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
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
love her - 23MACCAjaV 313 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 like her, no matter what.V 113 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..
GreatV 36 Comments
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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
Angelina Jolie is good. Maleficent is one of the best films I've seen her act in she really suits the character. Really beautiful and a role model to us but not only by beauty but by her kindness to people and charity work.V 204 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
Emma deserves number 1V 335 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
Number one in my book! But Meryl Streep is good tooV 41 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!
Such a underrated actress. The way she transforms herself to bring each character to life, is mind blowing. She even outshined Leonardo Dicaprio in Titanic and Revolutionary road - Ang2001V 130 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 deserves top 5 and putting her below Emma Watson is such a wrong thing to doV 51 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.
She looks exactly like my mom - mariazobeidiV 68 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.
I like her first name - The_gEEK_GamEr9V 24 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 a master of psychotic difficult characters!
She started with small town, rich little girls in classical english history movies and fast developed an impressive rage of roles. She can play everything and is always a scene stealer, even in the King's Speech she was able to challenge Colin Firth's perfect leading performance.
Sadly she is mostly known for her Burton movies, but she can play much more like we have seen in Live from Baghdad, Wings of the Dove, Frankenstein, Enid, Burton & Taylor, Suffragette and so on. And even in blockbusters like Harry Potter, ALice in Wonderland or Dark Shadows she plays so edgy that it is just outstanding.
She is one of the best actresses of all time and I am happy to see what the future holds for her
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.
Yes! My personal favorite. Come on, guys! Dark Shadows! Corpse Bride! This beautiful soul provided me with many dark and creepy movies that I looove.V 61 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.
What a body she has.Hair,eyes,voice and personality everything about her is beautifulV 46 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
My favourite actress..fit to any role.V 93 Comments
Jennifer Lawrence deserves to be higher on this list. She is so talented, one of the youngest ever oscar nominees, her work in Winter's Bone was outstanding. She was amazing in the Hunger Games and was beyond amazing in the Silver Linings Playbook. She is so talented, so moving, so emotional. I love her so much and look up to her. She is truly one of the greatest actresses I have ever seen, if not the greatest.
I think she is a great actress. She has a lot if talent. Others may not agree but I think she I a pretty good actress. In real life she is kind if weird though... We'll not weird but a little more hyper than she is in the hunger games. In the hunger games she is more tough and peaceful, but in real life she I loud and hyper an funny and I think that is what makes her who she is. And that is why I think she is a great actress.
I am literally inlove with her! She is my role model and my life! I firkin worship her! She is an amazing actress who has her own ways of expressing herself into the beautiful person she is! I will be a future actress soon, Sophie matar, and she is the reason why I am dying for this job and because it is who I am! I love Jlaw... She is an amazing actress with a naughty hot sexy great personality which can steal an audience in seconds! I love her and I think she is the best actress alive
She is the BEST OF ALL TIME!V 149 Comments
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.
Amazing in hp - harrypotter1V 28 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.
Boring actress can only play herself! Very limited!V 51 Comments
I love her so much, she's so funny, down to earth, and of course an amazing actress. She makes her characters so full of life.
One young, beautiful and talented actress I didn't come up with. Kudos to peeps who named her though. She's sweet, yet bursting with talent! - Johnnyrp666
Wait, what is Emme Stone doing on #52?! She's amazing, so talented and young, every time funny and adorable.
I loved her in la la landV 12 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
This actress is in a totally different league! She is not just a performer, she is an icon! There are just a few actresses in the entire world who can be compared to her aristocratic style, talent and unforgettable persona. Audrey is larger than life!
Audrey Hepburn is probably the greatest actress there ever was. Her innocence and inquisitive nature captured the hearts of millions down to this day. I have only seen her in a couple of movies, but I still claim her as the best acting and fashion icon ever!
My adult daughters favorite all time actress, so I'm a bit biased. Her career in acting was short lived, and it's a shame, I think, because her talent was undeniable. Another great actress who I feel completely took over the screen. Just a natural beauty and talent. - Ned964
She is the best actress that ever stepped on this planet! She is #1, she is the epitope of beauty! She is a fashion icon! She was the most humble and down to earth person ever!
