Best Actresses of the 80s

Alexandr

The Top Ten

1 Michelle Pfeiffer Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer wasn't just one of the best, if not THE best, actresses of the 80's but she is still one of the best actresses today. She is multitalented (oil painter, singer, and she can fix things around the house), stunningly beautiful, A LOVING MOTHER AND WIFE, a classy and aspiring woman, doesn't hog the spotlight or use her children or sex appeal to make headlines, and she is extremely modest. Did I mention her potential humor? Michelle Pfeiffer is TIMELESS.

The Hollywood Knights (1980), Falling in Love Again (1980), Callie & Son (1981), Splendor in the Grass (1981), Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), Grease 2 (1982), Scarface (1983), Into the Night (1985), Ladyhawke (1985), Sweet Liberty (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Tequila Sunrise (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). - Alexandr

She or Kim Basinger would have been a better lead (for Tom Cruise) in TOP GUN!

ugh

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2 Molly Ringwald Molly Ringwald Molly Kathleen Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Her first major role was in The Facts of Life before making her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Sixteen candles and the breakfast club are two of the greatest films of all-time partly thanks to the greatness of Molly Ringwald it's a shame that you don't hear of her any more

Top 5 reasons: She is a Wonderful actress, she is Talented, she is Beautiful, she is Unique, and she has feeling as an actress.

Molly is the greatest. I love her. Also, she is probably one of the most beautiful people I've ever seen.

The best girl of the 80s โœŠโœŠ

3 Glenn Close Glenn Close Glenn Close is an American actress, singer and film producer. With an acting career spanning over 40 years, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

Did someone of you see "Dangerous Liaisons" or " Fatal attraction"?
She was absolutely amazing in both of these movies!

4 Diane Lane Diane Lane Diane Lane is an Oscar nominated American actress. Born and raised in New York City, Lane made her screen debut in George Roy Hill's 1979 film A Little Romance, starring opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.

Touched by Love (1980), Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), Child Bride of Short Creek (1981), National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982), Six Pack (1982), Miss All-American Beauty (1982), The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), Streets of Fire (1984), The Cotton Club (1984), Lady Beware (1987), The Big Town (1987), Love Dream (1988). - Alexandr

Every character played by Diane Lane reminds me of, oh my gosh, Diane Lane. There are plenty of scenes where her efforts don't quite cut it. For the overwhelming majority of her scenes however, she manages to convince me Diane Lane is the character.

Either she's just that good, or I'm in love with her and can't tell the difference -- or both.

Diane Lane was and is a beautiful actress, she is funny, lovely, and most of all a GREAT actress.

She was and still is an awesome actor. I liked her as Cherry Valance on the outsiders movie!

5 Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien.

Eyewitness (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Deal of the Century (1983), Ghost Busters (1984), One Woman or Two (1985), Aliens (1986), Half Moon Street (1986), Working Girl (1988), Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989). - Alexandr

Ghostbusters and Aliens - enough said.

The best actresd in 1982

6 Sissy Spacek Sissy Spacek Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek is an American actress and singer. She began her career in the early 1970s and first gained attention for her role in the film Badlands.

Carrie she is amazing

7 Meryl Streep Meryl Streep Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.

She later won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sophie's Choice (1982)... the best Meryl..

Sophie's Choice was a tour de force and established her as the most accomplished actor of her generation

Well why isn't meryl number 1?

She should be in the top 1!

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8 Jodie Foster Jodie Foster Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, director and producer who has worked in films and on television. She has often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation.

Foxes (1980), Carny (1980), O'Hara's Wife (1982), Svengali (1983), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), The Blood of Others (1984), Mesmerized (1986), Five Corners (1987), Siesta (1987), The Accused (1988), Stealing Home (1988). - Alexandr

9 Phoebe Cates Phoebe Cates Phoebe Cates Kline, better known as Phoebe Cates, is an American retired film actress, model and singer.

Phoebe Cates was not only beautiful, but a very good actress, didn't always get the really good roles, was never really taken seriously by Hollywood, they only considered here as a sex symbol, which she was of course, but she definitely had acting talent besides beauty!

See did not get enough acting roles. She could act and looked great.

Was and is the best looking sexy hot!

Phoebe...phoebe...phoebe! damn...she. Is. The. Essence. Of. Natural. Beauty...just. Fabulous! Inside...and out!

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10 Jennifer Jason Leigh Jennifer Jason Leigh

If we are talking about the 80s and greatest actresses she has to be top 3.. To many movies to name

One of her generations great actresses

The Newcomers

? Annabeth Gish

Had a massive crush, not gonna lie. "Mystic Pizza", anyone? - truckturner

The Contenders

11 Susan Sarandon Susan Sarandon Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.

Atlantic City (1980), Loving Couples (1980), Tempest (1982), The Hunger (1983), The Buddy System (1984), Mussolini and I (1985), Compromising Positions (1985), Women of Valor (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Bull Durham (1988), Sweet Hearts Dance (1988), The January Man (1989), A Dry White Season (1989). - Alexandr

12 Sally Field Sally Field Sally Margaret Field is an American actress and director. Field began her career on television, starring on the sitcoms Gidget, The Flying Nun, and The Girl with Something Extra.

