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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4,639 640
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Larry Crowne, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle

2
1,789 1,654
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Heat, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

3
1,564 971
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
1,316 605
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird

5
1,961 1,523
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Seven

6
1,378 677
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Rain Man, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer

7
1,912 629
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman Unforgiven, The French Connection, Enemy of the State

8
1,423 985
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino The Godfather, Heat, Scarface

9
1,308 859
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
1,310 594
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
1,223 606
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
1,282 521
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack

13
1,091 640
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
1,250 433
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me if You Can

30 Things You Didn't Know About American Sniper

15
1,082 511
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Appaloosa, The Truman Show, The Abyss

16
1,152 504
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
1,076 845
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
1,567 378
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,678 1,587
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster, Man on Fire

20
1,150 528
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

21
1,973 2,437
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

33 Comedic Actors Who Have Been Nominated for Oscars

22
1,153 1,175
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
1,342 1,318
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
1,134 1,040
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club

25
1,170 1,004
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
801 505
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Her, Walk the Line, Gladiator

27
839 396
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
794 502
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

The Best African American Actors in Film

29
777 387
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

30
766 444
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
873 357
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon

32
738 441
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2, Crash

33
610 345
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
779 371
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
651 389
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

23 Awesome Pics of Actors with People They Played in Movies

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668 413
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
724 296
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
617 330
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

39
577 602
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

40
594 338
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
472 188
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
737 433
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

The Best American Actors Working Today

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514 398
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

44
805 322
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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632 353
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

46
479 438
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

47
621 378
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
692 574
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

49
449 329
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti Sideways, Man on the Moon, Cinderella Man

50
439 328
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