Best Actresses

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1Meryl Streep

"There's no such thing as the greatest living actress. " - Meryl Streep

For once, Meryl got it wrong. Not only is she a superb actress, the woman was able to maintain a private life, raised 4 kids, keep her 32-yr marriage while sustaining a successful film career.

She never plays the same character twice. That time when she lost the Oscar to Sandra Bullock, I thought, "Well, Meryl could do Sandra's role and be better in it. But I bet my life, Sandra can't and won't be able play Julia Child the way Meryl did it. " She is beyond brilliant. Never one to be physically conscious, Meryl Streep just dives in and do whatever it takes to do justice to the role regardless if she'll look glamorous in it or not.

Meryl without a doubt, nobody else even comes close. Every film she plays a completely different character, with 100% accuracy and commitment. Seen every one except the Abba one, can't bring myself to watch that, but I'm sure she's great. Too many favorites to mention, Devil wears Prada the best recent one, Bridges of Madison County great because it stars the 2 greatest actors of all time, the rafting one her best action film, and Sophie's Choice the most distressing. Kate Winslet is the only one who has a chance of surpassing her, but I think at the end of the day 123 will be Meryl, Kate, Angeline.

Every day I imagine myself if Meryl Streep was my mom. She's more pretty than Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lawrence COMBINED. She has been holding on to a marriage for so long and doesn't need a crap magazine to get her fame. Because she got fame because she's good unlike that dumb Miley Cyrus and annoying Katy Perry and SUPER IRRITATING Taylor Swift. All her films seem so good and I want to watch all of them but I can't, I'm not 13 yet. I've only watched Devil Wears Prada which is one of my favorite movie. Her acting in it was SO REAL and she and Anne Hathaway are a perfect pair. They are both equally good. I think that she's so amazing and whenever she's nominated for ANYTHING, she should NEEDS to win! - maddyparrot22

I'm too old to be sure of anything but, Meryl Streep would get my vote for greatest of all time.

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2Sandra Bullock

AMAZING! My Favorite with her is The Blind Side! She was absolutely fantastic it was a fantastic and inspirational movie. I cried and laughed and awed more then I can even beginning to explain. She nails every single one of her roles weather is it Comedy, Drama, Romantic, or Action she is a fantastic Actress!

I've seen most of her movies and she is very good
Either she makes me laugh or be hypnotized by her complexion
No one can really say she is a bad actress maybe gets every scene in two takes

She's hilarious, yet very professional in her acting skills. She proves to be an excellent actress by challenging herself and by always bringing smiles to her audience.

I love you Sandra..

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3Jodie Foster

Jodie is the best best and best actress in Hollywood. Her performance in contact was so remarkable and I love to see her films, what a super actor, she is a born actress. Silence of the lambs and flight plan all made hit only because of her performance. Beauty with acting in right proportion and SHE IS THE BEST

Prefer her earlier roles as they will stand the test of time. Amazing actress as so believable in most of the roles, just a shame she didn't make wise choices near the end of her career but thankfully can be forgiven

People the list is for best actresses. Is that so difficult too understand.. No doubt its all about Jodie, Winslet and Blanchett (among the recent). I choose JODIE for her 3 decades..

Phenomenal, classy and intelligent actress. Defined a generation of actresses.

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4Nicole Kidman

The most amazing actress of our time, and is already a Hollywood icon - in fashion and acting. Classy, gorgeous, poised, incredibly talented and concise of the different roles she always takes, she'll always be the Nicole Kidman that we'll always know who even gives an amount of money to various charities. Fact is, she can steal the show even with just a glimpse of her. Her accent and beauty steals the show, that you forget about everything. Get this - she can actually sing and dance, hence Moulin Rouge (2001). She can do drama, (The Hours, Cold Mountain) horror (The Others) and, she's incredible funny (Bewitched, To Die For, Flirting) while winning awards on the way. She'll probably even win three Oscars with that kind of natural talent, poise, and beauty.

Nicole Kidman is the most beautiful woman in the world. Never Ever in my life I've seen somebody prettier than her. She is a pure goddess... Any time I watch her on the screen I'm spellbound by her gorgeous and luxurious beauty and incredible talent. She's a pure GODDESS and a true talent. Ans I was so disappointed when she didn't won an oscar for Moulin Rouge... How come it didn't happen =(( Her performance is shattering, remarkable, AMAZING, HEART-WRENCHING and totally precious... Very very underrated... I LOVE YOU, NICOLE... YOU ARE THE BEST

She is very good and very very diverse
I liked her in the hours, eyes wide shut, and she was so good in the Others

