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
6,191 874
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,215 2,618
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
2,628 899
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
1,700 829
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
1,617 897
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, United States of America

6
1,924 1,593
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
1,610 780
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,778 1,671
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
2,417 2,485
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

10
1,496 1,199
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
1,515 756
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
1,450 638
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
1,486 573
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,522 680
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
1,338 823
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
1,328 1,019
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
1,820 487
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
1,270 650
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
2,426 3,538
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
1,393 710
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson

21
1,317 518
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
1,089 646
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,158 624
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,183 514
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
1,382 1,558
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

26
1,140 577
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

27
2,022 2,660
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
1,660 2,034
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
1,469 1,520
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
1,371 1,680
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,043 458
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
739 440
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
870 557
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
827 490
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
920 444
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
814 502
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
879 364
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
767 416
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
941 524
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
704 724
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

41
733 412
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
604 254
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
973 391
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
758 423
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
603 484
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
843 667
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

47
618 558
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
731 452
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
537 410
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
517 404
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