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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6,352 928
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, USA

2
2,325 2,679
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
1,773 889
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,687 972
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

5
2,020 1,645
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
1,686 951
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,714 826
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,892 1,729
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
2,544 2,507
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

10
1,543 1,280
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

11
1,613 789
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, USA

12
1,541 676
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., USA

13
1,561 606
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,583 715
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, USA

The Best African American Actors in Film

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1,395 872
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

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1,409 1,064
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Uvalde, Texas, USA

17
1,336 677
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

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1,902 508
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
2,556 3,568
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, USA

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1,390 553
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Midland, Texas, United States of America

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1,454 766
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Peekskill, New York, United States of America

33 Comedic Actors Who Have Been Nominated for Oscars

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1,138 687
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

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1,199 660
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
2,129 2,678
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

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1,460 1,593
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

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1,749 2,071
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, USA, Kentucky

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1,569 1,540
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

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1,448 1,709
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

30 Things You Didn't Know About American Sniper

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1,236 550
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

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1,177 615
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

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1,085 486
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

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789 461
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

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909 582
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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883 521
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

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964 468
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

23 Awesome Pics of Actors with People They Played in Movies

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870 529
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

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931 385
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

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805 442
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

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1,023 551
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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742 762
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn USA, California

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654 276
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

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782 440
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

The Best American Actors Working Today

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1,033 412
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

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805 449
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

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637 511
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

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893 694
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, USA

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782 469
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

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670 604
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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572 438
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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553 430
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