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.