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
7,206 1,070
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,860 1,138
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, San Bernardino, California

3
1,889 1,026
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America

4
2,533 3,225
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

5
2,169 1,781
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, New Jersey, Neptune City

6
1,826 1,042
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
2,084 1,787
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
2,754 2,606
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

9
1,844 952
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Francisco, California, USA

10
1,777 895
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

11
2,063 552
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America

12
1,721 653
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, USA, New York

13
1,678 794
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., USA

14
1,621 1,465
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

15
1,541 1,134
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, USA

16
1,540 939
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

17
1,478 724
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,690 833
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

19
1,532 609
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, USA

20
2,745 3,701
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, USA

21
1,604 831
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
1,966 2,136
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

23
2,283 2,783
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, USA

24
1,738 1,587
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York

25
1,277 726
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

26
1,209 798
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

27
1,568 1,818
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

28
1,583 1,707
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

29
1,290 663
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, Manhattan, USA

30
859 555
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,317 646
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

32
970 574
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA

33
1,152 585
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

34
1,061 513
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
965 578
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
1,009 471
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
837 823
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, California

38
962 677
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

39
908 493
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
852 528
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
1,151 455
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

42
866 508
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

43
1,119 647
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

44
983 787
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

45
603 505
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
849 545
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

47
714 350
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

48
556 462
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America

49
681 576
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
752 705
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Syracuse, New York, USA