Top 10 Best Actresses of All Time

An actress is a female actor who portrays a fictional character in media such as film, television, animation, video games, or theatre. This is a list of the top actresses, who may have won awards, made critics' top lists, attained top billing, or more.
The Top Ten
1 Meryl Streep Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.

"There's no such thing as the greatest living actress. " - Meryl Streep

For once, Meryl got it wrong. Not only is she a superb actress, the woman was able to maintain a private life, raised 4 kids, keep her 32-yr marriage while sustaining a successful film career.

She never plays the same character twice. That time when she lost the Oscar to Sandra Bullock, I thought, "Well, Meryl could do Sandra's role and be better in it. But I bet my life, Sandra can't and won't be able play Julia Child the way Meryl did it. " She is beyond brilliant. Never one to be physically conscious, Meryl Streep just dives in and does whatever it takes to do justice to the role regardless if she'll look glamorous in it or not.

Meryl without a doubt, nobody else even comes close. Every film she plays a completely different character, with 100% accuracy and commitment. Seen every one except the Abba one, can't bring myself to watch that, but I'm sure she's great. Too many favorites to mention, Devil wears Prada the best recent one, Bridges of Madison County great because it stars the 2 greatest actors of all time, the rafting one her best action film, and Sophie's Choice the most distressing. Kate Winslet is the only one who has a chance of surpassing her, but I think at the end of the day 123 will be Meryl, Kate, Angeline.

Every day I imagine myself if Meryl Streep was my mom. She's more pretty than Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lawrence COMBINED. She has been holding on to a marriage for so long and doesn't need a crap magazine to get her fame. Because she got fame because she's good unlike that dumb Miley Cyrus and annoying Katy Perry and SUPER IRRITATING Taylor Swift. All her films seem so good and I want to watch all of them but I can't, I'm not 13 yet. I've only watched Devil Wears Prada which is one of my favorite movie. Her acting in it was SO REAL and she and Anne Hathaway are a perfect pair. They are both equally good. I think that she's so amazing and whenever she's nominated for ANYTHING, she should NEEDS to win!

What's with all these Naomi Watts loving Trolls bashing the majority of the actresses here? This list isn't perfect & what is? I love to bring up the achievements that my favorite artists made, not cut down somebody else down, shove my criticisms up everyone's throat, and say they're overrated or mediocre. That's just so unfair! How would you feel if somebody trashed your favorite artists? Like for example, "This person is very overrated. He or she is mediocre and is not as talented or as beautiful like the fans say they are." Get what I'm saying here? Just because this list isn't the way you wanted it to be doesn't mean you can criticize other actresses & shove you negative opinions up our throats just so you can upset countless fans!

2 Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North. more.

Scarlett Johansson is a great actress. I understand that there are actresses better than her, but with 'Lost and Translation,' 'Marriage Story,' 'Jojo Rabbit' and her performances as Black Widow she has proven to be one of the best of her generation.

The list might be greatest actresses but you can not blame people for voting for Scarlett Johansson because not everybody likes soapy independent or classic films. There's something to be said about striking a balance between quality and commercial movies.

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 exceptional ). 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 Cristina Barcelona? Agree or not but Penelope Cruz is way better in that movie ...more

Who would not vote for her. This actress is so outstanding. And seriously she was born to be the Black Widow. Every movie she is in enthralls me and she has also got 2 Oscar nominations

So overrated. Most of her fans or people who likes this actress are more obsessed for her beauty ( that is also overrated, by the way ) than her acting skills. Purely as an actress she is mediocre. She's certainly not the " great " actress like the media and critics are all saying. Her low voice isn't sexy at all whatever social medias are telling us about that. She has X-legs when she walks, tons of make-up, not that sveltic ( covered in tight clothes to look like she's perfect curvy ) etc... But most of all, I can't believe that people are really impressed for her acting (? ).

3 Emma Watson Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.

She never acted before her first movie in Harry Potter but the others had many experience with acting. She started at 11 and she is an amazing person who can show any emotions at anytime on movie set. She is brave to step out to movie set and do things 90% of people can't and isn't brave enough to do. Just the most tender and wonderful actress. Deserves the world. Other than acting, she supports feminism, gender equality and BLM. How can she be this spectacular?

