The Top Ten
It's time to STOP praising her as the number one actress. Her last oscar wasn't even an oscar she deserved ( The Iron lady ). Really, who cares about a movie that reflects on the life of one of the worst politicians of all time? That movie is almost praising M. Thatcher, so if you accept a script like that I believe it says all about what Meryl Streep is in real life. Nominated at the same time were Michelle Williams in
" My week with Marilyn " and Rooney Mara in " The girl with the dragon tatoo " and without a doubt these two actresses deserved more than Meryl Streep to win an oscar. If Meryl Streep won an oscar it's because the Hollywood executives knew that " The Iron lady " was a crap movie and without an oscar it would be a non - selling movie that was losing money. It's almost an obsession to most of the people to automaticly perceive a role of Meryl Streep as genius even if it's not. She's too overrated and don't deserve to be called the number one best actress. There are ...more
Why should people stop having her as their favorite actress? They have a different opinion than you - 906389
What do I read there? She even deserved an oscar for " Julie and Julia "? Her nomination for that movie was not even deserved. It should be Amy Adams who deserved an oscar for that movie. Even the real Julie said in a interview that she was impressed by Amy Adam's performance by portraying her. Meryl Streep just raises her voice and she gets a nomination. Being very good in accents and dialects doesn't make your acting skills better. She's just too overrated.
To 906389 that responded at the first comment. Just because a majority have the opinion that Meryl Streep is too overrated doesn't mean that they do not respect your opinion. If your opinion is that she's your favorite actress it's fine by me ( I have no problem with your opinion ) but that doesn't mean that other people can't give the opposite opinion who think that she's not worth enough to be the best number one actress ( which doesn't mean that she's a bad actress ). If the comment says to stop praising her as number one actress ( many people like myself believe that there are better actresses than Meryl Streep ) it doesn't adress every individual on a personal level. It only says to stop the general accepted without any critical thinking opinion as a fact. That's what this list is all about, giving your pro or contra opinion and discuss why. It clearly says that her last nominations and win wasn't deserved and I have the same opinion about that. It also says that she's too ...more
She's a hypocrit. At the golden globe awards of 2012 she called in her speech ( can be seen on YouTube ) Harvey Weinstein as a " God " and now she is saying that she didn't know about Weinstein's sexual abuses on some actresses and girls. Someone like Meryl Streep who has such a hollywood position didn't know? She never heard something during all this years? She's a liar.V 285 Comments
Come on, number two on this list? Most of the people agree that Meryl Streep is way too much overrated to be number one, but if you put Meryl Streep on a lower rank ( which she deserves ) it would mean that Sandra Bullock will become the number one best actress of all time. Does that really feel right? Sandra Bullock, the best actress of the world and of all time? She's maybe a good actress ( for some movies ) but she's way too overrated on this list.
I was certainly surprised as well to find Sandra Bullock at No.2 on this list, so I viewed ahead and found that most of these actresses are still very active today. I think this is more a list of best "modern" actresses. I'm hoping I find Katherine and Audrey Hepburn, Diane Keaton, Faye Dunaway, Bette Davis and so many more later on this list. - Ned964
AMAZING! My Favorite with her is The Blind Side! She was absolutely fantastic it was a fantastic and inspirational movie. I cried and laughed and awed more then I can even beginning to explain. She nails every single one of her roles weather is it Comedy, Drama, Romantic, or Action she is a fantastic Actress!
She's hilarious, yet very professional in her acting skills. She proves to be an excellent actress by challenging herself and by always bringing smiles to her audience.
I Love HerV 109 Comments
The most amazing actress of our time, and is already a Hollywood icon - in fashion and acting. Classy, gorgeous, poised, incredibly talented and concise of the different roles she always takes, she'll always be the Nicole Kidman that we'll always know who even gives an amount of money to various charities. Fact is, she can steal the show even with just a glimpse of her. Her accent and beauty steals the show, that you forget about everything. Get this - she can actually sing and dance, hence Moulin Rouge (2001). She can do drama, (The Hours, Cold Mountain) horror (The Others) and, she's incredible funny (Bewitched, To Die For, Flirting) while winning awards on the way. She'll probably even win three Oscars with that kind of natural talent, poise, and beauty.
