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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite living AMERICAN actresses based on their all-time body of work.

It takes a lot to make a movie great. There has to be excellent writing, production, direction, editing, and of course, acting. While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actors are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. 

These actresses are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. These are the greatest American actors who are alive today. Who are the best actresses? That's up to you to decide. This list is votable and rerankable, and if you don't see someone on here that deserves a spot, feel free to add them, but make sure they're still alive... the top American actresses at any given time may not be the ones who are alive.
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil Wears Prada

The Greatest American Actresses of All Time The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

2
1,294 706
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill

3
1,605 830
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused

4
1,580 732
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Kathy Bates Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery

5
1,409 698
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sally Field Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

6
1,216 668
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

7
383 223
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

8
959 648
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Diane Lane Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm

9
759 688
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Frances McDormand Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous

10
2,025 879
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sandra Bullock Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side

11
1,041 643
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jessica Lange King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

12
1,283 669
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Amy Adams Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

13
1,055 584
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Nicole Kidman Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

14
992 649
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Helen Hunt As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward

15
1,168 707
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Diane Keaton Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

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1,191 635
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julianne Moore The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie

17
965 623
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers

18
645 577
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Holly Hunter The Piano, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?

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704 640
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, The American President

20
839 656
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Connelly Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

21
1,513 1,009
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

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1,095 600
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

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1,734 866
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julia Roberts Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

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1,148 599
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Michelle Pfeiffer Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt

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400 451
Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage

26
793 567
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
laughingcactus added Sissy Spacek Carrie, JFK, The Help

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518 247
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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246 185
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment

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855 639
Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies Famous Actresses You'd Want to Go on a Road Trip With

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852 611
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ColinBoddy added Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

31
635 566
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Ellen Burstyn The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

32
1,069 531
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julie Andrews The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

33
864 644
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Uma Thurman Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Gattica

34
385 335
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III - Nominated for Academy Award and a Golden Globe

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224 174
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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860 611
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny, The Ides of March

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1,453 822
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ChrisBateman added Natalie Portman Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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1,255 805
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Anne Hathaway Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada

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778 575
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ColinBoddy added Bette Midler Oliver & Company, Hocus Pocus, Fantasia 2000

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526 513
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Laura Linney The Truman Show, Mystic River, Primal Fear

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1,150 903
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ChrisBateman added Angelina Jolie Kung Fu Panda, Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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777 652
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Winona Ryder Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted

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418 424
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Renée Zellweger Dazed and Confused, Jerry Maguire, Chicago

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1,142 802
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Scarlett Johansson The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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136 157
Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Kathleen Turner Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Virgin Suicides, The War of the Roses

46
628 660
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Claire Danes Temple Grandin, Shop Girl, Romeo + Juliet

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957 765
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halle Berry Monster's Ball, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas

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286 171
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Reese Witherspoon American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Election

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663 571
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Robin Wright Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, The Congress

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342 367
Rene Russo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Rene Russo Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Major League