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21Keira KnightleyKeira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole.

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!

Keira Knightley is beautiful and an overall amazing actress. I like her the best when she is portraying girls named Elizabeth. Mainly Pride and Prejudice and the Pirates of the Caribbean. Either way she is amazing and I could definitely picture her as number one.

Good acting skills

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22Jennifer AnistonJennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of Greek actor John Aniston and American actress Nancy Dow, Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends, a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, ...read more.

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.

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

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

Amazing actress

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23Charlize Theron

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

A top actress. A well deserved winning Oscar and Golden globe for her performance as serial killer in " Monster ". Nominated for a Oscar and Golden globe for a equally outstanding performance in the movie " North country " and well-reviewed performances for " Young adult ", " The cider house rules ". Also exellent acting in " 2 Days in the valley ", " The Italian job " and the lesser known " Aeon flux " and " The road ". Like every actress who are playing so many diverse characters there were some bad choises made in her career ( I didn't like too much her acting in " The devil's advocate " but that was maybe how she was supposed to play and therefore not her fault ). The percentage of her lesser acting is so little as a matter of fact that it can be seen as " learning from mistakes " and she has proved her talent so many times that it is no doubt to concider her as one of the best actresses of all time.

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

She is not only beautiful. She very talented

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24Reese WitherspoonLaura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, known professionally as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and producer.

Reese Witherspoon is a fantastic actress, She was really good acting as Pam Hobbs in the film "The Devils Knot." She played a grieving mother who's son & his 2 best friends were horrifically murdered in a crime that shook West Memphis & the whole USA. It was based on A true story which made it even more heart wrenching, But Reese really reached out to people & touched people. I felt every scene & every line she acted like she was the real Pam Hobbs who was grieving for her baby. I think anyone who watches that film will feel complete sympathy & deep sadness for the mother & family of Stevie Branch (R.I.P). Great Acting & A Great Actress, The Devils Knot is just 1 of her many great films, she should be higher in the list.

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 is so talented! She should be at least in the top 10!

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25Katharine HepburnKatharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years.

Simply the best! 'Best Actress' Oscars: "Morning Glory"(1933). "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"(1967), "The Lion in Winter" (1969), "On Golden Pond" (1982). Achievements? Amazing. Loved all her movies, especially enjoyed "Woman of the Year". I wonder how many more 'Best Actress' awards Katharine may have won if she hadn't been labeled 'Box-Office Poison' for her spunk as a libertarian. Longevity in the movie industry for a woman is a mountain that is difficult to climb. Katharine's acting is a shining example to other actors that it can be done. What a gal! - 0s_1s

Katharine Hepburn is the real number one of the best actresses. She did take risks that even Meryl Streep could never have done or dare to do. Her on-screen charisma is without a doubt way better than Meryl Streep. As a matter of fact, you can't even compare the talent of Katharine Hepburn next to the too overrated Meryl Streep. She could play so complex characters that no other actress ( even at our present time ) would be capable of doing. All her movies are watchable and very well played and that's something you certainly could not say about Meryl Streep. Katharine Hepburn is ranked so low on this list that it's almost an insult and too ridiculous for words.

Come on, Kate Hepburn at number 18. Something is very wrong here for such a gifted Actress to be this far down on the list. She is clearly a Top 5 Rated Actress!

One of those you can't take your eyes off of when on the big screen.

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26Meg RyanMargaret Mary Emily Anne "Meg" Hyra, known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and producer.

One of my all time favorite. I like her most in You've got mail.

How in the world can this lady be so low in this poll? She has been the star of some of the best romantic comedies of the past 25 years. - RdrTech

I did like to watch her movies but since her plastic surgery ( that didn't improve her ) mania, she's barely watchable. Don't understand why a talented actress would mutulate herself when you already made it on the big screen.

Lol I though is Meg Griffin HAHA! Sorry guys.

