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The Best Living American Actresses 

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Updated June 14, 2019 176.1k votes 8.3k voters 756k views 227 items

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
The Iron Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil Wears Prada
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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery
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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side
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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Her, American Hustle, Enchanted
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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump
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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias
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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters
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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill
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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt
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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie
12
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday
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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2
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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather
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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ChrisBateman added Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow
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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada
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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle
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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm
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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain
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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers
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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward
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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham
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Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle
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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ColinBoddy added Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times