Top Ten Most Underrated Actresses


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1Robin Tunney

Robin Tunney is without question one of the best actresses on T.V.. I have not seen her movies, but I gather they did not do well at the box office. She deserves someone to write a script for her as the star of a great film. I'm amazed that some of the indie film directors haven't cast her in a really good film. Not only does she act beautifully and created the character of Lisbon on The Mentalist, she also loves the camera and it loves her back. The most beautiful and ageless actress on T.V. with subdued sexuality, who doesn't have to dress sexy to be the sexiest woman in the room.

I had never heard of her before Prison Break and I loved her in that, then saw her in the Mentalist episode "Red Badge" and wow, that Woman can act. She may be small in stature but she dominates the screen whenever she is on and is undoubtedly one of the most gifted actresses on television today. She deserves to be a big movie star but I get the impression that Robin is too down to earth and self effacing to be concerned about fame and money and is just happy being a hard working well respected actress. Good luck to her.

Robin Tunney is an amazing actress. She portrayed very different characters, be it on television (Prison Break, The Mentalist) or on the big screen (The Craft, Open Window, Niagara Niagara, Runaway, See Girl Run, etc...) and every one of her appearance is a proof of her endless talent. She never looks or sounds the same twice, and the audience never feels like they're watching the same character. She gives every one of her characters something special, unique, that leaves us with no other choice but to love them.

Robin Tunney is extremely talented!

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2Naomi WattsNaomi Ellen Watts is a British actress. She made her screen debut in the Australian drama film For Love Alone and then appeared in the Australian television series Hey Dad..!

I can't understand that a proven talented actress like Naomi Watts who is one of the most hard working woman in the movie industry don't get more credit. It's like all the people who are involved in the decisions to give awards are blind. This actress deserve more than one oscar if you ask me. I can only hope for her that one day she's gonna get a winning oscar for all her talented work she has given in all this years.
We surely wish you luck,Naomi.

Very talented, very beautiful, and surely underrated. She really deserves to win Oscars.

Naomi Watts don't need to prove her talent anymore. She prove it enough in every movie she makes.
She's very beautiful, amazingly gifted for her acting skills and yet she stays underrated. This woman deserves to be on top of the best actresses of all time.
P.S : The one who wrote that she looks like a rabbit, I say, you're an idiot, grow up!

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3Amy 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.

Like Naomi Watts this very talented and beautiful actress stays underrated. Every movie she's in is a Delight to see. I really don't know what goes in the head of this Hollywood executives. They seem to focus on less talented actresses and nobody really knows why. They should at least let her win an oscar because she really deserves it.

This is still true, although I think things are picking up for Amy. She's never had a problem getting work but until this past couple years or so has had trouble getting female leads. I do think that is starting to change after getting big roles in the Master, American Hustle, Trouble With the Curve...

I don't understand why this cute and talented actress did get second or less roles after such great acting in "junebug ". Very underrated.

4Alicia Silverstone

Alicia is beautiful, talented and very hot actress. What else do you need?
The New World, Hideaway, The Babysitter, Batman & Robin, Excess Baggage, Blast from the Past, Beauty Shop, Miss Match...
- Irina2932

I'm cryin'. Glad to see her in the top 5. She is such a hot and amazing actress, but so underrated. It's crazy too

"Batman and Robin" ruined her career

5Rachel McAdams more.

Everybody knows ( or almost ) her and yet it annoys me that Rachel McAdams isn't as popular as less talented and overrated actresses.
Rachel McAdams made her fame and fortune by herself because she has done a lot of good work what can't be said about seeking publicity overrated actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and many others.
She lives a semi-anonymous life so she don't have to put up with all kind of gossip mags and sites and I admire her for that.
I hope she makes a comeback soon with a oscar - worthy role and film because after all this years this lovely actress really deserves to win.

I'm so glad that Rachel McAdams earned her first oscar nomination of her career as supporting actress for her role as reporter in the drama " Spotlight ". It seems that this highly talented but underrated actress finally gets some recognition.

She's so pretty and an amazing person! Her acting is brilliant. She should be more recognized

She is great but so underrated

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6Cate Blanchett

Cate is amazing!
I must be honest and say that I fell in love with Cate because of Carol but after watching her performance in Blue Jasmine, I knew she was/is the best.
I actually disagree when people say Cate is the new Meryl Streep, Cate is Cate and so much more, she's beautiful, humble, super intelligent and really funny. So for me Cate is definitely the best!
Don't believe in me?
Go watch Notes on a Scandal, Carol, Blue Jasmine, Truth, Elizabeth, and if you want to see a soft side of Cate, watch Bandits even though her performance still amazing in that movie.

Meryl Streep is too overrated. I think Cate Blanchett is a much better actress and she is certainly more good looking than Meryl Streep.

