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
1,852 1,350
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
2,959 1,088
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
1,601 1,514
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
2,400 1,264
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)

5
1,426 1,321
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
2,292 1,007
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
1,185 1,095
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

8
1,110 991
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
1,000 893
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
1,026 937
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Wife (2018), Low Down (2014), Damages

11
1,674 898
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
2,000 928
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
1,042 775
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
1,112 786
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
1,018 633
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
2,212 1,142
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
1,976 796
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
1,072 847
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

19
759 684
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
1,076 898
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

21
1,150 801
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
1,518 882
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
1,906 897
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
729 609
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
1,466 690
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)