Best American Actresses: Find The Top 10

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Who are the best American Actresses currently acting in Hollywood?

Have you ever stopped to wonder who the best actresses in Hollywood today? There is no doubt that Hollywood has its fair share of amazing actresses but who are the ones currently in work that have the ability to overshadow the rest?

When choosing the best American actresses, we’ve taken a number of things into consideration including how many movies they’ve starred in, how successful they’ve been throughout their career and how many nominations and awards they’ve received.

We’re not saying the ones on our list are the only good actresses in Hollywood because there are many exceptional actresses out there. However, these are the ones we believe truly stand out from the crowd.

10. Halle Berry

Halle Berry Best American Actresses

Next up on our list is the beautiful Halle Berry, now 52. Born in Ohio, Berry is well known for her sex appeal. However, Berry’s career catalogue proves that she’s not just a pretty face. She’s taken on some incredible roles in films such as Kidnap, Monster Ball and Swordfish. However, most men will likely remember her for her portrayal as Catwoman, when she really got our attention. She’s not just on our list because she’s hot (you can also spot her on our list of over 40s sexiest actresses) – she’s also on here for being an extremely capable actress.

Since Halle Berry has been acting she has starred in 42 movies for which she has received 42 Awards and 81 nonmations. Her major awards include one Academy Award for best actress for her role in (2001) Monster Ball, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. Halle Berry full list of awards and nominations.

9. Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver Best American Actresses

Big screen actress, Sigourney Weaver (69) was born in New York. She is a terrific actress and well known for starring in sci-fi movies such as Avatar, Galaxy Quest and Paul. But she is best known for her dramatic portrayal of the character Ripley in Alien, Aliens and Alien Resurrection. She’s also been successful in a number of other roles including when she starred in Copycat and Gorillas in the Mist. Weaver is one of the best American actresses and someone who we all enjoy watching.

Since Sigourney Weaver has been in acting, she’s starred in 58 movies for which she has received 25 awards out of 76 nominations. Her major awards include two Golden Globes (one for best actress in (1998) Gorillas in the Mist and the other for best supporting actress in (1988) Working Girl). Sigourney Weaver full list of awards and nominations.

8. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts Best American Actresses

Julia Roberts is now 51 and was born in Georgia. At this point in her career, Roberts is know as a power actor who has the ability to increase box office sales with the mere mention of her name being cast in a movie. She is best known for starring in Notting Hill and is a firm favourite amongst film fans globally. Even though we believe her power status may be in decline, her capabilities are still unquestionable. Which her a easy place on our list of
best American actresses.

Since Julia Roberts has been acting, she’s starred in 53 movies for which she has received 53 awards out of 100 nominations. Her major awards include one Academy Award for best actress for her role in (2000) Erin Brockovich. Others include one BAFTA and two Golden Globes. Julia Roberts full list of awards and nominations.

7. Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer Best American Actresses

Next on our list of best American actresses is Michelle Pfeiffer, now 60 and born in California. She’s worked across a wide range of genres including crime, thrillers, comedy, romance and drama. Pfeiffer is known for starring in movies such as Dangerous Mind, Stardust, Scarface and her most recent one – Murder on the Orient Express. Pfeiffer is an outstanding actress and an incredible performer, able to even capture the most toughest audiences.

Since Michelle Pfeiffer has been acting, she’s starred in 46 movies for which she has received 24 Awards out of 48 nominations. Her major awards include one BAFTA for best supporting actress for her role in the (1989) movie Dangerous Liaisons . She’s also won a Golden Globe. Michelle Pfeiffer full list of awards and nominations.

6. Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon Best American Actresses

Susan Sarandon was born in New York. She’s been in her fair share of movies, covering a wide spectrum of different styles and doing every role she commits to exceptionally well. Sarandon best known for starring in movies such as Thelma & Louise, Stepmom, Tammy and her more recent film, A Bad Mom’s Christmas. She’s given us some great performances over the years and is still looking great at 72.

