actresses The Best American Actresses Working Today  

Originally by
87k votes 3.8k voters 55k views 173 items Follow Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
+ - 1,075 520
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kathy Bates American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008)

The Best American Actors Working Today The Best Netflix Original Series

2
+ - 1,158 428
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Amy Adams Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

3
+ - 981 555
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)

4
+ - 1,551 652
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meryl Streep Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

5
+ - 836 501
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sigourney Weaver Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

6
+ - 762 493
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sally Field Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

7
+ - 733 523
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Glenn Close Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

8
+ - 676 456
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Connelly Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

9
+ - 1,525 630
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sandra Bullock Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

10
+ - 1,165 563
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julianne Moore Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)

11
+ - 1,468 680
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)

12
+ - 672 411
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Marisa Tomei Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)

13
+ - 1,249 531
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Emma Stone Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

14
+ - 715 437
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

15
+ - 724 521
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Uma Thurman The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

The Best Scottish Actresses Working Today 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

16
+ - 718 490
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)

17
+ - 1,292 551
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

18
+ - 1,238 602
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anne Hathaway Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)

19
+ - 338 227
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

20
+ - 594 360
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Lane Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

21
+ - 1,295 608
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Scarlett Johansson Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

22
+ - 805 464
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jamie Lee Curtis Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

23
+ - 1,024 611
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)

24
+ - 846 492
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Pfeiffer Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

25
+ - 959 482
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Reese Witherspoon Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

26
+ - 402 360
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Frances McDormand Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), This Must Be the Place (2012)

27
+ - 432 382
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Annette Bening Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010)

28
+ - 789 526
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)

29
+ - 368 392
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

The Best Date Movies Out Now 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

30
+ - 577 476
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Helen Hunt Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012), Then She Found Me (2007)

31
+ - 420 365
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

32
+ - 414 375
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010)

33
+ - 693 434
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kristen Bell House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

34
+ - 830 550
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Mila Kunis Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)

35
+ - 473 245
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Charlize Theron Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

36
+ - 213 200
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

37
+ - 572 446
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Viola Davis Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)

38
+ - 371 380
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Patricia Arquette Boyhood (2014), Girl in Progress (2012), Fast Food Nation (2006)

39
+ - 896 730
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Angelina Jolie Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)

40
+ - 98 37
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Biel Blade: Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist

41
+ - 418 387
Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honorable Woman (2014), Frank (2014), Away We Go (2009)

42
+ - 377 374
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Ellen Burstyn Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

43
+ - 167 204
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2017 The Best Games To Play Online

44
+ - 520 381
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)

45
+ - 334 351
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Holly Hunter Won't Back Down (2012), Nine Lives (2005), The Big White (2005)

46
+ - 603 480
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Winona Ryder The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

47
+ - 169 265
Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

48
+ - 179 168
Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Vera Farmiga The Departed, Up in the Air, The Conjuring

49
+ - 239 134
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

50
+ - 156 238
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler