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The Best Living American Actresses

Updated March 23, 2021 151.4k votes 9.5k voters 767.9k views187 items

List RulesVote up your favorite living American actresses, based on their all-time body of work.

While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actresses are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. On this list, you'll find the best US actresses who are still alive. For the best actresses, living or dead, check out this list of the best actresses in film history

These actresses are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. You will also find women on this list who have given stunning television performances. Both TV and film roles are taken into account for this list. These are the greatest American actresses who are alive today. For example, Meryl Streep has won three Oscars for her acting. It would be hard to argue she isn't one of the greats! Glenn Close, Jodie Foster, and 
Viola Davis are just a few of the beloved famous American actresses. 

Who do you think are the best American female actors? That's up to you to decide. Vote up who you believe to be the top American actresses. Then check back to see if your favorites topped our list!

  • 1

    Meryl Streep

    Summit, New Jersey

    Won for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer (1980) and Best Actress Oscar for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011)

    Won for Best Actress Emmy for Holocaust (19878) and Angels in America (2003)

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  • 2

    Kathy Bates

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Won for Best Actress Oscar for Misery (1991)

    Won for Best Supporting Actress Emmy for American Horror Story: Coven (2014)

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  • 3

    Sandra Bullock

    Virginia, United States of America

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  • 4

    Jodie Foster

    Los Angeles, California

    Won for Best Actress Oscar for The Accused (1989) and The Silence of the Lambs (1992)

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  • 5

    Julie Andrews

    Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

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  • 6

    Betty White

    Oak Park, Illinois

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  • 7

    Julia Roberts

    Smyrna, Georgia

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  • 8

    Amy Adams

    Vicenza, Italy

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    Sigourney Weaver

    Manhattan, New York City

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  • 10

    Glenn Close

    Greenwich, Connecticut

    Nominated for Best Actress Oscar for Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Albert Nobbs (2011), and The Wife (2017), and Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), The Natural (1984), and Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

    Winner for Best Actress Emmy for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) and Damages (2008, 2009)

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  • 11

    Michelle Pfeiffer

    Santa Ana, California

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  • 12

    Sally Field

    Pasadena, California

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    Jamie Lee Curtis

    Santa Monica, California

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  • 14

    Anne Hathaway

    New York City, New York

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  • 15

    Reese Witherspoon

    New Orleans, Louisiana

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  • 16

    Julianne Moore

    Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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  • 17

    Natalie Portman

    Jerusalem, Israel

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  • 18

    Susan Sarandon

    Jackson Heights, New York City

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  • 19

    Jessica Lange

    Cloquet, Minnesota

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  • 20

    Diane Keaton

    Los Angeles, California

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  • 21

    Goldie Hawn

    Washington, D.C.

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  • 22

    Diane Lane

    New York City, New York

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  • 23

    Hilary Swank

    Lincoln, Nebraska

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  • 24

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Louisville, Kentucky

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  • 25

    Meg Ryan

    Fairfield, Connecticut

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