Female Singers With the Best Acting Performances

The Top Ten
1 Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long... read more

Cher is a real actress. No wonder she won the Oscar for Moonstruck.

Other movies: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean (1982), Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Suspect (1987), Mermaids (1990), Faithful (1996), Tea with Mussolini (1999).

No one else can hold a candle to her as far as acting goes.

2 Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200... read more

Whitney was brilliant in The Bodyguard (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Preacher's Wife (1996), and Cinderella (1997).
Hope to see more movies with her in the future.

Whitney Houston is magnificent as both an actress AND a singer.

3 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

Her acting career began much earlier than her singing. You may dislike her, but Jen is a true actress.

Money Train (1995), Jack (1996), Blood and Wine (1996), Selena (1997), Anaconda (1997), U Turn (1997), Out of Sight (1998), The Cell (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001), Angel Eyes (2001), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Enough (2002), Gigli (2003), Shall We Dance (2004), Monster-in-Law (2005), An Unfinished Life (2005), Bordertown (2006).

I love both J. Lo and Madonna, but in the acting department, J. Lo has been much more consistently impressive.

4 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically... read more

I really love Madonna's acting, and I don't care what anyone says.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Shanghai Surprise (1986), Who's That Girl (1987), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Dick Tracy (1990), Shadows and Fog (1991), A League of Their Own (1992), Body of Evidence (1993), Dangerous Game (1993), Four Rooms (1995), Girl 6 (1996), Evita (1996), The Next Best Thing (2000), Swept Away (2002).

5 Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie was really funny in Johnny English (2003). In Closed for Winter (2009), she showed dramatic talent.
Go Natalie!

6 Liza Minnelli Liza May Minnelli is an American actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer. Known for her commanding stage presence and powerful alto singing voice, Minnelli is one of the very few performers awarded a non-competitive Emmy, Grammy (Grammy Legend Award), Oscar, and Tony (EGOT). Minnelli is a Knight... read more
7 Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.
8 Julie Andrews Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.
9 Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from... read more

She was in Austin Powers: Goldmember, Cadillac Records, Fighting Temptations, Obsessed, Dreamgirls, and The Pink Panther.

10 Diana Ross Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes.

Her role as Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues" was great.

The Contenders
11 Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, was a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

Love her in Tommy (1975) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

12 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.
13 Idina Menzel Idina Kim Menzel is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Menzel rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent. Her performance earned her a Tony Award nomination in 1996. She reprised the role in the musical's 2005 film adaptation.
14 Jojo Siwa Joelle Joni Siwa, also known as Jojo Siwa is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTuber. She joined the masked singer in 2020.
15 Jessica Simpson Jessica Ann Simpson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, reality television personality and fashion designer who made her debut in 1999. Since that time, Simpson has made many recordings, starred in several television shows, movies and commercials, launched a line of hair and beauty products,... read more

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Employee of the Month (2006), Blonde Ambition (2007), Major Movie Star (2008).

16 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears, born on December 2, 1981, is an American former singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. As a child, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows, such as "The Mickey Mouse Club," before signing with Jive... read more

Brit looked cute in Longshot (2000) and was really underrated in Crossroads (2002). Britney can be a much better actress than many other so-called "actresses" I've seen recently.

I agree with this. Poor Britney didn't get the credit she deserved at all. She was a far better actress than people would admit. I hope she gives it another try.

17 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.

That voice. She was a natural at singing and acting. The Oscar she won proves it.

18 Kylie Minogue Kylie Ann Minogue is an Australian-British singer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played the tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. She also appeared in films such as Street Fighter, Moulin Rouge!, and San Andreas.
19 Thalia Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer and actress. She is referred to as the "Queen of Latin Pop" and is considered one of the most successful and influential Mexican artists.
20 Kelly Rowland Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality.

Kelly was good in Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and The Seat Filler (2004). The girl can act.

21 Willa Ford Amanda Lee Williford, known by her stage name Willa Ford, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress.

The former pop singer is an actress now:
Anna Nicole (2007), Impulse (2008), Friday the 13th (2009).

22 Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

On the start of her career, she performed at an event called the Lollapalooza Festival during 2007 whereby a record label company Interscope found her due to her performance... read more
23 Lea Michele Lea Michele Sarfati is an American actress, singer and author. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway, appearing in productions of Les Misérables, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening.
24 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
25 Bjork Björk Guðmundsdóttir, (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and actress. Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on influences and genres including electronic, pop, jazz, experimental, trip hop, alternative,... read more
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