Nicole Kidman is the most beautiful woman in the world. Never Ever in my life I've seen somebody prettier than her. She is a pure goddess... Any time I watch her on the screen I'm spellbound by her gorgeous and luxurious beauty and incredible talent. She's a pure GODDESS and a true talent. Ans I was so disappointed when she didn't won an oscar for Moulin Rouge... How come it didn't happen =(( Her performance is shattering, remarkable, AMAZING, HEART-WRENCHING and totally precious... Very very underrated... I LOVE YOU, NICOLE... YOU ARE THE BEST
She is very good and very very diverse
I liked her in the hours, eyes wide shut, and she was so good in the Others
One of the best. He stunning performance in "The Others"--she carried that ghost movie on her back, should have won her an Oscar.V 39 Comments
Jodie is the best best and best actress in Hollywood. Her performance in contact was so remarkable and I love to see her films, what a super actor, she is a born actress. Silence of the lambs and flight plan all made hit only because of her performance. Beauty with acting in right proportion and SHE IS THE BEST
A very talented women. It's always a pleasure to watch her work her craft. - Ned964
Prefer her earlier roles as they will stand the test of time. Amazing actress as so believable in most of the roles, just a shame she didn't make wise choices near the end of her career but thankfully can be forgiven
People the list is for best actresses. Is that so difficult too understand.. No doubt its all about Jodie, Winslet and Blanchett (among the recent). I choose JODIE for her 3 decades..
The best actress ever.V 32 Comments
HELLO MS ANGELINA JOLIE,
YOU ARE MOST BEAUTIFUL, STUNTS, ROMANTIC. I WILL BE REBORN BACK BUT I DON'T FORGET FOR MY ALL REBORNS. YOU ARE MOST IMPOSSIBLE. ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR NEXT FILM. I AM YOUR GREATEST FAN AND GREATEST BEST FRIEND OF TRILLIONS OF THE UNIVERSES AND FOR YOUR ALL YOUR REBORNS. YOU ARE number 1 OF THE TRILLIONS OF THE UNIVERSES AND I GAVE SAME REPLY TO TOM CRUISE THE MOST HANDSOME, ROMANTIC, number 1, STUNTFUL OF THE TRILLIONS OF THE UNIVERSES AND FOR ALL HIS REBORNS. I WILL YOU WILL WON THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD AND TOM CRUISE ALSO WILL WON THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD.
Aw, what a sweet endorsement. A better actress than she is often given credit for. You go girl. - Ned964
Her ability to fall into a role and tottaly claim it as her own is unparalleled among actresses. When you watch her movies you will never find yourself thinking why didn't they go with whatshername instead. From Hackers to Mr and Mrs Smith, it was always gonna be Angelina Jolie.
She is the best number 1 for sure
She is the GREATEST ACTRESS ALL OVER THE WORLD
She is an amazing and talented actress that is able to portray many different characters who can mold herself into different roles.
She's pure perfection
FAVORITE! AMAZING JOB OF MALEFICENT!V 195 Comments
I like very much kate winslet. I really appriciate for titanic movie work.
She has that rare ability to completely take over the screen while she is in a shot. Great range as well. She will go down as one of the true greats. - Ned964
Come on! Kate Winslet is the epitome of acting, with that kind of grace and beauty Kate is born to be a superstar! And mind you, she's very young still but has achieved greater heights than most of the world's actors. Imagine 20 years from now, and voila, she'll collect thousands of awards again and again. Must watch movies of her: Titanic, The Reader, Heavenly Creatures,... Spotless Mind, and Mildred Pierce. You'll be blown away!
Kate winslet performance in "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road" is the best performance of her generation because of his extraordinary depth in acting she made it to the top! Kate is simply amazing!
He is very beautiful and teilented actress.And it is my favorite actress also.V 124 Comments
Emma Watson is not nearly as talented as any of the others actresses on this list. She does not deserve number 14.
Like it was said many times before. Wooden and banal
Talentless lackluster performances. Not belong on this list at all
She is one of the best actress in world. I love her so much after watching her in harry potter ❤❤❤V 289 Comments
I love her! She is amazing in movie she does. She was great in One Day because she showed everything that was needed for an excellent book. She was perfect in Devil Wears Prada. All of her work is thanks to the Princess Diaries!
Her unique acting style captures the heart of her fans, tough and strong both physically and mentally! Not to mention, her beauty! Fabulous actress. Can't wait for this Friday's dark knight rises for a different aura of Catwoman by Anne Hathaway!
unique style and personality. all the others are just the sama. blond hair short skirt high heels and tiny top. SHE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE! - vn
She is THE MOST AMAZING ACTOR I KNOW! From mia thermopolis to Andy to led miserables to selina kyle... She's just too perfect.V 85 Comments
Here are so many awesome actresses on the list like Maggie Smith or Emma Thompson but HELENA BONHAM CARTER is definitely the best!
Movies like Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter or THE KING's SPEECH are just awesome because of her!
