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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1,654 1,153
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

2
2,646 922
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)

3
1,455 1,286
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
1,293 1,164
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

5
2,126 1,123
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

6
1,017 865
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

7
2,051 906
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

8
1,078 971
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

9
903 771
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
942 826
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

11
1,528 809
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
1,016 700
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
937 688
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
1,777 860
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

15
920 555
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

16
1,997 1,063
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
984 765
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

18
672 588
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
1,777 739
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
992 815
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

21
1,062 728
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
1,374 801
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
1,721 834
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
1,339 614
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
629 546
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
843 402
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
704 519
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
1,124 638
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

29
430 402
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
599 563
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010)

31
979 570
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
publius added House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

32
510 579
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

33
553 595
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010)

34
497 244
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
728 678
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012), Then She Found Me (2007)

36
344 251
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
998 675
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)

38
1,134 726
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
808 596
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)

40
474 577
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)

41
296 376
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
489 531
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)

43
560 553
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)

44
454 513
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
333 304
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
697 513
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
809 610
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)

48
513 325
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
1,111 964
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)

50
284 422
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler