Female Professionals 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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3,914 1,990
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Cate Blanchett age 48

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Manifesto (2015)
Carol (2015)
The Hobbit series
The Monuments Men (2014)

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4,534 3,006
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Meryl Streep age 68

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
The Post (2017)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Suffragette (2015)
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
The Giver (2014)

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2,652 1,694
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marajanerogers added Julianne Moore age 57

Gloria Bell (2018)
Bel Canto (2018)
​​​​​​​Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Suburbicon (2017)
Wonderstruck (2017)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2014-15)
Still Alice (2014)
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Non-Stop (2014)

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2,652 1,487
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Helen Mirren age 72

Anna (2018)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Winchester (2018)
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Trumbo (2015)
Eye in the Sky (2015)
Woman in Gold (2015)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

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3,282 1,786
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Kate Winslet age 42

Wonder Wheel (2017)
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
The Dressmaker (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
The Divergent Series (2014-15)

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2,585 1,355
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Maggie Smith age 83

The Lady in the Van (2015)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Downton Abbey (2010-15)

7
2,700 1,311
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Judi Dench age 83

Red Joan  (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
The Hollow Crown (2016)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Spectre (2015)
The Vote (2015)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2014)

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2,425 1,670
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Nicole Kidman age 50

Aquaman (2018)
Boy Erased (2018)
Destroyer (2018)
Big Little Lies (2017-present)
Top of the Lake (2017)
The Beguiled (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Top of the Lake (2017)
Lion (2016)
The Family Fang (2015)
Queen of the Desert (2015)
Paddington (2014)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Grace of Monaco (2014)

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2,745 2,432
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Charlize Theron age 42

Tully (2018)
Gringo (2018)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Dark Places (2015)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

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2,985 1,335
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Amy Adams age 43

Backseat (2018)
Sharp Objects (2018)
Justice League (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Big Eyes (2014)

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2,540 1,382
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Emma Thompson age 56

King Lear (2018)
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
Upstart Crow (2017)
The Children Act (2017)
The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Alone in Berlin (2016)

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2,415 1,628
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster age 55

Hotel Artemis (2018)

13
1,864 1,234
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Rachel Weisz age 48

The Favourite (2018)
The Mercy (2018)
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Disobedience (2017)
Denial (2017)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Youth (2015)
The Lobster (2015)

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1,776 1,360
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marajanerogers added Susan Sarandon age 71

Going Places (2018)
Viper Club (2018)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
Ray Donovan (2017)
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Mothers and Daughters (2016)
The Meddler (2015)
Tammy (2014)

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2,198 1,055
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MarySSpiegel added Kathy Bates age 69

On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Krystal (2017)
Disjointed (2017-18)
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
Complete Unknown (2016)
American Horror Story (2013-2016, 2018)
The Boss (2016)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)
Tammy (2014)

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1,604 1,320
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Glenn Close age 68

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)
The Wife (2016)
5 to 7 (2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

17
3,027 2,490
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman age 36

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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2,385 1,329
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Helena Bonham Carter age 51

The Crown (2019)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
55 Steps (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Love, Nina (2016)
Suffragette (2015)
Cinderella (2015)

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1,983 1,338
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Julia Roberts age 50

Ben Is Back (2018)
Homecoming (2018)
Wonder (2017)
Money Master (2016)
Mother's Day (2016)
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
The Normal Heart (2014)

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2,589 1,168
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Sandra Bullock age 53

Bird Box (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

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2,168 1,040
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Rachel McAdams age 39

Game Night (2018)
Disobedience (2017)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Spotlight (2015)
Southpaw (2015)
Aloha (2015)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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3,645 3,071
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Jennifer Lawrence age 25

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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2,035 832
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Emily Blunt age 35

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
A Quiet Place (2018)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Sicario (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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2,579 2,269
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Anne Hathaway age 35

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

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1,345 980
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unintentionalwit added Frances McDormand age 60

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Olive Kitteridge (2014)

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1,719 1,091
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Julie Andrews age 82

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1,427 977
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Naomi Watts age 49

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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1,216 760
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
maguilar added Sigourney Weaver age 68

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
The Defenders (2017)
Ghostbusters (2016)
Chappie (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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1,851 1,203
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Mweihn added Reese Witherspoon 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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1,344 1,194
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unintentionalwit added Hilary Swank age 43

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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unintentionalwit added Tilda Swinton age 57

Suspiria (2018)
War Machine (2017)
Okja (2017)
Letters from Baghdad (2017)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Trainwreck (2015)
Snowpiercer (2014)
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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1,370 906
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Jessica Chastain age 41

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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unintentionalwit added Viola Davis age 52

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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1,063 954
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Annette Bening age 59

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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2,248 2,053
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Scarlett Johansson 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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1,141 796
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Marion Cotillard age 42

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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1,445 1,302
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Michelle Pfeiffer age 59

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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992 666
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright age 51

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

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1,007 875
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Michelle Williams age 37

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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1,001 616
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Sally Field age 71

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

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1,809 1,858
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jware added Keira Knightley 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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1,712 980
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
ImanBehb added Jessica Biel age 36

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

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1,725 1,230
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Elise Hennigan added Emma Stone age 29

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)

44
2,334 2,147
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averagej123 added Emma Watson age 27

The Circle (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Regression (2015)
Colonia (2015)
Noah (2014)

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1,029 1,024
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Claire Danes age 38

A Kid Like Jake (2018)
Brigsby Bear (2017)
Homeland (2011-present)

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773 371
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange age 68

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

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714 487
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton age 72

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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860 699
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MadisonJeannineWallace added Kristen Bell age 37

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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1,010 744
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Marisa Tomei age 53

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)

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984 416
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Betty White age 96