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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: 2017-10-08
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   Actress - (Movie of Best Performance)
  1. Katharine Hepburn - (The African Queen)
  2. Meryl Streep - (Sophie's Choice)
  3. Ingrid Bergman - (Gaslight)
  4. Bette Davis - (Jezebel)
  5. Audrey Hepburn - (Roman Holiday)
  6. Elizabeth Taylor - (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
  7. Diane Keaton - (Annie Hall)
  8. Shirley MacLaine - (Terms of Endearment)
  9. Joan Crawford - (Mildred Pierce)
10. Barbara Stanwyck - (Double Indemnity)
11. Jane Fonda - (Coming Home)
12. Faye Dunaway - (Network)
13. Olivia de Havilland - (The Heiress)
14. Greer Garson - (Mrs. Miniver)
15. Grace Kelly - (Rear Window)
16. Cate Blanchett - (Blue Jasmine)
17. Kate Winslet - (The Reader)
18. Julianne Moore - (Still Alice)
19. Sissy Spacek - (Coal Miner's Daughter)
20. Julia Roberts - (Erin Brockovich)
21. Deborah Kerr - (Black Narcissus)
22. Jane Wyman - (Johnny Belinda)
23. Jessica Lange - (Blue Sky)
24. Susan Sarandon - (Dead Man Walking)
25. Greta Garbo - (Ninotchka)
26. Marlene Dietrich - (The Blue Angel)
27. Jodie Foster - (The Silence of the Lambs)
28. Emma Thompson - (Howards End)
29. Nicole Kidman - (The Hours)
30. Ellen Burstyn - (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
31. Vivien Leigh - (Gone with the Wind)
32. Ava Gardner - (The Night of the Iguana)
33. Sally Field - (Norma Rae)
34. Marilyn Monroe - (Some Like It Hot)
35. Judi Dench - (Philomena)
36. Michelle Pfeiffer - (The Age of Innocence)
37. Judy Garland - (A Star Is Born)
38. Glenn Close - (Fatal Attraction)
39. Maggie Smith - (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
40. Julie Christie - (Doctor Zhivago)
41. Anne Bancroft - (The Miracle Worker)
42. Frances McDormand - (Fargo)
43. Rosalind Russell - (His Girl Friday)
44. Lauren Bacall - (The Big Sleep)
45. Jennifer Jones - (The Song of Bernadette)
46. Norma Shearer - (The Divorcee)
47. Claudette Colbert - (It Happened One Night)
48. Kathy Bates - (Misery)
49. Glenda Jackson - (Women in Love)
50. Helen Mirren - (The Queen)
51. Shelley Winters - (Lolita)
52. Joanne Woodward - (The Three Faces of Eve)
53. Miriam Hopkins - (Trouble in Paradise)
54. Ginger Rogers - (Top Hat)
55. Jean Arthur - (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
56. Annette Bening - (American Beauty)
57. Renée Zellweger - (Cold Mountain)
58. Tilda Swinton - (Orlando)
59. Vanessa Redgrave - (Blow-up)
60. Natalie Wood - (Splendor in the Grass)
61. Holly Hunter - (The Piano)
62. Catherine Deneuve - (Tristana)
63. Susan Hayward - (I Want to Live!)
64. Lillian Gish - (Orphans of the Storm)
65. Sophia Loren - (Two Women)
66. Angela Lansbury - (The Manchurian Candidate)
67. Joan Fontaine - (Suspicion)
68. Dianne Wiest - (Hannah and Her Sisters)
69. Anna Magnani - (The Rose Tattoo)
70. Mary Pickford - (Tess of the Storm Country)
71. Sigourney Weaver - (Alien)
72. Julie Andrews - (The Sound of Music)
73. Gloria Swanson - (Sunset Boulevard)
74. Winona Ryder - (Heathers)
75. Anjelica Huston - (Prizzi's Honor)
76. Liv Ullmann - (Persona)
77. Joan Allen - (The Ice Storm)
78. Barbra Streisand - (Funny Girl)
79. Rita Hayworth - (Gilda)
80. Geraldine Page - (The Trip to Bountiful)
81. Amy Adams - (American Hustle)
82. Helena Bonham Carter - (The Wings of the Dove)
83. Mia Farrow - (The Purple Rose of Cairo)
84. Carole Lombard - (To Be or Not to Be)
85. Charlize Theron - (Monster)
86. Jennifer Lawrence - (Silver Linings Playbook)
87. Luise Rainer - (The Great Ziegfeld)
88. Hilary Swank - (Boys Don't Cry)
89. Juliette Binoche - (Three Colors: Blue)
90. Claudia Cardinale - (Once Upon a Time in the West)
91. Geena Davis - (Thelma & Louise)
92. Angelina Jolie - (Changeling)
93. Judy Davis - (A Passage to India)
94. Liza Minnelli - (Cabaret)
95. Kathleen Turner - (Body Heat)
96. Mercedes McCambridge - (Johnny Guitar)
97. Cameron Diaz - (Being John Malkovich)
98. Doris Day - (Pillow Talk)
99. Keira Knightley - (Atonement)
100. Naomi Watts - (Mulholland Dr.)
Honorable Mentions
Barbara Hershey - (The Last Temptation of Christ)
Beulah Bondi - (Make Way for Tomorrow)
Claire Trevor - (Key Largo)
Debbie Reynolds - (Singin' in the Rain)
Debra Winger - (Terms of Endearment)
Donna Reed - (It's a Wonderful Life)
Goldie Hawn - (Private Benjamin)
Gwyneth Paltrow - (Shakespeare in Love)
Halle Berry - (Monster's Ball)
Helen Hayes - (The Sin of Madelon Claudet)
Isabelle Huppert - (The Piano Teacher)
Janet Leigh - (Psycho)
Jean Harlow - (Dinner at Eight)
Jean Simmons - (Elmer Gantry)
Jessica Chastain - (Zero Dark Thirty)
Jessica Tandy - (Driving Miss Daisy)
Joan Blondell - (Gold Diggers of 1933)
Kim Basinger - (L.A. Confidential)
Laura Linney - (You Can Count on Me)
Leslie Caron - (An American in Paris)
Marion Cotillard - (La Vie en Rose)
Michelle Williams - (Brokeback Mountain)
Nastassja Kinski - (Tess)
Natalie Portman - (Black Swan)
Penélope Cruz - (Open Your Eyes)
Ruth Gordon - (Rosemary's Baby)
Sharon Stone - (Basic Instinct)
Teresa Wright - (Shadow of a Doubt)
Thelma Ritter - (Pickup on South Street)
Uma Thurman - (Kill Bill)
Whoopi Goldberg - (The Color Purple)
Zhang Ziyi - (House of Flying Daggers)



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