Audrey hepburn is the most beautiful the most talented and one of the most down to earth actresses of all time. her father and mother were divorced and she rose to fame without support. watch breakfast at tiffany's and her other movies. guys she is an amazing actress. no other actress in this list can compare to her in looks and acting. she is so beautiful and so talented. please please vote for her. the spot she deserves is number one not number nineteen.V 55 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!
More like best sociopath actress for stealing a husbandV 57 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 love Jennifer Aniston, she should be in the top tens - ChelseaPurnellV 55 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.
Very dedicated actress - she put on 50lbs to play a stressed-out mother.V 25 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
She should be in the top 5 at least. Loved her in "Waterloo Bridge" and "GWTW".V 13 Comments
She was never be able ( because of the media ) to get rid of her " Princess Leia " image which did slow down her carreer as an actress ( plus personal problems ). Nevertheless, she did a lot of " unknown" movies ( sometimes as lead actress or second roles but also a lot of cameo roles ) but always performed with all her heart and soul. She will mainly be remembered as the " Star Wars " princess but also as an icon and legend of the seventh art.
Loved you in Star Wars - Stevenuniversefangirl
Vote for Fisher.
She will be always with us.
We love you Carrie.
We will always love.
Rest In Peace.
Our princess, forever and ever.
Katharine Hepburn is the real number one of the best actresses. She did take risks that even Meryl Streep could never have done or dare to do. Her on-screen charisma is without a doubt way better than Meryl Streep. As a matter of fact, you can't even compare the talent of Katharine Hepburn next to the too overrated Meryl Streep. She could play so complex characters that no other actress ( even at our present time ) would be capable of doing. All her movies are watchable and very well played and that's something you certainly could not say about Meryl Streep. Katharine Hepburn is ranked so low on this list that it's almost an insult and too ridiculous for words.
Simply the best! 'Best Actress' Oscars: "Morning Glory"(1933). "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"(1967), "The Lion in Winter" (1969), "On Golden Pond" (1982). Achievements? Amazing. Loved all her movies, especially enjoyed "Woman of the Year". I wonder how many more 'Best Actress' awards Katharine may have won if she hadn't been labeled 'Box-Office Poison' for her spunk as a libertarian. Longevity in the movie industry for a woman is a mountain that is difficult to climb. Katharine's acting is a shining example to other actors that it can be done. What a gal! - 0s_1s
Good call. She is very near the top of my list, I'm just having a hard time deciding on who would be the best. A commanding performer. No doubt she owned her craft. One of the few who just takes over the screen. - Ned964
Come on, Kate Hepburn at number 18. Something is very wrong here for such a gifted Actress to be this far down on the list. She is clearly a Top 5 Rated Actress!
Hepburn is a real legend. She has won four Oscars. - mariazobeidiV 28 Comments
the very best in everything she does. absolutely loved her in kill bill movies. made me a true fan for life. I love her - luvtoread
The Kill Bills, Pulp Fiction, Be Cool, Vatel, The Avengers, Les Miserables... She's great, and so hot in Kill Bill... - heather
She is very good actor, especialy in movie Paycheck.
The comfortable silence speech in Pulp Fiction is my personal favorite movie quote of all timeV 4 Comments
Watch enchanted then the fighter. Where did she come from/ others pale by comparison.
Playing from gleefuly roles in movies like enchanted. To extremely serious ones on movies like the master or American hustle. Simply great.
