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
6,985 1,033
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,832 1,089
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,865 980
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,474 3,130
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,133 1,761
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,780 1,014
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
2,031 1,777
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,710 2,575
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,811 915
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,747 861
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,677 641
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

12
1,605 1,415
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

13
1,646 759
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
2,014 540
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America

15
1,492 925
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

16
1,670 795
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

17
1,502 1,113
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

18
1,434 713
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,703 3,663
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,489 594
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,554 816
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America

22
1,191 758
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,250 711
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,692 1,575
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,908 2,120
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

26
2,246 2,754
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,550 1,676
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,256 648
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

29
1,539 1,786
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

30
1,297 611
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

31
845 515
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,136 548
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

33
992 434
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
1,022 502
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

35
928 568
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

36
949 642
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

37
926 563
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
801 809
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

39
851 480
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,094 615
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
834 495
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
1,112 446
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

43
696 323
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, USA, Mississippi

44
875 481
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

45
965 750
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

46
675 554
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

47
835 514
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

48
733 671
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

49
594 472
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

50
527 450
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America