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The Best American Actresses Working Today  

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List Rules American actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great American actresses throughout film history, but which female American actresses working today are the greatest? This list of the best American actresses working today ranks today's best Hollywood actresses, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated American actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in the United States, though they might be popular with international film lovers as well. Today's top American actresses go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are beautiful to boot!

The greatest American actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Amy Poehler, Queen Latifah, Viola Davis, Robin Wright, and Jennifer Lawrence. If there’s an actress listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best US actresses currently working.

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
jsnungaray added Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate
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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)
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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)
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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain
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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)
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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
publius added House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010)
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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)
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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012), Then She Found Me (2007)
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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)
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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)
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Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
robert780 added Blade: Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist
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Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Boyhood (2014), Girl in Progress (2012), Fast Food Nation (2006)
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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times
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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Departed, Up in the Air, The Conjuring
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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)
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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)
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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added The Honorable Woman (2014), Frank (2014), Away We Go (2009)
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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)
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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Won't Back Down (2012), Nine Lives (2005), The Big White (2005)
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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
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Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Spider-Man