Emma Watson is one of the best actresses ever. Every one of her movies is spellbinding and she is so inspiring with her feminist speeches. She is a great actress has won multiple awards including the Britannia British Artist of the year. She is also on the official best actress list which proves she is really talented. She was perfect as Belle, Hermione, Meg and Sam. She is born talented and is of course very beautiful. She is my favourite

Oh! So she's more "talented' than "Natalie Portman" & "Scarlett Johansson? " She must be one of the "greatest" actresses of all time, if not the "Greatest" of all time. I don't know how she does it! She's "smart," "talented," "down to Earth," and "sexy." Starring in "critically acclaimed" blockbuster "hits" like "The Circle", an instant "classic! And what could be the "best" live action Disney movie of all time, "Beauty & the Beast! " Damn, she was the "best" thing about this film, I loved the part when she was twirling around & Emma is such a "fantastic" singer, way better than "Frank Sinatra! " Another thing I love about her is the fact that she makes the most awkward facial expressions, sings (it's not even singing) very terribly, pretending to be smart, and plays Hermione in every role! She's just... Cringe! Cringe at it's worst! To keep in mind, there are lots of gifted actresses (like the ones I mentioned) that deserve to be higher than this fraud who is only popular for being ...more

I see that a lot of people hate Emma. And I have to admit she looked like she was over doing her part in the sorcerer's stone but other than that she is a great actress. I mean it is kind of annoying how she acts like she's so perfect all the time but her feminist speeches really inspire me. I don't know if she's smart or not. I haven't really looked into that but she is an inspiring person who deserves to be 4th place. Don't argue with me, really.

4 Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. more.

So overrated as an actress. Many " more talented " underrated actresses on this list ( Sigourney Weaver, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams, Annette Benning, Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Mc Adams etc... ) are ranked lower than her just because she is more popular ( which doesn't mean " talent "! ) in gossip mags and sites. And please, don't tell me that she's more talented than actresses like Katharine Hepburn, Sally Field, Sissy Spacek, Grace Kelly, Greta Garbo... How can you compare her " talent " with those truly talented actresses? Even new generation actresses like for instance Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga etc... have more talent than Angelina Jolie. It's no coincedence by the way why she's number one onTTT list " Most overrated actresses ".

I wonder why she is number 5? She is amazing, her acting looks like it really happened. She can make feel us like we're really in the movie. When I watched Maleficent, I couldn't look away from the cinema screen. She is also beautiful and nice. She also does social services in secret. She has won many awards. She should be at number 1 instead of Meryl Streep. For those who read, I suggest you pick Angelina Jolie.

Fabulous, brilliant actress who captivates with her intense and perfect interpretation of every role people are lucky enough to watch her in. Absolute perfection!

Obviousely something's wrong with this list ( or with the people who votes ).
You're not gonna tell me that Angelina Jolie is a better actress than say Katharine Hepburn, Sally Field, Amy Adams, Naomi Watts and too many other actresses to mention. So overrated for her talent and her beauty. I know beauty is a subjective matter, but as for her talent you can certainly not put her as a top ten actress.

5 Jodie Foster Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, director and producer who has worked in films and on television. She has often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation.

I love Meryl Streep but I would still give my vote to Jodie. Silence of the Lambs is still the only movie to win best picture, best actor, and best actress. I've read Rob Lowe's autobiography and he also talks about what a good person Jodie is. I also think Julianne Moore is a great actress but she just couldn't compare when trying to play Clarice in Hannibal. The difference was truly stunning consider8ng how fine an actress Moore is. Jodie is the best. All time. Period.

Jodie is the best, best, 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.

I can't believe that Scarlett Johansson is ranked higher than Jodie Foster. First of all Jodie Foster has won two Oscars for best actress while Scarlett Johansson doesn't have a single Oscar. Jodie Foster is also one of the most experienced and skilled actresses of today and her role as Clarice Starling is possibly her best but it's hard to choose because all her roles are just amazing.

