americans The Best Living American Actors  

Ranker Film
Originally by
145.6k votes 10.4k voters 104.7k views 133 items Embed

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. 
list ordered by

1
5,715 752
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,007 2,306
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

3
2,355 756
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

4
1,528 707
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

5
1,758 1,321
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,504 790
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, USA

7
1,454 680
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,604 1,366
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, New York

9
1,403 1,029
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

10
2,185 2,225
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

11
1,368 491
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

12
1,359 691
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

13
1,292 577
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
1,216 726
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

15
1,397 602
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,201 931
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

17
1,180 574
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,703 426
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones San Saba, Texas, United States of America

19
1,309 606
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Peekskill, New York, United States of America

20
2,203 3,260
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, United States of America

21
1,200 449
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Midland, Texas, United States of America

The Best American Actresses Working Today

22
1,014 572
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,097 561
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,099 444
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

25
1,078 506
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
1,852 2,400
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,499 1,903
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

28
1,256 1,496
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

11 Times Method Acting Nearly Destroyed Actors' Lives

29
1,260 1,629
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

30
957 410
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

31
1,312 1,483
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

32
673 395
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

33
802 508
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

34
746 431
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
857 405
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Miami, Florida, United States of America

The Best Free Wedding Websites

36
737 455
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
800 331
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
690 368
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
649 657
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

40
668 378
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
540 222
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

42
827 480
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

The Best Living American Actresses

43
563 440
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

44
700 386
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Santa Monica, California, United States of America

45
888 364
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

46
550 497
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

47
686 420
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

48
760 625
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

49
499 371
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

50
482 369
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan New York City, New York, United States of America