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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated April 15, 2021 379.6k votes 26.1k voters 627.9k views201 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 and 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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    Kate Winslet

    1975-10-05

    BirthplaceReading, Berkshire, England, UK

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

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    Cate Blanchett

    1969-05-14

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

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    BirthplaceGolders Green, London, United Kingdom

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

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    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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    Maggie Smith

    1934-12-28

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

    A Boy Called Christmas (2021)
    Downton Abbey (2019)
    Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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    Meryl Streep

    1949-06-22

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, USA

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

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    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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    Amy Adams

    1974-08-20

    BirthplaceVicenza, Italy

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

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  • 9
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    2,055

    Sandra Bullock

    1964-07-26

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

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

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    Emma Thompson

    1959-04-15

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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

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    Viola Davis

    1965-08-11

    BirthplaceSaint Matthews, South Carolina, USA

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

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    BirthplaceScottsdale, Arizona, USA

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

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    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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    Judi Dench

    1934-12-09

    BirthplaceHeworth, United Kingdom

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

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    Helen Mirren

    1945-07-26

    BirthplaceChiswick, London, England, UK

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

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    Kathy Bates

    1948-06-28

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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

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    Natalie Portman

    1981-06-09

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

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

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    Anne Hathaway

    1982-11-12

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

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

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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Black Widow (2021)
    Jojo Rabbit (2019)
    Marriage Story (2019)

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  • 20
    3,614
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    Nicole Kidman

    1967-06-20

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

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

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    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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

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  • 22
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    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

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

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    Julia Roberts

    1967-10-28

    BirthplaceSmyrna, Georgia, USA

    Gaslit (2021)
    Ben Is Back (2018)
    Homecoming (2018)

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    Rachel Weisz

    1970-03-07

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

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

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    Sarah Paulson

    1974-12-17

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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

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