film The Best American Actresses Working Today

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List Rules 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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Meryl Streep 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meryl Streep Into the Woods (2014), August: Osage County (2013) The Iron Lady (2011)

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Julianne Moore 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julianne Moore Still Alice (2014), Non-Stop (2014) What Maisie Knew (2012)

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Sandra Bullock 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sandra Bullock Gravity (2013), The Heat (2013) The Blind Side (2009)

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Jennifer Lawrence 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Winter's Bone (2010)

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Emma Stone 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Emma Stone Birdman (2014), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The Help (2011)

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Anne Hathaway 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anne Hathaway Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Les Misérables (2012)

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Julia Roberts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Julia Roberts The Normal Heart (2014), August: Osage County (2013) Duplicity (2009)

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Natalie Portman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Natalie Portman The Other Woman (2011), Thor (2011) Black Swan (2010)

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Jodie Foster 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jodie Foster Carnage (2011), The Brave One (2007) Inside Man (2006)

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Kathy Bates 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kathy Bates American Horror Story, Midnight in Paris (2011) Revolutionary Road (2008)

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Amy Adams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Amy Adams Big Eyes (2014), American Hustle (2013) The Master (2012)

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Scarlett Johansson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Scarlett Johansson Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2014) Her (2013)

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Sigourney Weaver 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sigourney Weaver Chappie (2015), Political Animals Avatar (2009)

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Michelle Pfeiffer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Michelle Pfeiffer Dark Shadows (2012), Chéri (2009) Hairspray (2007)

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Diane Keaton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Keaton And So It Goes (2014), Morning Glory (2010) The Family Stone (2005)

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Glenn Close 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Glenn Close Low Down (2014), Damages Albert Knobbs (2011)

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Reese Witherspoon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Reese Witherspoon Wild (2014), The Good Lie (2014) Mud (2013)

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Jennifer Connelly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jennifer Connelly Shelter (2014), Noah (2014) Winter's Tale (2014)

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Sally Field 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Sally Field Lincoln (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Two Weeks (2006)

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Mila Kunis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Mila Kunis Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011) Black Swan (2010)

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Charlize Theron 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Charlize Theron Prometheus, The Italian Job The Devil's Advocate

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Marisa Tomei 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Marisa Tomei Love Is Strange (2014), The Ides of March (2011) The Wrestler (2008)

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Angelina Jolie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Angelina Jolie Salt (2010), Wanted (2008) Changeling (2008)

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Kristen Bell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kristen Bell House of Lies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Uma Thurman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Uma Thurman The Slap, Nymphomaniac (2014) Love Marilyn (2012)

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Hilary Swank 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Hilary Swank The Homesman (2014), Conviction (2010) Amelia (2009)

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Jessica Lange 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Lange American Horror Story, The Gambler (2014) Grey Gardens (2009)

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Susan Sarandon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise Bull Durham

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Viola Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Viola Davis Get on Up (2014), Prisoners (2013) Ender's Game (2013)

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Kate Winslet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kate Winslet Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Finding Neverland

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Winona Ryder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Winona Ryder The Iceman (2013), Black Swan (2010) The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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Robin Wright 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Robin Wright House of Cards, A Most Wanted Man (2014) Moneyball (2011)

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Helen Hunt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Helen Hunt Decoding Annie Parker (2014), The Sessions (2012) Then She Found Me (2007)

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Jamie Lee Curtis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jamie Lee Curtis Veronica Mars (2014), You Again (2010) Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

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Chloë Grace Moretz 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Chloë Grace Moretz If I Stay (2014), Carrie (2013) Hugo (2011)

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Jessica Chastain 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year (2015), Interstellar (2014) Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

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Diane Lane 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Diane Lane Man of Steel (2013), Secretariat (2010) Cinema Verite

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Anna Kendrick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Anna Kendrick Twilight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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Gwyneth Paltrow 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Gwyneth Paltrow Contagion (2011), Two Lovers (2008) The Iron Man (2008)

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Claire Danes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Claire Danes Homeland, Temple Grandin (2010) Stardust (2007)

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Annette Bening 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Annette Bening Danny Collins (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012) The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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Ellen Burstyn 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Ellen Burstyn Draft Day (2014), Love Marilyn (2012) Lovely Still (2010)

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Kerry Washington 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Kerry Washington Scandals, Django Unchained (2012) Mother and Child (2010)

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Laura Linney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes (2015), The Details (2012) The Savages (2007)

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Tina Fey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Tina Fey Mean Girls, MegaMind Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Frances McDormand 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Frances McDormand Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom (2012) This Must Be the Place (2012)

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Dakota Fanning 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Dakota Fanning The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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Emma Roberts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Emma Roberts Palo Alto (2014), American Horror Story We're the Millers (2013)

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Meg Ryan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Meg Ryan Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally... Sleepless in Seattle

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Amy Poehler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Actresses Working Today
Amy Poehler They Came Together (2014), Parks & Recreation ACOD (2013)