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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated April 21, 2020 391.1k votes 24.2k voters 592.3k views250 items

List RulesWorking 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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  • 1
    Amy Adams
    4,158
    1,961

    Amy Adams

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceVicenza, Italy

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

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  • 2
    Viola Davis
    2,372
    1,126

    BirthplaceSt. Matthews, South Carolina, United States of America

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

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  • 3
    Cate Blanchett
    5,610
    2,844

    BirthplaceIvanhoe, 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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  • 4
    Emily Blunt
    3,619
    1,389

    BirthplaceRoehampton, London, United Kingdom

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

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  • 5
    Sandra Bullock
    3,928
    1,915

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

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

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  • 6
    Kate Winslet
    4,415
    2,290

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

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

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  • 7
    Margot Robbie
    2,117
    710

    BirthplaceGold 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)

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  • 8
    Helena Bonham Carter
    3,428
    1,713

    BirthplaceGolders Green, London, United Kingdom

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

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  • 9
    Maggie Smith
    3,681
    1,897

    BirthplaceLondon, England

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

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  • 10
    Meryl Streep
    6,228
    3,359

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

    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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  • 11
    Emma Thompson
    3,511
    1,855

    BirthplaceEngland, 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)

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  • 12
    Rachel McAdams
    3,254
    1,508

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

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

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  • 13
    Judi Dench
    3,522
    1,941

    Judi Dench

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceHeworth, United Kingdom

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

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  • 14
    Kathy Bates
    2,902
    1,619

    BirthplaceMemphis, 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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  • 15
    Emma Stone
    2,950
    1,499

    Emma Stone

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceScottsdale, 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)

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  • 16
    Helen Mirren
    3,630
    2,061

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    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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  • 17
    Natalie Portman
    4,372
    2,470

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

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

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  • 18
    Rachel Weisz
    2,749
    1,734

    BirthplaceLondon, England

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

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  • 19
    Nicole Kidman
    3,571
    2,301

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    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)

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  • 20
    Reese Witherspoon
    2,578
    1,555

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    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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  • 21
    Jessica Chastain
    2,117
    1,172

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, USA

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

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  • 22
    Julia Roberts
    2,991
    1,897

    BirthplaceSmyrna, Georgia, USA

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

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  • 23
    Sarah Paulson
    1,017
    517

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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  • 24
    Jessica Lange
    1,390
    787

    BirthplaceCloquet, Minnesota, United States of America

    Wild Oats (2016)
    The Gambler (2014)
    Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
    American Horror Story (2011-15, 2018)

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  • 25
    Sigourney Weaver
    1,985
    1,266

    BirthplaceManhattan, 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)

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