Actresses 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, 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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2,633 913
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)

2
1,636 1,143
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

3
1,442 1,279
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008)

4
2,113 1,114
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

5
1,284 1,154
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

6
2,037 900
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

7
1,010 857
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

8
1,074 963
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

9
894 765
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

10
936 819
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

11
1,517 804
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)

12
1,004 695
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

13
926 684
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)

14
916 547
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

15
1,764 851
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

16
1,983 1,057
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)

17
978 759
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

18
665 584
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

19
1,761 736
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

20
986 809
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

21
1,055 722
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

22
1,366 794
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)

23
1,709 829
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

24
1,327 610
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

25
625 540
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), This Must Be the Place (2012)

26
829 400
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

27
698 514
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
bhittt added A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

28
1,117 635
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

29
424 399
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

30
968 568
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
publius added House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

31
506 576
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)

32
596 558
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010)

33
726 670
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012), Then She Found Me (2007)

34
490 239
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

35
550 590
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010)

36
339 244
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
robert780 added Blade: Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist

37
993 670
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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1,127 720
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)

39
802 592
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)

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472 572
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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295 369
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

42
485 527
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

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558 550
Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 43 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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451 508
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Won't Back Down (2012), Nine Lives (2005), The Big White (2005)

45
327 300
Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Departed, Up in the Air, The Conjuring

46
693 508
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)

47
800 607
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 47 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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506 321
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

49
282 412
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

50
1,104 959
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)