The Best Living American Actors

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List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1
    Larry Crowne, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle

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  2. 2
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    most listed
    Heat, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

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  3. 3
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    As Good As It Gets, The Shining, A Few Good Men

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    Unforgiven, The French Connection, Enemy of the State

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    Rain Man, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer

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    The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Seven

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    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird

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    American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, The Life of David Gale

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    The Godfather, Heat, Scarface

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    Mystic River, The Outlas Josey Wales, Unforgiven

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    Training Day, American Gangster, Man on Fire

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    added by looksharp
    Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger ...

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    added by AndrewPhillips
    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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    The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me if You Can

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    Appaloosa, The Truman Show, The Abyss

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    Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack

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    Jurassic Park, A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction

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    Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, The Talented Mr. Ripley

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    Seven, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club

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    Her, Walk the Line, Gladiator

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    added by looksharp
    Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia

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    Footloose, X-Men: First Class, A Few Good Men

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    added by AndrewPhillips
    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

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    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

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    often listed & added by Amy Boal
    Dazed and Confused, The Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective

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    Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2, Crash

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    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises

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    Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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    added by CandaceElaineCoble
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Batman, Toy Story 3, Beetlejuice

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    added by valqara
    Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

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    added by AndrewPhillips
    Forrest Gump, The Thing, The Fox and the Hound

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    added by cwoods80
    Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers

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    added by looksharp
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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    The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones

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    Wall Street, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction

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    added by looksharp
    Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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    Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo

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    Ironman, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland

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    Mystic River, I Am Sam, Dead Man Walking

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    Sideways, Man on the Moon, Cinderella Man

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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    ranked low on reranks
    Dead Man Walking, The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River

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    O Brother Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven, The Monuments Men

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    Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver

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