Wednesday Jun 28

The 50 Greatest Modern Actresses

  1. Meryl Streep: The Deer Hunter, Sophie's Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer, Out of Africa, Doubt, The Bridges of Madison Country, Iron Lady, The Hours, Adaptation, The French Lieutenant's Wife, Silkwood, Ironweed, A Cry in the Dark, Postcards From the Edge, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie and Julia, Manhattan, August: Orange County.
  2. Judi Dench: Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, Notes on a Scandal, Chocolat, Philomena, Casino Royale, Iris, The Shipping News, Mrs Henderson Presents, Cranford.
  3. Diane Keaton: Annie Hall, The Godfather II, Something's Gotta Give, Reds, Marvin's Room, Manhattan, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Shoot the Moon, Mrs. Soffel, Baby Boom.
  4. Susan Sarandon: Dead Man Walking, Atlantic City, Bull Durham, Thelma & Louise, White Palace, Lorenzo's Oil, The Client, Stepmom, Igby Goes Down.
  5. Faye Dunaway: Network, Chinatown, Bonnie and Clyde, Mommie Dearest, The Thomas Crown Affair, Three Days of the Condor, Barfly, Hurry Sundown, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, The Towering Inferno.
  6. Vanessa Redgrave: Julia, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, Howards End, Camelot, Isadora, Mary Queen of Scots, The Bostonians, Prick Up Your Ears, A Month by the Lake, The Gathering Storm
  7. Jodie Foster: Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused, Contact, Nell, Panic Room, Brave One, Bugsy Malone, Inside Man, Freaky Friday.
  8. Ellen Burstyn: Requiem For a Dream, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, Same Time Next Year, Resurrection, The People vs. Jean Harris, Silence of the North, Pack of Lies, Mrs. Harris.
  9. Julianne Moore: Still Alice, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Far from Heaven, The Big Lebowski, The End of the Affair, The Kids Are Alright, The Hours, Game Change, A Single Man, Children of Men.
  10. Glenn Close: Fatal Attraction, The World According to Garp, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, 101 Dalmatiansl.
  11. Jane Fonda: Coming Home, Klute, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, The Shoot Horses Dont They?
  12. Julia Roberts: Erin Brockovich, Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding, Steel Magnolias.
  13. Shirley Maclane: Terms of Endearment, Madame Sousatzka, The Turning Point, Irma la Douce, The Apartment.
  14. Emma Thompson: Howard's End, In the Name of the Father, The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter Franchise.
  15. Annette Bening: American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, Mrs Harris, The Grifters, The American President, Bugsy, Open Range, Running with Scissors, The Seige.
  16. Helen Mirren: The Last Station, The Queen, Gosford Park, The Madness of King George, Hitchcock.
  17. Nicole Kidman: The Hours, Rabbit Hole, The Others, To Die For, Moulin Rouge!.
  18. Sally Field: Places in the Heart, Norma Rae, Lincoln, Forrest Gump, Steel Magnolias.
  19. Jessica Lange: Blue Sky, Tootsie, Frances, A Streetcar Named Desire, Grey Gardens
  20. Kathy Bates: Misery, Fried Green Tomatoes, Dolores Claiborne, Primary Colors, About Schmidt.
  21. Kate Winslet: Hamlet, Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Finding Neverland, Sense and Sensibility, Little Children, Iris, Quills.
  22. Maggie Smith: The Prime of Mrs. Jean Brodie, California Suite, Gosford Park, A Room With a View, Harry Potter Franchise.
  23. Cate Blanchett: Lord of the Rings, I'm Not There, The Aviator, Blue Jasmine, Notes on a Scandal, Elizabeth, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bandits, Elizabeth: Thee Golden Age.
  24. Natalie Portman: Black Swan, Closer, Leon, Jackie, Star Wars Movies, Garden State, V For Vendetta, Beautiful Girls, Brothers, Anywhere but Here, Where the Heart Is.
  25. Frances McDormand: Fargo, Almost Famous, Blood Simple, Mississippi Burning, North Country.
  26. Sissy Spacek: Coal Miner's Daughter, Carrie, In the Bedroom, Badlands, Crimes of the Heart, Missing, The Straight Story, The River, Raggedy Man, Tuck Everlasting.
  27. Sigourney Weaver: Alien Movies, Ghostbusters, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, Avatar.
  28. Viola Davis: The Help, Doubt, Fences, Prisoners.
  29. Amy Adams: Arrival, American Hustle, The Master, The Fighter, Doubt, Enchanted.
  30. Hilary Swank: Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby, Insomnia, Amelia, Conviction.
  31. Tilda Swinton: Michael Clayton, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Deep End, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Julia.
  32. Laura Linney: You Can Count on Me, Kinsey, Mystic River, The Squid and the Whale, The Life of David Gale.
  33. Sharon Stone: Casino, Basic Instinct, The Quick and the Dead
  34. Gwyneth Paltrow: Shakespeare in Love, Se7en, Iron Man, The Royal Tenenbaums, Emma.
  35. Kim Basinger: L.A. Confidential, The Natural, My Stepmother Is An Alien.
  36. Charlize Theron: Monster, North Country, The Cider House Rules.
  37. Diane Wiest: Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands
  38. Sandra Bullock: The Blind Side, Speed, Gravity, Crash, A Time to Kill.
  39. Holly Hunter: The Piano, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, Broadcast News, Thirteen.
  40. Anjelica Houston: Prizzi's Honor, The Grifters, The Royal Tenenbaums, Iron Jawed Angels, The Adams Family.
  41. Julie Christie: Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Away From Her, Afterglow, McCabe & Mrs. Miller.
  42. Judy Davis: Husbands and Wives, Barton Fink, A Passage to India.
  43. Michelle Williams: Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn, Blue Valentine, Manchester by the Sea, Shutter Island, Wendy and Lucy
  44. Helena Bonham Carter: The King's Speech, The Wings of the Dove, Harry Potter Movies, Fight Club, Sweeney Todd.
  45. Emily Watson: Breaking the Waves, The Boxer, Hilary and Jackie, Gosford Park, Red Dragon.
  46. Halle Berry: Monster's Ball, X-Men, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
  47. Naomi Watts: 21 Grams, Mulholland Drive, The Impossible, King Kong, The Ring.
  48. Jessica Chastain: Zero Dark Thirty, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt.
  49. Jennifer Connelly: Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog, Blood Diamond, Once Upon a Time in America
  50. Anne Hathaway: Les Miserables, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises.

Note: Actresses must have appeared in at least one 21st century movie to be considered "modern."

*Best Actress/Supporting Actress Academy Award winning performances appear in italics.

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0 # Tyler 2014-03-14 11:28
Where's Jennifer Lawrence (two-time Best Actress nominee, winning in 2012, and one-time Best Supporting Actress nominee) and Viola Davis (Best Supporting and Best Actress nominee)?
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0 # Andy Moskowitz 2014-12-25 18:24
....and Keira Knightly, and Emily Blunt, and Scarlett Johannson, and Noomi Rapace
...this is a rather nostalgic and unimaginative list. And while Streep is great, anyone complicit in inflicting Sophie's Choice on the world should be stricken on that account alone.
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0 # David 2016-02-27 01:51
Uh, Joan Allen?
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