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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: 49

Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Australia

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

Vice (2018)
Sharp Objects (2018)
Justice League (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Arrival (2016)

3
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Age: 43

Birthplace: Reading, England

Wonder Wheel (2017)
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)

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Age: 84

Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom

Red Joan (2018)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
The Hollow Crown (2016)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Spectre (2015)

5
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Age: 54

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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

6
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Age: 35

Birthplace: Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
A Quiet Place (2018)
The Girl on the Train (2016)

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Age: 84

Birthplace: England, London

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

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Age: 59

Birthplace: England, London, Paddington

Late Night (2019)
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)

9
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Age: 69

Birthplace: USA, New Jersey, Summit

Little Women (2019)
The Laundromat (2019)
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
The Post (2017)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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Age: 52

Birthplace: England, London

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

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Age: 73

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
The Good Liar (2019)
Anna (2018)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Winchester (2018)
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)

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MarySSpiegel added Age: 70

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Richard Jewell (2019)
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)

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Age: 40

Birthplace: London, Canada

Game Night (2018)
Disobedience (2017)
Doctor Strange (2016)

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unintentionalwit added Age: 50

Birthplace: St. Matthews, South Carolina, USA

How to Get Away with Murder (2014-present)
Troop Zero (2019
Widows (2018)
Fences (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Custody (2016)

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Age: 51

Birthplace: USA, Honolulu, Hawaii

Bombshell (2019)
The Goldfinch (2019)
Big Little Lies (2017-present)
Aquaman (2018)
Boy Erased (2018)
Destroyer (2018)
Top of the Lake (2017)
The Beguiled (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Top of the Lake (2017)
Lion (2016)

16
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Age: 51

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Smyrna

Ben Is Back (2018)
Homecoming (2018)
Wonder (2017)
Money Master (2016)
Mother's Day (2016)

17
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Age: 48

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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

18
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Mweihn added Age: 42

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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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marajanerogers added Age: 58

Birthplace: Fort Bragg, USA, North Carolina

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

20
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Age: 56

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Hotel Artemis (2018)

21
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Elise Hennigan added Age: 30

Birthplace: Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

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

22
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Age: 28

Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

Birds of Prey (2019)
Bombshell  (2019)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
I, Tonya  (2017)
Suicide Squad (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

23
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Age: 37

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Vox Lux (2018)
Annihilation (2018)
Song to Song (2017)
Planetarium (2016)
Jackie (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

24
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Age: 41

Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States of America

It Chapter Two (2019)
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Woman Walks Ahead (2017)
Molly's Game (2017)
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
Miss Sloane (2017)

25
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
maguilar added Age: 69

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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