She is pretty and talented and always who she really is and that's why she deserves a much better place on this list! (I'm sorry, I come from Germany, so my English isn't very good. :))
She os one of the most inspiring people on this earth and my number 1!
It's hard to deny that she has found a niche with the darker roles. A gifted actress - Ned964
Helena Bonham-Carter is awesome! She gives you such an eerie feeling when she acts, and it's great. Not many people can pull off her roles. She was great in The King's Speech, Fight Club, Harry Potter, just to name a few. She is also so dark and quirky in real life and I love her for that. She deserves a higher ranking on this list.
Helena Bonham carter is my life. She's is by far the best actress, IN THE WORLD, and will never be beaten. Not only does she portray her characters excellently (The Red Queen, Bellatrix Lestrange, Mrs. Lovett, etc etc) but she is truly a differrent and inspiring person.
I lufff her man she is THE best dudeV 54 Comments
Cate Blanchett's range supersedes any other actor of her generation. She has a chameleon like ability to transform herself into any role. All her performances are of a standard rarely seen. Her depth & emotional connection with audiences is evident in all her films. Her convincing & award winning portrayals of real life characters, such as, movie star, Katherine Hepburn in "Aviator", Queen Elizabeth 1 in "Elizabeth" & Jude Quinn(Bob Dylan)in "I'm Not There", are performed with an unsurpassed honesty, empathy & integrity.
I couldn't have put it any better. A great actress with seemingly unlimited range. I love to watch her work. - Ned964
She's completely in a league of her own. In every single performance, she embodies all that the character is meant to be from stunning emotional depth to well though personal touches which gives her characters their own unique traits. She stands out from film to film as one of the most versatile actors in the world. She's undoubtedly the best actor (male/female) of our time!
Don't believe me? Elizabeth, I'm Not There, Babel, Notes on A Scandal...
To name a few, but everything she does is golden.
BY FAR Cate should be number one. Streep is overrated and has no business being number one. It has been said, and I agree, Cate is in a league of her own.
She should be topV 44 Comments
Not finding Mira Sorvino on this list was a surprise, so I thought I should add her. I'm writing this comment after many actresses have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment, and Mira Sorvino has claimed that she was blackballed in Hollywood following her refusal of his advances. Sadly, the facts seem to bear this out. So many have leveled these accusations that it appears it was happening, and how Mira Sorvino just simply disappeared from films at the apex of her carrer does make sense now, although the implications are horrifying. If she was secretly banned from working in Hollywood, then this producer was not only a heinous monster, but had far too much power, and we were all robbed of watching Mira Sorvino grow as an actor. In any case, she of course won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Mighty Aphrodite", and she was just amazing in that role, her talent undeniable. I enjoyed her work in other films as well. I hope she is doing well, and I hope ...more - Ned964
Very very underrated! A top actress that deserves more recognition for her acting talent. Still very beautiful.
Dame Maggie is my absolute favorite actress of all time. Her ability to play any character there is makes me truly in awe of her talent. Her performances as Jean Brodie, Judith Hearne, Dianna Barrie and Minerva McGonagall make my heart melt. She truly is the best actress of all time. Highly underrated? Of course. Highly under-appreciated? Yes. But she really is the best.
Harry Potter, Sister Act, Tea with Mussolini, The First Wives Club, Hook, Clash of the Titans... She is great in everything she is in. - heather
I love all the movies I have seen Dame Maggie Smith in. I especially like her part in Hook - my favorite movie of all time - as Grandma Wendy. She also plays the part of Professor McGonagall well. I liked her part in The Secret Garden as well.
Violet Crawley, Professor McGonagall, Grandma Wendy... she should be higher on the list.V 22 Comments
How dumb some people can get! Bette Davis should be at least in top 5! We're talking about ACTING people! You people who voted for kristen Stewart are obviously not familiar with the term! Kristen Stewart is without a doubt the worst actress of her generati or even of all generations.. I'm not quite sure..! Her silly and pretentious attitude is disgusting! I don't need to refer to her acting again because I suppose my sentiments have become very clear. Whereas Bette Davis is a brilliant actress and has been among the geniuses who founded the industry. Placing "actresses" like Kristen Stewart over her is a huge disrespect. - vicmilano
Wow quite a rant on Kristen Stewart. I do agree that Bette Davis was an incredible actress, who truly had her craft mastered. I am in awe of her - Ned964
A Fine Artist: she took roles others wouldn't take, she played variety of characters from tough, evil, murderer, to comedic, endearing, businesslike. I believe she would have won more awards but the voters couldn't take her tough, aggressive persona... she should be number 1, thank you.
