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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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4,546 629
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Larry Crowne, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle

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2
1,777 1,571
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Heat, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

3
1,541 958
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets, The Shining, A Few Good Men

4
1,940 1,452
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Seven

5
1,250 598
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird

6
1,835 620
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman Unforgiven, The French Connection, Enemy of the State

7
1,301 665
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Rain Man, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer

8
1,410 972
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino The Godfather, Heat, Scarface

9
1,299 842
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, The Life of David Gale

10
1,291 588
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood Mystic River, The Outlas Josey Wales, Unforgiven

11
1,205 600
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

12
1,269 514
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack

13
1,080 633
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X

14
1,075 504
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Appaloosa, The Truman Show, The Abyss

15
1,239 430
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me if You Can

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1,137 496
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Jurassic Park, A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction

17
1,063 837
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused, The Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective

18
1,660 1,514
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster, Man on Fire

19
1,532 374
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger

20
1,954 2,363
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

21
1,070 522
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

22
1,139 1,167
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, The Talented Mr. Ripley

23
1,323 1,311
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland

24
1,124 1,034
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club

25
1,157 1,001
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Ironman, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder

26
795 499
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Her, Walk the Line, Gladiator

27
830 390
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men

28
790 495
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Footloose, X-Men: First Class, A Few Good Men

29
770 380
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones

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759 439
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises

31
867 352
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon

32
735 433
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2, Crash

33
603 340
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound

34
772 366
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

35
639 386
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

36
658 410
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers

37
717 293
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Batman, Toy Story 3, Beetlejuice

38
609 329
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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575 597
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn Mystic River, I Am Sam, Dead Man Walking

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590 332
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

41
467 185
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

42
728 428
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

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514 392
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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797 315
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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629 348
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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473 432
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Rain Man

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620 373
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas Wall Street, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction

48
683 567
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney O Brother Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven, The Monuments Men

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446 323
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti Sideways, Man on the Moon, Cinderella Man

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434 324
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Misery