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The Best Actresses in Film History

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The best actresses ever are ranked here in this list of the best actresses in film history. These are the greatest actresses ever to appear on the silver screen - female only (to vote on both genders, check out this list of the greatest film actors and actresses). These women were part of some of the greatest movies of all time (or were perhaps the reason they were the best movies ever), with countless Academy Awards between them.

What are the qualities of the best actresses of all time? Is it the raw emotion they show, the parts they choose, their acting methods, or simply their effortless charm and charisma? There's no denying some of these amazing actresses belong on the list of the hottest celebrities of all time, but behind the 1000 watt smiles lies the talent that defines generations of actresses.

Who is the best actor of all time? Is it a classic actor like Katharine Hepburn, a comedic genius like Tina Fey, a stunner like Catherine Zeta-Jones, or a method actor like Meryl Streep? There are so many choices for the greatest movie actress ever that you may have a hard time choosing just one (although you can vote for as many of the actresses on this list of the greatest actresses ever as you want). If your favorite leading lady isn't on the list, make sure to add her so others can vote for her to receive the title of best actress in film history.

List Criteria: Female film actresses only!

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    the people's #1
    Meryl Streep

    1949 More
    100
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    1907 More
    99
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Ingrid Bergman

    1915 More
    96
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    1929 More
    95
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    often listed
    Jodie Foster

    1962 More
    86
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    1908 More
    85
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Elizabeth Taylor

    1932 More
    84
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    1945 More
    83
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    1934 More
    80
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    1934 More
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    Rita Hayworth

    1918 More
    79
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    1959 More
    78
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    1924 More
    78
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    1913 More
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    1935 More
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    1975 More
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    1929 More
    74
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    1938 More
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    1969 More
    73
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    Julia Roberts

    1967 More
    73
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    1947 More
    72
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    1907 More
    71
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Vanessa Redgrave

    1937 More
    70
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    Kathy Bates

    1948 More
    70
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    1922 More
    69
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    1931 More
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    1946 More
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    1921 More
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    Olivia de Havilland

    1916 More
    68
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    1958 More
    68
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    1966 More
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    1934 More
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    1905 More
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    1904 More
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    1926 More
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    1981 More
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    1903 More
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    1975 More
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    1960 More
    64
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    1901 More
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    Sally Field

    1946 More
    64
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    1964 More
    64
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    1932 More
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    1941 More
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    1917 More
    63
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    1949 More
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    1934 More
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