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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, Queen Latifah, 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
Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)
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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)
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)
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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)
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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)
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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)
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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)
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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)
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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)
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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)
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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
looksharp added Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)
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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
jsnungaray added Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate
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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite
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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)
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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)
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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
publius added House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
bhittt added A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
RazvanPop added Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)
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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)
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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
ColinBoddy added The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain
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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)
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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)
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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Office Space, The Iron Giant, Bruce Almighty
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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008)