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7Debra Messing

She is equally great at drama as in comedy. Often in Will&Grace she displayed dramatic intensity in her funniest moments. In the Starter Wife, she shows her incredible acting range in her character Molly Kagan's dream sequences: spoofs of Dirty Harry, Hello Dolly, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, etc. Debra has a great singing voice, even when kidding around in Will&Grace. I loved her in movie roles: The Wedding Date, Along Came Polly, A Walk in The Clouds, etc. (even if the movies weren't always great. She's beautiful, as well. I think she's extremely underrated.

I see her compared to other actresses active today and she stands out. There's a lot of nuance and subtlety to her performances. I think Debra is closer to Meryl Streep in talent. - luvthtv

She is so versatile as an actress. Loved all her films and T.V. shows. Totally underrated!

8Jasmine Guy

She should be starring in TV or movies. I understand she may be reprising her role in a big screen version of Dead Like Me. I loved her as Whitley Gilbert in a Different World...she was a magnetic presence. Also, she guested briefly as Caitlin on Melrose Amanda (Heather Locklear) trouble in the corporate world. Other roles I've seen her in: as a fallen angel Kathleen in Touched By An Angel, in the miniseries Queen, etc. She is multitalented: great in comedy and drama, musically: singing and dancing. She and Debra Messing are two of my favorites. I'd love to see them work together someday.

9Michelle Williams

Very talented, very beautiful actress. Despite her nomination for the movie " Backbroke mountain" she recieved a lot of critic because of her catholic background. Her popularity was somehow less in certain circles because of that and I wonder sometimes if there's maybe a connection if she 's stay underrated.
Nevertheless she really deserves to be more recognized for her work and acting skills. Besides that I think she had to win an oscar for her nomination in " My week with Marilyn " that she lost for the overrated Meryl Streep with her crappy movie "The Iron lady ". But that's Hollywood politics and it's a shame.

She's rarely in the spotlights for her movies. Great acting but so underrated,that many popular tabloids don't see it.

10Vera FarmigaVera Ann Farmiga is an American actress and producer. She began her career on the stage, making her Broadway debut in the play Taking Sides.

The Newcomers

?Winona 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.
?Dakota 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.

The Contenders

11Janet Leigh
12Jennifer Jones
13Sally Hawkins
14Sherilyn Fenn

Just one thing - Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks.
Sherilyn deserved more interesting roles than she had - Irina2932

I agree. This beautiful woman is too underrated as an actress. Loved her acting in the movie " Diary of a hitman " and she was so sensual in her acting in the B-movie " Meridian ". Despite her few roles in descent movies and the twin peaks series she's remaining one of my favorite actresses.

Probably one of the most underrated actress of her generation... David Lynch used to describe her as a "broken doll" and that's what she is in one of the most moving and devastating scene in the cinema, th car crash scene in "Wild at Heart"... she was wonderful in "Twin Peaks" but I think that she does bad carreer choices after her big break...perhaps one day, she will have a good part where she will show us how much she is talented. Now, I'm happy to see her again in Twin Peaks's new season

15Tara StrongTara Strong is a Canadian–American actress who has done work in numerous films and television series, both live-action and animated.

Why is she on this list?!? She gets way too much attention! Take her off!

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16Lee Remick
17Kim Novak
18Marisa Tomei

Never saw a movie with bad acting of her. She's beautiful, talented and yet she never gets the credits for all her work before and certainly after her movie " My cousin vinnie ". Underrated and needs more recogntion.

19Maggie Gyllenhaal
20Peta Wilson

Peta Wilson is in a stratosphere of her own. She is THE Goddess among actresses. No actress in the World has ever matched her talent, charisma, screen presence and beauty. Look at her eyes, they can totally burn thru and melt anything and send a message like laser beams, and they are so full of goodness, compassion, honesty, sense of justice, ethics, intelligence and raw beauty that she totally owns the silver screen by just being there. Hollywood is scared of her. Her raw talent and charisma is in a class of her own, unmatched by any other actress and in the size of Mount Ayers. Her Charisma and screen presence is so great that it's probably difficult for any other Hollywood actresses to keep their popularity in comparison. The acting in LFN was a masterpiece. that's why LFN is the best Nikita ever, the extraordinary acting from the cast is the best with LFN. In every scene Peta totally owns the screen. that's maybe why Hollywood has never given her the chance of star roles her ...more

She was great basket-ball player
She was supermodel in Europe
She is unique but very underrated actress - Irina2932

Peta Wilson is definitely an icon. Nikita was then for me, what Lisbon is now...
I adore them both. And, honestly, there are no other actresses, I ever got addicted to. And they are both totally underrated. Unbelievable.

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