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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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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Amy Adams Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

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1,119 585
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 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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1,029 613
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sigourney Weaver Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Connelly Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Glenn Close Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sandra Bullock Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Emma Stone Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Hilary Swank The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Uma Thurman The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Lane Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 19 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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1,355 594
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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842 503
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Scarlett Johansson Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Reese Witherspoon Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Pfeiffer Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
bhittt added Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
jsnungaray added Charlize Theron Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
robert780 added Jessica Biel Blade: Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist

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Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Patricia Arquette Boyhood (2014), Girl in Progress (2012), Fast Food Nation (2006)

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
publius added Kristen Bell House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Mila Kunis Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honorable Woman (2014), Frank (2014), Away We Go (2009)

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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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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Vera Farmiga The Departed, Up in the Air, The Conjuring

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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Holly Hunter Won't Back Down (2012), Nine Lives (2005), The Big White (2005)

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Angelina Jolie Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Demi Moore Ghost, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Few Good Men

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Winona Ryder The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)