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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated April 15, 2021 366.5k votes 25.4k voters 614.4k 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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    2,899

    Cate Blanchett

    1969-05-14

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

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  • 2
    3,590
    1,810

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

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  • 3
    3,689
    1,509

    Emily Blunt

    1983-02-23

    Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)
    A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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  • 4
    4,443
    2,314

    Kate Winslet

    1975-10-05

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

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  • 5
    3,759
    1,902

    Maggie Smith

    1934-12-28

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

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  • 6
    4,112
    2,122

    Amy Adams

    1974-08-20

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

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  • 7
    6,167
    3,261

    Meryl Streep

    1949-06-22

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

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  • 8
    2,396
    861

    Margot Robbie

    1990-07-02

    Birds of Prey (2020)
    Bombshell  (2019)
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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  • 9
    3,903
    1,980

    Sandra Bullock

    1964-07-26

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

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  • 10
    2,441
    1,252

    Viola Davis

    1965-08-11

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

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  • 11
    3,515
    1,877

    Emma Thompson

    1959-04-15

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

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  • 12
    3,065
    1,515

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

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  • 13
    3,297
    1,559

    Rachel McAdams

    1978-11-17

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    Game Night (2018)
    Disobedience (2017)

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  • 14
    3,639
    2,030

    Helen Mirren

    1945-07-26

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

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  • 15
    3,507
    1,949

    Judi Dench

    1934-12-09

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

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  • 16
    2,934
    1,620

    Kathy Bates

    1948-06-28

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

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  • 17
    4,425
    2,402

    Natalie Portman

    1981-06-09

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

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  • 18
    3,664
    2,239

    Anne Hathaway

    1982-11-12

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

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  • 19
    2,593
    1,571

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

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  • 20
    3,357
    2,053

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

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  • 21
    2,166
    1,210

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

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  • 22
    3,528
    2,269

    Nicole Kidman

    1967-06-20

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

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  • 23
    2,979
    1,895

    Julia Roberts

    1967-10-28

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

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  • 24
    2,732
    1,750

    Rachel Weisz

    1970-03-07

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

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    614

    Sarah Paulson

    1974-12-17

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

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