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
Not only is she overrated, but she is also an ass towards other people.
And your qualified to render such a judgement? Do you know her personally? Or has your body of evidence been accrued through regular reading of Star magazine? Is my assumption any more ridiculous than yours? I don't know you or Meryl Streep, and I certainly wouldn't trust Hollywood paparazzi driven media to decide for me. - Ned964V 283 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.
YepV 108 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,
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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, YOU ARE JUST THE BEST I LOVE YOUR MOVIES MOST OF ALL, I LIKE IT WHEN YOU ARE WITH BRAT PITT. YOU GUYS ARE JUST CUTE TOGETHERV 193 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 sucks. Very weak actorV 284 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.
Helena Bonham-Carter is easily better than Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie.V 53 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
I love Anne...the first movie of her's I watched was "THE PRINCESS DIARIES" and WOAH! Instantly her fan...Brilliant...V 84 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.
Benjamin button was an amazing movie! Cate was awesome!V 43 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.
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
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
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
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 greatest in my eyesV 142 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
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 is just wrong... she deserves to be in at least the top five maybe even too three! Jessica is a legend. Is she just ranked this because she isn't flashy and all about the glitz and glam like the people in front of her? She's the mos down to earth, normal, kind, actress alive! That's why I love her. She's so interesting and is quite amazing at what she does. She tells a story each time she acts, brings tears to your eyes with every emotional scene, and never fails to impress no matter what movie/ T.V. show. She deserves more then 21st! This site is ridiculous. Obviously whoever placed her here doesn't know what talent is!V 26 Comments
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