Best Actresses of the 80s

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1Molly RingwaldMolly Kathleen Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Her first major role was in The Facts of Life before making her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Sixteen candles and the breakfast club are two of the greatest films of all-time partly thanks to the greatness of Molly Ringwald it's a shame that you don't hear of her any more

Top 5 reasons: She is a Wonderful actress, she is Talented, she is Beautiful, she is Unique, and she has feeling as an actress.

Molly is the greatest. I love her. Also, she is probably one of the most beautiful people I've ever seen.

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2Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer wasn't just one of the best, if not THE best, actresses of the 80's but she is still one of the best actresses today. She is multitalented (oil painter, singer, and she can fix things around the house), stunningly beautiful, A LOVING MOTHER AND WIFE, a classy and aspiring woman, doesn't hog the spotlight or use her children or sex appeal to make headlines, and she is extremely modest. Did I mention her potential humor? Michelle Pfeiffer is TIMELESS.

The Hollywood Knights (1980), Falling in Love Again (1980), Callie & Son (1981), Splendor in the Grass (1981), Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), Grease 2 (1982), Scarface (1983), Into the Night (1985), Ladyhawke (1985), Sweet Liberty (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Tequila Sunrise (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). - Alexandr

She or Kim Basinger would have been a better lead (for Tom Cruise) in TOP GUN!

She is one of the naturally beautiful women I have had every seen.

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3Jodie Foster

Foxes (1980), Carny (1980), O'Hara's Wife (1982), Svengali (1983), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), The Blood of Others (1984), Mesmerized (1986), Five Corners (1987), Siesta (1987), The Accused (1988), Stealing Home (1988). - Alexandr

4Sigourney Weaver

Eyewitness (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Deal of the Century (1983), Ghost Busters (1984), One Woman or Two (1985), Aliens (1986), Half Moon Street (1986), Working Girl (1988), Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989). - Alexandr

Ghostbusters and Aliens - enough said.

5Diane LaneDiane Lane is an Oscar nominated American actress. Born and raised in New York City, Lane made her screen debut in George Roy Hill's 1979 film A Little Romance, starring opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.

Touched by Love (1980), Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), Child Bride of Short Creek (1981), National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982), Six Pack (1982), Miss All-American Beauty (1982), The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), Streets of Fire (1984), The Cotton Club (1984), Lady Beware (1987), The Big Town (1987), Love Dream (1988). - Alexandr

Every character played by Diane Lane reminds me of, oh my gosh, Diane Lane. There are plenty of scenes where her efforts don't quite cut it. For the overwhelming majority of her scenes however, she manages to convince me Diane Lane is the character.

Either she's just that good, or I'm in love with her and can't tell the difference -- or both.

Diane Lane was and is a beautiful actress, she is funny, lovely, and most of all a GREAT actress.

She was and still is an awesome actor. I liked her as Cherry Valance on the outsiders movie!

6Susan SarandonSusan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.

Atlantic City (1980), Loving Couples (1980), Tempest (1982), The Hunger (1983), The Buddy System (1984), Mussolini and I (1985), Compromising Positions (1985), Women of Valor (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Bull Durham (1988), Sweet Hearts Dance (1988), The January Man (1989), A Dry White Season (1989). - Alexandr

7Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates was not only beautiful, but a very good actress, didn't always get the really good roles, was never really taken seriously by Hollywood, they only considered here as a sex symbol, which she was of course, but she definitely had acting talent besides beauty!

See did not get enough acting roles. She could act and looked great.

Was and is the best looking sexy hot!

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9Jamie Lee Curtis

The Fog (1980), Prom Night (1980), Terror Train (1980), She's in the Army Now (1981), Roadgames (1981), Halloween II (1981), Callahan (1982), Money on the Side (1982), Love Letters (1983), Trading Places (1983), Grandview, U. S. A. (1984), Perfect (1985), As Summers Die (1986), A Man in Love (1987), Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987), Dominick and Eugene (1988), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Blue Steel (1989). - Alexandr

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10Meryl StreepMary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.

She later won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sophie's Choice (1982)... the best Meryl..

Why the hell is meryl not number 1 I mean Jesus Christ, the woman is amazing

She as been in films such as holocaust, julia, the deer hunter,Manhattan,the seduction of joe tynan, kramer vs kramer, the French lieutenants woman, alice at the palace,still of the night, sophies choice, silkwood, falling in love, plenty, out of Africa, heartburn,ironweed,a cry in the dark(aka evil angels), she devil - an that's only the 70's and 80's plus all the work on stage in the 60's and 70's Ha!

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11Jennifer Jason Leigh

One of her generations great actresses

12Kim Basinger

Hard Country (1981), Killjoy (1981), Mother Lode (1982), Never Say Never Again (1983), The Man Who Loved Women (1983), The Natural (1984), Fool for Love (1985), Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986), No Mercy (1986), Blind Date (1987), Nadine (1987), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), Batman (1989). - Alexandr

She is the sexiest woman I would love to buy her lunch
And I'm 74 years old... I just love the lady
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13Kathleen TurnerMary Kathleen Turner, better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director.

Body Heat (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984), A Breed Apart (1984), Crimes of Passion (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Julia and Julia (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Switching Channels (1988), The War of the Roses (1989). - Alexandr

Kathleen Turner in her prime had a natural vibrant femininity that could be breathtaking.

Super actor and hotter woman in the beginning and as late great still as a wiser woman!

Gotta love her in Romancing the Stone.

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14Whoopi GoldbergCaryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.

The Color Purple (1985), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Burglar (1987), Fatal Beauty (1987), The Telephone (1988), Clara's Heart (1988), Kiss Shot (1989), Homer and Eddie (1989). - Alexandr

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15Nastassja Kinski

a perfect actress, a beautiful woman...
a godess...
such a talent woman. One from the Heart (1982), Cat People (1982), Spring Symphony (1983), Exposed (1983), The Moon in the Gutter (1983), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Maria's Lovers (1984), Harem (1985), Revolution (1985), Malady of Love (1987), Silent Night (1989), Torrents of Spring (1989), On a Moonlit Night (1989). good movies but are much more good movies with nastassja

One from the Heart (1982), Cat People (1982), Spring Symphony (1983), Exposed (1983), The Moon in the Gutter (1983), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Maria's Lovers (1984), Harem (1985), Revolution (1985), Malady of Love (1987), Silent Night (1989), Torrents of Spring (1989), On a Moonlit Night (1989). - Alexandr

16Brooke Shields

I loved her work in the blue lagoon. Best movie ever!

17Goldie Hawn

Private Benjamin (1980), Seems Like Old Times (1980), Best Friends (1982), Swing Shift (1984), Protocol (1984), Wildcats (1986), Overboard (1987). - Alexandr

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18Sherilyn Fenn

The Wild Life (1984), Silence of the Heart (1984), Just One of the Guys (1985), Out of Control (1985), Thrashin' (1986), The Wraith (1986), Zombie High (1987), Two Moon Junction (1988), Crime Zone (1988), True Blood (1989). - Alexandr

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20Geena Davis

Tootsie (1982), Secret Weapons (1985), Fletch (1985), Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986), Beetle Juice (1988), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), The Accidental Tourist (1988). - Alexandr

In. Her. Prime...super. Sexy. Amazon. Type. Woman...can. Eat. Cookies. In. My. Bed anytime!

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