America 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
1,828 1,330
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
2,930 1,074
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
2,368 1,250
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

4
1,582 1,502
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008)

5
1,410 1,311
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
2,261 1,001
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
1,174 1,085
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

8
1,099 981
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

9
986 882
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
1,016 929
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Wife (2018), Low Down (2014), Damages

11
1,661 891
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
1,977 924
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

13
1,034 768
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
1,103 781
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

15
1,011 628
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
2,189 1,136
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
1,957 791
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

18
1,061 840
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

19
752 675
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

20
1,066 889
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

21
1,138 795
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
1,497 879
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
1,889 893
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
719 606
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), This Must Be the Place (2012)

25
1,452 682
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)