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.

Meryl is in her rightful position at number one. She is smart, beautiful, talented, dedicated, funny, elegant, sophisticated, sexy, well spoken, flexible and magnificent. Meryl can play any role better than any other actress. I have never seen her in a film without being inspired by her.

Who on earth is Meryl Streep?

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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

Millions of people know through her achievement in oscar which brought her as the best actress

Best actress ever!

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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..

This list may have too many overrated actresses but she's not one of them

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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

Amazing at playing the stepmother

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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

I wonder why she is number 5...? She is amazing, her acting looks like it really happened. She can make us like really in the movie. When I watched Maleficent, I can't look away from the cinema screen. She is also beautiful and nice. She also does social services in secret. She has won many awards. She should've been in number 1 than Meryl Streep... For those who read I suggest you pick Angelina Jolie...

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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!

This list is out of control! Too many overrated actresses here on top!

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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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9Anne 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

Anne Hathaway is so amazing. She is the main character in my fave movie: princess diaries. She is so beautiful and without her princess diaries wouldn't be what it is!

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10Emma 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

She is just the best

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The Newcomers

?AJ Lee
?Elizabeth Olsen

She is really cool. Plays a very powerful marvel character as well as many other parts.

The Contenders

11Bette 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.

She should be number 1.This list is HORRIBLE anyway

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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).

Should b much higher up on this list. The best actress in every category

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13Helena 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.

Best actress ever amazing in Harry Potter and really good in Les miserables

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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!

I loved Natalie Portman in the Star Wars saga I men there is no Star Wars with out Natalie Portman

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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.

She is just incredible. I could watch her drink a glass of water. Maybe she'll be the next batman. We can only hope. Why isn't Maggie in everything? There should be a remake of Harry Potter staring her as every single character. That would be incredible. Maggie Smith for president

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16Cate 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.

I had only seen 2 of her movies prior to Carol (2015). I totally fell in love with her character in that movie and went back and watched approximately 12 more of her movies and, best actress ever. She has natural talent and seem to be a very humble person. She should be in the Top 5... in my humble opinion!

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17Charlize Theron

Her performance in Monster was the best acting performance I have ever seen. You just forget she's acting, it's incredible.

Her performance in Snow White & The Huntsman really made her shine.

Loved her acting in the movie "young adult" but I was dissapointed for her acting in the movie "hancock".
Maybe that was the director's fault.

Her performance in "Monster" was the best acting performance I have ever seen, also loved her acting in the movie "young adult".

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18Keira Knightley

She is a wonderful young actress. Her performances in Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess and the Edge of Love show that she is developing into a very good actress. In my opinion she should definitely be higher on the list. I think she will become one of the leading actresses of her generation. - VocalMimzy

Awesome performance! Sexy and beautiful body! Should definitely be #1! I mean Pirates of the Carri bean? Come on people!

She is amazing in pirates of the Caribbean. - bunnylips

She should be higher she was amazing in pride and prejudice

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19Reese Witherspoon

A great example of a young teen actress turned mature and sophisticated. She will win many more awards and continue to choose smart and sexy roles to play.

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Reese Witherspoon is such an amazing actress. My favorite book that she was in are... Walk the Line, Penelope, Just Like Heaven and both of the Legally Blonde movies. I highly recommend you see them.

Reese Witherspoon is FANTASTIC! I loved her in Monsters vs. Aliens! I want to see the movie Sweet Home Alabama! SO great! Reese Witherspoon would make a bad movie a good movie!

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20Jennifer Aniston

Amazing and Beautiful actress. She's great in all roles she does.

Jennifer Aniston in the top20? Are you for real? Her acting skills didn't improve since her " friends " days. She's just a bad actress when it comes to serious roles. Don't tell me that actresses like for instance Naomi Watts, Rachel McAdams and a lot more ranked lower on this list are less talented than she is. That would be ridiculous. She 's just too overrated because of her popularity in certain circles.

Wow, Jenn should be in the top 3 easily. I would rate her number 1 of all time best female actor. Dude it's Rachel green from friends. She has awesome actor skills and has done more movies than 3/4 of the girls on this list. She needs her votes up. I love you Jenn keep up the good work and bring us more awesome movies. She has been a crush of mine since friends during my high school era in the 90's

Doesn't belong on the top 20. I mean, Katharine Hepburn is ranked lower than Jennifer Aniston. That's complete crap! We're talking about BEST actresses here, NOT popularity.

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