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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
4,625 635
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Larry Crowne, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle

2
1,787 1,641
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Heat, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

3
1,561 967
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets, The Shining, A Few Good Men

4
1,311 603
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird

5
1,954 1,513
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Seven

6
1,368 673
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
1,902 626
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman Unforgiven, The French Connection, Enemy of the State

8
1,419 983
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino The Godfather, Heat, Scarface

9
1,305 855
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, The Life of David Gale

10
1,306 592
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
1,219 605
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

12
1,279 520
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack

13
1,089 638
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

14
1,081 509
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Appaloosa, The Truman Show, The Abyss

30 Things You Didn't Know About American Sniper

15
1,247 433
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me if You Can

16
1,149 503
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Jurassic Park, A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction

17
1,074 843
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused, The Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective

18
1,564 377
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,672 1,577
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster, Man on Fire

20
1,968 2,427
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

21
1,139 527
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

33 Comedic Actors Who Have Been Nominated for Oscars

22
1,150 1,174
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, The Talented Mr. Ripley

23
1,339 1,316
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland

24
1,133 1,038
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club

25
1,168 1,003
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Ironman, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder

26
800 503
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Her, Walk the Line, Gladiator

27
837 394
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men

28
792 500
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

The Best African American Actors in Film

29
777 385
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones

30
763 443
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises

31
872 356
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon

32
737 440
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2, Crash

33
609 344
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound

34
777 371
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

35
650 389
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

23 Awesome Pics of Actors with People They Played in Movies

36
667 413
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

37
722 296
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Batman, Toy Story 3, Beetlejuice

38
614 330
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

39
576 600
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn Mystic River, I Am Sam, Dead Man Walking

40
593 336
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

41
470 187
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
734 431
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

The Best American Actors Working Today

43
513 397
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

44
804 320
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

45
630 352
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
477 437
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Rain Man

47
620 377
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas Wall Street, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction

48
688 574
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney O Brother Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven, The Monuments Men

49
448 328
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti Sideways, Man on the Moon, Cinderella Man

50
437 328
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