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100 Greatest Movie Actresses

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Criteria: These are the Greatest Actresses in film based on talent, versatility, influence, characterization, charisma, and success in the movie business. (The actors are followed by a movie that showcases their talent.)

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Last Updated: 2005-01-03
100 Greatest Movie Actresses
  1. Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
  2. Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice)
  3. Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight)
  4. Grace Kelly (The Country Girl)
  5. Bette Davis (All About Eve)
  6. Barbara Stanwyck (Ball of Fire)
  7. Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday)
  8. Olivia De Havilland (The Heiress)
  9. Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
10. Joan Fontaine (Suspicion)
11. Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver)
12. Faye Dunaway (Network)
13. Susan Hayward (I Want to Live)
14. Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf)
15. Ava Gardner (The Night Of The Iguana)
16. Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
17. Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind)
18. Jane Wyman (Johnny Belinda)
19. Sophie Loren (Two Women)
20. Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs)
21. Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment)
22. Joan Crawford (Sudden Fear)
23. Emma Thompson (Howard's End)
24. Julia Roberts (Erin Brokovich)
25. Jennifer Jones (The Song Of Bernadette)
26. Kathy Bates (Misery)
27. Judy Garland (A Star Is Born)
28. Julie Andrews (The Sound Of Music)
29. Marilyn Monroe (Some Like It Hot)
30. Sally Field (Norma Rae)
31. Deborah Kerr (The King and I)
32. Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise)
33. Sissy Spacek (Carrie)
34. Louise Rainer (The Good Earth)
35. Greta Garbo (Camille)
36. Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction)
37. Doris Day (Pillow Talk)
38. Natalie Wood (Rebel Without a Cause)
39. Jane Fonda (Coming Home)
40. Holly Hunter (The Piano)
41. Hillary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
42. Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)
43. Diane Lane (Unfaithful)
44. Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
45. Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard)
46. Lauren Bacall (Key Largo)
47. Frances McDormand (Fargo)
48. Nicole Kidman (Moulian Rouge)
49. Norma Shearer (The Divorcee)
50. Bette Midler (Beaches)
51. Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People)
52. Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo)
53. Halle Berry (Monster's Ball)
54. Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted)
55. Rene Zellwegger (Cold Mountain)
56. Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct)
57. Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential)
58. Glenda Jackson (Women In Love)
59. Charlize Theron (Monster)
60. Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity)
61. Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise)
62. Michelle Phiefer (What Lies Beneath)
63. Liza Minelli (The Cabaret)
64. Drew Barrymore (Charlie's Angles)
65. Wynona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted)
66. Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone)
67. Demi Moore (G.I. Jane)
68. Uma Thurman (Kill Bill)
69. Hattie McDaniel (Gone With the Wind)
70. Rene Russo (Ransom)
71. Annette Benning (American Beauty)
72. Sigourney Weaver (Alien)
73. Barbara Streisand (Funny Girl)
74. Raquel Welch (Fantastic Voyage)
75. Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of Eve)
76. Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba)
77. Mercedes McCambridge (All the King's Men)
78. Kate Winslet (Hamlet)
79. Angelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor)
80. Diane Wiest (I Am Sam)
81. Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower)
82. Judy Davis (A Passage to India)
83. Claudia Cardinale (Fitzcarraldo)
84. Gweneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)
85. Julian Moore (Hannibal)
86. Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment)
87. Christina Ricci (The Man Who Cried)
88. Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)
89. Daryl Hannah (Splash)
90. Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple)
91. Carol Burnett (Noises Off)
92. Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy)
93. Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets)
94. Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite)
95. Carmen Miranda (The Gangs All Here)
96. Kate Hudson (Almost Famous)
97. Catherine Zeta Jones (Chicago)
98. Cameron Diaz (Gangs of New York)
99. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)
100. Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown)

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