Another gorgeous actress with hideous picture on her post. Place change it

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5Angelina Jolie

HELLO MS ANGELINA JOLIE,
YOU ARE MOST BEAUTIFUL, STUNTS, ROMANTIC. I WILL BE REBORN BACK BUT I DON'T FORGET FOR MY ALL REBORNS. YOU ARE MOST IMPOSSIBLE. ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR NEXT FILM. I AM YOUR GREATEST FAN AND GREATEST BEST FRIEND OF TRILLIONS OF THE UNIVERSES AND FOR YOUR ALL YOUR REBORNS. YOU ARE number 1 OF THE TRILLIONS OF THE UNIVERSES AND I GAVE SAME REPLY TO TOM CRUISE THE MOST HANDSOME, ROMANTIC, number 1, STUNTFUL OF THE TRILLIONS OF THE UNIVERSES AND FOR ALL HIS REBORNS. I WILL YOU WILL WON THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD AND TOM CRUISE ALSO WILL WON THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD.

Her ability to fall into a role and tottaly claim it as her own is unparalleled among actresses. When you watch her movies you will never find yourself thinking why didn't they go with whatshername instead. From Hackers to Mr and Mrs Smith, it was always gonna be Angelina Jolie.

She is the best number 1 for sure
She is the GREATEST ACTRESS ALL OVER THE WORLD
She is an amazing and talented actress that is able to portray many different characters who can mold herself into different roles.
She's pure perfection

She's so beautiful. This pic of her is hideous. Put better picture up

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6Kate Winslet

I like very much kate winslet. I really appriciate for titanic movie work.

Come on! Kate Winslet is the epitome of acting, with that kind of grace and beauty Kate is born to be a superstar! And mind you, she's very young still but has achieved greater heights than most of the world's actors. Imagine 20 years from now, and voila, she'll collect thousands of awards again and again. Must watch movies of her: Titanic, The Reader, Heavenly Creatures,... Spotless Mind, and Mildred Pierce. You'll be blown away!

Kate winslet performance in "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road" is the best performance of her generation because of his extraordinary depth in acting she made it to the top! Kate is simply amazing!

Kate Winslet is such an incredible actress, woman, mother and human! She's amazing and she show us what an incredible actress she is in every single movie she does, she actually is the best actress and inspiration of al times! Love you Kate

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7Julia Roberts

I can't stand this actress. Hit her by mistake. Big mistake.

Nasty self centered unimpressive phoney pretentious

No you never have to vote for her to write how you truly feel. Just can't stand her. Sorry. Such a phoney

Somehow she plays the hooker part really well. Interesting.

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8Sigourney Weaver

I had to choose her not only because she is a wonderful actress, playing heroes, damsels, and even villains. She also has such a powerful, commanding voice that let her sneak into such films as Wall-E, Cabin in the Woods, Paul and many others. She may be a sci-fi legend but she's also done many well known comedy and drama movies.

Side note. Whoever put Kristen Stewart on this list needs to be smacked upside the head. That girl has the acting range of a potato.

Come on! How is Sigourney Weaver not no. 1! Has anyone even seen her amazing acting. Watch Alien or Aliens sometime soon. I'd like this list better if you did. - vmacmil-1

What a pleasant surprise to see her in the top ten. She is classy, beautiful, and can even play the villain really well (she made Working Girl a good movie). Richly deserved, she is a top ten actress, though I feel she often gets underrated somehow.

Should win. Nothing she can't do.

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9Helena Bonham-Carter

Here are so many awesome actresses on the list like Maggie Smith or Emma Thompson but HELENA BONHAM CARTER is definitely the best!
Movies like Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter or THE KING's SPEECH are just awesome because of her!

She is pretty and talented and always who she really is and that's why she deserves a much better place on this list! (I'm sorry, I come from Germany, so my English isn't very good. :))

She os one of the most inspiring people on this earth and my number 1!

Helena Bonham-Carter is awesome! She gives you such an eerie feeling when she acts, and it's great. Not many people can pull off her roles. She was great in The King's Speech, Fight Club, Harry Potter, just to name a few. She is also so dark and quirky in real life and I love her for that. She deserves a higher ranking on this list.

Helena Bonham carter is my life. She's is by far the best actress, IN THE WORLD, and will never be beaten. Not only does she portray her characters excellently (The Red Queen, Bellatrix Lestrange, Mrs. Lovett, etc etc) but she is truly a differrent and inspiring person.

Totally off beat! Love her.

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10Anne Hathaway

I love her! She is amazing in movie she does. She was great in One Day because she showed everything that was needed for an excellent book. She was perfect in Devil Wears Prada. All of her work is thanks to the Princess Diaries!