Hmmm...sally...small. Built. Woman. That could. Wear. The. Hell. Outta. Sum. Tight. Jeans! (ask. Burt)...very. Nice...

13 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.

The Color Purple (1985), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Burglar (1987), Fatal Beauty (1987), The Telephone (1988), Clara's Heart (1988), Kiss Shot (1989), Homer and Eddie (1989). - Alexandr

funny, all round entertainer

She help Sam in ghost

Hands down every movie she played she showed the outlets and wonderfullness or sadness or life truly an icon

14 Jessica Lange Jessica Lange Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has received worldwide acclaim for her work in film, theater, and television. She made her professional film debut in the 1976 remake of the 1933 action-adventure classic King Kong, for which she won her first Golden Globe Award ...read more.

Gorgeous and great actress

15 Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween.

The Fog (1980), Prom Night (1980), Terror Train (1980), She's in the Army Now (1981), Roadgames (1981), Halloween II (1981), Callahan (1982), Money on the Side (1982), Love Letters (1983), Trading Places (1983), Grandview, U. S. A. (1984), Perfect (1985), As Summers Die (1986), A Man in Love (1987), Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987), Dominick and Eugene (1988), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Blue Steel (1989). - Alexandr

she's awesome, she's great in all those thriller movies. - jwileson

Love her a lot

16 Ally Sheedy Ally Sheedy Alexandra Elizabeth "Ally" Sheedy is an American film and stage actress, as well as the author of two books.

The best. Love her.

17 Kim Basinger Kim Basinger Kimila Ann Basinger is an American actress, singer and former fashion model. Following a successful modeling career in New York during the 1970s, Basinger moved to Los Angeles where she began her acting career on television in 1976.

Hard Country (1981), Killjoy (1981), Mother Lode (1982), Never Say Never Again (1983), The Man Who Loved Women (1983), The Natural (1984), Fool for Love (1985), Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986), No Mercy (1986), Blind Date (1987), Nadine (1987), My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), Batman (1989). - Alexandr

Can't beat those lips.

I loved your acting sexy November in sex seen

Great

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18 Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner Mary Kathleen Turner, better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director.

Body Heat (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984), A Breed Apart (1984), Crimes of Passion (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Julia and Julia (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Switching Channels (1988), The War of the Roses (1989). - Alexandr

Kathleen Turner in her prime had a natural vibrant femininity that could be breathtaking.

Super actor and hotter woman in the beginning and as late great still as a wiser woman!

Childhood classics like Jewel of the Nile and Romancing the Stone were practically one with my VCR! And she was the epitome of natural beauty in the era of breast enlargement, Lipo, plastic surgery...

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19 Geena Davis Geena Davis Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, voice actress, former model, and former archer.

Tootsie (1982), Secret Weapons (1985), Fletch (1985), Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Fly (1986), Beetle Juice (1988), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), The Accidental Tourist (1988). - Alexandr

In. Her. Prime...super. Sexy. Amazon. Type. Woman...can. Eat. Cookies. In. My. Bed anytime!

20 Nastassja Kinski Nastassja Kinski Nastassja Aglaia Kinski (born 24 January 1961) is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than 60 films in Europe and the United States. She is the daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski. ...read more.

a perfect actress, a beautiful woman...
a godess...
such a talent woman. One from the Heart (1982), Cat People (1982), Spring Symphony (1983), Exposed (1983), The Moon in the Gutter (1983), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Maria's Lovers (1984), Harem (1985), Revolution (1985), Malady of Love (1987), Silent Night (1989), Torrents of Spring (1989), On a Moonlit Night (1989). good movies but are much more good movies with nastassja

One from the Heart (1982), Cat People (1982), Spring Symphony (1983), Exposed (1983), The Moon in the Gutter (1983), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Maria's Lovers (1984), Harem (1985), Revolution (1985), Malady of Love (1987), Silent Night (1989), Torrents of Spring (1989), On a Moonlit Night (1989). - Alexandr

21 Debra Winger Debra Winger

An Australian actress and director. Absolutely gorgeous in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," where her acting talents and her deadpan comic ability shine.

Terms of Endearment was my favorite along with urban cowboy

Sexy...but. Not. Overwhelmingly. So...looks. Great in. Tight. Jeans (urban. Cowboy-mech. Bull scene) sheez. Hott. Enuff...

22 Brooke Shields Brooke Shields Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress, model and former child star. Initially a child model, she gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's controversial film Pretty Baby, in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.

I loved her work in the blue lagoon. Best movie ever!

23 Goldie Hawn Goldie Hawn

Private Benjamin (1980), Seems Like Old Times (1980), Best Friends (1982), Swing Shift (1984), Protocol (1984), Wildcats (1986), Overboard (1987). - Alexandr

Groundbreaking actress, director.

Hold up...Goldie. Hawn. is. So. Damn. Sexy..kurt. Russell. Is a lucky. Man!

