American People 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
7,638 1,329
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America
2
2,914 3,403
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York
3
2,522 1,928
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, New Jersey, Neptune City
4
2,428 1,919
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York
5
2,079 1,161
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
6
3,093 2,771
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
7
2,051 1,210
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California, San Diego
8
2,992 1,348
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America
9
2,045 1,152
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America
10
1,852 1,242
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America
11
1,987 1,078
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, Chicago, Illinois
12
2,348 631
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Texas, USA, San Saba
13
3,063 3,885
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
14
1,797 1,044
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
15
1,976 743
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York
16
1,912 983
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America
17
1,753 1,740
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
18
2,322 2,233
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America
19
2,056 1,671
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York
20
1,671 815
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
21
1,832 1,025
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
22
2,545 2,929
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
23
1,773 679
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Texas, USA, Midland
24
1,864 916
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America
25
1,779 1,888
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma