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.
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.
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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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.
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
Credits: Hollow Man, Back to the Future Part II, Leaving Las Vegas, Back to the Future Part III
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer
Credits: Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours
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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.
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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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.
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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Great Films: The Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Father of the Bride
Recent Films: Because I Said So, The 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.
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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