Best Female Performance in a Movie

The Top Ten

1 Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice)

It was the most haunting performance ever and Meryl's flawless Polish accent - Katherine nor Bette didn't have any of those skills.

No question.

2 Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)

I almost cried from laughter when I saw Kristen Stewart on this list. HA. We love you Jodie Foster.

Jodie Foster was intellegent, cool, and tough what else do you need.

3 Kate Winslet (Titanic)
4 Kristen Stewart (Twilight)

I love stewart she's amazing

I think she is a wonderful actress. She played Bella's role perfectly couldn't have been better.

She should be number 1! She's really talented, beautiful, hot, cute. She's great actress. TEAM BELLA! - cho97

5 Sigourney Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist)
6 Kim Basinger (I Dreamed of Africa)
7 Winona Ryder (Little Women)
8 Bette Davis (All About Eve)
9 Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
10 Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)

The Contenders

11 Sharon Stone (Gloria)
12 Madonna (Dangerous Game)
13 Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz)
14 Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice)
15 Connie Nielsen (Gladiator)
16 Angelina Jolie (Wanted)
17 Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind)
18 Linda Hamilton (The Terminator)
19 Ellen Page (Juno)
20 Katharine Hepburn (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
21 Charlize Theron (Monster)
22 Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny)
23 Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls)
24 Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
25 Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter)
26 Uma Thurman (Kill Bill)
27 Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde)
28 Rachel Weisz (The Mummy)
29 Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl)
30 Tippi Hedren (The Birds)
31 Sandra Bullock (Speed)
32 Kim Novak (Vertigo)
33 Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
34 Naomi Watts (King Kong)
35 Faye Dunaway (Mommie Dearest)
36 Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)
37 Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction)
38 Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta)
39 Sandra Bullock (In Love and War)
40 Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)
41 Vanessa Redgrave (Isadora)
42 Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive)
43 Kathy Bates (Misery)
44 Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli)
45 Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
46 Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream)
47 Famke Janssen (X-Men)
48 Monica Bellucci (Malèna)
49 Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)
50 Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
2. Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)
3. Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive)
1. Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
2. Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice)
3. Connie Nielsen (Gladiator)
1. Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice)
2. Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind)
3. Katharine Hepburn (Long Day's Journey Into Night)

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