There is no beating Bette Davis! Period! She is the ultimate in translating any character to the screen. What other actress in the world could have pulled off Whatever Happened to Baby Jane/ Absolutely
Brilliant a piece of work. The only actress since Davis who can drum up the degree of magnetism on the screen would be Meryl Streep. It is interesting that Davis was Streep's mentor.
The best then and the best now. Today's actresses cannot hold a candle to Ms. Davis's talent nor her achievements. She came up at a time where actresses earned their fame and awards. Not just handed to them on a silver platter because they are considered beautiful.V 45 Comments
The best OF THE LIST, AMAZING in LEON, MY BLUBERRY NIGTHS, CLOSER, GOYAS GHOSTS, BLACK SWAN
I fell in love with this actress in the year of 2008 when I went to see the movie "The other Boleyn girl". Natalie Portman portrayed a capricious and a stubborn character (Anne Boleyn) and blew me away with her outstanding performance. Since then she became my favourite actress and I have enjoyed every movie I've seen her in (yes, even "No strings attached" because she is really cute in it). I was so happy for her when she received her Oscar award because she truly deserved it. She is talented and beautiful. She's got it all. - wafflerain
She is an intelligent and beautiful woman who has so much talent as an actress. I personally loved Attack of the Clones and thought she did an better job than Carrie Fisher did in an New Hope at least. She also is famous for Black Swan considered one of the best movies ever solely thanks to Portman's performance. Overall, Natalie Portman remains the best actress ever, one of the nicest ever and the most beautiful woman to ever roam the planet.
Best actress ever!V 64 Comments
I had to choose her not only because she is a wonderful actress, playing heroes, damsels, and even villains. She also has such a powerful, commanding voice that let her sneak into such films as Wall-E, Cabin in the Woods, Paul and many others. She may be a sci-fi legend but she's also done many well known comedy and drama movies.
Side note. Whoever put Kristen Stewart on this list needs to be smacked upside the head. That girl has the acting range of a potato.
Lol. That's cold about Kristen Stewart. Granted, I have never seen her act, because I shy away from the teen vampire flicks, or anything else shes done, so maybe you are right. I have seen the poor girl interviewed, and would ask for some mercy. - Ned964
Come on! How is Sigourney Weaver not no. 1! Has anyone even seen her amazing acting. Watch Alien or Aliens sometime soon. I'd like this list better if you did. - vmacmil-1
What a pleasant surprise to see her in the top ten. She is classy, beautiful, and can even play the villain really well (she made Working Girl a good movie). Richly deserved, she is a top ten actress, though I feel she often gets underrated somehow.
She's an all around talented actress. Badass yet downright hilarious.V 20 Comments
I don't understand how people like Selena Gomez and many others are ranked ahead of Vivien Leigh. She is one of the greatest actresses of all time and definitely more talented than many of the other women on here. If you can beat out people such as Bette Davis for a role, then you should probably be ranked higher on this list than Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried (even though I love them both).
She should be in the top 10 for just playing Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. That is one of the greatest performances by any actor.
vivien was never herself again, because she changed into Blanche Dubois after that role in a streetcar named desire - Mathx
Are you kidding me best actress twice for Gone With the Wind And A Streetcar Named Desire and she's not even the top 10 are you kidding me she died youngV 9 Comments
She is absolutely the best, the top and by far, number one. I love her chemistry with her leading men. She makes them shine which is also a tribute to her generosity and her consummate acting ability. She was so vulnerable yet funny with Al Pacino in "Frankie and Johnny" and was surely a stand out with him in the cult classic, "Scarface" She inhabits any role to it's fullest and there's never a question that she's the only choice for that role. She is heaven on earth.
This gorgeous woman is by far one of the most underrated actresses, ever to have graced the screen. She is beyond beautiful and luminous in "The Witches of Eastwick" undefinable in "The Fabulous Baker Boys", absolutely adorable and what comedic timing in "Married to the Mob" and richly authentic "News Year Eve". I even loved her in"Icould never be your woman" what an actress, what a talent, what a beauty and what a mother. Probably a great best friend, as well. Love you, michelle, love you michelle, love you michelle. Oh and thanks so much for your gifts.
Amazing actress in all types of movies. Excellent in Dangerous Minds (1995), Up Close & Personal (1996), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000), I Am Sam (2001), White Oleander (2002), Hairspray (2007).
How gorgeous is this amazing and brilliant actress?V 849 Comments
I can't stand this actress. Hit her by mistake. Big mistake.
Nasty self centered unimpressive phoney pretentious
No, no, no. Way over-rated!
