The Best American Actresses Working Today

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List Criteria: American actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great American actresses throughout film history, but which female American actresses working today are the greatest? This list of the best American actresses working today ranks today's best Hollywood actresses, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated American actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in the United States, though they might be popular with international film lovers as well. Today's top American actresses go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are beautiful to boot!

The greatest American actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Amy Poehler, Viola Davis, Robin Wright, and Jennifer Lawrence. If there’s an actress listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best US actresses currently working.
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    Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013), The Iron Lady (2011) ...

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    Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012)

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    Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013), The Blind Side (2009)

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    American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Winter's Bone ...

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    Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Les Misérables ...

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    Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Help (2011)

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    The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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    Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007), Inside Man (2006)

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    The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Duplicity (2009)

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    Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014), Her (2013)

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    Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013), The Master (2012)

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    American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011), Revolutionary Road (2008) ...

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    Chappie (2015), Political Animals, Avatar (2009)

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    And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010), The Family Stone (2005)

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    Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009), Hairspray (2007)

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    Shelter (2014), Noah (2014), Winter's Tale (2014)

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    Low Down (2014), Damages, Albert Knobbs (2011)

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    Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014), Mud (2013)

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    Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks (2006)

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    Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011), The Wrestler (2008)

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    Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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    Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011), Black Swan (2010)

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    The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010), Amelia (2009)

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    American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014), Grey Gardens (2009)

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    The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014), Love Marilyn (2012)

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    Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013), Ender's Game (2013)

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    House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014), Moneyball (2011)

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    Contagion (2011), Two Lovers (2008), The Iron Man (2008)

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    Scandals, Django Unchained (2012), Mother and Child (2010)

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    Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012), Lovely Still (2010)

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    Homeland, Temple Grandin (2010), Stardust (2007)

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    Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Kids Are All Right (2010) ...

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    If I Stay (2014), Carrie (2013), Hugo (2011)

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    Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012), The Savages (2007)

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    McFarland USA (2015), Prisoners (2013), The Company Men (2011)

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