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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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2,291 777
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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1,230 676
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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1,573 799
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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1,556 702
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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1,386 673
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sally Field Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

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1,188 639
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

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351 185
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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931 620
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Diane Lane Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm

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743 662
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Frances McDormand Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous

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1,988 855
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sandra Bullock Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side

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1,250 650
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Amy Adams Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

12
1,015 627
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jessica Lange King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

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1,152 683
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Diane Keaton Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

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1,157 622
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julianne Moore The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie

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1,482 937
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

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966 631
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 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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1,013 567
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Nicole Kidman Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

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678 617
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, The American President

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620 564
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Holly Hunter The Piano, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?

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938 601
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers

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797 637
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Connelly Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

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1,115 589
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Michelle Pfeiffer Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt

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390 430
Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage

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1,691 839
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julia Roberts Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

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1,059 579
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

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783 548
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
laughingcactus added Sissy Spacek Carrie, JFK, The Help

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234 168
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment

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837 611
Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

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629 546
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 29 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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834 592
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ColinBoddy added Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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495 230
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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1,412 767
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ChrisBateman added Natalie Portman Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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365 314
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added 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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1,218 743
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Anne Hathaway Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada

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809 599
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny, The Ides of March

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1,047 513
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julie Andrews The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

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838 627
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Uma Thurman Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Gattica

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180 151
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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756 635
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Winona Ryder Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted

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1,128 842
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ChrisBateman added Angelina Jolie Kung Fu Panda, Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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737 556
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ColinBoddy added Bette Midler Oliver & Company, Hocus Pocus, Fantasia 2000

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502 498
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Laura Linney The Truman Show, Mystic River, Primal Fear

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1,119 738
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Scarlett Johansson The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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395 407
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Renée Zellweger Dazed and Confused, Jerry Maguire, Chicago

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618 644
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Claire Danes Temple Grandin, Shop Girl, Romeo + Juliet

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943 702
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halle Berry Monster's Ball, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas

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653 556
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Robin Wright Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, The Congress

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258 159
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Reese Witherspoon American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Election

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114 142
Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Kathleen Turner Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Virgin Suicides, The War of the Roses

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332 350
Rene Russo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Rene Russo Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Major League