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Favorite Actresses and Their Best Roles

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Whether disappearing into a role completely, projecting a performance that stirs the emotions, or smouldering in the way that makes the heart beat faster, these are the ladies that I enjoy watching the most. The top 30 are pretty firm while the next 30 could be sloshed around a few places here & there.

The interior rankings for each actress are ordered by the films that showcase her best work, which is not the same as the best movie she was in. Make sense? I take the quality of performance, screen presence, and amount of screen time all into consideration, and obviously only include titles that I have seen.

I spent some time choosing photos that I think best represents the character and the movie that I ranked #1 for each actress.

Footnote: I am aware this list is overwhelmingly white, the sad reality is that minority actresses have a hard time landing major roles in diverse productions even in this day & age. Equality has been very slow in coming in society, but even more so in Hollywood.
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1. Veronica Guerin 2003
2. Elizabeth 1998
3. The Gift 2000
4. Notes on a Scandal 2006
5. Little Fish 2006
6. Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007
7. Heaven 2002
8. Oscar and Lucinda 1997
9. The Missing 2003
10. Robin Hood 2010
11. Pushing Tin 1999
12. Bandits 2001
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
14. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008
15. Hanna 2011
16. An Ideal Husband 1999
17. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999
18. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012
19. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003
22. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013
23. Babel 2006

1. 21 Grams 2003
2. The Ring 2002
3. The Painted Veil 2006
4. Fair Game 2010
5. Sunlight Jr. 2013
6. Mulholland Drive 2001
7. St. Vincent 2014
8. The Ring Two 2005
9. King Kong 2005
10. Funny Games 2007
11. The Impossible 2012
12. Mother and Child 2010
13. Birdman 2014
14. Stay 2005
15. I Heart Huckabees 2004
16. Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering 1996
17. Eastern Promises 2007
18. Tank Girl 1995
19. The International 2009
20. Down (The Shaft) 2001
21. Dream House 2011
22. Matinee 1992

1. Amélie 2001
2. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not 2002
3. Hors de Prix (Priceless) 2006
4. La Delicatesse 2011
5. Dirty Pretty Things 2003
6. A Very Long Engagement 2004
7. Coco Before Chanel 2009
8. Pas Sur La Bouche (Not On The Lips) 2003
9. Ensemble, C'est Tout (Hunting and Gathering) 2007
10. The Da Vinci Code 2006
11. Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) 2006

1. Gia 1997
2. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001
3. Girl, Interrupted 1999
4. Foxfire 1996
5. Original Sin 2001
6. Maleficent 2014
7. Changeling 2008
8. Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life 2003
9. Salt 2010
10. Alexander 2004
11. Life or Something Like It 2002
12. Mojave Moon 1996
13. Taking Lives 2004
14. The Tourist 2010
15. Pushing Tin 1999
16. The Good Shepherd 2006
17. The Bone Collector 1999
18. Cyborg 2 1993
19. Hackers 1995
20. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004
21. Beowulf 2007

1. Rear Window 1954
2. Dial M for Murder 1954
3. The Country Girl 1954
4. To Catch a Thief 1955
5. High Noon 1952
6. The Swan 1956

1. L'Enfer 1994
2. Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) 1986
3. Les Enfants du Desordre (Children of Chaos) 1989
4. Une Femme Française (A French Woman) 1995
5. The Art of Breaking Up (Un Fil a la Patte) 2005
6. Les égarés (Strayed) 2003
7. A Heart in Winter (Un Coeur en Hiver) 1993
8. Fortune Tellers and Misfortune (Voyance et Manigance) 2001
9. Histoire de Marie et Julien 2003
10. La Belle Noiseuse 1991
11. La Répétition (Replay) 2001
12. Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud 1996
13. L'Amour En Douce (Love On The Quiet) 1985
14. Les Destineés Sentimentales 2000
15. Mes Stars Et Moi (My Stars) 2008
16. À Gauche en Sortant de L'ascenseur (Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator) 1988
17. Les Temoins (The Witnesses) 2007
18. Nous Trois 2010
19. J'Embrasse Pas (I Don't Kiss) 1991
20. Vinyan 2008
21. L'Enfer 2005
22. Premiers Desirs 1984
23. 8 Women (8 Femmes) 2002
24. Mission: Impossible 1996
25. A Crime 2006
26. La Buche 1999

