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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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5,582 730
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
1,727 1,269
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

3
1,969 2,214
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
2,289 731
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
1,470 693
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

6
1,481 776
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, USA

7
1,573 1,268
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
1,429 664
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

9
1,388 1,004
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
2,144 2,135
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

11
1,347 474
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

12
1,335 678
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
1,266 565
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
1,197 711
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

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15
1,374 591
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,180 915
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
1,166 561
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
1,682 418
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
1,291 593
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
2,166 3,171
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
1,176 438
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
996 561
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,079 555
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,821 2,311
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

25
1,086 432
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

26
1,067 495
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

27
1,473 1,809
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

28
1,240 1,481
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

29
1,239 1,622
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

30
940 402
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
1,290 1,460
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
660 387
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
789 498
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
725 423
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
839 401
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

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720 450
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
784 323
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
639 644
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

39
675 362
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
658 369
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
529 215
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
808 477
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
556 433
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
690 380
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
540 487
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

46
869 359
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

47
675 413
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

48
744 619
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

49
490 363
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
475 362
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