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

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1,167 640
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kathy Bates American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008)

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1,069 668
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

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1,713 739
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meryl Streep Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

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896 611
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sigourney Weaver Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

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820 590
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sally Field Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

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741 548
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Connelly Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

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786 612
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Glenn Close Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

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1,292 619
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julianne Moore Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)

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1,661 718
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sandra Bullock Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

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751 501
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Marisa Tomei Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)

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812 526
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

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455 324
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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1,611 827
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)

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1,422 648
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Emma Stone Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

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1,416 695
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anne Hathaway Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)

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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Lane Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

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805 602
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Hilary Swank The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

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1,434 624
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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799 634
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Uma Thurman The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

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882 545
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jamie Lee Curtis Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

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1,419 695
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Scarlett Johansson Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

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1,098 680
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julia Roberts The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)

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457 416
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Frances McDormand Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), This Must Be the Place (2012)

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1,051 524
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Reese Witherspoon Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

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931 530
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Pfeiffer Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

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476 443
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Annette Bening Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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510 405
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
bhittt added Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

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614 534
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Helen Hunt Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012), Then She Found Me (2007)

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576 301
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
jsnungaray added Charlize Theron Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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413 447
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

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281 256
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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480 431
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010)

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177 97
Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
robert780 added Jessica Biel Blade: Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist

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842 578
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)

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749 482
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
publius added Kristen Bell House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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413 439
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Patricia Arquette Boyhood (2014), Girl in Progress (2012), Fast Food Nation (2006)

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902 627
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Mila Kunis Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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639 496
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Viola Davis Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)

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408 418
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Ellen Burstyn Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

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461 439
Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honorable Woman (2014), Frank (2014), Away We Go (2009)

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367 399
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Holly Hunter Won't Back Down (2012), Nine Lives (2005), The Big White (2005)

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293 171
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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202 258
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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570 417
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)

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221 204
Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Vera Farmiga The Departed, Up in the Air, The Conjuring

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174 183
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Demi Moore Ghost, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Few Good Men

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950 809
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Angelina Jolie Salt (2010), Wanted (2008), Changeling (2008)

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658 519
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Winona Ryder The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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194 291
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler