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41Winona RyderWinona Ryder is an American actress. One of the most profitable and iconic 1990s actresses, she made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas.

People, vote for her. Winona isn't my fav #1 but she's definitely one of the best actresses ever: Lucas (1986), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Mermaids (1990), Night On Earth (1991), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), The House of the Spirits (1993), Little Women (1994), Reality Bites (1994), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Autumn in New York (2000), Mr. Deeds (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Sex and Death 101 (2007), Star Trek (2009).

I hope Enough said! - Alexandr

She had her issues in the past, but who doesn't? She always comes on top no matter what. I get that other actresses might be better than her, but I don't know why, I like her style. She seems relatable to me, believable. Very humanly.

All those movies mentioned here, but arguably her finest performance in 'Great Balls of Fire' got left out.

42Emma StoneEmily Jean "Emma" Stone is an American actress. One of the world's highest-paid actresses, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

I love her so much, she's so funny, down to earth, and of course an amazing actress. She makes her characters so full of life.

One young, beautiful and talented actress I didn't come up with. Kudos to peeps who named her though. She's sweet, yet bursting with talent! - Johnnyrp666

Wait, what is Emme Stone doing on #52?! She's amazing, so talented and young, every time funny and adorable.

One of my favorites.

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43Dame Judy Dench

Meryl and every other actress on the list bows to her. She is a stage actress. Being a stage performer is much more difficult and challenging than being on film. Judi has portrayed some of the most complex characters such as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She is the only actress, I think, on the list that has done Shakespeare's play. That automatically makes her superior to the others. - NikaP

It isn't really proper to compare stage acting to film acting. They are separate arts and require different approaches. For example, it's difficult to effectively whisper on stage and there are no close ups of facial expression. Stage requires continuity of action and doesn't allow for a re-take - Billyv

I cannot understand why she is so low on the list. She is an absolutely stellar actress and always believable no matter what production she's in. Spy movies, Shakespeare this lady has done it all. She should be the top.

Why is she so low on the list!?... Easily one of the greatest actresses ever... Can rival even Meryl Streep..

Dame Judy Dench is leaps and bounds over so many of these actresses that in some cases, it is an insult that her superior talent should even be compared with them!

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45Marilyn Monroe

Thoughtless and talentless and what a certified aim in the ass to work with

Yech. Shouldn't be anywhere in this list

Marilyn I will always think of you when I am wearing a short skirt walking over a subway grate when a train goes by underground..

Um why is she so low

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46Gillian AndersonGillian Leigh Anderson is an American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer.

Gillian's ability to convey 3 or 4 conflicting emotions simultanesously without speaking a single word of dialogue, makes her one of the most usnique and captivating actresses of our time. Plus she is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful to see, a truly devastating double shot of talent and beauty and offscreen, very passionate about many interests and charities.

An amazing and talented actress who has stared in both small and large screen hits. We loved her in all eight seasons of X-Files, both X-Files Movies, and Bleak House. She is as intelligent and independent woman as Special Agent Dana Scully, whom she is famous for portraying.

She was just perfect as Lily Bart, wonderful as Dana Katherine Scully and breathtaking as Lady Dedlock... She can do what she wants with her body and facial expressions, and she can convey so many emotions without even a word.

Pure talent and beauty.

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47Shirley MacLaine

Wonderful actress. Will be entertaining us for a hundred years.

Such am amazing multi talented actress

48Amy AdamsAmy Lou Adams is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards, and has received five nominations each from the Academy Award and BAFTA Award ceremonies.

Number one
Watch enchanted then the fighter. Where did she come from/ others pale by comparison.

She can play any part and she is beautiful

Playing from gleefuly roles in movies like enchanted. To extremely serious ones on movies like the master or American hustle. Simply great.

The most underrated actress in the movie business. An actress with very wide acting capacities. Highly versatile in her roles she's playing. This woman deserves to win academy awards but for some reasons we don't understand, Hollywood executives prefer waste their time to overrated actresses. I'm sure that a winning oscar would move her up in this list in a second.

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49Ingrid Bergman

Come on people! Ever heard of Notorious? Gaslight? Casablanca? These are all classics! Get with the program! - ThatMetalChick

Three-Time Academy Award winning Actress known for her powerhouse acting abilities.

Why is she only 49? Ingrid Bergman was an amazing actress and I know she had a lot of hate because of the whole scandal with her husband but that doesn't affect your acting technique and ability. There's a reason why Hitchcock picked her even though she was involved in a scandal.

I liked her but I always felt she over-acted at times. But the shows she chose to act in were great--especially Gaslight.

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50Kristen Bell

She's so great in comedy. Love her in the movie "you again"

Veronica mars, frozen, this girl can do it all - coolactress198

She can sing she can act..Shes just adorable!

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51Dakota FanningHannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.

War of the Worlds, Hide and Seek, Uptown Girls, Man on Fire, Cat in the Hat, Sweet Home Alabama, I Am Sam, Tomcats, this little girl is gonna burn out by the time she is 16 if she doesn't slow down a little, but she is one hell of an actress! - heather

I think she's the most talented actress of all time! Shes just amazing, and she has always been so good. I mean, have you ever seen I am sam? she was so young, but still an amazing actress. (:
Just my opinion

Dokata Fanning is my idle. She is the same age as me, and I secretly wish to start acting. Dakota is my hope and inspiration. I think she is amazing, and you'd do anything to meet her. I see all her movies and there all really good. My favorites are Uptown Girls, Charlottes Web, and Dreamer. I can't wait to see her act as an adult!

I loved her in Charlottes Web, Dreamer and The Bridge To Terabithia

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52Uma ThurmanUma Karuna Thurman is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies.

the very best in everything she does. absolutely loved her in kill bill movies. made me a true fan for life. I love her - luvtoread

The Kill Bills, Pulp Fiction, Be Cool, Vatel, The Avengers, Les Miserables... She's great, and so hot in Kill Bill... - heather

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53Milla Jovovich

Who Didnt think she was hott in Resident Evil and Fifth Element

She is the most beautiful actress I have ever seen in my life
Her performance in movies was the best acting performance I have ever seen. You just forget she's acting, it's incredible.

What kind of pillow biting, sword swallowing, moron put her as number 52 instead of number 1!...

Very talented, extremely beautiful, should be in first five actresses

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54Anne Bancroft
55Faye Dunaway

Another great actor. I wish she'd get back in it.

Think of movies like 'Bonnie & Clyde', 'Chinatown', 'Mommie Dearest', 'Barfly', 'Eyes of Laura Mars', 'Network' and many others - all brilliant performances. Should be higher up.

56Jennifer Connelly

Trying to get her above Dakota Fanning. That girl is so annoying... Jennifer Cornell has had too many intense roles which she has pulled off not to beat that brat. Dude. Blood Diamond. Requiem for a Dream. House of the Sand and Fog. etc. Take your pick.

Fantastic and versatile actress. Thoughtful, intelligent roles with a career that spans almost 3 decades. I think she's underrated as an actress since she's not about flash and hype. Both Jennifer and Kate Winslet belong in the top 10.

Connelly definitely has been in many great movies! She should be at least recognized in top 20. Oh, and she hasn't done any horrid movies like Twilight (Fanning), so let's go people!

A beautiful mind

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57Marion Davies

major star of 20s and 30s - redseagrass

58Annette Bening
59Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams was nominated with " My week with Marilyn " at the same time that Meryl Streep was nominated with " The Iron lady ". Without a doubt Michelle Williams should have win but she lost to the overrated Meryl Streep with that crappy movie about Thatcher ( who cares about this corrupt politician anyway? ). In fact the movie " The Iron lady " was already known to the Hollywood executives to be a losing-money film that wouldn't sell. So they gave it a winning oscar to Meryl Streep that really didn't deserve it, just to save their interests. Because of Hollywood politics, Michelle Williams lost her nomination.
It's a shame and really unfair because Michelle Williams did deserve that oscar and it would have help this underrated actress to get more recognition. After all she's one of the most talented actresses of our time and her work in the movie industry shows it.

Michelle Williams is amazing. Just watch "Blue Valentine" or "My Week with Marilyn" to understand why.

This lady should be number 1. Talent will show through in the end.

She's not number one, but she's not number70 either. She should be moved up.

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60Kristen StewartKristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress. Born into a film-oriented family, Stewart began her acting career in 1999 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films before gaining prominence in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered ...read more.

She is beautiful, smart, amazing actress and she should be the first of the top actress. She has a great hair and a beautiful eye and she is so kind I love her so much she is the best actress in the world I love her style and all of her movies she is wonderful girl I love her so much from the first time I saw her and I know everything about her she can do everything in acting and she is like an angle her friends are so lucky to be with her and I wish i and my sister could be her friends too and I wish to her everything great and good health, she is so generous and all her movies are the best of all the other movies and she is the most suitable girl for all the movies, she was perfect in twilight and she always plays the most difficult roles perfectly and she is the future of Hollywood, you are the best.

She was born " in " the movie industry, born filthy rich with lots of connections, played since she was a child... Someone like that should be a top actress but Kristen Stewart isn't. She doesn't learn how to act ( even after all her non-stop mistakes! ). The only conclusion is that this woman has NO talent. If she still gets important roles it's because of the connections and nepotism she had and still has in that industry. This is a typical hollywood arrogant stuck up no-talent ( and she will never be a talented top actress ) who simply can't fade away because of her notoriety in the movie business. Hollywood's spended " up in smoke money " for this " actress ".

So dedicated, gives 100% in all her movies, and NOT just twilight, don't judge her based on only one movie, THE RUNAWAYS, WELCOME TO THE RILEYS, SPEAK, CAKE EATERS, PANIC ROOM, YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, the list just goes on and on, she gave AMAZING performances in all of these movies!

People who think she should be number 1 have issues

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