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
7,062 1,041
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,838 1,098
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,870 990
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Diego

4
1,789 1,018
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, USA, California

5
2,485 3,165
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

6
2,142 1,772
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

7
2,039 1,779
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,718 2,581
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,815 922
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,751 868
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,021 544
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
1,652 765
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

13
1,684 644
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,611 1,423
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, South Orange, New Jersey

15
1,506 1,118
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
1,501 929
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, USA

17
1,442 715
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, USA

18
1,674 802
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, USA

19
1,496 598
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Texas, USA, Midland

20
2,711 3,670
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, USA, California

21
1,560 819
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, USA

22
1,919 2,122
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

23
2,251 2,759
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

24
1,255 714
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

25
1,701 1,579
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
1,194 766
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,545 1,790
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,556 1,681
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

29
1,261 651
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
845 523
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

31
1,300 618
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
1,138 553
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
997 438
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
932 565
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

35
1,028 503
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

36
932 570
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

37
953 647
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

38
806 811
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

39
837 501
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

40
882 482
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

41
1,118 447
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
853 486
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,097 621
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
967 755
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
595 479
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, USA

46
838 519
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

47
699 328
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

48
532 452
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, USA

49
675 559
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

50
737 676
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America