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21 Jennifer Aniston 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, ...read 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.

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

She has made such a big deal out of her husband leaving her, this is happening to millions of women all the time. She could take a lesson from Nicole Kidman and handling the situation with grace.

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.

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22 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 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.

Good to see this native Minnesotan represented, though she should be higher. I have a friend who has driven taxi for many celebrities, and he says she is absolutely the nicest person among the ones he has driven, so a good person as well as talented. The worst? Kid Rock. I guess he's under the impression the whole world revolves around him.

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23 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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24 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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25 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!

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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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

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.

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!

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 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.

Should be In the Top Ten Super talented and very versatile

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30 Nora Aunor

UNEQUALED BY ANY STAR FROM PHILIPPINES EVEN IN USA. SHE IS A GREAT SINGER, STAGE PERFORMER, GREAT VARIETY SHOW HOST, AND THE BEST OF ALL BEST A GREAT ACTRESS DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL. AWARDED AS BEST ACTRESS IN EGYPT INTERNATIONAL FILMFEST, MALAYSIA BEST ACTRESS AND IN BELGIUM BEST ACTRESS AND MANY MORE AND STILL COMING...

The ultimate in investing authenticity in her most memorable performances. Her eyes alone can already sear the screen. Magnificent!

Who else? She is the GREATEST ACTRESS in THE PHILIPPINES and also one in the WORLD because of the ACHIEVEMENTS she got From ALL OVER THE WORLD... SHE is A GEM...

The living Legend in the Philippines, national treasure (National Artist )

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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.

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 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.

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.

I CAN'T BELIVE SHE'S 34 I MEAN WHO ELS COULD PLAY CLEOPATRA. SHE IS A GREAT PERSON HER SCEANS HAVE OLD QUALITY THAT NO ONE ELSS HAS OK LOVE AND HEART THAT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO ACT!

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.

Ah now, she should be in the top 3 at least...

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34 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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35 Kim Basinger Kim Basinger

Sorry Kim is not acting. She is always believable and funny.

Kim is my favorite movie sex symbol. Now she's old but just look at her - she looks gorgeous, stunning, fantastic!

She is my favorite, actress all time.

Fabulous actress. Best performance in

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

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

WHY IS SHE SO LOW IN THE LIST?
Her performances especially in romance movies warrants her a position higher than most actresses on this list.

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38 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!

Kick ass!

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39 Vilma Santos

The Best Actress for all seasons and for all reasons. A very respectable and sincere person; true beauty that shines inside and out; full of humility and integrity. A kind-hearted woman who has good values and does not want to be a trying hard person just to please everyone. A genuine gem in Philippine Cinema. Nobody has achieved something as what Vilma has done - from a talented child in Trudis Liit, to a sensational teen actress in the Vilma-Edgar movies (Dama de Noche), to a super woman in Darna (the most popular and successful Darna ever), to a phenomenal Dyesebel, to brave and daring roles in Burlesk Queen and Miss X, to box-office blockbuster movies as in Paano ba and Mangarap, Karma, Pakawalan mo Ako, to the award winning movies and characters in Relasyon, Broken Marriage, Adultery, Sister Stella L. , Dolzura Cortez, to offbeat and experimental roles in Tagos ng Dugo, Sinasamba Kita, Hahamakin and Lahat, to one of the greatest box-office award winning films that touched ...more

An actress could not be called great without versatility. Vilma has portrayed almost any kind or role one could think of and with flying colors. She is without the doubt the most versatile actress in Philippine cinema garnering the most number of best actress awards. She is the only actress in Philippines could truly be called a LIVING LEGEND and the GREATEST.

An actress par excellence, Vilma Santos' brand of acting has continue to evolve through the years and never got stagnated. She can play any character to different genres, be it in drama, horror, comedy, musical, etc. Her latest film "The Healing" is her 210th movie to date, more than 90% of which are lead roles. Her achievements in terms of Best Actress Awards and Box-office Queen Awards are unequaled by her contemporaries. Not only Vilma Santos is a complete actress, she has become equally successful in the field of public service having completed her three terms as Mayor of a major city in Luzon. At present, Santos serves as Governor of a vote-rich Province of Batangas. Vilma achieves an amazing feat of effectively fusing Cinema and Politics. And no one is complaining!

Who the hell is she to be ranked so high?

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40 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

Sandra Bullock above Julie Andrews, what?! - olliv

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