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

The Wild Life (1984), Silence of the Heart (1984), Just One of the Guys (1985), Out of Control (1985), Thrashin' (1986), The Wraith (1986), Zombie High (1987), Two Moon Junction (1988), Crime Zone (1988), True Blood (1989). - Alexandr

26 Elisabeth Shue Elisabeth Shue

I've seen several of her movies and enjoyed every one of them!

She is the best..

27 Sharon Stone Sharon Stone

Deadly Blessing (1981), Not Just Another Affair (1982), Calendar Girl Murders (1984), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), The Vegas Strip War (1984), King Solomon's Mines (1985), Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986), Mr. and Mrs. Ryan (1986), Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), Cold Steel (1987), Tears in the Rain (1988), Action Jackson (1988), Above the Law (1988), Badlands 2005 (1988), Beyond the Stars (1989), Blood and Sand (1989). - Alexandr

If. U. Look. Up. Sexy. In. Websters...sharons. Picture. Is there! all. That. And. A. 2 bags. Of. Chips! ๐Ÿ˜„

28 Lesley Ann Warren

Super hot

29 Linda Hamilton Linda Hamilton

Reunion (1980), Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980), Tag: The Assassination Game (1982), Country Gold (1982), Wishman (1983), Secrets of a Mother and Daughter (1983), Children of the Corn (1984), The Stone Boy (1984), The Terminator (1984), Secret Weapons (1985), Black Moon Rising (1986), Club Med (1986), King Kong Lives (1986), Go Toward the Light (1988). - Alexandr

30 Helen Slater
31 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long ...read more.

Come Back to The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1981), Silkwood (1982), Mask (1985), Suspect(1987), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Moonstruck(1987)

she was oscar nominated for silkwood, golden globe nominated for come back... , and she won the cannes festival best actress for mask, and she of course won the best actress oscar award for moonstruck, as well as the golden globe award of the same name

32 Diane Franklin

Diana was just a beauty Back then as she is now I've been friends with Diane almost three years she's a great person

Better off Dead,.. (1985) ยท Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) ยท TerrorVision (1986) ยท The Last American Virgin (1982)

33 Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (4 May 1929 โ€“ 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 3rd greatest female screen legend in American ...read more.

Trend. Setter...classic. Beauty...classic. Style...can. Make. U. Smile. Just. Being. In. The. Room. With. Her...AWESOME. WOMAN!

Yes. She is absolutley beautiful as well

love her

34 Melanie Griffith Melanie Griffith Melanie Richards Griffith is an American actress. Griffith began her career as an adolescent in nonspeaking film roles before making her credited debut opposite Gene Hackman in Arthur Penn's Night Moves.

Definiteley one of the biggest female stars of the 1980s. Belongs to top 10 of this list.

Just. Her. Voice. Makes. Viagra. Unnecessary! her. Mom Tippi. Was. Sexy...she. Passed. Them. Genes. On. To. Mel...she. Hotter. Than. July. In. Hades! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

35 Rebecca De Mornay Rebecca De Mornay Rebecca De Mornay is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business.
36 Meg Tilly
37 Mary Stuart Masterson
38 Meg Ryan Meg Ryan Margaret Mary Emily Anne "Meg" Hyra, known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and producer.

Rich and Famous (1981), Amityville 3-D (1983), Top Gun (1986), Armed and Dangerous (1986), Promised Land (1987), Innerspace (1987), D. O. A. (1988), The Presidio (1988), When Harry Met Sally... (1989). - Alexandr

In. Her. Prime...the. Sexiest. Small. Built woman. In. Hollywood. Since. Audrey Hepburn...mm!

39 Rosanna Arquette Rosanna Arquette
40 Kim Cattrall Kim Cattrall Kim Victoria Cattrall is an English-Canadian actor. She is known for her role as Samantha Jones in the HBO romantic comedy series Sex and the City, for which she received five Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
41 Joan Allen
42 Jennifer Grey Jennifer Grey Jennifer Grey is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing, for which Grey earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Dirty dancing, that's al I have to say

43 Linda Fiorentino Linda Fiorentino Linda Fiorentino is an American actress. She became known for her leading role in the 1985 coming-of-age drama film Vision Quest; then, in the same year she earned wide recognition for her role in the action film Gotcha!
44 Kelly McGillis Kelly McGillis

She was so exquisitely beautiful but I don t know what happened.

45 Holly Hunter Holly Hunter Holly Hunter is an American actress and producer. For her performance as Ada McGrath in the 1993 drama film The Piano, she won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
46 Ellen Barkin
47 Elizabeth McGovern
48 Andie Macdowell Andie Macdowell
49 Sandra Bullock Sandra Bullock Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner.

I fell in love with Sandra Bullock's character in "While You Were Sleeping."

Definitely wife material

Jesse. James must. Have. Lost. His.. Mind. To. Have. Screwed. That. Marriage. Up! I've. Known. Many. Beautiful. Women. In. My. Time...and. They. Can. Be. Nerve. Racking...sure...but. Sandra? Dude...work. With. Her! How. Could. U. Loose! Jesse vwas. Used. To. Strippers...get. Her. Freaky. Over. Time. Man! Not. All. At. Once! Lol

Still Hot!

50 Anjelica Huston Anjelica Huston
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