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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    Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

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    Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery

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

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    often listed & added by AndrewPhillips
    Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm

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    Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

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    The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie

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

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    Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

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    Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

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    King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

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    Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

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    Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt

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    Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada

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    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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    Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage

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

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

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    often listed
    Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted

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    Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

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

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    Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

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

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    Temple Grandin, Shop Girl, Romeo + Juliet

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    added by laughingcactus
    Carrie, JFK, The Help

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    The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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    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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    The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny, The Ides of March

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

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    Monster's Ball, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, The Congress

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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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    Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

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

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    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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    Office Space, The Iron Giant, Bruce Almighty

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    Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Gattica

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    added by JamesCrosland
    The Help, Traffic, Out of Sight

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    American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Election

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    9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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    Dazed and Confused, Jerry Maguire, Chicago

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    The Truman Show, Mystic River, Primal Fear

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