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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated January 8, 2021 387.6k votes 24.6k voters 600.0k views222 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 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.

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  • Amy Adams1
    4,255
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    Amy Adams

    1974-08-20

    BirthplaceVicenza, Italy

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

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  • Cate Blanchett2
    5,748
    2,918

    Cate Blanchett

    1969-05-14

    BirthplaceIvanhoe, Melbourne, Australia

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

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  • Emily Blunt3
    3,742
    1,455

    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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  • Helena Bonham Carter4
    3,587
    1,755

    BirthplaceGolders Green, London, United Kingdom

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

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  • Viola Davis5
    2,439
    1,201

    Viola Davis

    1965-08-11

    BirthplaceSt. 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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  • Sandra Bullock6
    4,013
    1,998

    Sandra Bullock

    1964-07-26

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

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

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  • Kate Winslet7
    4,522
    2,360

    Kate Winslet

    1975-10-05

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

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

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  • Margot Robbie8
    2,254
    772

    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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  • Maggie Smith9
    3,804
    1,933

    Maggie Smith

    1934-12-28

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Downton Abbey (2019)
    Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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  • Emma Thompson10
    3,601
    1,906

    Emma Thompson

    1959-04-15

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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

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  • Meryl Streep11
    6,337
    3,419

    Meryl Streep

    1949-06-22

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • Rachel McAdams12
    3,351
    1,564

    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 Dench13
    3,605
    1,988

    Judi Dench

    1934-12-09

    BirthplaceHeworth, United Kingdom

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

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  • Kathy Bates14
    2,983
    1,654

    Kathy Bates

    1948-06-28

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

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

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  • Helen Mirren15
    3,720
    2,098

    Helen Mirren

    1945-07-26

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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

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  • Emma Stone16
    3,058
    1,547

    BirthplaceScottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

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

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  • Natalie Portman17
    4,492
    2,514

    Natalie Portman

    1981-06-09

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Israel

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

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  • Rachel Weisz18
    2,818
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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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  • Reese Witherspoon19
    2,627
    1,602

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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

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  • Nicole Kidman20
    3,647
    2,346

    Nicole Kidman

    1967-06-20

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

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

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  • Jessica Chastain21
    2,181
    1,211

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, USA

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

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  • Anne Hathaway22
    3,681
    2,362

    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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  • Sarah Paulson23
    1,100
    553

    Sarah Paulson

    1974-12-17

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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

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  • Julia Roberts24
    3,048
    1,949

    Julia Roberts

    1967-10-28

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Smyrna

    Ben Is Back (2018)
    Homecoming (2018)
    Wonder (2017)

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  • Jessica Lange25
    1,430
    824

    Jessica Lange

    1949-04-20

    BirthplaceCloquet, USA, Minnesota

    American Horror Story (2011-2018)
    Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
    Wild Oats (2016)

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