She can play any part and she is beautiful
I love this women, as an actor she just has it all, sweet, sultry & sexy serious. She's wowing in sharp objects at the moment she should be nearer the topV 9 Comments
Thoughtless and talentless and what a certified aim in the ass to work with
Please, her screen presence was undeniable. Captivating. Her smoldering sensuality on camera is legendary. Perfect for almost every role she played... Yes, she wasn't going to pull off any deep dramatic roles, but that wasn't her thing. Not all film is about that. Some films are lighthearted and fun, and yes, sexy. She is an absolute icon of film. She was a tremendous talent. RIP Norma - Ned964
That was pain on the ass
Everyone has to stop giving her crap. She is a talented actress and she did better than you have done in your life
Monroe was only known to be sexy - mariazobeidiV 22 Comments
So overrated. This actress has no charisma on screen. I can't believe that some people are actually impressed by her acting. Just because she has some popularity ( and that won't last, believe me! ) doesn't mean that she's a top actress.
I loved her in boot camp an forgetting Sarah Marshall! she's so pretty!
People only like her because she is pretty. I personally always find her performances dull and bland. - punyraisin
Mila Kunis is overrated. - mariazobeidiV 15 Comments
MISERY. What a performance. This woman should come before people like Jennifer Aniston etc. Ridiculous. And Marilyn Monroe? Give me a break. One overrated individual. So overrated that it is actually annoying. She was the worst thing about "Some Like It Hot" which is a great movie. I wish, they'd hired someone else to play Sugar though.
Fried Green Tomatoes, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Little Black Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Dragonfly, American Outlaws, Rat Race, Waterboy, Titanic, MISERY, Dick Tracy, and the list goes on. - heather
One of the greatest actresses of all time, it's ridiculous that names like Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman are in the Top 10 but Kathy is down at 52.
She has a special way of connecting with the audience that every other actress on this list wishes they could hone in on. Kathy Bates is special
I almost voted for Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lawrence or Nicole Kidman but despite the fact there hot - I wouldn’t say they deserve Oscars (minus Nicole Kidman.) Jennifer Anniston did well on Friends and Jennifer Lawrence did well on The Hunger Games though. However, Kathy Bates in Misery still gives me chills. Recently I read the book and I worried it would ruin the film for me (happened lots before with Divergent, The Shining and Carrie.) I read Misery and I couldn’t help but think Kathy Bates plays the perfect ‘number 1 fan’. She managed to play such a detestable villain likably and while the finale was ultimately satisfying, I couldn’t help but feel bad when Paul burned Misery’s Return.V 15 Comments
She is a wonderful young actress. Her performances in Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess and the Edge of Love show that she is developing into a very good actress. In my opinion she should definitely be higher on the list. I think she will become one of the leading actresses of her generation. - VocalMimzy
Awesome performance! Sexy and beautiful body! Should definitely be #1! I mean Pirates of the Carri bean? Come on people!
Keira Knightley is beautiful and an overall amazing actress. I like her the best when she is portraying girls named Elizabeth. Mainly Pride and Prejudice and the Pirates of the Caribbean. Either way she is amazing and I could definitely picture her as number one.
She is so pretty and is a really great actress.V 23 Comments
Selena is such a good actress like she changes the way she acts in so many movies and shows like in wizards of waverly place she is the bad child up to no good and then in monte carlo she changes form bad girl to a nice girl who just wants to explore the world after graduation. She is amazing I just love her I'm only ten about to turn eleven and all I know is that I hope someday I become a star like her!
Selena gomez is the best her songs are the best and she deserves to be the best actress please vote for her I want to see this beautiful girl on top 5 nabeel
She was amazing on Wizards of Waverly Place. Very good entertainer on that show. Only show I really loved on Disney. She definitely stole the spot light. Love her to death. She such a good person and is a great role model. People make fun of her child-like face and saying she can't act. Leave her alone. Having a baby face is a gift. You can stay young forever. Besides her looks she has a wonderful personality. Love you Selena forever and always
I love selena gomez she is a good actress she disorves to be number 1 or at least top 5V 20 Comments
Reese Witherspoon is a fantastic actress, She was really good acting as Pam Hobbs in the film "The Devils Knot." She played a grieving mother who's son & his 2 best friends were horrifically murdered in a crime that shook West Memphis & the whole USA. It was based on A true story which made it even more heart wrenching, But Reese really reached out to people & touched people. I felt every scene & every line she acted like she was the real Pam Hobbs who was grieving for her baby. I think anyone who watches that film will feel complete sympathy & deep sadness for the mother & family of Stevie Branch (R.I.P). Great Acting & A Great Actress, The Devils Knot is just 1 of her many great films, she should be higher in the list.