A truly great actress. She informs each role with intelligence and ingenuity that is unmistakeable as hers. In league with other classy elegant actresses like Glen Close. Michelle Pfeiffer. Kathy Bates. Emma Thompson. Amy Adams. They make watching a movie a pleasure you can always count on
Thank you amazing women

6 Natalie Portman Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Portman is best known for her roles as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Nina Sayers in Black Swan. She won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, more.

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.

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.

I was introduced to Natalie when I saw Leon The Professional (1994). Criminally underrated as this movie is, it was amazing to see 14-year old Postman perform as Matilda in a mature role most adult actors would reject.
She definitely has more talent than people give her credit for.
Also, to the haters, I am sensible enough to know that there's probably someone better than Natalie...but if she doesn't make it to the Top 5, I will lose faith in humanity.
{P.S. She is actually pretty hot, for those of you counting that as a criterion.}

She is amazing. Her role in Black Swan was not easy to play at all. I respect her for playing such a role because I don't think that any other actress could ever pull it off. And then there's her age. Being so young she's so amazing. So hell yeah! Natalie Portman is the best!

7 Cate Blanchett Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received international acclaim and many accolades for her work, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, six AACTA Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Catherine Elise Blanchett owns my heart since a few months. I'm extremely in love with her, she is absolutely extraordinary. Even if Meryl streep is my one and only I think Cate is as great as her, she is just 20 years younger but I put her on the same level as Meryl. I saw about 30 Cate films in a very short time and I can say she is the best actress of her generation and more. Extremely talented, kind, funny, chameleonic and beautiful as few are. Once I read that Cate Blanchett is the australian Meryl streep and I totally agree with that! They are the queens!

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.

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.

To see her play different characters like Queen Elizabeth, Katherine Hepburn and Bob Dylan, a disgraced socialite, a wicked stepmother, lesbian and not see "her" or her personality makes her a great actress! Lots of other actresses when you see them play characters you always get the same kind of acting and mannerisms that is largely a part of their own personality but with Cate you don't see that! When it's her it's always different!

8 Nicole Kidman Nicole Mary Kidman is an Australian-American actress and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm and television thriller miniseries Bangkok Hilton.

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.

Unpredictable, versatile, always brave. Every Kidman performance is guaranteed to be startling.

Kidman is gifted, she knows this and is unafraid to investigate the realms of her talent. She remains humble, however, as she seems to act for herself, for her own benefit and pleasure, and curiosity is what allows her to embody her characters naturally. Thus, these explorations are psychological first and foremost, her physical self a faraway afterthought.

She betrays no technique or pretense because she isn't really acting.

Kidman's whole body of work is embroidered with moments of true excellence, both in her most recognized pieces, but also in projects such as "Paperboy" and "Rabbit Hole". Her trademark is fierceness, be it quiet intensity or feral rawness.

"The Hours" is monumental but I believe her Magnum Opus is yet to come.

She is amazing. You talk about films but I never hear anything about Australia and Cold Mountain. I loved her in both, they are definitely my favorite films. She is the best actress of our time. She steals the screen. I love her ability to totally fall into any role and claim it as her own.

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

9 Sandra Bullock Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner.

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.

To be at number two is a prove that this actress is way too overrated. She's only a good actress ( not the best ) in comedies, altough she's playing them with Always the same manners and expressions. As for her serious roles, it's also the same expressions ( like she's depressed ). I would call her an ok actress but certainly not the number two best actress of all time. Popularity and talent are two different things!

Sandra is not only beautiful, but she portrays the emotions of her characters with such originality and realism. She also knows how to have fun- something that is commonly lost these days. She is a wonderful mother, and I cry just thinking about her in The Blind Side. There couldn't be a more beautiful, kind, loving, and talented actress out there.

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!

