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The Best Actresses Working Today

Updated April 15, 2021 367.8k votes 25.6k voters 619.5k 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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    Cate Blanchett

    1969-05-14

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

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

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  • 3
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    Kate Winslet

    1975-10-05

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

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  • 4
    3,717
    1,538

    Emily Blunt

    1983-02-23

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

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  • 5
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    1,911

    Maggie Smith

    1934-12-28

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

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  • 6
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    Meryl Streep

    1949-06-22

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

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  • 7
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    2,127

    Amy Adams

    1974-08-20

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

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  • 8
    2,456
    883

    Margot Robbie

    1990-07-02

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

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  • 9
    3,915
    1,995

    Sandra Bullock

    1964-07-26

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

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  • 10
    2,472
    1,266

    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
    3,526
    1,882

    Emma Thompson

    1959-04-15

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

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  • 12
    3,102
    1,514

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

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  • 13
    3,316
    1,568

    Rachel McAdams

    1978-11-17

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    Game Night (2018)
    Disobedience (2017)

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  • 14
    3,517
    1,946

    Judi Dench

    1934-12-09

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

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  • 15
    3,642
    2,026

    Helen Mirren

    1945-07-26

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

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  • 16
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    1,629

    Kathy Bates

    1948-06-28

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

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  • 17
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    2,395

    Natalie Portman

    1981-06-09

    Lucy in the Sky (2019)
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    Vox Lux (2018)

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  • 18
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    2,244

    Anne Hathaway

    1982-11-12

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

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  • 19
    3,394
    2,054

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

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  • 20
    2,602
    1,578

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

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  • 21
    3,524
    2,274

    Nicole Kidman

    1967-06-20

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

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

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  • 23
    2,985
    1,902

    Julia Roberts

    1967-10-28

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

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    Sarah Paulson

    1974-12-17

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

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    Rachel Weisz

    1970-03-07

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

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