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
6,650 981
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,799 1,026
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
1,832 934
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,411 2,891
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,087 1,688
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

6
1,739 987
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
1,975 1,759
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, USA

8
2,655 2,531
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,780 864
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

10
1,704 815
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,583 1,350
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

12
1,622 624
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,614 710
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
1,644 750
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

15
1,960 525
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones San Saba, Texas, United States of America

16
1,440 905
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
1,471 1,091
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
1,386 699
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,658 3,615
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
1,439 577
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,171 718
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

22
1,234 690
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
1,506 799
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
1,642 1,564
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
2,216 2,707
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
1,842 2,098
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

27
1,515 1,630
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,513 1,740
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

29
1,272 569
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

30
1,205 639
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

31
828 482
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
1,115 508
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, USA, New York

33
968 401
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
916 548
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
932 608
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, USA, Missouri

36
987 487
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
907 547
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
768 791
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

39
836 457
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,073 575
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
817 456
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
679 291
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

43
1,076 431
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
944 713
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
837 469
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
814 483
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
664 532
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta USA, Newark, New Jersey

48
715 635
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

49
582 447
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan New York City, New York, United States of America

50
597 453
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America