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List Rules 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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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meryl Streep Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julianne Moore Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sandra Bullock Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kathy Bates American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008)

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Amy Adams Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Emma Stone Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anne Hathaway Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sigourney Weaver Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Glenn Close Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julia Roberts The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Scarlett Johansson Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sally Field Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Connelly Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Marisa Tomei Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)

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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Pfeiffer Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Uma Thurman The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Hilary Swank The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Reese Witherspoon Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Mila Kunis Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kate Winslet Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Charlize Theron Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Viola Davis Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kristen Bell House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Lane Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Angelina Jolie Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)

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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jamie Lee Curtis Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Helen Hunt Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012), Then She Found Me (2007)

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Annette Bening Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Frances McDormand Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), This Must Be the Place (2012)

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Winona Ryder The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)

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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010)

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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Ellen Burstyn Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

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Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chloë Grace Moretz If I Stay (2014), Carrie (2013), Hugo (2011)

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Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Patricia Arquette Boyhood (2014), Girl in Progress (2012), Fast Food Nation (2006)

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anna Kendrick Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Gwyneth Paltrow Contagion (2011), Two Lovers (2008), The Iron Man (2008)

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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Claire Danes Homeland, Temple Grandin (2010), Stardust (2007)

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Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kerry Washington Scandals, Django Unchained (2012), Mother and Child (2010)

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind