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100 Greatest Female Acting Performances

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Criteria: These female acting perfomances are based on characterization, charisma, intensity, and mainly on how well the actor portrayed the role. The genre of the role has no affect on its placement. Comedy, drama, and action, as well as both leading roles and supporting roles were all given a fair consideration.

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100 Greatest Female Acting Performances
  1. Sophie's Choice - Meryl Streep - 1982
  2. Sunset Boulevard - Gloria Swanson - 1950
  3. The African Queen - Katharine Hepburn - 1951
  4. Misery - Kathy Bates - 1990
  5. The Lion in Winter - Katharine Hepburn - 1968
  6. Erin Brocovich - Julia Roberts - 2000
  7. Gaslight - Ingrid Bergman - 1944
  8. Gone With the Wind - Vivien Leigh - 1939
  9. The Piano - Holly Hunter - 1993
10. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Elizabeth Taylor - 1958
11. A Streetcar Named Desire - Vivien Leigh - 1951
12. Fargo - Frances McDormand - 1996
13. The Divorcee - Norma Shearer - 1929
14. To Each His Own - Olivia De Havilland - 1946
15. Annie Hall - Diane Keaton - 1977
16. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Katharine Hepburn - 1967
17. Two Women - Sophie Loren - 1961
18. The Heiress - Olivia De Havilland - 1949
19. Terms of Endearment - Shirley MacLaine - 1983
20. Casablanca - Ingrid Bergman - 1942
21. Boys Don't Cry - Hillary Swank - 2000
22. The Country Girl - Grace Kelly - 1954
23. Coal Miner's Daughter - Sissy Spacek - 1980
24. The Philadelphia Story - Katharine Hepburn -1940
25. Howard's End - Emma Thompson - 1992
26. The Silence of the Lambs - Jodie Foster - 1991
27. Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf - Elizabeth Taylor - 1966
28. Monster - Charlize Theron - 2003
29. The Song Of Bernadette - Jennifer Jones - 1943
30. Suspicion - Joan Fontaine - 1941
31. The Accused - Jodie Foster - 1988
32. Coming Home - Jane Fonda - 1978
33. On Golden Pond - Katharine Hepburn - 1981
34. Roman Holiday - Audrey Hepburn - 1953
35. Network - Faye Dunaway - 1976
36. The Postman Always Rings Twice - Lana Turner- 1946
37. Places in the Heart - Sally Field - 1984
38. It Happened One Night - Claudette Colbert -1934
39. Jezebel - Bette Davis - 1938
40. The Nun's Story - Audrey Hepburn - 1959
41. Fried Green Tomatoes - Kathy Bates - 1991
42. French Lieutenants Woman - Meryl Streep -1981
43. Monster's Ball - Halle Berry - 2001
44. Pillow Talk - Doris Day - 1959
45. Dolores Claiborne - Kathy Bates - 1995
46. The Great Ziegfeld - Louise Rainer - 1936
47. Double Indemnity - Barbara Stanwyck - 1944
48. It's A Wonderful Life - Donna Reed - 1946
49. Two For the Road - Audrey Hepburn - 1967
50. Breathless - Jean Seberg - 1960
51. Sudden Fear - Joan Crawford - 1952
52. Morning Glory - Katharine Hepburn - 1933
53. Dangerous - Bette Davis - 1935
54. The Three Faces of Eve - Joanne Woodward - 1957
55. Come Back, Little Sheba - Shirley Booth - 1952
56. From Here To Eternity - Donna Reed - 1953
57. The Rose Tattoo - Anna Magnini - 1955
58. The Sound Of Music - Julie Andrews - 1965
59. Norma Rae - Sally Field - 1979
60. The Good Earth - Louise Rainer - 1937
61. Fatal Attraction - Glenn Close - 1987
62. Anastasia - Ingrid Bergman - 1956
63. The Miracle Worker - Anne Bancroft - 1962
64. All About Eve - Bette Davis - 1950
65. Women in Love - Glenda Jackson - 1970
66. Cabaret - Liza Minnelli - 1972
67. Notorious - Ingrid Bergman - 1946
68. A Touch of Class - Glenda Jackson - 1973
69. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - Ellen Burstyn-1974
70. Of Human Bondage - Bette Davis - 1934
71. Darling - Julie Christie - 1960
72. Holiday - Catherine Hepburn - 1938
73. The Hours - Nicole Kidman - 2002
74. Spellbound - Ingrid Bergman - 1945
75. Ball of Fire - Barbara Stanwyck - 1941
76. Mrs. Miniver - Greer Garson - 1942
77. Mildred Pierce - Joan Crawford - 1945
78. I Want to Live - Susan Hayward - 1958
79. Klute - Jane Fonda - 1971
80. The Night Of The Iguana - Ava Gardner - 1964
81. Johnny Belinda - Jane Wyman - 1948
82. Buttlerfield 8 - Elizabeth Taylor - 1960
83. Dark Victory - Bette Davis - 1939
84. Adam's Rib - Katherine Hepburn - 1949
85. Dead Man Walking - Susan Sarandon - 1995
86. Autumn Sonata - Ingrid Bergman - 1978
87. Letter From an Unknown Woman - Joan Fontaine - 1948
88. Blue Sky - Jessica Lange - 1994
89. Rebecca - Joan Fontaine -1940
90. A Star Is Born - Judy Garland - 1954
91. The King and I - Deborah Kerr - 1956
92. Carrie - Sissy Spacek - 1976
93. Key Largo - Lauren Bacall - 1948
94. Mommie Dearest - Faye Dunaway - 1981
95. La Strada - Giulietta Masina - 1954
96. Breaking the Waves - Emily Watson - 1996
97. The Exorcist - Linda Blair - 1973
98. My Fair Lady - Audrey Hepburn - 1964
99. From Here to Eternity - Deborah Kerr - 1953
100. Hamlet - Kate Winslet - 1996





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