10 Kate Winslet Kate Elizabeth Winslet, is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and three BAFTA Awards.

Inspirational she is not an actress for glitz and glamour she takes acting as a job where she wants to exceed and learn from other actresses. She Is just phenomenal and has and always will be she has three children with three different men and continues to strive forward. Every movie 🎥 is brilliant my favs are titanic, the holiday, revolutionary road, and Steve jobs.

How? , such a talented Actress came to down in this list. She deserves top position. Excellent acting skill, to adjust the situation with her on ability. The films like The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Sense and Sensibility, Finding Neverland, A Little Chaos, The Holiday etc, will give a much such impression on her acting.
She is Grace with acting and beauty. The Classical Beauty recall the character Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 film Titanic. Her Vocal and Physical ability put on to the characters make such closer feeling of a wonderful artist.

I think Kate Winslet should be the number 1 actress. She is very talented. My 1st favorite movie with Kate Winslet Titanic. 2nd Revolutionary Road, 3rd The Reader. I love her sooo much! And I think her and Leonardo DiCaprio should marry! If you ever watched the Titanic, her and Leo played a romantic roll. Kate played Rose and Leo played Jack in the Titanic. They also acted together in Revolutionary Road. The Titanic movie is heartbreaking. Revolutionary Road isn't, but both Kate and Leo played outstanding rolls in both movies!

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!

The Newcomers

? Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.
? Kriti Sanon
The Contenders
11 Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Lawrence began her career in television, playing her first major role as a main cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show.

I think Jennifer Lawrence should be in a higher stand on this list, she so young and talented, she on top of every director list, because of her ability to understand the character and the situation. Every role she plays, she does it better and differently. Each character and its features. And she plays them exceptionally well, amazingly, she really goes into the character, you can see that she understands thoroughly the behavior and personality traits of each character she embodies, and she exciting, funny and sweeps you off your feet.

When she is on the screen you can't take your eyes off her. It would be impossible for anyone else to play Katniss Everding the way it was impossible for an actress as talented as Julianne Moore to play Clarice Starling. Jennifer is already excellent and is only going to get better. I have also heard she is a really nice person and other actors LOVE working with her. With the Starling reference, I'm not saying Lawrence is as good as Jodie Foster--but I'm not saying she's not either. Time will tell, but that's how good she is now.

I first seen her in the Hunger Games movie. And I was so amazed with that movie. Jennifer Lawrence can do it all! Drama, Comedy, Action, name it all. She deserves to be higher on the list. She is one of the youngest actresses to win an Oscar Award. And one thing that is so genuine about her is that she's very relatable and very true to herself. I mean, who doesn't want her as their best friend? She loves food (haha) and she's not afraid to show herself as she truly is.

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.

12 Emma Stone Emily Jean "Emma" Stone is an American actress. One of the world's highest-paid actresses, she has won the Academy Award Best Actress Award, been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She ticks all the boxes. She can portray many different characters, she can sing surprisingly really well, she seems humble and doesn't let fame get to her head. She's so beautiful she looks like an angel. Her eyes are amazing in how they shine like emeralds. I've had a thing for her since Zombieland. Her character Wichita was such a badass and she's won me over since and has seldom put a foot wrong in her career. She's talented, funny, beautiful and seems just as likeable off set as she is on it.

I really like La La Land because of Emma Stone's singing. La La Land wouldn't be the same without her! She's pretty, a great actress, and an AMAZING singer!

Come on, this actress needs to be ranked higher. If you watch a movie of her like for instance " Easy A ", it's difficult not to like her. Even in more serious roles like one of her last movies " Irrational man " she's irrestible. Also proves that this adorable actress is very talented in portraying diverse characters. One of the best actresses of the new generation actresses.

Her acting skills are amazing--in voting on the best actresses, it's not about the looks, it's about the ability. I mean, come on--her roles in "La La Land," "Easy A," "Amazing Spider-Man"... she is very, very proficient at her career. In addition, she has a great, sassy personality.

13 Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien.

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.

She's an incredibly good actress.
She played as Grace in avatar
She also played as The Warden in Holes.

Sigourney Weaver has very good acting skills. She should be at least in the top five!