Julia Roberts is so pretty! She is NOT overrated, and NOT a nasty self centered unimpressive phony pretentious (whatever that means)! Julia Roberts is very impressive and lovely. She has made the movie she acted in far more better. I can't understand why people hate her.V 54 Comments
Jennifer Aniston in the top20? Are you for real? Her acting skills didn't improve since her " friends " days. She's just a bad actress when it comes to serious roles. Don't tell me that actresses like for instance Naomi Watts, Rachel McAdams and a lot more ranked lower on this list are less talented than she is. That would be ridiculous. She 's just too overrated because of her popularity in certain circles.
Seriously speaking her only role that impressed any one was that of "Rachel" in friends. In that too she overacted too much towards the show's end. On comparing Courtney and Kudrow she was nowhere in the show. The only reason people loved her was for her stunning haircut and look which too faded away with time. - kattapa
Most underrated actress, she never tries to outshine other characters - a true actor. Subtle.
I don't understand why people say she's overrated, shes not. Shes a great talented actress and she pulls off all of her characters roles perfectly.V 50 Comments
A top actress. A well deserved winning Oscar and Golden globe for her performance as serial killer in " Monster ". Nominated for a Oscar and Golden globe for a equally outstanding performance in the movie " North country " and well-reviewed performances for " Young adult ", " The cider house rules ". Also exellent acting in " 2 Days in the valley ", " The Italian job " and the lesser known " Aeon flux " and " The road ". Like every actress who are playing so many diverse characters there were some bad choises made in her career ( I didn't like too much her acting in " The devil's advocate " but that was maybe how she was supposed to play and therefore not her fault ). The percentage of her lesser acting is so little as a matter of fact that it can be seen as " learning from mistakes " and she has proved her talent so many times that it is no doubt to concider her as one of the best actresses of all time.
Her performance in Monster was the best acting performance I have ever seen. You just forget she's acting, it's incredible.
Yeah, she was good in that. Spooky good. She's got pretty good range to pull that off. Kudos - Ned964
Her performance in Snow White & The Huntsman really made her shine.
She's an amazing actress. She has so very many sides to her style. I've always enjoyed her staring in movies. Smart, daring, beautiful, and extremely talented. 🦋 Hi girl!V 20 Comments
Here's my point of view on Scar Jo, she's like the female version of "Brad Pitt." You either love her or hate her. Like for example, some people either say he's a super-talented guy or an untalented man who only gets roles of his looks. See what I'm saying. I won't say she's mediocre or bland. I thought she was stellar in Lost in Translation (2003), received a Tony award, she showed us her talent in Under the skin (), where she portrayed an alien stalker who learns about Earth ( with her body language & facial expressions ), she did a wonderful performance as an i-pod in Her, she was funny, sexy, smart, and badass in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and not to forget Girl with a Pearl Earring. This whole comment is coming from a huge fan of Robert De Niro & Al Pacino. I'm not saying that she's the best, far from it. I'm just saying she's not that bad of an actress and miles better than Sofia Coppola who happens to be an extremely cringy & boring actress and was only acting because ...more
I love your comments and find them spot on. As for Brad Pitt, or Scarlett Johansson, I thinks its fairly obvious they broke into this business based on their looks. That being said, I think Brad Pitt has become quite an accomplished actor, it's easy to see he has really devoted time to the craft, or art, of acting. I could care less about his personal life when I'm watching a film. I think the same can be said of Scarlett Johansson, although she is at a earlier stage in her development. She is a good actress, and maybe on her way to greatness, let's hope so. - Ned964
The comment that says to vote down the top comment is wrong in many ways. First of all, she's certainly not overlooked. She's ranked number 17 on this list above many actresses that deserves to be above her. Charlize Theron, Katharine Hepburn, Sally Field, Rachel McAdams, Naomi Watts etc... are more talented actresses than Scarlett Johansson. Second of all, she's mediocre as an actress. Of all the movies that are mentioned in the comment there's only " Match Point " and " Lost in Translation " where she's ok in her acting ( but not exeptional ). In " Her " she's doing only a voice-over ( why watch this for research? ). " The prestige " is so-so and " In good company " and " Don Jon " are plain boring ( she doesn't add something better in those movies with her acting ). As for " Under the skin ", it's an ok film and it's praised by her fans for her full nudity scenes but she delivers just a few lines in the whole movie. Vicky Christina Barcelona? Agree or not but Penelope Cruz is way ...more
First of all what is this photo. She doesn't have to show off her boobs to be pretty. Second of all she should not have to wear yellowface in "Ghost in the Shell" and should not play an Asian character or be computer edited to look more "Asian" when she's very clearly white. I understand she has talent but the only race that Hollywood cares about is the box office race.
SexyV 36 Comments
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