1. Pitch Black 2000
2. Melinda and Melinda 2005
3. High Art 1998
4. Visitors 2003
5. Red Widow 2013 [TV]
6. Mozart and the Whale 2005
7. Feast of Love 2007
8. Rogue 2008
9. When Strangers Appear 2002
10. Silent Hill 2006
11. The Waiting City 2010
12. The Crazies 2010
13. Nobody's Baby 2001
14. The Darkness 2016
15. Dead Heat 2002
16. Ten Tiny Love Stories 2002
17. Finding Neverland 2004
18. Man on Fire 2004
19. Surrogates 2009
20. Evidence 2013
21. Johnny English 2003
22. Silent Hill: Revelation 2012

1. To Die For 1995
2. Dogville 2003
3. The Others 2001
4. Bewitched 2005
5. Eyes Wide Shut 1999
6. Australia 2008
7. Rabbit Hole 2010
8. Moulin Rouge! 2001
9. The Interpreter 2005
10. Cold Mountain 2003
11. Birthday Girl 2002
12. Stoker 2013
13. Billy Bathgate 1991
14. Just Go with It 2011
15. Birth 2004
16. Nightmaster 1987
17. Batman Forever 1995

1. Fanfan 1993
2. Marquise 1997
3. L'age du Raison (Love...In the Age Of Reason) 2010
4. La Fille de d'Artagnan (Revenge of the Musketeers) 1994
5. À Ce Soir (Nelly) 2004
6. My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days 1989
7. La Fidelite (Fidelity) 2000
8. LOL: Laughing Out Loud 2008
9. L'étudiante 1988
10. Les Femmes de L'ombres (Female Agents) 2008
11. De l'autre Côté du Lit (The Other Side of the Bed) 2008
12. Joyeuse Paques (Happy Easter) 1984
13. Je Reste! (I'm Staying!) 2003
14. Le Bonheur N'Arrive Jamais Seul (Happiness Never Comes Alone) 2012
15. Pacific Palisades 1990
16. Anna Karenina 1997
17. Police 1985
18. Anthony Zimmer 2005
19. The World Is Not Enough 1999
20. Pour Sacha (For Sasha) 1991
21. Braveheart 1995
22. Alex & Emma 2003
23. Ne Te Retourne Pas (Don't Look Back) 2009
24. Belphégor - Le Fantôme du Louvre 2001
25. L'amour Braque (Mad Love) 1985
26. Descente Aux Enfers (Descent Into Hell) 1986
27. Le Disparue de Deauville (Trivial) 2007

1. Monster 2004
2. Mad Max: Fury Road 2015
3. Young Adult 2011
4. 2 Days in the Valley 1996
5. Arrested Development 2005 [TV]
6. The Devil's Advocate 1997
7. The Italian Job 2003
8. Aeon Flux 2005
9. A Million Ways To Die In The West 2014
10. Trial and Error 1997
11. The Cider House Rules 1999
12. Reindeer Games 2000
13. Sweet November 2001
14. Prometheus 2012
15. Snow White and the Huntsman 2012

1. Melancholia 2011
2. Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999
3. Crazy/Beautiful 2001
4. Marie Antoinette 2006
5. Bring It On! 2000
6. The Cat's Meow 2001
7. Bachelorette 2012
8. Fargo 2015 [TV]
9. The Virgin Suicides 2000
10. Get Over It 2001
11. Deeply 2001
12. Wimbledon 2004
13. Spider-Man 2002
14. All Good Things 2010
15. Dick 1999
16. True Heart 1997
17. Spider-Man 2 2004
18. Lucky Town 2001
19. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004
20. Small Soldiers 1998
21. Little Women 1994
22. Greedy 1994

