Best Actresses of the 80s

The Top Ten

Michelle Pfeiffer Michelle Marie Pfeiffer is an American actress and producer. One of the most popular actresses of the 1980s and 1990s, she has received international acclaim and many accolades for her work in both comedic and dramatic films.

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).

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.

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

I totally agree with the other comment. Besides her overwhelming beauty, talent, intelligence and humor, she is so deliciously humble. I so love and adore her

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!

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.

16 Candles and The Breakfast club are the epitome of 80's classics.

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.

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!

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).

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!

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

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).

Ghostbusters and Aliens - enough said.

Alien was good

The best actresd in 1982

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).

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 CATES IS A VERSATILE ACTRESS. SHE CAN SING, DANCE AND SHE CAN MAKE PEOPLE CRY IN DRAMATIC ROLES. SHE WAS JUST UNDER-RATED. SHE COULD HAVE GIVEN HER MORE SERIOUS MOVIE FILMS.

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 Contenders

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...

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).

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

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).

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

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.

She is a very good actress. I think she is the best. I love she.

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).

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

Love her a lot

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).

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...

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).

one of the most attractive

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

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).

Can't beat those lips.

I loved your acting sexy November in sex seen

Great

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.

So stunning to look at, and a great actress for her age, at the time in The Blue Lagoon , Endless Love , and my favourite adventure films Sahara ( 1983), Wet Gold (1984) and Brenda Starr ( 1986). The most beautiful woman of the 80's. Hence her title of Face Of The 80's on the cover of Time Magazine.

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

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...

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).

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.
Goldie Hawn

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

Groundbreaking actress, director.

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

Sherilyn Fenn Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in Wild at Heart, Of Mice and Men, Boxing Helena and the television sitcom ...read more.

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).

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