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The Best Actresses Working Today  

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List Rules Working actresses who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years

List of the best actresses working today, ranked. 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, and be sure to add any who we missed...

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age 28

Red Sparrow (2018)
mother! (2017)
Passengers (2017)
X-Men series (2011-16)
Joy (2015)
The Hunger Games series (2012-15)
Serena (2015)

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age 50

Ophelia (2018)
Twin Peaks (2017)
Gypsy (2017)
The Glass Castle (2017)
The Book of Henry (2017)
While We're Young (2015)
The Divergent series (2015-16)
St. Vincent (2014)
Birdman (2014)

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age 60

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
The Wizard of Lies (2017)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
mother! (2017)
Where Is Kyra? (2017)

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unintentionalwit added age 53

Widows (2018)
Fences (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Custody (2016)
Lila & Eve (2015)
Blackhat (2015)
Get On Up (2014)
How to Get Away with Murder (2014-present)

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age 36

Serenity (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Colossal (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
The Intern (2015)
Interstellar (2014)

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age 38

Woman Walks Ahead (2017)
Molly's Game (2017)
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
Miss Sloane (2017)
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Martian (2015)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
Miss Julie (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added age 72

Maniac (2018)
Little Evil (2017)
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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age 83
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age 43

Angel Face (2018)
Ismael's  Ghosts (2017)
Rock'n Roll (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Macbeth (2015)
Dior and I (2014)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
The Immigrant (2014)
 

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 37

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Vox Lux (2018)
Annihilation (2018)
Song to Song (2017)
Planetarium (2016)
Jackie (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
Jane Got a Gun (2016)

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unintentionalwit added age 44

I Am Mother (2018)
What They Had (2018)
Trust (2018)
55 Steps (2017)
Logan Lucky (2017)
The Homesman (2014)
You're Not You (2014)

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 69

Wild Oats (2016)
The Gambler (2014)
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
American Horror Story (2011-15, 2018)

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Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 28
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age 60

Georgetown (2018)
Life Itself (2018)
The Seagull (2018)
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Danny Collins (2015)

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Elise Hennigan added age 30

The Favourite (2018)
Maniac (2018)
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
La La Land (2016)
Irrational Man (2015)
Aloha (2015)
Birdman (2014)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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age 38

Venom (2018)
I Feel Pretty (2018)
All the Money in the World (2017)
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Wonderstruck (2017)
Certain Women (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Suite Française (2016)

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age 31

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Rough Night (2017)
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Lucy (2014)
Chef (2014)

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Mweihn added age 42

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Home Again (2017)
Big Little Lies (2017-present)
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Inherent Vice (2015)
Wild (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)

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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 73

Book Club (2018)
Hampstead (2017)
The Young Pope (2016)
Love the Coopers (2015)
5 Flights Up (2014)
And So It Goes (2014)

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 97
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jware added age 33

Berlin, I Love You (2018)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Colette (2018)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Everest (2015)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Laggies (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
ImanBehb added age 36

Shock and Awe (2017)
The Sinner (2017)
A Kind of Murder (2016)
Bleeding Heart (2015)
Accidental Love (2015)

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MadisonJeannineWallace added age 38

Like Father (2018)
How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
The Good Place (2016-present)
Bad Moms (2016)
The Boss (2016)
Frozen franchise (2013-present)

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 81
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Juliette Binoche is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
GeorgianaMa added age 54

All That You Know (2018)
Non-Fiction (2018)
High Life (2018)
Vision (2018)
Let the Sunshine In (2017)
Baby Bumps (2017)
Ghost in the Shells (2017)
Polina (2016)
Slack Bay (2016)
The Wait (2015)
7 Letters (2015)
The 33 (2015)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Godzilla (2014)
Words and Pictures (2014)