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List Rules Vote up the Academy Award-winning or critically acclaimed actors whose projects have gone downhill lately.

It's tough to be consistently great as an actress. Sometimes, you've just got to get paid. While some Hollywood actresses have a stinker of a movie role hidden among a distinguished body of work, others have really gone downhill in the last few years. Once great actresses who now make bad movies range from female action stars, romantic leads, and people considered among the best actresses of all time - but they've all earned a place on this list with a string of seriously bad films, tarnishing their sparkling reputations for cinematic excellence.

The stars on this list are all actresses who stopped making good movies and haven't managed to really recover. One failure leads to another, and before long, a one-time big draw at the box office has become an afterthought, a performer who is either resigned to delivering dreck to her fans, or an aging thespian who has all but given up. Women in Hollywood also deal with being pushed out of great roles as they age (or turn 40), something male actors don't have quite as hard a time with. This means many once great actresses take the work they can get, often in sub-par roles that don't showcase their skills.

It can be hard to see what's happened with some of these great actresses who went downhill, but with some it's quite easy to pinpoint a specific film that marks the point at which their career soured. Vote up the actresses you think have really taken a turn for the worse, and vote down those who you think are still turning in great performances.
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Halle Berry


Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: Monster's Ball, Jungle Fever, the X-Men films

Recent Films: The Call, Movie 43, Frankie and Alice

Berry won the Best Actress Oscar in the early 2000s for her excellent work in Monster's Ball, and almost immediately fell off the face of the earth in terms of quality. Berry has slogged through forgettable thrillers, comedies, and a whole mess of awful movies ever since.

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, Cloud Atlas, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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#75 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#44 on The Best Living American Actresses

#77 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

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Elisabeth Shue


Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: Leaving Las Vegas, Adventures in Babysitting, Hollow Man 

Recent Films: Chasing Mavericks, Behaving Badly, House at the End of the Street, Piranha 3D

Elisabeth Shue was a wonderful actress in the '80s, and she capped her great smaller work with a solid starring role (and an Oscar nomination) for Leaving Las Vegas. These days though, Shue is all but invisible in Hollywood, only showing up in completely random and forgettable movies.

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: Hollow Man, Back to the Future Part II, Leaving Las Vegas, Back to the Future Part III

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#34 on The Best Living American Actresses

#33 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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Cameron Diaz


Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: There's Something About Mary, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich 

Recent Films: The Other Woman, Sex Tape, Bad Teacher

Diaz was a Hollywood darling in the late '90s, even grabbing a pivotal role in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York in 2002. Recently, however, her comedies have been anything but funny, and her films fail consistently.

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Age: 44

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: There's Something About Mary, Shrek, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich

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#86 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#66 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#96 on The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#19 on The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses

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Ashley Judd


Ashley Judd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: Heat, A Time to Kill 

Recent Films: Dolphin Tale 2, Big Stone Gap 

Ashley Judd was once set up to be the next leading lady in Hollywood. She had the charm, the looks, and solid acting chops. That all seems to have been squandered in a string of increasingly forgettable films.

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Etymologist, Spokesperson, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: Heat, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy

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#62 on The Best Living American Actresses

#42 on The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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