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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2,061 1,499
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
2,653 1,382
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)
3
1,735 1,632
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
3,194 1,207
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)
5
1,560 1,450
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
1,092 990
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)
7
1,283 1,201
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)
8
2,508 1,102
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)
9
2,238 1,006
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)
10
1,811 974
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)
11
1,214 1,084
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)
12
2,431 1,236
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)
13
1,136 1,024
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Wife (2018), Low Down (2014), Damages
14
1,209 868
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
2,174 856
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)
16
1,129 858
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)
17
1,099 695
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite
18
851 757
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
2,101 952
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)
20
1,148 924
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)
21
1,148 980
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)
22
1,667 944
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
1,227 871
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
24
809 661
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
913 619
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
bhittt added A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)