Best Actresses In a Leading Role

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The Top Ten

1 Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice) Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice) 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.
2 Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) Hilary Ann Swank is an American actress and producer. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
3 Helen Mirren (The Queen)
4 Natalie Portman (Black Swan) Natalie Portman (Black Swan) Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship.
5 Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) Julia Fiona Roberts is an American actress and producer. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the romantic comedy Pretty Woman, which grossed US$464 million worldwide.
6 Jodie Fost (The Silence of the Lambs)
7 Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) 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.
8 Holly Hunter (The Piano)
9 Kathy Bates (Misery) Kathy Bates (Misery) Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress. She began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother.
10 Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)
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