This list contains information about the best actress performances, ranked by your votes. Over the years there has been so many great performances that won best actress awards for the women who portrayed classic characters. Some of these best actress Oscar performances were for roles based on real people while others were based on fictional characters.
What are some of the best actress performances? Annie Wilkes from Misery made our list. Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of this number one fan. Misery was based on the 1987 Stephen King book of the same name. Vivien Leigh's iconic portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in the film Gone with the Wind also made our list. Leigh took home the Best Actress Oscar in 1939.
Several Best Supporting Actress performances also made this list. Octavia Spencer's performance of Minny Jackson in the film The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name, earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2011. Other supporting actress roles that are featured on this list include Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator (Cate Blanchett) and Minnie Castevet (Ruth Gordon).Which best actress performance is your favorite? Be sure to vote on this list to make sure the right role ends up in the top spot, and also share your thoughts in the comments section.
Sophie ZawistowskaSophie's ChoiceMeryl Streep - Best Actress (1982).
- 2MonsterCharlize Theron - Best Actress (2003).
- 3Gone with the WindVivien Leigh - Best Actress (1939).
- 4The Silence of the LambsJodie Foster - Best Actress (1991).
- 5MiseryKathy Bates - Best Actress (1990).
- 6FargoFrances McDormand - Best Actress (1996).
- 7One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- 8Mary PoppinsJulie Andrews-Best Actress (1964)
- 9Black SwanNatalie Portman - Best Actress (2010).
- 10The QueenHelen Mirren - Best Actress (2006).
- 11Gone with the Wind
Hattie McDaniel-Best Supporting Actress (1939)
- 12The AviatorCate Blanchett - Best Supporting Actress (2004).
- 13The HelpOctavia Spencer - Best Supporting Actress (2011).
- 14La Vie En RoseMarion Cotillard - Best Actress (2007).
- 15Alien, Aliens
- 16The Graduate
- 17A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named DesireVivien Leigh-Best Actress (1951)
Mildred HayesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand - Best Actress (2017)
- 19The Miracle WorkerPatty Duke - Best Supporting Actress (1962).
Norma RaeNorma RaeSally Field - Best Actress (1979).
- 21Coal Miner's Daughter
- 22Boys Don't CryHilary Swank - Best Actress (1999).
- 23The Color Purple
- 24Girl, InterruptedAngelina Jolie - Best Supporting Actress (1999).
Queen AnneThe Favourite
Olivia Colman - Best Actress (2018)