Her unique acting style captures the heart of her fans, tough and strong both physically and mentally! Not to mention, her beauty! Fabulous actress. Can't wait for this Friday's dark knight rises for a different aura of Catwoman by Anne Hathaway!

unique style and personality. all the others are just the sama. blond hair short skirt high heels and tiny top. SHE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE! - vn

I loved her in Ella Enchanted

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The Newcomers

?Michelle Monaghan
?Selma Blair

Can't believe she's not in the top 10! Fantastic multi-faceted actress. - babydoll

The Contenders

11Emma Watson

Emma Watson is not nearly as talented as any of the others actresses on this list. She does not deserve number 14.

Like it was said many times before. Wooden and banal

Talentless lackluster performances. Not belong on this list at all

Admire her more as a person than an actress

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12Michelle Pfeiffer

She is absolutely the best, the top and by far, number one. I love her chemistry with her leading men. She makes them shine which is also a tribute to her generosity and her consummate acting ability. She was so vulnerable yet funny with Al Pacino in "Frankie and Johnny" and was surely a stand out with him in the cult classic, "Scarface" She inhabits any role to it's fullest and there's never a question that she's the only choice for that role. She is heaven on earth.

This gorgeous woman is by far one of the most underrated actresses, ever to have graced the screen. She is beyond beautiful and luminous in "The Witches of Eastwick" undefinable in "The Fabulous Baker Boys", absolutely adorable and what comedic timing in "Married to the Mob" and richly authentic "News Year Eve". I even loved her in"Icould never be your woman" what an actress, what a talent, what a beauty and what a mother. Probably a great best friend, as well. Love you, michelle, love you michelle, love you michelle. Oh and thanks so much for your gifts.

Amazing actress in all types of movies. Excellent in Dangerous Minds (1995), Up Close & Personal (1996), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000), I Am Sam (2001), White Oleander (2002), Hairspray (2007).

Gorgeous actress. Put a less hideous picture of her up

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13Bette Davis

How dumb some people can get! Bette Davis should be at least in top 5! We're talking about ACTING people! You people who voted for kristen Stewart are obviously not familiar with the term! Kristen Stewart is without a doubt the worst actress of her generati or even of all generations.. I'm not quite sure..! Her silly and pretentious attitude is disgusting! I don't need to refer to her acting again because I suppose my sentiments have become very clear. Whereas Bette Davis is a brilliant actress and has been among the geniuses who founded the industry. Placing "actresses" like Kristen Stewart over her is a huge disrespect. - vicmilano

A Fine Artist: she took roles others wouldn't take, she played variety of characters from tough, evil, murderer, to comedic, endearing, businesslike. I believe she would have won more awards but the voters couldn't take her tough, aggressive persona... she should be number 1, thank you.

There is no beating Bette Davis! Period! She is the ultimate in translating any character to the screen. What other actress in the world could have pulled off Whatever Happened to Baby Jane/ Absolutely
Brilliant a piece of work. The only actress since Davis who can drum up the degree of magnetism on the screen would be Meryl Streep. It is interesting that Davis was Streep's mentor.

Why the hell is she not in the top 5?!

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14Natalie Portman

The best OF THE LIST, AMAZING in LEON, MY BLUBERRY NIGTHS, CLOSER, GOYAS GHOSTS, BLACK SWAN

I fell in love with this actress in the year of 2008 when I went to see the movie "The other Boleyn girl". Natalie Portman portrayed a capricious and a stubborn character (Anne Boleyn) and blew me away with her outstanding performance. Since then she became my favourite actress and I have enjoyed every movie I've seen her in (yes, even "No strings attached" because she is really cute in it). I was so happy for her when she received her Oscar award because she truly deserved it. She is talented and beautiful. She's got it all. - wafflerain

She is amazing. Her role in Black Swan was not easy to play at all. I respect her for playing such a role because I don't think that any other actress could ever pull it off. And then there's her age. Being so young she's so amazing. So hell yeah! Natalie Portman is the best!

Great actress. Loved her in Black Swan. She doesn't deserve 14. She should be on top 5.

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15Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie is my absolute favorite actress of all time. Her ability to play any character there is makes me truly in awe of her talent. Her performances as Jean Brodie, Judith Hearne, Dianna Barrie and Minerva McGonagall make my heart melt. She truly is the best actress of all time. Highly underrated? Of course. Highly under-appreciated? Yes. But she really is the best.

Harry Potter, Sister Act, Tea with Mussolini, The First Wives Club, Hook, Clash of the Titans... She is great in everything she is in. - heather

I love all the movies I have seen Dame Maggie Smith in. I especially like her part in Hook - my favorite movie of all time - as Grandma Wendy. She also plays the part of Professor McGonagall well. I liked her part in The Secret Garden as well.

