Top Ten Most Underrated Actresses


The Top Ten

1 Robin Tunney

Robin Tunney is without question one of the best actresses on T.V.. I have not seen her movies, but I gather they did not do well at the box office. She deserves someone to write a script for her as the star of a great film. I'm amazed that some of the indie film directors haven't cast her in a really good film. Not only does she act beautifully and created the character of Lisbon on The Mentalist, she also loves the camera and it loves her back. The most beautiful and ageless actress on T.V. with subdued sexuality, who doesn't have to dress sexy to be the sexiest woman in the room.

I had never heard of her before Prison Break and I loved her in that, then saw her in the Mentalist episode "Red Badge" and wow, that Woman can act. She may be small in stature but she dominates the screen whenever she is on and is undoubtedly one of the most gifted actresses on television today. She deserves to be a big movie star but I get the impression that Robin is too down to earth and self effacing to be concerned about fame and money and is just happy being a hard working well respected actress. Good luck to her.

Robin Tunney is an amazing actress. She portrayed very different characters, be it on television (Prison Break, The Mentalist) or on the big screen (The Craft, Open Window, Niagara Niagara, Runaway, See Girl Run, etc...) and every one of her appearance is a proof of her endless talent. She never looks or sounds the same twice, and the audience never feels like they're watching the same character. She gives every one of her characters something special, unique, that leaves us with no other choice but to love them.

Robin Tunney is extremely talented!

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2 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.

Like Naomi Watts this very talented and beautiful actress stays underrated. Every movie she's in is a Delight to see. I really don't know what goes in the head of this Hollywood executives. They seem to focus on less talented actresses and nobody really knows why. They should at least let her win an oscar because she really deserves it.

This is still true, although I think things are picking up for Amy. She's never had a problem getting work but until this past couple years or so has had trouble getting female leads. I do think that is starting to change after getting big roles in the Master, American Hustle, Trouble With the Curve...

I can't believe that she didn't get a nomination at the Oscars 2017 for her acting in the movie " Arrival ". The movie itself did get nominations but she ( once again ) wasn't even nominated for best leading actress. The overrated Meryl Streep did get ( as usual ) a nomination ( undeserved ) for best leading actress. It should have been the other way ' round. Why, Hollywood? Amy Adams deserve an oscar!

I don't understand why this cute and talented actress did get second or less roles after such great acting in "junebug ". Very underrated.

3 Naomi Watts Naomi Watts Naomi Ellen Watts is a British actress. She made her screen debut in the Australian drama film For Love Alone and then appeared in the Australian television series Hey Dad..!

I can't understand that a proven talented actress like Naomi Watts who is one of the most hard working woman in the movie industry don't get more credit. It's like all the people who are involved in the decisions to give awards are blind. This actress deserve more than one oscar if you ask me. I can only hope for her that one day she's gonna get a winning oscar for all her talented work she has given in all this years.
We surely wish you luck,Naomi.

More talented than Meryl Streep if you ask me!

Very talented actress, I would like to see her in more leading roles!

Naomi Watts don't need to prove her talent anymore. She prove it enough in every movie she makes.
She's very beautiful, amazingly gifted for her acting skills and yet she stays underrated. This woman deserves to be on top of the best actresses of all time.
P.S : The one who wrote that she looks like a rabbit, I say, you're an idiot, grow up!

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4 Rachel McAdams Rachel McAdams more.

Everybody knows ( or almost ) her and yet it annoys me that Rachel McAdams isn't as popular as less talented and overrated actresses.
Rachel McAdams made her fame and fortune by herself because she has done a lot of good work what can't be said about seeking publicity overrated actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and many others.
She lives a semi-anonymous life so she don't have to put up with all kind of gossip mags and sites and I admire her for that.
I hope she makes a comeback soon with a oscar - worthy role and film because after all this years this lovely actress really deserves to win.

Rachel McAdams has been the only good thing about so many terrible movies, and is tragically underused in so many films. When given a good character, like in Mean Girls or Passion she always shows everyone just how great an actor she is, and in a lot of films (for example Red Pill, where her character actively describes herself as a selfless person) she makes what could be extremely annoying characters really appealing. Bonus points for being one of the view celebrities to actually come across as a real human being.

Aside from Spotlight, can anyone think of a Rachel McAdams movie in which Rachel McAdams' performance wasn't the best thing about the movie. Although easily the greatest romantic lead working today, McAdams should do more work in different kinds of roles, as she has proven to be extremely versatile in other roles. She first broke out as the villain in Mean Girls, and it's a shame she hasn't played more villains.

