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List Rules Actresses who had the best performances in 2014 films. Vote based only on their work in 2014.

A lot of beautiful, talented, and familiar faces were back on the big screen in 2014 delivering engaging, emotional, and exciting performances, but who were the best actresses of 2014? We've gathered the film actresses who gave some of the best performances of the year on this 2014 best actress list, and now it's your turn to vote. Some might end up nominated for Oscars in 2015, but all turned in great roles and memorable performances. These popular actresses were all at the top of their game in 2014.

Where will you rank Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Anna Kendrick? Do Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Rosamund Pike, and Chloe Grace Moretz deserve to be in the conversation for best 2014 actress? Did Evangeline Lilly, Emily Blunt, or Anne Hathaway give stunning performances in their 2014 movies to make it onto your best actress list&

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547 278
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Amy Adams Big Eyes, Lullaby

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384 198
Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
marshallthornton00 added Elizabeth Banks The Lego Movie, Love and Mercy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1

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344 216
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl, Hector and the Search for Happiness, A Long Way Down

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593 591
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Serena, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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448 263
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Cate Blanchett The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Monuments Men

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209 174
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Reese Witherspoon Inherent Vice, The Good Lie, Wild

7
65 42
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
carlybobarly added Julianne Moore Still Alice, Maps to the Stars, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1

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313 222
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Anna Kendrick Into the Woods, Cake, The Last 5 Years

9
233 232
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Meryl Streep Into the Woods, The Giver, The Homesman

10
366 392
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Emma Stone Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Magic in the Moonlight, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

11
258 249
Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Places, The Equalizer, If I Stay

12
386 416
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Scarlett Johansson Deep Down, Lucy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

13
307 267
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Lupita Nyong'o Non-Stop

14
361 236
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Judi Dench Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

15
264 258
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Anne Hathaway Interstellar, Song One, Rio 2

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189 170
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Kate Winslet A Little Chaos, Divergent

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67 80
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
guardianhps added Keira Knightley The Imitation Game, Laggies, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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215 189
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Emily Blunt Into the Woods, Edge of Tomorrow

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45 30
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Miss Julie

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32 33
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
carlybobarly added Marion Cotillard Two Days, One Night

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33 44
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
carlybobarly added Patricia Arquette Boyhood

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101 108
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
jsnungaray added Charlize Theron A Million Ways to Die in the West

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168 223
Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Olivia Wilde Black Dog, Red Dog, The Longest Week

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49 58
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014

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198 210
Ellen Page is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Ellen Page X-Men: Days of Future Past

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147 174
Jennifer Garner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Jennifer Garner Danny Collins, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible

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192 210
Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Shailene Woodley The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, White Bird in a Blizzard

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235 331
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Angelina Jolie Maleficent

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30 38
Laura Dern is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
carlybobarly added Laura Dern Wild, The Fault in Our Stars, When the Game Stands Tall

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136 168
Evangeline Lilly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Evangeline Lilly The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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101 183
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Margot Robbie Suite Française

32
123 174
Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Elle Fanning The Boxtrolls, Maleficent, Low Down

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112 160
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Kristen Wiig The Skeleton Twins, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hateship Loveship

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12 13
Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
kokoleka808 added Kristen Stewart Adventureland, The Runaways, Clouds of Sils Maria

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121 198
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Julia Roberts The Normal Heart

36
71 157
Michelle Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Michelle Monaghan Playing It Cool, The Best of Me, Fort Bliss

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57 111
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything

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6 3
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Daisy Kat added Brie Larson 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 13 Going on 30

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4 4
Cara Delevingne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Daisy Kat added Cara Delevingne Anna Karenina, Kids in Love, The Face of an Angel

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70 128
Piper Perabo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
eilish added Piper Perabo The Prestige, Looper, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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3 6
Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Daisy Kat added Quvenzhané Wallis 12 Years a Slave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Annie

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12 34
Kate Upton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
tc111 added Kate Upton Tower Heist, The Three Stooges, The Other Woman

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2 9
Sivan Levy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Guest_71b9406e-4c29-4c6f-a119-9f0a3ecfb981 added Sivan Levy Joe + Belle, Water Wells, Water Wells

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22 80
Kaya Scodelario is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Baseballislove added Kaya Scodelario Moon, Clash of the Titans, The Maze Runner

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80 167
Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Rooney Mara Trash

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53 163
Catherine Keener is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Catherine Keener War Story, Elephant Song, Nailed

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43 158
Patricia Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses of 2014
Patricia Clarkson Annie, October Gale, The Maze Runner