The Best American Actresses Working Today

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List Criteria: American actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great American actresses throughout film history, but which female American actresses working today are the greatest? This list of the best American actresses working today ranks today's best Hollywood actresses, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated American actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in the United States, though they might be popular with international film lovers as well. Today's top American actresses go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are beautiful to boot!

The greatest American actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Amy Poehler, Viola Davis, Robin Wright, and Jennifer Lawrence. If there’s an actress listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best US actresses currently working.
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    Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011) ...

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    Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)

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    Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

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    American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone ...

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    Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables ...

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    The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)

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    Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

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    The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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    Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

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    American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008) ...

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    Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

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    Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

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    Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

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    And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)

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    Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

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    Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

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    Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

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    Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

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    Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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    Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

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    Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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    Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)

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    Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)

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    House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall ...

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    The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

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    The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

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    American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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    Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)

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    The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee ...

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    House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)

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    Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

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    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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    A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013) ...

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    If I Stay (2014), Carrie (2013), Hugo (2011)

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    Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

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    Contagion (2011), Two Lovers (2008), The Iron Man (2008)

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    Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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    Homeland, Temple Grandin (2010), Stardust (2007)

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    Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010) ...

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    Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

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    Scandals, Django Unchained (2012), Mother and Child (2010)

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    Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

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    They Came Together (2014), Parks & Recreation, ACOD (2013)

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