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21 Jessica Lange Jessica Lange Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has received worldwide acclaim for her work in film, theater, and television. She made her professional film debut in the 1976 remake of the 1933 action-adventure classic King Kong, for which she won her first Golden Globe Award ...read more.

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.

She's incredible. definitely needs to be higher on the list. I miss her on AHS!

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22 Kathy Bates Kathy Bates Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress. She began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother.

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

Unsinkable.New Money.

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23 Charlize Theron Charlize Theron

A top actress. A well deserved winning Oscar and Golden globe for her performance as serial killer in " Monster ". Nominated for a Oscar and Golden globe for a equally outstanding performance in the movie " North country " and well-reviewed performances for " Young adult ", " The cider house rules ". Also exellent acting in " 2 Days in the valley ", " The Italian job " and the lesser known " Aeon flux " and " The road ". Like every actress who are playing so many diverse characters there were some bad choises made in her career ( I didn't like too much her acting in " The devil's advocate " but that was maybe how she was supposed to play and therefore not her fault ). The percentage of her lesser acting is so little as a matter of fact that it can be seen as " learning from mistakes " and she has proved her talent so many times that it is no doubt to concider her as one of the best actresses of all time.

Her performance in Monster was the best acting performance I have ever seen. You just forget she's acting, it's incredible.

Yeah, she was good in that. Spooky good. She's got pretty good range to pull that off. Kudos - Ned964

Her performance in Snow White & The Huntsman really made her shine.

She is the best this generation has to offer. I've seen her good (Hancock) I've seen her bad (huntsman,fate of the furious) I've seen her good/bad (madmax) I've seen her beautiful (the Italian job) I've seen her ugly(monster) I've seen her act immature (young adult) I've seen her badass (aeon flux) I've seen her give her all to every role she's ever been apart of. She's the most underrated actress I've ever seen. She's best playing the crazy pycho bitch but she can embody any role she's given.

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24 Emma Stone 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.

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 love her...

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25 Keira Knightley Keira Knightley Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole.

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 really awesome in pride and predujice! - TheHabsFan

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26 Katharine Hepburn 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.

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!

Fantastic actress

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27 Reese Witherspoon Reese Witherspoon Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, known professionally as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and producer.

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

Reese is so talented! She should be at least in the top 10!

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28 Audrey Hepburn 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 ...read more.

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 amazing beautiful and is one of the best actresses of all time

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29 Amanda Seyfried Amanda Seyfried Amanda Michelle Seyfried is an American actress, model, and singer. She has appeared in movies such as Mean Girls, Mamma Mia!, and Les Misérables. Her work on TV includes CSI Las Vegas, Veronica Mars, and As The World Turns.

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 heart Mamma Mia. She is a great actress and has lots of potential.

She is good. at all this chart is not fair!

I WILL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU IN MEAN GIRLS. U ROCK.

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30 Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. ...read more.

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.

She's a legend

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31 Jessica Alba Jessica Alba Jessica Marie Alba is an American actress, model and businesswoman. She has won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, and a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.

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!

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32 Marilyn Monroe 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. ...read more.

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

great

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33 Ingrid Bergman Ingrid Bergman Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Tony Award for Best Actress.

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.

You guys think Jessica Alba is better than Ingrid Bergman. Just more proof that the voters are idiots. - 445956

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34 Glenn Close Glenn Close Glenn Close is an American actress, singer and film producer. With an acting career spanning over 40 years, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series
2008 Damages
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - Miniseries/TV Movie
2005 The Lion in Winter
Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
2007 Damages
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Actress - Miniseries/TV Movie
2004 The Lion in Winter
Tony Awards
Best Leading Actress in a Play
1984 The Real Thing
2002 Death and the Maiden
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
1995 Sunset Boulevard
Other awards
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 The World According to Garp
NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 The World According to Garp
- Dylankelly007

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!

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35 Mila Kunis Mila Kunis Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress . In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family .

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

Love her!

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36 Meg Ryan Meg Ryan Margaret Mary Emily Anne "Meg" Hyra, known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and producer.

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.

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37 Rachel McAdams Rachel McAdams ...read more.

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

Ok, so I don't actually think she's the best actress (that would be Vivien Leigh), but she's very underrated.

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38 Julie Andrews Julie Andrews Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.

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

OH MY GOODNESS JULIE ANDREWS IS AWESOME! SHE SHOULD BE IN THE TOP FIVE FOR GOODNESS SAKE

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39 Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore

How can you Put DREW at 44th - She was Riding in Cars with Boys- went on 50 First Dates with Adam - and for Jimmy she was the Perfect Catch in Boston- Even Charlie thought She as an ANGEL. Hugh wrote the Music and Lyrics were here speciality- Vote HER Up the LIST People - GB - GrantzPlace

she the best of all she didn't diserved to be in 39th place she should be at, atleast 5th place so pick her up

Surprisingly, I didn't expect that drew would be in the 27th place, despite of her talent in acting, and her beauty. I mean, an actress like drew should be on the top 10 actresses, and she deserves it. Like, totally. She is one of favorite actresses, I even have a girl crush on her, I mean who wouldn't, right? So uh yeah, DREW BARRYMORE GUYS! :))))) please vote her :DD

One of the Best in the WORLD!

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40 Amy Adams 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.

Number one
Watch enchanted then the fighter. Where did she come from/ others pale by comparison.

She can play any part and she is beautiful

Playing from gleefuly roles in movies like enchanted. To extremely serious ones on movies like the master or American hustle. Simply great.

Amy is amazing actress... I'm really hope that very soon she get Oscar because she deserves a Oscar.

She's pretty darn good, and well, she's pretty... Every role I have seen her in has been played pretty close to flawless. She is one of the few that I just watch her work and believe she is the character, a rare talent. She has a very bright future - Ned964

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