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27Scarlett Johansson

So overrated. Most of her fans or people who likes this actress are more obsessed for her beauty ( that is also overrated, by the way ) than her acting skills. Purely as an actress she is mediocre. She's certainly not the " great " actress like the media and critics are all saying. Her low voice isn't sexy at all whatever social medias are telling us about that. She has X-legs when she walks, tons of make-up, not that sveltic ( covered in tight clothes to look like she's perfect curvy ) etc... But most of all, I can't believe that people are really impressed for her acting (? ).

She was so awesome to watch in The Avengers. I liked her facial expressions, as well as her fighting scenes. I thought she did a great job. I also liked her in Iron Man 2. She had some great scenes there, too. To me, she is an actress who can play several different roles, and play them well.

First of all what is this photo. She doesn't have to show off her boobs to be pretty. Second of all she should not have to wear yellowface in "Ghost in the Shell" and should not play an Asian character or be computer edited to look more "Asian" when she's very clearly white. I understand she has talent but the only race that Hollywood cares about is the box office race.

She's the hottest woman my eyes have seen. I'm going to make cartoon nude pictures of here to impress her fans. - Metts

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28Amanda Seyfried

An amazing actress. She's too underrated if you ask me. Highly talented acting skills. She literally can play all kind of roles. First time I saw her was on " mean girls ", last movie I saw with her is " while we're young " where she's co-starring with Naomi Watts. This actress becomes better and better with the years. Should move up!

She is good. at all this chart is not fair!

I heart Mamma Mia. She is a great actress and has lots of potential.

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29Kim Basinger

Sorry Kim is not acting. She is always believable and funny.

Kim is my favorite movie sex symbol. Now she's old but just look at her - she looks gorgeous, stunning, fantastic!

She is my favorite, actress all time.

Fabulous actress. Best performance in

30Maricel Soriano

An epitome of a great and best actress, because of her versatility.. The Diamond Star of the Philippines! - mavic

She's an actress that registered in my mind when I was a child...

Maricel soriano is the great actress of our country, even if she in comedy, horror, primetime, she deserve it... - jennatuscanodelaquioge

Diamond is forever just as the Diamond Star is...

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31Elizabeth Taylor

Well, it's been said that her eyes could make the sky pale. Those eyes captivated millions. One of the few Child stars who built a successful career. Through many marriages and illnesses Taylor lived a true Hollywood life to create some great films and a legendary status.

HOW IS SHE 40? She should be 1 on this list. Her eyes are just... WOW. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL. She is like, a legend. How can a legend like her be at 40 on this list.P.S. I also like Anne Hathaway and jenifer Aniston and Nicole kidman and amanda Bynes.

Doesn't need explanation.. It's shocking, she's not even on the list.

32Mila KunisMilena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family.

So overrated. This actress has no charisma on screen. I can't believe that some people are actually impressed by her acting. Just because she has some popularity ( and that won't last, believe me! ) doesn't mean that she's a top actress.

I loved her in boot camp an forgetting Sarah Marshall! she's so pretty!

She is awesome in forgetting sarah marshall she was so pretty

I think she's talented and so beautiful!

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33Vilma Santos

The Best Actress for all seasons and for all reasons. A very respectable and sincere person; true beauty that shines inside and out; full of humility and integrity. A kind-hearted woman who has good values and does not want to be a trying hard person just to please everyone. A genuine gem in Philippine Cinema. Nobody has achieved something as what Vilma has done - from a talented child in Trudis Liit, to a sensational teen actress in the Vilma-Edgar movies (Dama de Noche), to a super woman in Darna (the most popular and successful Darna ever), to a phenomenal Dyesebel, to brave and daring roles in Burlesk Queen and Miss X, to box-office blockbuster movies as in Paano ba and Mangarap, Karma, Pakawalan mo Ako, to the award winning movies and characters in Relasyon, Broken Marriage, Adultery, Sister Stella L. , Dolzura Cortez, to offbeat and experimental roles in Tagos ng Dugo, Sinasamba Kita, Hahamakin and Lahat, to one of the greatest box-office award winning films that touched ...more

An actress could not be called great without versatility. Vilma has portrayed almost any kind or role one could think of and with flying colors. She is without the doubt the most versatile actress in Philippine cinema garnering the most number of best actress awards. She is the only actress in Philippines could truly be called a LIVING LEGEND and the GREATEST.

