American People 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
7,551 1,287
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,853 3,363
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

3
2,466 1,895
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

4
2,376 1,888
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

5
2,045 1,139
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

6
3,018 2,750
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

7
2,022 1,186
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

8
2,971 1,317
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

9
2,010 1,125
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Francisco

10
1,804 1,215
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

11
1,940 1,055
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

12
2,300 620
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America

13
2,983 3,865
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California

14
1,757 1,023
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

15
1,937 727
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

16
1,859 964
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

17
1,730 1,697
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

18
2,262 2,213
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

19
1,653 798
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

20
1,811 1,003
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

21
1,982 1,658
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

22
2,494 2,914
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

23
1,740 669
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

24
1,827 904
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, New York, Peekskill

25
1,739 1,864
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America