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. 

1
6,488 955
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,367 2,771
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Contiguous United States

3
1,809 909
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
2,775 993
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
2,059 1,663
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

6
1,718 974
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
1,749 844
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,938 1,751
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
2,612 2,518
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

10
1,566 1,316
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
1,669 800
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
1,585 691
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
1,596 617
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,623 732
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

15
1,422 893
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
1,445 1,080
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
1,933 518
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones Texas, USA, San Saba

18
1,366 692
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris USA, Englewood, New Jersey

19
2,616 3,596
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
1,421 568
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Texas, USA, Midland

21
1,487 784
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

22
1,157 706
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,219 680
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
2,176 2,692
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
1,609 1,553
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
1,492 1,609
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

27
1,791 2,089
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

28
1,481 1,722
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

29
1,253 563
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, USA, New Jersey

30
1,188 633
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

31
811 475
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
1,100 500
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

33
906 536
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Los Angeles, California, United States of America

34
923 598
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, USA, Missouri

35
977 481
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

36
893 542
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
952 391
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
824 451
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
1,047 568
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
802 450
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
754 783
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

42
667 286
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

43
1,058 426
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
923 707
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
824 462
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Santa Monica, California, United States of America

46
652 526
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta USA, Newark, New Jersey

47
800 480
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
695 624
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise USA, New York, Syracuse

49
585 447
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
570 441
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