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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5,592 734
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
1,732 1,271
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

3
1,977 2,213
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

4
2,291 734
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

5
1,470 697
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

6
1,487 778
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, USA

7
1,578 1,276
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, New York

8
1,433 669
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

9
1,393 1,009
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

10
2,151 2,140
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

11
1,353 478
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

12
1,339 682
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

13
1,271 569
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., United States of America

14
1,202 715
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

The Best African American Actors in Film

15
1,378 595
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,184 919
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

17
1,167 567
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

18
1,686 422
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones San Saba, Texas, United States of America

19
1,295 599
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Peekskill, New York, United States of America

20
1,183 440
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Midland, Texas, United States of America

21
1,000 563
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

33 Comedic Actors Who Have Been Nominated for Oscars

22
2,174 3,178
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, United States of America

23
1,083 556
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,827 2,316
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

25
1,071 496
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
1,087 435
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

27
1,478 1,818
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

28
1,244 1,484
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

30 Things You Didn't Know About American Sniper

29
1,245 1,623
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

30
945 405
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

31
1,294 1,463
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

32
663 389
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

33
792 500
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

34
729 427
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Los Angeles, California, United States of America

35
843 402
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Miami, Florida, United States of America

23 Awesome Pics of Actors with People They Played in Movies

36
724 451
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
787 326
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
680 363
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
642 646
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

40
659 372
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

41
532 217
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

42
814 477
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

The Best American Actors Working Today

43
559 435
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

44
693 382
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Santa Monica, California, United States of America

45
874 360
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

46
540 491
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

47
677 417
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

48
747 621
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

49
493 365
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

50
478 365
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan New York City, New York, United States of America