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 1,079
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,863 1,144
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

3
1,896 1,030
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,541 3,231
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,177 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
1,831 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
2,092 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 2,612
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,847 958
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,779 899
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,068 552
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Texas, USA, San Saba

12
1,728 653
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,683 800
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 1,474
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,548 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
1,548 941
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, USA

17
1,487 724
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Englewood, New Jersey

18
1,695 838
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
2,751 3,706
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,540 610
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America

21
1,609 834
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
1,974 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 2,788
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
1,284 727
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

26
1,210 802
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,571 1,823
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

28
1,583 1,713
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

29
1,295 664
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
861 560
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, Massachusetts, Springfield

31
1,319 651
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
978 574
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

33
1,069 513
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

34
1,154 590
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

35
970 579
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
1,010 478
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
842 825
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

38
964 681
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

39
916 493
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
853 533
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
1,156 456
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
867 512
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,120 653
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
985 792
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
604 510
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
851 549
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
561 462
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

48
715 354
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

49
681 581
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
753 710
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America