A great example of a young teen actress turned mature and sophisticated. She will win many more awards and continue to choose smart and sexy roles to play.
She is still so adorable. She makes me smile, and is so comfortable in front of the camera. - Ned964
Reese Witherspoon is my favorite actress because I got picture frame from her she said my name is adam Evans all the best love Reese Witherspoon someday I will meet Reese Witherspoon I want to see her someday she will come my house to see me my address is 1801 May fair road tallahassee Florida my zip code is 32303 salmon drive
LEGALLY BLONDE! - SassyEquineV 15 Comments
I have so much respect and admiration for Kristen. She's been on so many huge T.V. shows like Veronica Mars, Heroes, House of Lies, and the new series The Good Place, she gave a phenomenal performance as Princess Anna in Frozen, and she's such a caring person that has done so many good things for charity in her life. She's talented, kind, funny, cool, and also VERY beautiful as well. - phillysports
She's so great in comedy. Love her in the movie "you again"
Veronica mars, frozen, this girl can do it all - coolactress198
She is a great Veronica Mars! - FalconflightV 3 Comments
I cannot believe I had to use the find command to locate her name! This is just wrong. I think everyone can agree that Meryl Street is the worlds best actress but this women is a close second. Whenever she is on the screen my eyes cannot stop watching her, she steals every scene. She is so good at playing a manipulative villain that you can not help but root for her character even if they are horrible.
I think, in my humble opinion, that she became, and remains, a very good actress. So many actresses break into the business based solely on their appearance. The great ones rise above that and really master their craft. I think Jessica Lange is definitely a case in point. - Ned964
I cannot believe some of the actresses who are currently ranked higher then this talent... It is just so sad. Most voters have no idea what talent is with some of the crap voted higher. She is hands down one of best actress alive to day
She is an awesome actor playing Fiona Goode currently on American Horror Story Coven and she is awesome in emotion. She should be number 1.
This woman is a true actress. Her eyes only can deliver a hell of a performance.V 29 Comments
Dame Judi Dench is an incredible actress.
Seriously? Below Chloe Moretz and Anna Kendrick? What kind of joke is this? - 445956
An amazing actress. She's too underrated if you ask me. Highly talented acting skills. She literally can play all kind of roles. First time I saw her was on " mean girls ", last movie I saw with her is " while we're young " where she's co-starring with Naomi Watts. This actress becomes better and better with the years. Should move up!
Didn't she start out in the teeny vampire flicks? I'm not sure because I have yet to see one.. In any case, I do agree she is coming along fine and a good actress, from the limited amount I have seen her work. Keep up the good work - Ned964
I am pretty sure that Amanda seyfried deserves at least top 15, she was amazing in so many movies, especially Mama Mia!
I heart Mamma Mia. She is a great actress and has lots of potential.
I WILL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU IN MEAN GIRLS. U ROCK.V 4 Comments
Ohh., I thought she'll be on the top of this damn list... But as I can see she's not in it... Well, I must say this list includes talentless bimbo's... Like Miley Cyrus, and a dummy kristen stewart..! Ahh who so ever voted for them just need a better life...!
She should be on the top ten because if you have ever seen The Holiday or The Other Woman or Something About Mary then you will KNOW that she is a fantastic actress and I love her so much
Why is cameron diaz at the lowest position? Oh my god. She is so amazing. Her film is good.
Low!V 11 Comments
Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - Miniseries/TV Movie
2005 The Lion in Winter
Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Actress - Miniseries/TV Movie
2004 The Lion in Winter
Best Leading Actress in a Play
1984 The Real Thing
2002 Death and the Maiden
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
1995 Sunset Boulevard
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 The World According to Garp
NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 The World According to Garp
Hell, if half the bloody actresses above Ms. Close were of the high caliber of her then they would deserve to be there, until now, there is no logical reason as to why the likes of Emma Watson and Natalie Portman are higher up than this extremely fantastic and gifitc actress!
