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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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#59 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#36 on The Best Living American Actresses

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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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#41 on The Best Living American Actresses

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4 people just voted on 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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#69 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#92 on The Best Living American Actresses

#95 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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

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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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#84 on The Best Living American Actresses

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Nicole Kidman


Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: The Hours, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!

Recent Films: Secret in Their Eyes, Strangerland, The Family Fang, Bewitched

The Oscar-winning Aussie is still an elegant actress with plenty of potential to deliver great performances, as she once did almost every time she appeared on screen. The projects she's been picking lately, however, have been lackluster.

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Credits: Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours

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#45 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#90 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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#24 on The Best Living American Actresses

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Demi Moore


Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: Ghost, A Few Good Men, G.I. Jane

Recent Films: Very Good Girls, LOL, The Joneses 

Demi Moore was a power player in early '90s Hollywood. She and her husband Bruce Willis were both massive box-office draws and Moore churned out consistently high-quality work. These days, her movies are, for the most part, relegated to direct-to-TV dreck.

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Model Actor, + more

Credits: Ghost, A Few Good Men, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr. Brooks

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#75 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

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Julia Roberts


Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias, Runaway Bride, My Best Friend's Wedding, Notting Hill

Recent Films: Secret in Their Eyes, Mirror Mirror, Larry Crowne, Valentine's Day

Roberts had a strong run as Hollywood's most bankable female star for well over a decade. But recently she's hit an extended rough patch, and her current films come and go without much of a mention.

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America

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

Credits: Notting Hill, Closer, Erin Brockovich, My Best Friend's Wedding

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#11 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#40 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#72 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#17 on The Best Living American Actresses

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Diane Keaton


Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
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Great Films: The Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Father of the Bride

Recent Films: Because I Said SoThe Big Wedding, Love the Coopers 

Keaton was a true great in the '70s. After winning awards and starring in some of the greatest films of all time, Keaton has now been reduced to the wacky mother in a slew of forgettable rom-coms.

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur, Film Producer Author, + more

Credits: The Godfather: Part II, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part III, Annie Hall

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#19 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#34 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#8 on The Best Living American Actresses

#13 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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