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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated April 21, 2020 386.4k votes 24.0k voters 588.2k views256 items

List RulesWorking 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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  • 26
    Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    3,516
    2,309

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Dark Waters (2019)
    The Hustle (2019)
    Serenity (2018)
    Ocean's 8 (2018)
    Colossal (2017)
    Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

  • 27
    Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    3,180
    2,113

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Rough Night (2017)
    Ghost in the Shell (2017)
    Captain America 3 (2016)
    Hail, Caesar! (2016)
    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
    Lucy (2014)
    Chef (2014)

  • 28
    Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    3,658
    2,491

    BirthplaceBenoni, Gauteng, South Africa

    Bombshell (2019
    Tully (2018)
    Gringo (2018)
    Atomic Blonde (2017)

  • 29
    Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    465
    197

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

  • 30
    Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    2,041
    1,357

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California, United States of America

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
    Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
    The Wizard of Lies (2017)
    mother! (2017)
    Where Is Kyra? (2017)

  • 31
    Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    2,992
    2,083

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Hotel Artemis (2018)

  • 32
    Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,949
    1,319

    BirthplaceShoreham, United Kingdom

    The Loudest Voice (2019)
    Luce (2019)
    Ophelia (2018)
    Twin Peaks (2017)
    Gypsy (2017)
    The Glass Castle (2017)
    The Book of Henry (2017)

  • 33
    Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    4,542
    3,139

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Red Sparrow (2018)
    mother! (2017)
    Passengers (2017)
    X-Men series (2011-16)

  • 34
    Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,907
    1,309

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
    Hail, Caesar! (2016)

  • 35
    Eva Green is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    984
    649

    Eva Green

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceParis, France

  • 36
    Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,229
    604

    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota

  • 37
    Amanda Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    755
    371

    BirthplaceAllentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

  • 38
    Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,048
    659

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

  • 39
    Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,300
    835

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

  • 40
    Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    3,216
    2,371

    BirthplaceFort Bragg, North Carolina, United States of America

    After the Wedding (2019)
    Gloria Bell (2018)
    Bel Canto (2018)
    ​​​​​​​Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
    Suburbicon (2017)
    Wonderstruck (2017)

  • 41
    Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,400
    957

    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

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

  • 42
    Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    2,231
    1,664

    BirthplaceGreenwich, Connecticut, United States of America

    The Wife (2018)
    Father Figures (2017)
    Crooked House (2017)
    The Girl with All the Gifts (2017)
    What Happened to Monday (2017)
    The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)
    Anesthesia (2016)

  • 43
    Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,473
    811

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, United States of America

    Avengers 3 (2018)
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
    Live by Night (2016)
    Star Trek Beyond (2016)
    Nina (2016)
    The Book of Life (2014)
    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)
    Rosemary's Baby (2014)

  • 44
    Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,388
    983

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    House of Cards (2013-present)
    Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    Wonder Woman (2017)
    Everest (2015)
    A Most Wanted Man (2014)

  • 45
    Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,399
    561

    BirthplaceWoodlawn, New York City, New York, United States of America

  • 46
    Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,360
    841

    BirthplacePittsfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Pitch Perfect series (2012-2017)
    Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017)
    Power Rangers (2017)
    Magic Mike XXL (2015)
    Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
    The Hunger Games series (2012-2015)
    Love & Mercy (2014)
    Every Secret Thing (2014)
    Walk of Shame (2014)
    Little Accidents (2014)

  • 47
    Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,284
    904

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Behold My Heart (2018)
    The First Purge (2018)
    After Everything (2018)
    Spider-Man franchise (2016-present)
    The Big Short (2015)
    Love the Coopers (2015)
    Trainwreck (2015)
    Spare Parts (2015)
    Empire (2015)
    Loitering with Intent (2014)
    The Rewrite (2014)
    Love Is Strange (2014)

  • 48
    Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    721
    489

    BirthplaceHamilton, Bermuda

  • 49
    Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,646
    1,244

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    The Dead Don't Die (2019)
    The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
    Suspiria (2018)
    Okja (2017)
    Letters from Baghdad (2017)
    Doctor Strange (2016)
    Hail, Caesar! (2016)

  • 50
    Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
    1,028
    571

    BirthplaceCairo, New York, United States of America

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