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The Best American Actresses Working Today

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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  • Emma Stone
    1
    Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)
  • Charlize Theron
    2
    Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate
  • Natalie Portman
    3
    The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)
  • Scarlett Johansson
    4
    Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)
  • Sandra Bullock
    5
    Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)
  • Jennifer Lawrence
    6
    American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone (2010)
  • Anne Hathaway
    7
    Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables (2012)
  • Meryl Streep
    8
    Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011)
  • Reese Witherspoon
    9
    Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)
  • Betty White - DEC. December 31, 2021
    10

    voting closed at #10

    The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain
  • Amanda Seyfried
    11
    Mean Girls, Les Misérables, Alpha Dog
  • Julianne Moore
    12
    Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)
  • Nicole Kidman
    13
    Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!
  • Kristen Bell
    14
    House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
    15
    Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)
  • Jessica Chastain
    16
    A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
  • Salma Hayek
    17
    From Dusk till Dawn, Grown Ups, Traffic
  • Viola Davis
    18
    Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)
  • Susan Sarandon
    19
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham
  • Julia Roberts
    20
    The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)
  • Winona Ryder
    21
    The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
  • Mila Kunis
    22
    Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)
  • Jennifer Aniston
    23
    Office Space, The Iron Giant, Bruce Almighty
  • Diane Lane
    24
    Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010), Cinema Verite
  • Amy Adams
    25
    Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)