Great talent. Makes a part really come alive. - babydoll

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16Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence deserves to be higher on this list. She is so talented, one of the youngest ever oscar nominees, her work in Winter's Bone was outstanding. She was amazing in the Hunger Games and was beyond amazing in the Silver Linings Playbook. She is so talented, so moving, so emotional. I love her so much and look up to her. She is truly one of the greatest actresses I have ever seen, if not the greatest.

I think she is a great actress. She has a lot if talent. Others may not agree but I think she I a pretty good actress. In real life she is kind if weird though... We'll not weird but a little more hyper than she is in the hunger games. In the hunger games she is more tough and peaceful, but in real life she I loud and hyper an funny and I think that is what makes her who she is. And that is why I think she is a great actress.

I am literally inlove with her! She is my role model and my life! I firkin worship her! She is an amazing actress who has her own ways of expressing herself into the beautiful person she is! I will be a future actress soon, Sophie matar, and she is the reason why I am dying for this job and because it is who I am! I love Jlaw... She is an amazing actress with a naughty hot sexy great personality which can steal an audience in seconds! I love her and I think she is the best actress alive

Jen is totes amaze I mean look at her bravery in the hunger games

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17Nora Aunor

UNEQUALED BY ANY STAR FROM PHILIPPINES EVEN IN USA. SHE IS A GREAT SINGER, STAGE PERFORMER, GREAT VARIETY SHOW HOST, AND THE BEST OF ALL BEST A GREAT ACTRESS DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL. AWARDED AS BEST ACTRESS IN EGYPT INTERNATIONAL FILMFEST, MALAYSIA BEST ACTRESS AND IN BELGIUM BEST ACTRESS AND MANY MORE AND STILL COMING...

The ultimate in investing authenticity in her most memorable performances. Her eyes alone can already sear the screen. Magnificent!

Who else? She is the GREATEST ACTRESS in THE PHILIPPINES and also one in the WORLD because of the ACHIEVEMENTS she got From ALL OVER THE WORLD... SHE is A GEM...

She overacts and is so overrated.

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18Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett's range supersedes any other actor of her generation. She has a chameleon like ability to transform herself into any role. All her performances are of a standard rarely seen. Her depth & emotional connection with audiences is evident in all her films. Her convincing & award winning portrayals of real life characters, such as, movie star, Katherine Hepburn in "Aviator", Queen Elizabeth 1 in "Elizabeth" & Jude Quinn(Bob Dylan)in "I'm Not There", are performed with an unsurpassed honesty, empathy & integrity.

She's completely in a league of her own. In every single performance, she embodies all that the character is meant to be from stunning emotional depth to well though personal touches which gives her characters their own unique traits. She stands out from film to film as one of the most versatile actors in the world. She's undoubtedly the best actor (male/female) of our time!

Don't believe me? Elizabeth, I'm Not There, Babel, Notes on A Scandal...
To name a few, but everything she does is golden.

BY FAR Cate should be number one. Streep is overrated and has no business being number one. It has been said, and I agree, Cate is in a league of her own.

Always interesting.

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19Jessica Lange

I cannot believe I had to use the find command to locate her name! This is just wrong. I think everyone can agree that Meryl Street is the worlds best actress but this women is a close second. Whenever she is on the screen my eyes cannot stop watching her, she steals every scene. She is so good at playing a manipulative villain that you can not help but root for her character even if they are horrible.

I cannot believe some of the actresses who are currently ranked higher then this talent... It is just so sad. Most voters have no idea what talent is with some of the crap voted higher. She is hands down one of best actress alive to day

She is an awesome actor playing Fiona Goode currently on American Horror Story Coven and she is awesome in emotion. She should be number 1.

Jessica lange should be in top 3. She's charismatic, intense, and on top of that, very talented.

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20Kathy Bates

MISERY. What a performance. This woman should come before people like Jennifer Aniston etc. Ridiculous. And Marilyn Monroe? Give me a break. One overrated individual. So overrated that it is actually annoying. She was the worst thing about "Some Like It Hot" which is a great movie. I wish, they'd hired someone else to play Sugar though.

Fried Green Tomatoes, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Little Black Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Dragonfly, American Outlaws, Rat Race, Waterboy, Titanic, MISERY, Dick Tracy, and the list goes on. - heather

One of the greatest actresses of all time, it's ridiculous that names like Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman are in the Top 10 but Kathy is down at 52.

She has a special way of connecting with the audience that every other actress on this list wishes they could hone in on. Kathy Bates is special

Seemingly always under the radar, but always there and always solid. You don't realize how many great movies she's been in till you stop and think about it. Marvelous actress.

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