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
7,203 1,069
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,858 1,135
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,887 1,023
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,529 3,224
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,167 1,779
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,824 1,039
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
2,080 1,786
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,749 2,605
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,841 950
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,773 894
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,059 551
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
1,717 652
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, USA, New York

13
1,675 792
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
1,620 1,461
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,538 1,132
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
1,537 937
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, USA, Massachusetts

17
1,475 722
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, USA

18
1,687 831
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
1,529 607
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

20
2,742 3,698
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

21
1,600 830
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
1,961 2,135
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

23
2,280 2,781
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

24
1,732 1,587
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,272 726
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

26
1,207 795
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,565 1,816
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,580 1,705
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

29
1,288 660
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
857 552
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,314 644
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
966 573
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

33
1,150 582
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
1,056 513
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
962 576
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, USA, California

36
1,006 469
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
834 821
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

38
958 676
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

39
906 490
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
850 525
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
1,147 454
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
862 507
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,114 646
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
979 786
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
601 502
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

46
847 542
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

47
710 349
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
554 459
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
680 572
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
748 703
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added USA, New York, Syracuse