An actress par excellence, Vilma Santos' brand of acting has continue to evolve through the years and never got stagnated. She can play any character to different genres, be it in drama, horror, comedy, musical, etc. Her latest film "The Healing" is her 210th movie to date, more than 90% of which are lead roles. Her achievements in terms of Best Actress Awards and Box-office Queen Awards are unequaled by her contemporaries. Not only Vilma Santos is a complete actress, she has become equally successful in the field of public service having completed her three terms as Mayor of a major city in Luzon. At present, Santos serves as Governor of a vote-rich Province of Batangas. Vilma achieves an amazing feat of effectively fusing Cinema and Politics. And no one is complaining!

Who the hell is she to be ranked so high?

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34Vivien LeighVivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh and Lady Olivier, was an English stage and film actress.

I don't understand how people like Selena Gomez and many others are ranked ahead of Vivien Leigh. She is one of the greatest actresses of all time and definitely more talented than many of the other women on here. If you can beat out people such as Bette Davis for a role, then you should probably be ranked higher on this list than Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried (even though I love them both).

She should be in the top 10 for just playing Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. That is one of the greatest performances by any actor.

vivien was never herself again, because she changed into Blanche Dubois after that role in a streetcar named desire - Mathx

The most brilliant and in depth performances of any actress I've ever seen. She is breathtaking and envelopes the entire move...but is a gracious actress in spite of this.

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35Glenn Close

Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series
2008 Damages
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - Miniseries/TV Movie
2005 The Lion in Winter
Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
2007 Damages
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Actress - Miniseries/TV Movie
2004 The Lion in Winter
Tony Awards
Best Leading Actress in a Play
1984 The Real Thing
2002 Death and the Maiden
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
1995 Sunset Boulevard
Other awards
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 The World According to Garp
NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 The World According to Garp
- Dylankelly007

Hell, if half the bloody actresses above Ms. Close were of the high caliber of her then they would deserve to be there, until now, there is no logical reason as to why the likes of Emma Watson and Natalie Portman are higher up than this extremely fantastic and gifitc actress!

Her range is a wonder. She can play epic & roles, as in Dangerous Liaisons, crazy & disturbing roles as in Fatal Attraction, subtle & introvertet roles such as in Albert Nobbs, lovingly & warm characters as in The Big Chill, The Natural and The World According to Garb and she is also unforgettable as strong female turns such Eleanor of Aquintaine in Lion in Winter & Patty Hewes in Damages. Glenn also took Gloria Swenson's iconic role and made it her own in Sunset Boulevard! She should definitely be in the top 10, in the likes of Streep, Dench, Smith, Redgrave, Taylor, Mirren, Hepburn, Davis, Lange, Bening, Sarandon, Thompson, Swinton, Chastain, M. Williams, Ullman, Bergman, Garbo, Adjani and Huppert!

I know that when Glenn close ranks number 62 on a list of finest actresses, this lit is bogus. Are you kidding me? Number one, two and three.

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36Rachel McAdams ...read more.

