2018 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. Today, Hollywood features a new crop of popular and respected young actresses who command strong female roles that hold their own on the big screen. 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 be sure to add any who we missed...

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Cate Blanchett age 46

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Manifesto (2015)
Carol (2015)
The Hobbit series
The Monuments Men (2014)

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4,235 2,866
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Meryl Streep age 68

The Post (2017)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Suffragette (2015)
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
The Giver (2014)
August: Osage County (2013)

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2,509 1,555
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marajanerogers added Julianne Moore age 57

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)
Carrie (2013)

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2,499 1,378
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Helen Mirren age 72

Collateral Beauty (2016)
Trumbo (2015)
Eye in the Sky (2015)
Woman in Gold (2015)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
RED 2 (2013)

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3,087 1,689
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Kate Winslet age 42

The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
The Dressmaker (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
The Divergent Series (2014-15)
Labor Day (2013)

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2,446 1,251
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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)

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2,578 1,220
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Judi Dench age 83

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Spectre (2015)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Philomena (2013)

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2,263 1,540
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Nicole Kidman age 48

Big Little Lies (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)
The Railway Man (2013)
Stoker (2013)

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2,422 1,286
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Emma Thompson age 58

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Alone in Berlin (2016)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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2,771 1,245
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Amy Adams age 43

Justice League (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Big Eyes (2014)
American Hustle (2013)

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1,770 1,144
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Rachel Weisz age 48

My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Disobedience (2017)
Denial (2017)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Youth (2015)
The Lobster (2015)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

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2,292 1,529
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster age 55

Elysium (2013)

The Best Actresses in Film History

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2,567 2,343
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Charlize Theron age 42

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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MarySSpiegel added Kathy Bates age 69

Disjointed (2017)
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
Complete Unknown (2016)
American Horror Story (2013-2016)
The Boss (2016)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)
Tammy (2014)

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1,675 1,263
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marajanerogers added Susan Sarandon age 71

Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
Ray Donovan (2017)
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Mothers and Daughters (2016)
The Meddler (2015)
Tammy (2014)
The Big Wedding (2013)

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1,529 1,230
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Glenn Close age 71

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)

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Helena Bonham Carter age 51

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Love, Nina (2016)
Suffragette (2015)
Cinderella (2015)

EW.com's Wildly Underrated TV Actresses

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2,398 1,085
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Sandra Bullock age 53

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
Gravity (2013)
The Heat (2013)

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2,803 2,425
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman age 36

Jackie (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
Jane Got a Gun (2016)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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1,842 1,238
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Julia Roberts age 48

Wonder (2017)
Money Master (2016)
Mother's Day (2016)
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
The Normal Heart (2014)
August: Osage County (2013)

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2,024 966
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Rachel McAdams age 39

Disobedience (2017)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Spotlight (2015)
Southpaw (2015)
Aloha (2015)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
About Time (2013)
To the Wonder (2013)

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1,865 774
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Emily Blunt age 32

The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Sicario (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

The Best Living Actresses Over 80

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Jennifer Lawrence age 25

mother! (2017)
Passengers (2017)
X-Men series (2011-16)
Joy (2015)
The Hunger Games series (2012-15)
Serena (2015)
American Hustle (2013)

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Julie Andrews age 82

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unintentionalwit added Frances McDormand age 60

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

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Anne Hathaway age 35

Colossal (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
The Intern (2015)
Interstellar (2014)

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Naomi Watts age 49

The Glass Castle (2017)
The Book of Henry (2017)
While We're Young (2015)
The Divergent series (2015-16)
St. Vincent (2014)
Birdman (2014)
Diana (2013)

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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1,133 682
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
maguilar added Sigourney Weaver age 68

Ghostbusters (2016)
Chappie (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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1,727 1,126
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Mweihn added Reese Witherspoon age 42

Home Again (2017)
Big Little Lies (2017)
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Inherent Vice (2015)
Wild (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
Mud (2013)

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1,270 1,117
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unintentionalwit added Hilary Swank age 43

Logan Lucky (2017)
The Homesman (2014)
You're Not You (2014)

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1,003 836
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unintentionalwit added Tilda Swinton age 57

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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Jessica Chastain age 41

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)
Mama (2013)
Wilde Salomé (2013)
Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

Famous Jewish Actors and Actresses List

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unintentionalwit added Viola Davis age 52

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Annette Bening age 59

20th Century Women (2017)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Danny Collins (2015)
Girl Most Likely (2013)
Ginger & Rosa (2013)

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Marion Cotillard age 42

Assassin's Creed (2016)
Macbeth (2015)
Dior and I (2014)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
The Immigrant (2014)
 

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917 615
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright age 51

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1,352 1,249
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The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Sally Field age 71

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1,707 1,812
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jware added Keira Knightley age 30

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1,643 910
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
ImanBehb added Jessica Biel age 36

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

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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1,552 1,190
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Elise Hennigan added Emma Stone age 27

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983 976
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Claire Danes age 38

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700 328
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange age 68

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2,210 2,087
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averagej123 added Emma Watson age 27

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649 431
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton age 72

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945 702
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Marisa Tomei age 53

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786 652
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MadisonJeannineWallace added Kristen Bell age 37

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901 374
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Betty White age 96