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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
6,170 866
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,624 891
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
2,202 2,610
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

4
1,692 822
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
1,610 891
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, USA

6
1,913 1,583
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,600 774
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,768 1,660
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
1,489 1,185
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
2,401 2,476
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

11
1,504 753
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

12
1,441 635
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., United States of America

13
1,479 568
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,519 673
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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15
1,333 814
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

16
1,320 1,013
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
1,812 482
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones San Saba, Texas, United States of America

18
1,264 643
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,413 3,528
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,386 706
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson

21
1,310 514
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
1,087 639
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,157 619
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,180 508
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
1,139 570
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
1,374 1,554
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

27
2,014 2,651
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

28
1,650 2,030
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

29
1,459 1,515
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
1,363 1,676
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,036 454
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

32
734 435
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
866 554
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
825 485
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
917 440
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 Budget Hotel Chains

36
809 500
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
876 359
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
762 410
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
935 519
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

40
703 715
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

41
731 408
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
599 249
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

The Best Living American Actresses

43
968 388
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
754 418
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
600 480
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

46
839 661
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

47
615 550
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

48
728 449
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

49
536 405
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
517 399
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