 1,321
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

11
1,674 801
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

12
1,587 694
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., United States of America

13
1,600 617
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,626 733
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

15
1,940 518
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones Texas, USA, San Saba

16
1,425 895
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,451 1,081
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

18
1,370 692
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris USA, Englewood, New Jersey

19
2,623 3,598
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,423 569
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Texas, USA, Midland

21
1,159 707
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

22
1,222 682
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

23
1,491 785
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Peekskill, New York, United States of America

24
1,613 1,553
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
2,181 2,694
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

26
1,798 2,090
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

27
1,496 1,611
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,255 564
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, USA, New Jersey

29
1,485 1,725
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

30
1,189 634
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

31
815 475
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,103 502
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

33
955 391
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
906 537
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Los Angeles, California, United States of America

35
924 599
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, USA, Missouri

36
979 482
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Miami, Florida, United States of America

37
896 542
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
826 452
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
756 784
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

40
1,051 569
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
804 451
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
669 287
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

43
1,060 426
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
926 707
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
827 463
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Santa Monica, California, United States of America

46
654 527
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta USA, Newark, New Jersey

47
801 480
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

48
698 626
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise USA, New York, Syracuse

49
572 441
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan New York City, USA, New York

50
586 447
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America