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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated January 8, 2021 374.9k votes 25.0k voters 606.7k views222 items

List RulesVote up working actresses who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years.

Here is the place to rank the best actresses working today. This list includes many of the greatest actresses in film history, but more importantly, focuses on modern female movie stars and TV actresses. Today, Hollywood features a new crop of popular and respected young actresses who command strong female roles that hold their own on the big and small screens. Current actresses are more talented than ever before.

While many of the talented women on this list are among familiar favorites (Meryl, Tilda, Glenn...), others are not quite yet household names, even if they have been nominated for - or even won! - Oscars for their performances. This list includes the top female actors who have had starring roles in the last few years, both in film and TV (like Homeland star / Emmy award winner Claire Danes) and should give you a good idea of the top 100 actresses who are in the business these days. 

The recent performances of these women have been widely acclaimed, even if their individual films or works were otherwise ignored. Vote up those actresses who you believe have contributed the most to the presence of strong female characters in film and TV.

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  • Cate Blanchett1
    5,534
    2,829

    Cate Blanchett

    1969-05-14

    BirthplaceIvanhoe, Australia

    Mrs. America (2020)
    Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)
    Ocean's Eight (2018)

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  • Amy Adams2
    4,077
    2,056

    Amy Adams

    1974-08-20

    BirthplaceVicenza, Italy

    Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
    Sharp Objects (2018)
    Vice (2018)

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  • Helena Bonham Carter3
    3,492
    1,750

    BirthplaceGolders Green, London, United Kingdom

    The Crown (2019)
    Ocean's 8 (2018)
    55 Steps (2017)

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  • Emily Blunt4
    3,620
    1,450

    Emily Blunt

    1983-02-23

    BirthplaceRoehampton, London, United Kingdom

    Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)
    A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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  • Kate Winslet5
    4,372
    2,283

    Kate Winslet

    1975-10-05

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Black Beauty (2020)
    Ammonite (2020)
    Moominvalley (2019-2020)

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  • Sandra Bullock6
    3,837
    1,942

    Sandra Bullock

    1964-07-26

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Bird Box (2018)
    Ocean's 8 (2018)

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  • Margot Robbie7
    2,288
    796

    Margot Robbie

    1990-07-02

    BirthplaceGold Coast, Australia

    Birds of Prey (2020)
    Bombshell  (2019)
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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  • Meryl Streep8
    6,077
    3,249

    Meryl Streep

    1949-06-22

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

    Let Them All Talk (2020)
    The Prom (2020)
    Little Women (2019)

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  • Viola Davis9
    2,375
    1,214

    Viola Davis

    1965-08-11

    BirthplaceUSA, South Carolina, St. Matthews

    How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020)
    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
    Troop Zero (2019)

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  • Maggie Smith10
    3,675
    1,884

    Maggie Smith

    1934-12-28

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Downton Abbey (2019)
    Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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  • Emma Stone11
    2,986
    1,470

    BirthplaceScottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

    Zombieland: Double Tap (2020)
    The Favourite (2018)
    La La Land (2016)

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  • Emma Thompson12
    3,447
    1,862

    Emma Thompson

    1959-04-15

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Dolittle (2020)
    Last Christmas (2019)
    Late Night (2019)

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  • Rachel McAdams13
    3,236
    1,533

    Rachel McAdams

    1978-11-17

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
    Game Night (2018)
    Disobedience (2017)

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  • Helen Mirren14
    3,578
    2,022

    Helen Mirren

    1945-07-26

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    The Duke (2020)
    Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
    The Good Liar (2019)

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  • Judi Dench15
    3,448
    1,932

    Judi Dench

    1934-12-09

    BirthplaceHeworth, United Kingdom

    Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)
    Blithe Spirit (2020)
    Cats (2019)

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  • Kathy Bates16
    2,870
    1,598

    Kathy Bates

    1948-06-28

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    American Horror Story (2013-2021)
    Home (2020)
    Richard Jewell (2019)

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  • Natalie Portman17
    4,365
    2,388

    Natalie Portman

    1981-06-09

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Israel

    Lucy in the Sky (2019)
    The Death & Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
    Vox Lux (2018)

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  • Anne Hathaway18
    3,580
    2,233

    Anne Hathaway

    1982-11-12

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    The Witches (2020)
    The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
    Dark Waters (2019)

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  • Nicole Kidman19
    3,503
    2,251

    Nicole Kidman

    1967-06-20

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    The Prom (2020)
    The Undoing (2020)
    Big Little Lies (2017-2019)

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  • Jessica Chastain20
    2,124
    1,183

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, USA

    Ava (2020)
    X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
    It Chapter Two (2019)

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  • Reese Witherspoon21
    2,542
    1,544

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    The Morning Show (2019-2021)
    Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
    Big Little Lies (2017-2019)

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  • Julia Roberts22
    2,942
    1,870

    Julia Roberts

    1967-10-28

    BirthplaceSmyrna, Georgia, United States of America

    Ben Is Back (2018)
    Homecoming (2018)
    Wonder (2017)

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  • Scarlett Johansson23
    3,254
    2,032

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jojo Rabbit (2019)
    Marriage Story (2019)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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  • Rachel Weisz24
    2,698
    1,727

    Rachel Weisz

    1970-03-07

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    The Favourite (2018)
    The Mercy (2018)
    My Cousin Rachel (2017)

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  • Sarah Paulson25
    1,112
    574

    Sarah Paulson

    1974-12-17

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    American Horror Story (2011-2021)
    Run (2020)
    Ratched (2020)

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