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
6,706 985
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,800 1,032
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,836 936
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,413 2,906
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,088 1,696
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,742 989
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,978 1,759
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,660 2,537
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

9
1,784 869
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,706 820
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,585 1,354
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

12
1,623 625
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,615 715
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

14
1,961 526
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
1,645 756
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, USA

16
1,440 907
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, USA

17
1,473 1,094
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
1,387 701
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,661 3,620
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, USA

20
1,440 579
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,172 719
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

22
1,234 692
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
1,508 800
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America

24
1,644 1,564
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,848 2,099
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

26
2,218 2,712
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,517 1,634
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,515 1,745
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

29
1,273 572
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

30
1,210 640
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

31
828 485
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,116 512
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
971 404
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
916 550
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

35
933 611
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

36
987 489
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

37
908 548
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
769 792
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, USA

39
837 458
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,074 576
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
817 459
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, California, Lynwood

42
679 294
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

43
1,077 432
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
945 715
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
838 470
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

46
816 483
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
664 533
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

48
715 636
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
583 447
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
599 453
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America