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
7,488 1,252
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,798 3,341
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

3
2,415 1,869
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

4
2,328 1,863
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

5
2,008 1,122
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

6
2,975 2,724
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

7
2,003 1,153
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

8
2,952 1,285
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

9
1,983 1,097
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,909 1,023
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,763 1,194
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

12
2,250 609
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
1,901 710
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,718 1,008
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

15
2,950 3,832
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

16
1,820 937
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

17
1,715 1,653
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

18
2,216 2,200
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

19
1,634 784
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

20
1,788 969
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

21
1,950 1,638
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, Manhattan, USA

22
1,714 655
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

23
2,460 2,889
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

24
1,791 889
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America

25
1,719 1,832
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America