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
6,661 982
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,799 1,027
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,832 934
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,411 2,895
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,087 1,689
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

6
1,739 987
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,975 1,759
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, USA

8
2,655 2,532
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,780 865
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,704 816
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,583 1,351
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

12
1,622 624
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,614 711
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
1,644 751
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

15
1,960 525
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America

16
1,440 905
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,471 1,091
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
1,386 699
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, USA

19
2,658 3,616
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,439 577
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,171 718
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

22
1,234 690
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
1,506 799
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
1,642 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
2,216 2,708
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

26
1,843 2,098
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

27
1,515 1,631
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,513 1,741
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

29
1,272 569
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, USA

30
1,206 639
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

31
828 482
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,115 508
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, USA, New York

33
968 401
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
916 548
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
932 608
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, USA, Missouri

36
987 487
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, USA

37
907 547
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
768 791
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

39
836 457
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,073 575
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
817 457
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
679 292
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
1,076 431
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
944 714
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
837 469
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
814 483
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
664 532
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

48
715 635
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
582 447
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
597 453
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America