1. Pride & Prejudice 2005
2. A Dangerous Method 2011
3. Begin Again 2013
4. Domino 2005
5. Princess of Thieves 2001
6. The Duchess 2008
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006
8. Bend It Like Beckham 2002
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003
10. Never Let Me Go 2010
11. The Jacket 2005
12. The Hole 2001
13. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007
14. King Arthur 2004
15. Silk 2006
16. Love Actually 2003
17. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999

1. Dark Water 2005
2. Far Harbor 1996
3. Career Opportunities 1991
4. Labyrinth 1986
5. The Hot Spot 1990
6. The Rocketeer 1991
7. Requiem for a Dream 2000
8. Of Love and Shadows 1994
9. Salvation Boulevard 2011
10. Hulk 2003
11. The Dilemma 2011
12. Phenomena 1984
13. Blood Diamond 2006
14. Mulholland Falls 1996
15. Noah 2014
16. Little Children 2006
17. Dark City 1998
18. Once Upon a Time in America 1984

1. Bombshell 1933
2. Red Dust 1932
3. China Seas 1935
4. Dinner at Eight 1933
5. Red-Headed Woman 1932
6. Platinum Blonde 1931
7. Libeled Lady 1936
8. Personal Property 1937
9. Hold Your Man 1933
10. Wife vs. Secretary 1936
11. The Public Enemy 1931
12. City Lights 1931

1. Two Women 1960
2. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 1963
3. Boy on a Dolphin 1957
4. Arabesque 1966
5. Lady L 1965
6. It Started in Naples 1960
7. The Millionairess 1960
8. Operation Crossbow 1965
9. The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964
10. El Cid 1961
11. Pret-A-Porter (Ready to Wear) 1994

1. Black Swan 2010
2. Garden State 2004
3. Léon: The Professional 1994
4. Thor 2011
5. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999
6. Your Highness 2011
7. Closer 2004
8. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002
9. Hesher 2010
10. V for Vendetta 2006
11. Goya's Ghosts 2007
12. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005
13. Paris Je T'aime 2007
14. Everyone Says I Love You 1996
15. Cold Mountain 2003
16. Heat 1995

1. Charlie's Angels 2000
2. There's Something About Mary 1998
3. Being John Malkovich 1999
4. Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle 2003
5. The Mask 1994
6. Sex Tape 2014
7. What Happens in Vegas 2008
8. Bad Teacher 2011
9. The Sweetest Thing 2002
10. The Other Woman 2014
11. A Life Less Ordinary 1997
12. Knight & Day 2010
13. Vanilla Sky 2001
14. The Green Hornet 2011
15. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998

1. Casablanca 1942
2. Notorious 1946
3. Gaslight 1944
4. Intermezzo: A Love Story 1939
5. Spellbound 1945
6. Murder on the Orient Express 1974

1. Ruby in Paradise 1994
2. Bug 2006
3. Eye of the Beholder 2000
4. Double Jeopardy 1999
5. Kiss The Girls 1997
6. Someone Like You 2001
7. Missing [TV] 2012
8. High Crimes 2002
9. Heat 1995
10. Flypaper 2011
11. Crossing Over 2009
12. Twisted 2004
13. Frida 2002
14. Pittsburgh 2006

1. The Wings of the Dove 1997
2. The King's Speech 2010
3. Alice in Wonderland 2010
4. Merlin 1998 [miniseries]
5. Fight Club 1999
6. Novocaine 2001
7. Dark Shadows 2012
8. Big Fish 2003
9. Hamlet 1990
10. Planet of the Apes 2001
11. Mighty Aphrodite 1995
12. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004