The film " Spotlight " did win an oscar for best movie and the cast ensemble was concidered as the best at the Oscars 2016. But why she lost her nomination against an actress nobody heard of is a real mystery. Maybe there will be a next time for Rachel McAdams. I hope so!

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5 Alicia Silverstone Alicia Silverstone

Alicia is beautiful, talented and very hot actress. What else do you need?
The New World, Hideaway, The Babysitter, Batman & Robin, Excess Baggage, Blast from the Past, Beauty Shop, Miss Match...
- Irina2932

I'm cryin'. Glad to see her in the top 5. She is such a hot and amazing actress, but so underrated. It's crazy too

"Batman and Robin" ruined her career

6 Cate Blanchett Cate Blanchett

Cate is amazing!
I must be honest and say that I fell in love with Cate because of Carol but after watching her performance in Blue Jasmine, I knew she was/is the best.
I actually disagree when people say Cate is the new Meryl Streep, Cate is Cate and so much more, she's beautiful, humble, super intelligent and really funny. So for me Cate is definitely the best!
Don't believe in me?
Go watch Notes on a Scandal, Carol, Blue Jasmine, Truth, Elizabeth, and if you want to see a soft side of Cate, watch Bandits even though her performance still amazing in that movie.

Meryl Streep is too overrated. I think Cate Blanchett is a much better actress and she is certainly more good looking than Meryl Streep.

She is the next Meryl streep. Already has two Oscars.

7 Michelle Williams Michelle Williams Michelle Ingrid Williams is an American actress. She began her career with television guest appearances, and made her feature film debut in Lassie, which earned her a Youth in Film nomination.

Very talented, very beautiful actress. Despite her nomination for the movie " Backbroke mountain" she recieved a lot of critic because of her catholic background. Her popularity was somehow less in certain circles because of that and I wonder sometimes if there's maybe a connection if she 's stay underrated.
Nevertheless she really deserves to be more recognized for her work and acting skills. Besides that I think she had to win an oscar for her nomination in " My week with Marilyn " that she lost for the overrated Meryl Streep with her crappy movie "The Iron lady ". But that's Hollywood politics and it's a shame.

She's rarely in the spotlights for her movies. Great acting but so underrated,that many popular tabloids don't see it.

8 Vera Farmiga Vera Farmiga Vera Ann Farmiga is an American actress and producer. She began her career on the stage, making her Broadway debut in the play Taking Sides.

Would definitely tap that caboose

9 Emily Blunt Emily Blunt Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is an English actress who holds both British and American citizenship, she is best known for her roles in The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada.
10 Debra Messing

She is equally great at drama as in comedy. Often in Will&Grace she displayed dramatic intensity in her funniest moments. In the Starter Wife, she shows her incredible acting range in her character Molly Kagan's dream sequences: spoofs of Dirty Harry, Hello Dolly, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, etc. Debra has a great singing voice, even when kidding around in Will&Grace. I loved her in movie roles: The Wedding Date, Along Came Polly, A Walk in The Clouds, etc. (even if the movies weren't always great. She's beautiful, as well. I think she's extremely underrated.

I see her compared to other actresses active today and she stands out. There's a lot of nuance and subtlety to her performances. I think Debra is closer to Meryl Streep in talent. - luvthtv

She is so versatile as an actress. Loved all her films and T.V. shows. Totally underrated!

She's ok but nothing special. It would be an overrated statement to concider her as a top actress.

The Contenders

11 Jasmine Guy

She should be starring in TV or movies. I understand she may be reprising her role in a big screen version of Dead Like Me. I loved her as Whitley Gilbert in a Different World...she was a magnetic presence. Also, she guested briefly as Caitlin on Melrose Amanda (Heather Locklear) trouble in the corporate world. Other roles I've seen her in: as a fallen angel Kathleen in Touched By An Angel, in the miniseries Queen, etc. She is multitalented: great in comedy and drama, musically: singing and dancing. She and Debra Messing are two of my favorites. I'd love to see them work together someday.

12 Janet Leigh Janet Leigh Janet Leigh, born Jeanette Helen Morrison (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004) was an American actress, singer, dancer and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho, for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination. more.
13 Sally Hawkins
14 Jennifer Jones
15 Christina Ricci Christina Ricci
16 Diane Kruger

Come on! She's not that good as an actress. Nothing exeptional. She also lacks some charisma on screen for some reason.

17 Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.
18 Minnie Driver Minnie Driver
19 Frances Conroy
20 Zoe Saldana Zoe Saldana
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