VOTE 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
7,217 1,078
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,863 1,143
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,895 1,029
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,540 3,230
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,176 1,782
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,830 1,043
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
2,091 1,788
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,759 2,611
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,847 957
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,779 898
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,067 552
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Texas, USA, San Saba

12
1,727 653
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,683 799
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
1,625 1,473
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,546 1,136
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

16
1,547 941
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, USA

17
1,486 724
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Englewood, New Jersey

18
1,695 837
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
2,751 3,705
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,539 610
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

21
1,608 834
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
1,973 2,137
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kentucky, United States of America, United States

23
2,287 2,787
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

24
1,744 1,589
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,283 727
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

26
1,210 801
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,571 1,822
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,583 1,712
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

29
1,294 664
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
861 559
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, Massachusetts, Springfield

31
1,319 650
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
977 574
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

33
1,154 589
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

34
1,068 513
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
969 579
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
1,010 477
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

37
841 825
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

38
964 680
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

39
915 493
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

40
853 532
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
1,155 456
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
867 511
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,120 652
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
985 791
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
604 509
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

46
851 548
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
715 353
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

48
560 462
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

49
681 580
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

50
753 709
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America