Her range is a wonder. She can play epic & roles, as in Dangerous Liaisons, crazy & disturbing roles as in Fatal Attraction, subtle & introvertet roles such as in Albert Nobbs, lovingly & warm characters as in The Big Chill, The Natural and The World According to Garb and she is also unforgettable as strong female turns such Eleanor of Aquintaine in Lion in Winter & Patty Hewes in Damages. Glenn also took Gloria Swenson's iconic role and made it her own in Sunset Boulevard! She should definitely be in the top 10, in the likes of Streep, Dench, Smith, Redgrave, Taylor, Mirren, Hepburn, Davis, Lange, Bening, Sarandon, Thompson, Swinton, Chastain, M. Williams, Ullman, Bergman, Garbo, Adjani and Huppert!
A really great actress!V 8 Comments
Well, it's been said that her eyes could make the sky pale. Those eyes captivated millions. One of the few Child stars who built a successful career. Through many marriages and illnesses Taylor lived a true Hollywood life to create some great films and a legendary status.
A very good, and beautiful actress. Another case of someone who was rumored to have a somewhat troubled life off the set. So what? Her body of work is impressive, the camera loves her, and she is in some great films. RIP Liz, you are missed. - Ned964
HOW IS SHE 40? She should be 1 on this list. Her eyes are just... WOW. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL. She is like, a legend. How can a legend like her be at 40 on this list.P.S. I also like Anne Hathaway and jenifer Aniston and Nicole kidman and amanda Bynes.
Doesn't need explanation.. It's shocking, she's not even on the list.
Queen of Hollywood!V 3 Comments
I've saw her in a speaking thing she did in Brisbane, and I cried when she walked out on stage she was flawless, and I believe that she should be at least top 5, to be honest, I think she is the greatest human being alive, she has one an Oscar of Christ sake! The magic Mary poppins film made the most money of all films the year it was released! People ask me why do you think the sound of music and Mary poppins were such successful movies. The answer is simple... Because of JULiE ANDREWS!
How could anyone forget about Julie Andrews? No doubt she can act! She's a legend. Also the women never ages an has class! God love her for "Mary Poppins", "Sound of Music", Princes Diaries",...
The Sound of Music & Mary Poppins... greatest movies ever - beatlesforever6
JULIE IS THE BEST!V 19 Comments
Dove Cameron id one of the best actress. I love her! The most unique and awesome character that she played is Mal the daughter of Maleficent from Descendants. She is amazing! From Liv and Mddie I like her as Maddie. The new movie of Descendants 2 is on internet watch Mal the daughter of Malificent and Uma daughter of Ursula. Who is the best from those 2? Mal of course! Don't miss the movie and see Dove Cameron as Mal.
She is a really good actress in defendants and liv and maddie
I love her in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD! - Falconflight
YeahV 3 Comments
Well, there are many noteworthy movies. Her best I think is Out Of Sight, then, Angel Eyes (the romance there is her best), and then Selena. But she's number 2. Number 1 is Nicole Kidman, for sure, but I love Jennifer Lopez very much also.
She likes dancing, she likes singing, likes to entertain. In addition to being a genuienly sincere person free with her emotions, she is one of the best and most underrated actresses of her time. When she acts, I belive her. She carries me with every word and expression. Always appropriate and deep with authenticity.
I read a story on her early life, and this is a very talented and driven woman. At one point, her parents tried to discourage her from pursuing a career in entertainment. Just by reading her bio above, you can see how that worked out. A true role model for every girl that wants to achieve great things. I think she is an accomplished actress and judging by her drive, I think we will continue to see amazing work by this beautiful and unique talent. - Ned964
She was a great actress with Jim Parson, Steve Martin and Rihanna in the film, Home
I think she deserves a spot in top tenV 11 Comments
she should be in the top ten. she is fantastic! you can feel exactly what she is feeling when she is acting.
