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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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2,303 797
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

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1,239 685
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, The Big Chill

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1,563 711
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Kathy Bates Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery

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1,579 809
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused

5
1,390 682
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sally Field Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump

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1,198 646
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sigourney Weaver Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

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357 191
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
938 628
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
746 671
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Frances McDormand Fargo, Burn After Reading, Almost Famous

10
1,997 860
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Sandra Bullock Miss Congeniality, Gravity, The Blind Side

11
1,019 635
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jessica Lange King Kong, Tootsie, The Vow

12
1,254 658
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Amy Adams Her, American Hustle, Enchanted

13
977 638
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Helen Hunt As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Pay it Forward

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1,157 692
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Diane Keaton Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give, The Godfather

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1,024 573
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Nicole Kidman Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

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1,166 627
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

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1,489 950
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

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947 606
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Freedom Writers

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687 625
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

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625 570
Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Holly Hunter The Piano, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?

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804 642
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jennifer Connelly Noah, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind

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393 438
Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage

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1,065 587
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween, True Lies, Freaky Friday

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1,120 593
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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785 555
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
laughingcactus added Sissy Spacek Carrie, JFK, The Help

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1,702 847
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julia Roberts Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias

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236 175
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
looksharp added Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment

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842 618
Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
MeghanaJoshi added Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle

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631 551
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Ellen Burstyn The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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502 235
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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838 598
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ColinBoddy added Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her, Overboard, Seems Like Old Times

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373 322
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 32 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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1,054 519
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Julie Andrews The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

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1,421 775
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 34 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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845 633
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Uma Thurman Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Gattica

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1,227 752
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Anne Hathaway Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada

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813 605
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny, The Ides of March

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185 156
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Jane Fonda 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler

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744 562
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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506 502
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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760 640
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Winona Ryder Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted

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1,135 852
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
ChrisBateman added Angelina Jolie Kung Fu Panda, Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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405 412
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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1,127 747
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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621 648
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Claire Danes Temple Grandin, Shop Girl, Romeo + Juliet

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946 714
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Halle Berry Monster's Ball, Swordfish, Cloud Atlas

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655 559
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Robin Wright Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, The Congress

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265 162
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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116 147
Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Kathleen Turner Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Virgin Suicides, The War of the Roses

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318 371
Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actresses
Gena Rowlands The Notebook, The Skeleton Key, Gloria