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
7,210 1,074
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,860 1,141
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,891 1,028
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,536 3,227
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,172 1,781
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

6
1,828 1,043
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
2,087 1,787
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,756 2,609
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,845 954
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,778 897
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, Chicago, Illinois

11
2,066 552
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
1,724 653
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,681 796
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
1,622 1,470
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,544 1,135
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
1,543 940
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,482 724
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,693 835
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
2,747 3,703
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, USA, California

20
1,535 610
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

21
1,606 832
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America

22
1,970 2,136
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

23
2,285 2,785
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

24
1,742 1,587
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, Manhattan, USA

25
1,281 726
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

26
1,209 800
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,569 1,820
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,583 1,709
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

29
1,293 663
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
860 557
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,318 648
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
975 574
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

33
1,153 587
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

34
1,065 513
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

35
968 578
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

36
1,010 474
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
839 824
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

38
962 679
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

39
911 493
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

40
852 530
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
1,153 455
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
866 510
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,120 649
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
984 789
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

45
603 507
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, USA

46
849 547
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
714 352
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

48
558 462
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

49
681 578
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

50
752 707
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America