Any list without Julianne Moore in the top 5 is a joke. Look at the range of material she does extremely well and it's not arguable.
Versatile and gorgeous-she has tackled some really challenging roles and delivered gut-wrenching performances. She should be right there with Streep and Blanchett.
Yeah she's the best actress ever.V 8 Comments
I did like to watch her movies but since her plastic surgery ( that didn't improve her ) mania, she's barely watchable. Don't understand why a talented actress would mutulate herself when you already made it on the big screen.
One of my all time favorite. I like her most in You've got mail.
How in the world can this lady be so low in this poll? She has been the star of some of the best romantic comedies of the past 25 years. - RdrTech
Lol I though is Meg Griffin HAHA! Sorry guys.V 4 Comments
Maybe not the greatest actress of all time but she has a certain on-screen charisma rarely seen in today's actresses. Also a delight to watch because of her beauty. She doesn't deserve all the bad critics for her acting skills because in worthy roles she can deliver good acting.
Yeah, she is stunning, and that certainly counts for a lot in her profession. I think she has also been smart in choosing roles that are allowing her to grow as an actress. - Ned964
She is absolutely awesome! Great actress! She was really good in the movie the fantastic 4 she has a great personality and she seems to be fine when she plays in a movie.
Jessica isn't just a hot actress she is different there is just something about her I mean I can't get enough of her movies every time I watch a movie for her I feel so inspired She is the best
LOVE HER!V 13 Comments
A talented child, she began training as a competitive figure skater at the age of four. She began her acting training at a summer theater camp and performed with them throughout high school. She graduated from York University in Toronto with Honors and a BFA degree in Theater. In 2003, she got a leading role on the Canadian television series Slings and Arrows, but back-to-back successes in the US forced her to be written out of the show in its second season. In 2004, she co-starred with Rob Schneider in the comedy The Hot Chick, but it was her turn as uber-popular high school student 'Regina George' in the hit film Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan that made Rachel a star. She followed up her success in Mean Girls with a role in the tearjerker The Notebook co-starring Ryan Gosling, whom she dated in real-life for two years. 2005 was a busy year for the actress, who played Owen Wilson's love interest in Wedding Crashers, a woman terrorized by an assassin in Red Eye and Sarah Jessica ...more
I didn't know some of that, so thank you..I do think she is a very good actress, so I wouldn't have been a hard sell anyway. A talented women with a lot of great opportunities awaiting I'm sure. - Ned964
Every time she's in a movie you see a very beautiful woman, charismatic, magnetic and talented performances of her as an actress. She did get an oscar nomination very late in her career ( for the movie " Spotlight " ) which was in my opinion deserved but not that deserved at the same time. Too many performances during her career were much better, so, I concider that nomination for her work as an actress. And that she should have won! But despite that oscar nomination she remains one of the most underrated actresses and one of the best actresses of our time. A very adorable person who deserves better and certainly more recognition.
She is my personal best and favourite actress, she is amazingly gifted, very talented and has an incredible personality, an outstanding feature would be her gorgeous smile, her smile makes me smile
Common guys r u crazy she is the best. Definitely in the top 5V 41 Comments
She wasn't in a lot of movies or series but her acting was really good. I wish I got to see her in more films
Anna is amazing in pitch perfect, great actress, great singing voice, nominated for awards, really really funny, really kind and is great in any role!
An up and comer, but a terrific actor overall.
I love her so much shes cute
Anna is good but overrated - mariazobeidiV 3 Comments
Come on people! Ever heard of Notorious? Gaslight? Casablanca? These are all classics! Get with the program! - ThatMetalChick
Three-Time Academy Award winning Actress known for her powerhouse acting abilities.
Why is she only 49? Ingrid Bergman was an amazing actress and I know she had a lot of hate because of the whole scandal with her husband but that doesn't affect your acting technique and ability. There's a reason why Hitchcock picked her even though she was involved in a scandal.
Bergman cannot be forgotten. She should be in the top 5 at least. People just don't know actresses these days. What a shame. - mariazobeidiV 10 Comments
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