American People The Best Living American Actresses  

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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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2,554 993
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

2
1,724 931
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused

3
1,373 822
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill

4
1,690 835
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery

5
1,491 785
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

6
1,304 745
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

7
1,032 734
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm

8
482 308
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

9
841 757
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous

10
2,212 952
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side

11
1,410 726
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

12
1,120 711
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

13
1,196 643
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

14
1,057 728
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward

15
1,250 771
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

16
1,304 677
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie

17
1,678 1,080
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

18
700 630
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Piano, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?

19
756 695
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, The American President

20
1,038 675
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers

21
1,913 914
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

22
903 728
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

23
1,166 663
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

24
1,246 636
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt

25
303 230
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment