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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite living AMERICAN actresses 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 actresses 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 actresses? 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... the top American actresses at any given time may not be the ones who are alive.
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil Wears Prada

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Kathy Bates Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sandra Bullock Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side

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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Frances McDormand Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sally Field Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Diane Lane Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm

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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Diane Keaton Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Amy Adams Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jessica Lange King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julianne Moore The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie

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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Michelle Pfeiffer Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julia Roberts Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Helen Hunt As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, The American President

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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Holly Hunter The Piano, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Nicole Kidman Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

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Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Connelly Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Natalie Portman Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sissy Spacek Carrie, JFK, The Help

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Anne Hathaway Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada

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Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment

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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Ellen Burstyn The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Winona Ryder Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted

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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Angelina Jolie Kung Fu Panda, Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III - Nominated for Academy Award and a Golden Globe

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny, The Ides of March

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Scarlett Johansson The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Claire Danes Temple Grandin, Shop Girl, Romeo + Juliet

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Uma Thurman Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Gattica

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halle Berry Monster's Ball, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Robin Wright Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, The Congress

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Bette Midler Oliver & Company, Hocus Pocus, Fantasia 2000

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Laura Linney The Truman Show, Mystic River, Primal Fear

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Rene Russo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Rene Russo Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Major League

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Reese Witherspoon American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Election

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Viola Davis The Help, Traffic, Out of Sight

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Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Renée Zellweger Dazed and Confused, Jerry Maguire, Chicago