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
7,029 1,037
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,834 1,092
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,867 983
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,138 1,766
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

5
1,783 1,015
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

6
2,478 3,147
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

7
2,034 1,778
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,712 2,577
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,812 918
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,748 864
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,679 642
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

12
1,606 1,419
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

13
1,648 761
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
2,017 542
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
1,496 925
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

16
1,671 797
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

17
1,504 1,115
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
1,437 713
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,706 3,666
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,491 596
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,557 816
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
1,251 712
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
1,192 760
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

24
1,694 1,577
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,913 2,121
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

26
2,247 2,756
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,551 1,679
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,258 649
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

29
1,541 1,788
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

30
1,299 614
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

31
845 518
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,136 551
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
993 436
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
1,024 503
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Florida, Miami

35
930 569
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
951 644
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

37
930 563
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
803 810
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

39
851 483
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,096 617
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
1,115 446
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
835 498
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

43
697 326
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, USA, Mississippi

44
878 482
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America

45
965 753
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

46
675 556
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

47
835 517
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

48
735 674
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
594 475
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
529 451
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America