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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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5,730 754
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,012 2,316
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
1,537 707
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
2,365 759
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
1,763 1,323
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
1,509 791
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, USA

7
1,458 681
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,609 1,375
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
1,403 1,032
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
2,187 2,233
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

11
1,370 492
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

12
1,361 692
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
1,295 578
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
1,401 602
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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1,220 728
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
1,203 933
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
1,182 574
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
1,705 426
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
1,312 608
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
2,207 3,270
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
1,202 449
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
1,014 575
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,098 562
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,100 446
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
1,080 508
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
1,856 2,410
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,502 1,913
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

28
1,259 1,497
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

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29
960 410
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

30
1,262 1,630
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
674 395
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,314 1,483
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

33
803 509
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
749 433
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
859 405
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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739 457
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
801 331
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
693 369
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
651 657
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

40
670 378
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
542 223
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
830 481
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

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565 441
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
702 386
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
891 365
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

46
551 500
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

47
688 420
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

48
761 626
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

49
499 372
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
483 369
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