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

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

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

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

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

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Connelly Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Lane Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite

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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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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Hilary Swank The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

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

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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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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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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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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Scarlett Johansson Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Pfeiffer Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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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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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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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 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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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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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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Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Ellen Burstyn Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Vera Farmiga The Departed, Up in the Air, The Conjuring

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anna Kendrick Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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