Since Susan Sarandon has been acting she’s starred in 83 movies, for which she has received 54 awards and 81 nominations. Her major awards include one Academy Award for best actress for her role in 1995 film Dead Man Walking. Susan Sarandon full list of awards and nominations.

5. Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda Best American Actresses

Jane Fonda is now 81. She was born in New York and has been in acting for almost 60 years, making her the oldest actress in our group. Fonda was lucky enough to be born into the movie industry and was able to learn her acting skills from her father, Henry Fonda, who was also an exceptional actor in his time. Fonda is best known for starring in films such as Barrella, Monster in Law, Our Souls at Night and Book Club. She is known for her professionalism on set and her dedication to the characters she is tasked with.

Since Jane Fonda has been acting, she’s starred in 47 movies for which she has received 56 awards out of 63 nominations. Her major ones include two Academy Awards for best actress, one for her role in (1971) Klute and the other for (1978) Coming Home. Others include two BAFTAs and four Golden Globes. Jane Fonda full list of awards and nominations.

4. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman Best American Actresses

The youngest on our list of best American actresses is California born Natalie Portman, who is now 37. Make no mistake, even though she’s the youngest in the group, she is just as talented as the others. She’s appeared in the massive blockbuster hit Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and is also known for her roles in Marvel’s Thor, V for Vendetta and Jackie. She is well remembered for her lead role in Black Swan where she gives a dramatic and emotional performance.

Since Natalie Portman has been acting, she’s starred in 47 movies for which she has received 84 awards and 131 nominations. Her major awards include one Academy Award for best actress for her role in (2001) Black Swan, one BAFTA and one Golden Globe. Natalie Portman full list of awards and nominations.

3. Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore Best American Actresses

Julianne Moore, now 58, was born in North Carolina. She’s starred across several genres including horrors, comedy, drama and sci-fi. There is truly no limit to what type of roles she’s capable of taking on. She’s known for starring in Hannibal, Boogie Nights and Carrie. But the role that we really have to give her the most credit for is her portrayal of Alice in Still Alice. Her realistic and moving portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease secures her a spot on our best American actresses list.

Since Julianne Moore has been acting, she has starred in 67 movies for which she has received 78 awards and 169 nominations. Major awards include one Academy Award for best actress for her role in (2015) Still Alice, two Golden Globes and one BAFTA award. Julianne Moore full list of awards and nominations.

2. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster Best American Actresses

Next on our list of talented Jodie Foster who is one of America’s best actresses. Now 56 and at born in California, Foster grew up in the spotlight.

She’s best known for starring in a number of films including Contact, Inside Man and The Brave One. But it goes without saying that she is best known for her outstanding performance in Silence of The Lambs. Foster is a versatile actress and is able to adapt to any role. She tends to star in more gripping movies and is able to draw you in with her portrayal of the character she’s been assigned. And this is exactly why she makes the list best American actresses.

Since Jodie Foster has been acting, she starred in 38 movies for which she has received 60 awards out of 142 nominations. Her major awards include two Academy Awards for best actress for roles in the (1991) Silence of the Lambs and (1989) The Accused. Other awards include three Golden Globes.
Jodie Foster full list of awards and nominations
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1. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep Best American Actresses

Taking centre stage is Meryl Streep, now 69 and born in New Jersey. She’s been acting for close to 50 years and is an outstanding and versatile actress as a result. She is certainly one of the most recognised names in Hollywood and there’s a good reason for that – her powerful and passionate performances in front of the camera and exceptional acting skills really set her apart from the rest. She is well known for movies such as The Manchurian Candidate, The Devil Wears Prada and Death Becomes. Streep is not only one of the best American actresses currently working but she’s also one greatest actresses of all time. Her portrayal of any role she takes on is natural, realistic and never overly scripted.

Since Meryl Streep has been acting, she starred in 64 movies for which she received 156 awards and 389 nominations. Her major ones include three Academy Awards (two for best actress for her roles in (1983) Sophie’s Choice and (2012) Iron Lady and one for best supporting actress in (1980) Kramer vs Kramer). She has also won several others including five Golden Globes. Meryl Streep full list of awards and nominations.