The Greatest American Actresses Of All Time

List Rules
Vote up and add the best AMERICAN actresses to have ever lived. Vote on each actress's entire body of work. Remember, Helen Mirren is not American.

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. Who is the greatest American actress of all time? 

These actresses are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. From classic Hollywood legends to new rising stars, these are the greatest American actresses ever. And just to be clear: This list will not include international stars who eventually came to Hollywood and gained dual US citizenship.

This list is votable and re-rankable, and if you don't see someone on here that deserves a spot, feel free to add them. 

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  • Katharine Hepburn
    1
    3,714 votes
    The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, Bringing Up Baby
  • Meryl Streep
    2
    4,925 votes
    The Iron Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil Wears Prada
  • Grace Kelly
    3
    2,272 votes
    To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, Dial M for Murder
  • Bette Davis
    4
    3,117 votes
    All About Eve, Dark Victory, Jezebel