1. Aliens 1986
2. Gorillas in the Mist 1988
3. Alien³ 1992
4. Death and the Maiden 1994
5. Alien 1979
6. Heartbreakers 2001
7. Ghostbusters 1984
8. Working Girl 1988
9. The Year of Living Dangerously 1982
10. Galaxy Quest 1999
11. Copycat 1995
12. Avatar 2009
13. Alien: Resurrection 1997
14. Baby Mama 2008
15. Ghostbusters II 1989
16. The Cabin in the Woods 2012
17. The Village 2004
18. Cedar Rapids 2011
19. Paul 2011
20. Deal of the Century 1983
21. Annie Hall 1977

1. High Tension 2003
2. Hereafter 2010
3. Around the World in 80 Days 2004
4. Ou Est La Main De L'Homme Sans Tete (Hand of the Headless Man) 2007
5. A Secret 2007
6. Quand J'etais Chanteur (The Singer) 2006
7. Gardiens de L'ordre 2010
8. Mesrine: L'instinct de Mort (Killer Instinct) 2008
9. Russian Dolls 2005

1. When Harry Met Sally... 1989
2. Joe Versus the Volcano 1990
3. Sleepless in Seattle 1993
4. Serious Moonlight 2009
5. Innerspace 1987
6. In the Cut 2003
7. Armed and Dangerous 1986
8. The Doors 1991

1. Turistas (Paradise Lost) 2006
2. A Lonely Place to Die 2011
3. Alias 2004 [TV]
4. Triangle 2009
5. 30 Days Of Night 2007
6. Hunted 2012 [TV]
7. The Betrayed 2008
8. Sugar & Spice 2001
9. The Amityville Horror 2005
10. Between Us 2012
11. Derailed 2005
12. Dark City 1998
13. Mulholland Drive 2001

1. Camelot 2011 [TV]
2. Cracks 2009
3. Dark Shadows 2012
4. Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 2014
5. The Dreamers 2003
6. 300: Rise of an Empire 2014
7. Perfect Sense 2011
8. Casino Royale 2006

1. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003
2. Jennifer 8 1992
3. The Truth About Cats & Dogs 1996
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004
5. Pulp Fiction 1994
6. Gattaca 1997
7. The Avengers 1998
8. My Super Ex-Girlfriend 2006
9. Dangerous Liaisons 1988
10. Batman & Robin 1997
11. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1988

1. She Spies 2002-04 [TV]
2. Species 1995
3. Ghosts of Mars 2001
4. The Whole Nine Yards 2000
5. The Outer Limits 1997 [TV]
6. Maximum Risk 1996
7. Anatomy of Deception 2014
8. Species II 1998

1. Little Women 1994
2. Girl, Interrupted 1999
3. Beetlejuice 1988
4. Heathers 1988
5. Edward Scissorhands 1990
6. Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992
7. Black Swan 2010
8. Friends 2001 [TV]
9. Lost Souls 2000
10. How to Make an American Quilt 1995
11. The Ten 2007
12. The Dilemma 2011
13. Alien: Resurrection 1997
14. A Scanner Darkly 2006

1. Silver Linings Playbook 2012
2. The Hunger Games 2012
3. Joy 2015
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013
5. Winter's Bone 2010
6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 2015
7. American Hustle 2013
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 2014

1. Cracks 2009
2. Killer Joe 2011
3. Kaboom 2010
4. The Brass Teapot 2012
5. Safelight 2015
6. Jack & Diane 2012
7. Maleficent 2014
8. Notes on a Scandal 2006
9. Year One 2009

1. Dark Angel 2000-2002 [TV]
2. The Eye 2008
3. Honey 2003
4. Into the Blue 2005
5. Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 2014
6. Good Luck Chuck 2007
7. Sin City 2005
8. Fantastic Four 2005
9. Machete 2010
10. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007
11. Idle Hands 1999
12. The Spoils of Babylon 2014 [TV]
13. The Killer Inside Me 2010
14. Awake 2007

1. An Education 2009
2. Jack Reacher 2012
3. Gone Girl 2014
4. Pride & Prejudice 2005
5. Die Another Day 2002
6. Surrogates 2009