She's an awesome actress! Her performances is Death and the Maiden, Gorillas in the Mist and Prayers for Bobby are unique, and in the Alien Ellen Ripley became her alter ego. The two better ideas of the last two Alien films, the death of Ripley (Alien 3) and making love with an alien (Resurrection) comes from her.

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.

14 Helena Bonham-Carter Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech.

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.

How the heck, is Emma Watson higher than her! Emma isn't half as good as... anyone in this list. Her acts mainly consist of keeping a straight face nowadays. But she's not as horrible as the actress for Bella in Twilight. Well, a horrible movie for a horrible book. Anyways my point is... Helena needs more votes!

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!

15 Carrie Fisher Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series.

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.

She will be always with us.
We love you Carrie.
We will always love.
Rest In Peace.
Our princess, forever and ever.

Come on people, she should be higher. She did an amazing job in the Star Wars franchise. And I'm only 12.

You will always be Leia. And will live in everyone's heart. May the force be with you

16 Maggie Smith Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film, and television, spanning over 66 years. Smith has appeared in over 50 films, and is one of Britain's most recognizable actresses.

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.

Smart, witty, and versatile that Maggie Smith. Her character as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey is yet another testament to her exceptional acting ability. I hear she expects her colleagues to come to work prepared as she expects nothing less from herself. An icon!

She is just incredible. I could watch her drink a glass of water. Maybe she'll be the next batman. We can only hope. Why isn't Maggie in everything? There should be a remake of Harry Potter staring her as every single character. That would be incredible. Maggie Smith for president

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.

17 Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. more.

Very mediocre actress. Because of her turbulent life and death she became an icon, but more as a sexsymbol ( which was and is so exagerated ) than an actress who is praised for her acting skills. Purely as an actress she's just too overrated. As a singer she was also very mediocre and certainly for the fifties. This was the era of Rock and Roll and her songs were no more than out of date lyrics and melodies of musicals.

So glad to see the comments from knowledgeable observers! Watch Marilyn in Bus Stop and try to imagine any other female actor in her role. She was panned because she was a sex symbol during the most sexist period in American film history. I can watch her films over and over - a true charismatic with a rare gift for acting like Brando.

Geez, what can I say? Marilyn was and still is beautiful, funny, talented, strong, and just amazing. She was outstanding throughout her acting career and her singing was unique and beautiful. Marilyn is iconic throughout the world because of her beauty, intelligence, and her passion. Rest in peace darling.

Someone might not know that she lacks of act skills. But now what, she became a legendary actress that no one can be compare with her. If 5-star rate is the best. I should rate her as 6-star, which means OUTSTANDING.

18 Anne Hathaway Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is an American actress and singer. Born in Brooklyn, New York and brought up in Millburn, New Jersey, Hathaway was inspired to act by her mother and as a high school student, was nominated for the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Best Performance by a High School Actress more.

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!

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!

She is a natural talent. she has that unique versatile face which is suitable for performing in all movie genres and the roles of many famous antique or modern characters. her innate acting ability combined with her skillful facial expressions and gestures that easily pull you into movies' aura, makes her one of the best of all time in the business. she is also a beautiful, cute, classy and sexy lady. oh, and don't forget! she is also a wizard in singing, rapping, impersonating that also make her a great diverse entertainer.

I've always loved Anne Hathaway since I saw her in Princess Diaries. She's a very talented woman. Not only can she act, but she is also a really amazing singer. I loved her version of "I Dreamed a Dream" in Les Miserables, probably the best version of that song I've heard!

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

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.

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.

She has a great talent and she can use it. I just love movies with her, she always dominates whole film. She can play in all types of movies, doesn't matter if it's comedy like Married to the mob or (most people say - bad, but I didn't agree with them) The Family, thriller/horror like Wolf or What lies beneath, melodrama like Dangerous Liasons. She can play bad characters as well as good characters - wonderful role in White oleander and amazing in Batman returns. She is very, very beatiful, I think she is the most beautiful actress in Hollywood and she has good voice too. I love her songs from Hairspray, The fabolous Baker Boys and The Prince of Egypt. I've watched many interviews with her and I must say that she is so cute and intelligent. One word - perfect!