A talented child, she began training as a competitive figure skater at the age of four. She began her acting training at a summer theater camp and performed with them throughout high school. She graduated from York University in Toronto with Honors and a BFA degree in Theater. In 2003, she got a leading role on the Canadian television series Slings and Arrows, but back-to-back successes in the US forced her to be written out of the show in its second season. In 2004, she co-starred with Rob Schneider in the comedy The Hot Chick, but it was her turn as uber-popular high school student 'Regina George' in the hit film Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan that made Rachel a star. She followed up her success in Mean Girls with a role in the tearjerker The Notebook co-starring Ryan Gosling, whom she dated in real-life for two years. 2005 was a busy year for the actress, who played Owen Wilson's love interest in Wedding Crashers, a woman terrorized by an assassin in Red Eye and Sarah Jessica ...more

Every time she's in a movie you see a very beautiful woman, charismatic, magnetic and talented performances of her as an actress. She did get an oscar nomination very late in her career ( for the movie " Spotlight " ) which was in my opinion deserved but not that deserved at the same time. Too many performances during her career were much better, so, I concider that nomination for her work as an actress. And that she should have won! But despite that oscar nomination she remains one of the most underrated actresses and one of the best actresses of our time. A very adorable person who deserves better and certainly more recognition.

She is my personal best and favourite actress, she is amazingly gifted, very talented and has an incredible personality, an outstanding feature would be her gorgeous smile, her smile makes me smile

She is just one of the most wonderful actresses in the world whose performances never disappoints the audience.

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37Audrey Hepburn

Pretty overrated if you ask me. I think she should actually be lower on this list. I find many other actress's of a higher caliber.

This actress is in a totally different league! She is not just a performer, she is an icon! There are just a few actresses in the entire world who can be compared to her aristocratic style, talent and unforgettable persona. Audrey is larger than life!

Audrey Hepburn is probably the greatest actress there ever was. Her innocence and inquisitive nature captured the hearts of millions down to this day. I have only seen her in a couple of movies, but I still claim her as the best acting and fashion icon ever!

She is the best actress that ever stepped on this planet! She is #1, she is the epitope of beauty! She is a fashion icon! She was the most humble and down to earth person ever!

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38Drew Barrymore

How can you Put DREW at 44th - She was Riding in Cars with Boys- went on 50 First Dates with Adam - and for Jimmy she was the Perfect Catch in Boston- Even Charlie thought She as an ANGEL. Hugh wrote the Music and Lyrics were here speciality- Vote HER Up the LIST People - GB - GrantzPlace

she the best of all she didn't diserved to be in 39th place she should be at, atleast 5th place so pick her up

Surprisingly, I didn't expect that drew would be in the 27th place, despite of her talent in acting, and her beauty. I mean, an actress like drew should be on the top 10 actresses, and she deserves it. Like, totally. She is one of favorite actresses, I even have a girl crush on her, I mean who wouldn't, right? So uh yeah, DREW BARRYMORE GUYS! :))))) please vote her :DD

One of the Best in the WORLD!

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39Julie AndrewsDame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.

I've saw her in a speaking thing she did in Brisbane, and I cried when she walked out on stage she was flawless, and I believe that she should be at least top 5, to be honest, I think she is the greatest human being alive, she has one an Oscar of Christ sake! The magic Mary poppins film made the most money of all films the year it was released! People ask me why do you think the sound of music and Mary poppins were such successful movies. The answer is simple... Because of JULiE ANDREWS!

How could anyone forget about Julie Andrews? No doubt she can act! She's a legend. Also the women never ages an has class! God love her for "Mary Poppins", "Sound of Music", Princes Diaries",...

The Sound of Music & Mary Poppins... greatest movies ever - beatlesforever6

She is mary poppins AND maria. There. Two characters I will never forget.

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40Jessica AlbaJessica Marie Alba is an American actress, model and businesswoman. She has won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, and a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.

Maybe not the greatest actress of all time but she has a certain on-screen charisma rarely seen in today's actresses. Also a delight to watch because of her beauty. She doesn't deserve all the bad critics for her acting skills because in worthy roles she can deliver good acting.

She is absolutely awesome! Great actress! She was really good in the movie the fantastic 4 she has a great personality and she seems to be fine when she plays in a movie.

Jessica isn't just a hot actress she is different there is just something about her I mean I can't get enough of her movies every time I watch a movie for her I feel so inspired She is the best

Don't get me wrong, beautiful woman, but not a very good actress. - BeatlesFan1964

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