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.

Whenever I really, really like the character of a series (like Lisbon from The Mentalist) I start checking if the character is so amazing because of the actor or if the actor only seems good because of the role and in most of the cases, it's the latter (I guess you all know some examples). Robin Tunney was the very first case in which the actress was even ten times better than the T.V. character. She's great in every movie she made, like Niagara, Niagara, Montana, Open Window and my favorite movie, The Craft. She deserves a really big role and sometimes I'd even like to write a bestseller just to give her such a role. I really hope that this is gonna happen the next time!

Robin is just an amazing woman, she can act perfectly. She isn't tall, isn't sexy dressed but even next to Simon Baker she dominates the camera. It's incredible! And I watched recently her performance on Niagara Niagara... What an actress!

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2Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts has proved herself as a great actress many times from "Mulholland Drive” to “21 Grams”, “Eastern Promises”, “King Kong” and now "The Impossible". She's a regular nominee during awards season but hardly gets the credit for it.

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3Amy Adams

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...

4Cate Blanchett

She is the next Meryl streep. Already has two Oscars.

5Alicia 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

"Batman and Robin" ruined her career

6Debra 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!

7Jasmine 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.

8Michelle Williams
9Vera Farmiga
10Rachel McAdams

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

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

15Tara Strong

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

16Kim Novak
17Marisa Tomei
18Maggie Gyllenhaal
19Lee Remick
20Natalie Wood
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