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).

20 Katharine Hepburn Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years.

The best and only actress besides Meryl Streep that belongs on this list. Hepburn won four Oscars (a record) and not for a lot of the crap movies one sees today. Scarlett Johannsen? Are you kidding? She's an attractive woman, but not a great actress. Where's Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Barbra Stanwyck, etc. Too "old", perhaps? These ladies were much better actresses than the ones of today.

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.

How is she 24th? This is an abomination! She has played in many classic movies. Katharine Hepburn is my life! As a teenager, when I was a kid, I only knew people like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston. However, I learned to watch classic movies. Trust me. Watch Bringing Up Baby, the Philadelphia Story, and Little Women, and you will see the greatness. I don't even look at modern films after seeing these classics.

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!

21 Anna Kendrick Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions.

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!

She should be number one and she's lower than J-law. Anna makes J-law look like a slump.

Up in the air, 50/50, Pitch Perfect, and other amazing films she has been in.

An up and comer, but a terrific actor overall.

22 Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of Greek actor John Aniston and American actress Nancy Dow, Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends, a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, more.

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.

Wow, Jenn should be in the top 3 easily. I would rate her number 1 of all time best female actor. Dude it's Rachel green from friends. She has awesome actor skills and has done more movies than 3/4 of the girls on this list. She needs her votes up. I love you Jenn keep up the good work and bring us more awesome movies. She has been a crush of mine since friends during my high school era in the 90's

Jennifer Aniston is amazing. She's a great woman and I can say she can play anything. Some people believe F.R.I.E.N.D.S. made her popular, but her talent is the one that brought her on the red carpet. She played Rachel Green, a girl that went through many social difficulties and, obviously, she played all the situations in an amazing way! She deserved to be "on the top of the hill".

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.

23 Amy Adams Amy Lou Adams is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards, and has received five nominations each from the Academy Award and BAFTA Award ceremonies.

The most underrated actress in the movie business. An actress with very wide acting capacities. Highly versatile in her roles she's playing. This woman deserves to win academy awards but for some reasons we don't understand, Hollywood executives prefer waste their time to overrated actresses. I'm sure that a winning oscar would move her up in this list in a second.

I would vote for her. I mean she is the best of the best; especially, her role in Psycho Beach Party. I love that movie. Those funny scene and stuff... It looks underrated but, if you just look at it and understanding it like watching movie just for fun, it would be the best. I like it.

She has the ability to transform into any character making it real, believable from drama, suspense, comedy, to disturbed. Her voice is impeccable. She deserves acknowledgement for her talent. I know it will happen

Agreed. I didn't like the Master, but it wasn't her or Hoffman's fault, I just thought it was kind of dumb. Anything else she was in is really terrific. She is really good, and should be top 30, anyway.

24 Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 3rd greatest female screen legend in American more.

Audrey should be at least in the top 3. Not only did she imbed her character's personality across with sincerity and conviction across the green screen but she took a variety of roles. A charming lady of beautiful grace, poise and class, she is an acting legend. The reason why she probably isn't up where she belongs is because few people have ever watched her movies nowadays and are exposed to the junk of Jolie, Bullock, Kidman, etc

I only just discovered Audrey Hepburns movies and I can't believe I've never seen her before. I was totally captivated by her immediately with her incredible presence, her natural beauty, her innocence, and her personality that just wins your heart. I think anyone who didn't vote for her as the #1 actress hasn't seen her. No one on the top 10 list here is in her league.

This truly iconic being is head & shoulders above all others that have been put before her in this current list of litterpigs! That are not fit to even be mentioned in the same breath as this legendary goddess. Consequently it is futile to list this person along with the likes of most the others mentioned.

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!

25 Vivien Leigh Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh and Lady Olivier, was an English stage and film actress.

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.

The most brilliant and in depth performances of any actress I've ever seen. She is breathtaking and envelopes the entire move...but is a gracious actress in spite of this.

I think Vivien is the brilliant actress of all time when I first saw her in Gone with the Wind.

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