The Best Living American Actresses

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List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    The Iron Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil Wears Prada

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    The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused

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    Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side

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    Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill

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    The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

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    Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery

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    Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

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    Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous

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    Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm

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    The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie

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    + 1,142
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    Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

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    often listed & added by looksharp
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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    Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

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    King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

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    Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

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    added by MeghanaJoshi
    Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt

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    Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada

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    Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage

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    added by ChrisBateman
    Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: ...

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    As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward

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    The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, The American President

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    The Piano, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?

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    Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted

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    Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

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    Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers

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    Kung Fu Panda, Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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    Temple Grandin, Shop Girl, Romeo + Juliet

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    The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny, The Ides of March

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    Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

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    The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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    Carrie, JFK, The Help

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    often listed & added by looksharp
    The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment

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    added by MeghanaJoshi
    Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

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    Monster's Ball, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas

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    Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, The Congress

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    Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

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    added by AndrewPhillips
    The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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    often listed & added by looksharp
    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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    often listed & added by AndrewPhillips
    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Major League

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    Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Gattica

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Peach6996
    The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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    ranked low on reranks
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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    added by ColinBoddy
    Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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    The Truman Show, Mystic River, Primal Fear

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    added by JamesCrosland
    The Help, Traffic, Out of Sight

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MeghanaJoshi
    Office Space, The Iron Giant, Bruce Almighty

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    9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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    added by looksharp
    American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Election

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Notebook, The Skeleton Key, Gloria

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