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The Best American Actresses Working Today

List RulesAmerican 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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  • 1
    3,581
    1,507
    Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • 2
    2,403
    1,037

    Natalie Portman

    The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011)
  • 3
    2,828
    1,528

    Meryl Streep

    Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013)
  • 4
    2,316
    1,041

    Scarlett Johansson

    Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014)
  • 5
    2,538
    1,232

    Sandra Bullock

    Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013)
  • 6
    2,403
    1,100
    RazvanPop addedBirdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  • 7
    1,559
    690
    jsnungaray addedPrometheus, The Italian Job
  • 8
    2,460
    1,316

    Jennifer Lawrence

    American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • 9
    1,698
    839
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    Reese Witherspoon

    Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014)
  • 10
    1,801
    1,106

    Julianne Moore

    Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014)
  • 11
    1,476
    817

    Michelle Pfeiffer

    Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009)
  • 12
    1,087
    555
    ColinBoddy addedThe Proposal, The Lorax
  • 13
    1,685
    1,051

    Julia Roberts

    The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013)
  • 14
    1,144
    721
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    Jessica Chastain

    A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014)
  • 15
    1,211
    831
    Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010)
  • 16
    894
    447
    Mean Girls, Les Misérables
  • 17
    1,249
    763
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    Kristen Bell

    House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
  • 18
    2,146
    1,649
    Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013)
  • 19
    1,388
    862
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    Mila Kunis

    Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011)
  • 20
    1,260
    941

    Jessica Lange

    American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014)
  • 21
    811
    424

    Zoe Saldana

    Avatar, Star Trek
  • 22
    1,149
    742

    Viola Davis

    Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013)
  • 23
    1,114
    708

    Winona Ryder

    The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010)
  • 24
    764
    437

    Jennifer Garner

    Juno, Pearl Harbor
  • 25
    1,106
    679

    Jennifer Aniston

    Office Space, The Iron Giant
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List Rules: American actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.