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
7,079 1,042
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,840 1,099
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,871 991
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
1,792 1,019
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

5
2,488 3,174
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

6
2,143 1,772
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

7
2,042 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
2,720 2,582
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,816 923
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,752 869
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,023 544
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
1,653 766
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

13
1,685 644
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,611 1,424
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,507 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
1,503 929
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,443 715
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, USA

18
1,674 803
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, USA

19
1,497 598
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Texas, USA, Midland

20
2,714 3,671
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

21
1,562 819
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
1,922 2,122
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

23
2,252 2,760
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

24
1,256 714
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

25
1,702 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
1,194 767
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,547 1,791
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,556 1,682
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

29
1,262 651
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
845 524
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

31
1,302 619
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
1,140 554
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
997 439
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
935 565
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

35
1,030 503
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
934 570
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
953 648
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

38
807 811
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

39
837 502
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

40
883 482
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
1,119 447
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
854 487
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,099 622
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
967 756
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
595 480
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, USA

46
838 520
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
699 329
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

48
533 452
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, USA

49
675 560
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
738 677
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America