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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2,591 1,006
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
1,742 946
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
1,395 835
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill
4
1,709 851
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery
5
1,506 798
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump
6
1,318 760
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters
7
496 319
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham
8
1,044 748
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
AndrewPhillips added Man of Steel, The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm
9
849 766
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous
10
2,234 962
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side
11
1,425 734
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Her, American Hustle, Enchanted
12
1,134 722
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow
13
1,068 740
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward
14
1,266 777
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather
15
1,318 684
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Kids Are All Right, Non-Stop, Carrie
16
1,693 1,095
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle
17
769 702
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, The American President
18
704 642
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
1,940 920
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias
20
1,046 686
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
913 737
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind
22
1,182 667
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday
23
1,260 641
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Scarface, Batman Returns, The Prince of Egypt
24
312 237
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment
25
850 621
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
laughingcactus added Carrie, JFK, The Help