1. True Blood 2008-2014 [TV]
2. Margaret 2011
3. X-Men 2000
4. Susanna 2013 [TV]
5. The Piano 1993
6. Darkness 2002
7. Almost Famous 2000
8. Scream 4 2011
9. Open House 2010

1. Easy A 2010
2. Aloha 2015
3. Birdman 2014
4. The House Bunny 2008
5. Zombieland 2009
6. Superbad 2007

1. Juno 2007
2. Hard Candy 2005
3. Super 2010
4. Inception 2010

1. Corps A Corps (Body To Body) 2003
2. Bitter Moon 1992
3. Frantic 1988
4. Buddy Boy 1999
5. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007
6. Giallo 2009
7. The Ninth Gate 1999
8. Essential Killing 2010

1. Swimming Pool 2003
2. Pieds Nus Sur Les Limances (Lily Sometimes) 2010
3. Love Crime 2010
4. Un Secret 2007
5. 8 Women 2002
6. La Fille Coupee En Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) 2007
7. La Petite Lili 2003
8. Paris, Je T'aime 2006
9. Mesrine: L'instinct de Mort (Killer Instinct) 2008

1. Run Lola Run 1998
2. The Bourne Identity 2002
3. The Princess and the Warrior 2000
4. Anatomy 2000
5. Creep 2004
6. The Bourne Supremacy 2004

1. Girl with a Pearl Earring 2003
2. Lost in Translation 2003
3. Ghost World 2001
4. Lucy 2014
5. Match Point 2005
6. The Prestige 2006
7. Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008
8. The Spirit 2008
9. The Man Who Wasn't There 2001

1. Wild Side 1995
2. Six Days Seven Nights 1998
3. Rebel Highway: Girls In Prison 1994 [TV]
4. Fatal Desire 2006
5. Cedar Rapids 2011
6. Toxic Skies 2008
7. Return to Paradise 1998
8. Spread 2009
9. I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997
10. Psycho 1998
11. Volcano 1997
12. The Juror 1996
13. Nothing Left to Fear 2013
14. Birth 2004

1. That Malicious Age 1975
2. Peccati Di Gioventù 1975
3. Scandalo In Famiglia (Scandal In The Family) 1976
4. Blue Jeans 1975
5. The Teasers 1975
6. Il Medico...La Studentessa 1976
7. La Minorenne 1974
8. La Ragazzina 1974
9. La Ragazza Alla Pari (The Au Pair Girl, The Best) 1976
10. La Novizia 1975
11. Il Solco Di Pesca 1975
12. Il Gatto Mammone 1975
13. Maschio Latino Lercasi (Latin Lover) 1977
14. The Bermuda Triangle 1978

1. Bully 2001
2. Californication 2007-08 [TV]
3. In Their Skin 2012
4. Tooth and Nail 2007
5. Penny Dreadful 2006

1. The Lair of the White Worm 1988
2. Castaway 1986
3. The Madness of King George 1994
4. Liar Liar 1997
5. Starship Troopers 3: Marauder 2008
1. Twelve Monkeys 1995
2. Stakeout 1987
3. Blink 1994
4. Octane 2003
5. Revenge 1990
6. The Last of the Mohicans 1992
7. The General's Daughter 1999

1. The Village 2004
2. Lady In The Water 2006
3. Hereafter 2010
4. Jurassic World 2015
5. Apollo 13 1995
1. Hanna 2011
2. Byzantium 2012
3. The Lovely Bones 2009
1. Grindhouse: Death Proof 2007
2. Top Five 2014
3. Sin City 2005
4. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014
5. Alexander 2004
6. The Rundown 2003
7. Men in Black II 2002
8. Raze 2013
9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2004
1. United States of Tara 2009-11 [TV]
2. The Sixth Sense 1999
3. Muriel's Wedding 1994
4. About a Boy 2002
5. Emma 1996
6. Little Miss Sunshine 2006
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