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Top 100 Greatest Actresses of All Time (2022 List)

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Best Hollywood Actress Ever

The great divas of Golden Age Hollywood remain, to this day, a source of inspiration and fascination for many people from all over the world. Whether it be for their immense talent or their outstanding beauty, they have remained in the collective memory of movie lovers everywhere. In fact, some of these women have become so famous that they have been immortalized through impersonation by drag queens in gay clubs! Some of our most beloved cinematic icons are: Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor…

But do you know who is considered as one of the greatest actresses ever? Read on to find out!

  1. Ellen Page
  2. Emma Watson
  3. Jennifer Aniston
  4. Kristen Stewart
  5. Winnona Ryder
  6. Janet Leigh
  7. Keira Knightley
  8. Octavia Spencer
  9. Marisa Tomei
  10. Diane Wiest
  11. Renne Zwegller
  12. Whoopi Goldberg
  13. Thelma Ritter
  14. Joan Cusack
  15. Shelley Winters
  16. Eva Marie Saint
  17. Michelle Williams
  18. Jessica Chastain
  19. Catherine Zeta-Jones
  20. Maggie Smith
  21. Anne Hathaway
  22. Cameron Diaz
  23. Meg Ryan
  24. Julia Roberts
  25. Demi Moore
  26. Amy Adams
  27. Michelle Pfeiffer
  28. Uma Thurman
  29. Julianne Moore
  30. Rachel Weisz
  31. Jennifer Hudson
  32. Tilda Swinton
  33. Audrey Tautou
  34. Rachel McAdams
  35. Gwyneth Paltrow
  36. Helena Bonham Carter
  37. Sigourney Weaver
  38. Jennifer Connelly
  39. Halle Berry
  40. Penelop Cruz
  41. Judi Dench
  42. Naomi Watts
  43. Jennifer Lawrence
  44. Marion Cotillard
  45. Sandra Bullock
  46. Annette Benning
  47. Nicole Kidman
  48. Helen Mirren
  49. Angelina Jolie
  50. Charlize Theron
  51. Natalie Portman
  52. Hilary Swank
  53. Kate Winslet
  54. Joan Crawford
  55. Kathy Bates
  56. Diane Keaton
  57. Jessica Lange
  58. Shirley MacLaine
  59. Faye Dunaway
  60. Julie Christie
  61. Glenda Jackson
  62. Helen Hunt
  63. Barbara Streisand
  64. Deborah Kerr
  65. Sophia Loren
  66. Rita Hayworth
  67. Claudette Colbert
  68. Luise rainer
  69. Natalie Wood
  70. Jennifer Jones
  71. Barbara Stanwyck
  72. Frances McDormand
  73. Holly Hunter
  74. Emma Thompson
  75. Cate Blanchett
  76. Jane Wyman
  77. Glenn Close
  78. Ellen Burstyn
  79. Joan Fontaine
  80. Susan Hayward
  81. Olivia De Havilland
  82. Greer Garson
  83. Susan Sarandon
  84. Greta Garbo
  85. Gloria Swanson
  86. Julie Andrews
  87. Sissy Spacek
  88. Jane Fonda
  89. Jodie Foster
  90. Sally Field
  91. Viven Leigh
  92. Grace Kelly
  93. Judy Garland
  94. Marilyn Monroe
  95. Meryl Streep
  96. Ingrid Bergman
  97. Bette Davis
  98. Elizabeth Taylor
  99. Audrey Hepburn
  100. Katharine Hepburn

Who is the best Hollywood actress of all time?

When people think of great drama, tragedy and comedy actresses in Hollywood, there is one name that always comes to mind: Meryl Streep.

At the age of 67, she is still going strong with a series of award-winning performances fresh in the public's minds. She has been nominated for 18 Academy Awards and won three, making her one of only 12 performers to have achieved the 'Triple Crown of Acting'. In 2010, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role on "Damages", a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her appearance on "Pride & Prejudice" and SAG Award as part of the "30 Rock" cast.

Streep has portrayed a wide variety of roles, with many shared traits including stubbornness, icy coolness and unapologetic frankness. She is also noted for her ability to completely transform herself for each role, dropping weight drastically or gaining it as necessary.

Of course there are other actresses who could lay claim to the title of best Hollywood actress ever but Streep's career spans over 30 years and she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. This combined with performances that have touched millions worldwide allows us to say without hesitation that Meryl Streep is the best Hollywood actress of all time!

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Who are the top 10 female actresses?

A list of the greatest female actresses currently working in Hollywood, listed alphabetically and including photos. Some of these women are widely recognized for their appearances in popular movies and television shows, while others may be less well known but equally talented. Each one has contributed something unique to film history through their acting work.

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This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for absoluteness. You can help make it the best resource it can be by giving your input at the end and voting up or down accordingly. Who do you think is most deserving? We will update the rankings every so often according to new information received. Please share this list with your friends!

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Angelina Jolie

Movies include: Changeling , A Mighty Heart , Kung Fu Panda , Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Anna Kendrick is a talented American actress whose career began in theater but soon transitioned to film and television work. She has appeared in a number of successful projects, including the Twilight saga, 50/50 and Scott Pilgrim vs The World .

Nicole Kidman is one of the most recognizable actresses on this list thanks to her long and varied list of movie credits. Some of her most acclaimed roles were in Moulin Rouge! , Eyes Wide Shut and The Hours .

Liv Tyler is an acting veteran who got her start at just nine years old with Silent Fall . Since then she has appeared in Armageddon , Inventor: The Jennifer Morgue , Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Incredible Hulk and more.

Elle Fanning is probably younger than you are, but that doesn't mean she can't act! She got her start with a small role in I Am Sam before breaking out as the title character in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere .

Scarlett Johansson has appeared in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster films. Her long list of credits includes Girl With A Pearl Earring , Lost In Translation , Iron Man 2 , The Avengers and many others.

Meryl Streep is perhaps one of the most well known actresses on this list thanks to an astonishingly successful career which spans decades. Among her best known film roles are those in Kramer vs

Who is No 1 actress in world?

Who is the world's most popular film actress?

This is one of the questions that will now be answered by Yahoo! Movies, which today (May 30) launched its new weekly box office rankings. Yahoo now shows who stars in top films each week and how they fare at the box office.

Yahoo has teamed up with comScore to use its data to produce the list each Monday during an international reporting cycle which covers both US and international theaters.

According to Variety, this will change the game for Hollywood studios because until now tracking services have only reported grosses on a sporadic basis, usually just once or twice a month, according to Paul Yanover, president of worldwide distribution for Universal Pictures which releases films through Focus Features domestically and Comcast internationally.

"This will give us another indication of how our films are performing each week," Yanover said. "There is an impact this can have on market share."

The move follows the success that Box Office Mojo has had with its own weekly box office chart which it also produces in tandem with comScore. The Hollywood Reporter believes Yahoo's new list could be game changer for comScore, which has long shied away from moving into tracking film grosses, even though rival Re/ . This new service aspiresntrak already does so successfully via its theatrical division.

The top 10 movies in the world last week according to Yahoo! Movies were: Mad Max: Fury Road - starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron; Avengers: Age of Ultron - starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo; Pitch Perfect 2 -starring Anna Kendrick; Cinderella –starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter; Home - starring Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin; Focus –starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie; Furious 7- starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez ; Ex Machina – starring Alicia Vikander ; Fifty Shades of Grey –starring Jamie Dornan , Dakota Johnson ; Kingsman: The Secret Service – starring Colin Firth , Taron Egerton.

Yahoo! Movies list is available at

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