Actresses 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 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
5,134 3,307
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age 69

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
The Post (2017)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Suffragette (2015)
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
The Giver (2014)

2
4,464 2,271
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age 46

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Manifesto (2015)
Carol (2015)
The Hobbit series
The Monuments Men (2014)

3
2,945 2,007
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marajanerogers added age 55

Gloria Bell (2018)
Bel Canto (2018)
​​​​​​​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)

4
2,985 1,720
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age 73

Anna (2018)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Winchester (2018)
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Trumbo (2015)
Eye in the Sky (2015)
Woman in Gold (2015)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

5
3,673 1,999
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age 43

Wonder Wheel (2017)
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
The Dressmaker (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
The Divergent Series (2014-15)

6
2,909 1,566
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age 81

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

7
2,978 1,528
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age 84

Red Joan  (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
The Hollow Crown (2016)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Spectre (2015)
The Vote (2015)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2014)

8
2,783 1,926
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age 51

Aquaman (2018)
Boy Erased (2018)
Destroyer (2018)
Big Little Lies (2017-present)
Top of the Lake (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)

9
3,094 2,649
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age 43

Tully (2018)
Gringo (2018)
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)

10
2,846 1,560
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age 59

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)

11
2,132 1,420
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age 48

The Favourite (2018)
The Mercy (2018)
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Disobedience (2017)
Denial (2017)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Youth (2015)
The Lobster (2015)

12
2,677 1,839
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 56

Hotel Artemis (2018)

13
3,416 1,508
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age 44

Vice (2018)
Sharp Objects (2018)
Justice League (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Big Eyes (2014)

14
1,962 1,590
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marajanerogers added age 72

Going Places (2018)
Viper Club (2018)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
Ray Donovan (2017)
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Mothers and Daughters (2016)
The Meddler (2015)
Tammy (2014)

15
2,406 1,240
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MarySSpiegel added age 70

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)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)
Tammy (2014)

16
1,818 1,494
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 71

The Wife (2018)
Father Figures (2017)
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)

17
3,456 2,663
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 34

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Vox Lux (2018)
Annihilation (2018)
Song to Song (2017)
Planetarium (2016)
Jackie (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
Jane Got a Gun (2016)

18
2,678 1,492
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age 52

The Crown (2019)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
55 Steps (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Love, Nina (2016)
Suffragette (2015)
Cinderella (2015)

19
3,002 1,327
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
rom0618 added age 51

Bird Box (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

20
2,294 1,520
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age 51

Ben Is Back (2018)
Homecoming (2018)
Wonder (2017)
Money Master (2016)
Mother's Day (2016)
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
The Normal Heart (2014)

21
2,484 940
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses Working Today
age 32

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
A Quiet Place (2018)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Sicario (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

22
4,048 3,305
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age 28

Red Sparrow (2018)
mother! (2017)
Passengers (2017)
X-Men series (2011-16)
Joy (2015)
The Hunger Games series (2012-15)
Serena (2015)

23
2,480 1,190
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age 37

Game Night (2018)
Disobedience (2017)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Spotlight (2015)
Southpaw (2015)
Aloha (2015)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

24
2,911 2,426
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age 36

Serenity (2018)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Colossal (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
The Intern (2015)
Interstellar (2014)

25
1,539 1,117
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unintentionalwit added age 61

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Olive Kitteridge (2014)