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
6,712 995
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
1,841 938
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

3
2,805 1,044
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America

4
2,421 2,914
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,098 1,704
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,746 993
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,986 1,761
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,665 2,545
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

9
1,789 878
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America

10
1,712 831
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
1,590 1,368
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

12
1,633 626
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York

13
1,619 725
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

14
1,969 528
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
1,649 765
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, USA

16
1,453 907
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,478 1,098
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
1,395 703
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,668 3,627
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, USA

20
1,453 579
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

21
1,175 725
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

22
1,238 695
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

23
1,517 801
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
1,653 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
1,860 2,100
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

26
2,224 2,720
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

27
1,521 1,644
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

28
1,519 1,754
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

29
1,277 580
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

30
1,219 642
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, Manhattan, USA

31
830 492
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
1,120 519
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
975 409
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
995 489
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America

35
917 553
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
937 617
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

37
910 552
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

38
773 793
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, USA

39
840 462
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

40
1,078 581
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

41
822 464
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
682 299
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
1,081 434
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
946 722
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
843 470
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
818 485
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
666 535
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Newark, New Jersey

48
586 448
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added New York City, New York, United States of America

49
716 641
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

50
602 454
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America