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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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3,012 1,376
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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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2
3,414 2,508
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Meryl Streep age 67

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)

3
2,152 1,219
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Julianne Moore age 55

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)

4
2,052 1,116
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Helen Mirren age 71

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

5
2,529 1,416
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Kate Winslet age 41

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

6
2,190 970
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Judi Dench age 82

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)

7
2,008 1,014
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Maggie Smith age 82

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

8
2,032 1,032
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Emma Thompson age 57

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

9
1,831 1,209
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Nicole Kidman age 49

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)

10
1,951 1,251
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster age 54

Elysium (2013)

11
2,245 1,018
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Amy Adams age 42

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

12
1,499 905
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Rachel Weisz age 47

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

13
1,788 769
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MarySSpiegel added Kathy Bates age 68

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)

14
1,455 1,028
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Susan Sarandon age 70

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)

15
1,918 1,045
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Helena Bonham Carter age 50

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

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16
2,118 2,170
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Charlize Theron age 41

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)

17
1,316 1,012
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Glenn Close age 70

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)

18
1,874 871
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Sandra Bullock age 52

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

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1,598 806
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Rachel McAdams age 38

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

20
1,447 1,005
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Julia Roberts age 49

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

21
2,222 2,261
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman age 35

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

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2,884 2,708
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Jennifer Lawrence age 26

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

23
1,431 651
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Emily Blunt age 34

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

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1,148 754
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Naomi Watts age 48

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)

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971 753
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unintentionalwit added Frances McDormand age 59

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

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1,403 872
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Julie Andrews age 81

27
926 510
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
maguilar added Sigourney Weaver age 67

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

28
1,985 2,030
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Anne Hathaway age 34

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

29
1,110 937
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unintentionalwit added Hilary Swank age 42

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

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30
1,397 962
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Mweihn added Reese Witherspoon age 41

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

31
809 675
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unintentionalwit added Tilda Swinton age 56

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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916 592
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Marion Cotillard age 40

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

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866 754
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Annette Bening age 58

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

34
1,515 703
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
ImanBehb added Jessica Biel age 35

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

35
1,007 721
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Jessica Chastain age 40

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)

36
1,002 626
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unintentionalwit added Viola Davis age 51

37
723 486
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright age 51

38
746 439
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Sally Field age 70

39
1,750 1,836
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40
1,461 1,691
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jware added Keira Knightley age 32

41
1,149 1,140
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42
751 705
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43
865 844
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Claire Danes age 36

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821 594
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Marisa Tomei age 51

45
771 462
Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added Elizabeth Banks age 43

46
1,880 1,963
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averagej123 added Emma Watson age 26

47
467 328
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton age 71

48
506 223
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange age 67

49
1,175 1,101
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
Elise Hennigan added Emma Stone age 28

50
668 622
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Kirsten Dunst age 33