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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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6,256 898
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,260 2,644
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

3
1,733 855
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,655 934
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

5
1,966 1,616
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,651 921
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,664 798
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,828 1,696
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, New York

9
2,467 2,495
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

10
1,520 1,232
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

11
1,550 775
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

12
1,490 656
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., United States of America

13
1,517 588
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,549 695
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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15
1,365 842
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

16
1,366 1,034
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Uvalde, Texas, USA

17
1,301 661
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,853 496
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones San Saba, Texas, United States of America

19
2,477 3,556
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,419 731
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Peekskill, New York, USA

21
1,352 533
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Midland, Texas, United States of America

The Best American Actresses Working Today

22
1,111 664
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,174 638
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
2,071 2,665
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

25
1,411 1,573
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

26
1,206 529
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

27
1,700 2,047
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

28
1,512 1,529
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

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29
1,159 596
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
1,406 1,689
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,063 470
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

32
757 450
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

33
884 570
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

34
852 503
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Los Angeles, California, United States of America

35
940 452
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Miami, Florida, United States of America

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839 512
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

37
901 372
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
784 429
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
977 531
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

40
718 742
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn USA, California

41
749 424
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
622 265
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

The Best Living American Actresses

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997 400
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
776 435
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Santa Monica, California, United States of America

45
866 675
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

46
616 496
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

47
751 455
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

48
635 577
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, USA

49
552 419
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

50
534 411
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan New York City, New York, United States of America