Top Ten Acting Performances by Female Actresses

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The Top Ten

1 Charlize Theron - Monster
2 Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream
3 Mo'Nique - Precious
4 Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
5 Jodie Foster - The Accused
6 Eva Green - Penny Dreadful Eva Green - Penny Dreadful
7 Kathy Bates - Misery
8 Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
9 Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
10 Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

The Contenders

11 Katharine Hepburn - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
12 Holly Hunter - The Piano
13 Jodie Foster - The Silence of the Lambs
14 Brie Larson - Room
15 Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
16 Lily James - Cinderella (2015)
17 Mia Wasikowska - Alice in Wonderland (2010)
18 Elle Fanning - Maleficent
19 Britt Robertson - Tomorrowland
20 Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games Series
21 Marilyn Monroe - The Misfits
22 Barbara Stanwyck - Double Indemnity
23 Barbara Stanwyck - Sorry, Wrong Number
24 Halle Berry - Monster's Ball
25 Halle Berry - Cloud Atlas
26 Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby
27 Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry
28 Audrey Hepburn - Wait Until Dark
29 Isabelle Adjani - Nosferatu the Vampyre
30 Isabelle Huppert - The Piano Teacher
31 Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist
32 Emanuelle Riva - Amour
33 Sharon Stone - Casino
34 Juanita Moore - Imitation of Life
35 Susan Kohner - Imitation of Life
36 Janet Leigh - Forgotten Lady Janet Leigh - Forgotten Lady Janet Leigh, born Jeanette Helen Morrison (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004) was an American actress, singer, dancer and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho, for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination. ...read more.

Since it has the running time of a feature length movie, I hope this counts, even though it is just a Columbo episode. - Martin_Canine

37 Judith Anderson - Rebecca
38 Bette Davis - All About Eve
39 Bette Davis - What Ever Happened To Baby Jane
40 Joan Crawford - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
41 Julianne Moore - Far From Heaven
42 Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
43 Natalie Portman - V for Vendetta
44 Uma Thurman - Pulp Fiction
45 Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
46 Sissy Spacek - Carrie
47 Piper Laurie - Carrie
48 Gloria Swanson - Sunset Boulevard
49 Shirley MacLaine - The Apartment
50 Carla Juri - Wetlands
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