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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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3,721 523
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Larry Crowne, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle

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2
1,533 993
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Heat, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

3
1,655 898
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Seven

4
1,345 656
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets, The Shining, A Few Good Men

5
1,192 611
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, The Life of David Gale

6
1,127 549
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Rain Man, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer

7
1,081 492
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird

8
1,213 843
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino The Godfather, Heat, Scarface

9
1,390 508
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman Unforgiven, The French Connection, Enemy of the State

10
1,118 502
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood Mystic River, The Outlas Josey Wales, Unforgiven

11
1,445 964
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster, Man on Fire

12
1,133 431
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack

13
946 552
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X

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1,700 1,814
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

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1,043 521
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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917 429
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Appaloosa, The Truman Show, The Abyss

17
991 891
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, The Talented Mr. Ripley

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828 759
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused, The Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective

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1,136 1,130
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland

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970 885
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club

21
907 428
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Jurassic Park, A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction

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687 430
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Her, Walk the Line, Gladiator

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1,075 363
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me if You Can

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1,190 318
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger

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1,001 893
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Ironman, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder

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867 450
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

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692 379
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises

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705 424
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Footloose, X-Men: First Class, A Few Good Men

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714 335
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men

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788 302
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon

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672 376
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2, Crash

32
699 314
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones

33
704 313
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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534 340
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

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535 289
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound

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565 360
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers

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516 536
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn Mystic River, I Am Sam, Dead Man Walking

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534 288
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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462 341
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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640 249
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Batman, Toy Story 3, Beetlejuice

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565 311
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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528 283
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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406 145
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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391 283
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti Sideways, Man on the Moon, Cinderella Man

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616 376
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

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709 281
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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567 334
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas Wall Street, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction

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380 370
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Rain Man

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597 517
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney O Brother Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven, The Monuments Men

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381 283
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Misery