Award Shows The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress  

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Every year the Academy evaluates a year's worth of brilliant performances and picks what they believe to be the best of the best, nominating these for the most prestigious acting awards in cinema: the Oscars. This in itself is an honor - just to be nominated for an Academy Award. But only one person can win each year, and the women listed here have all taken home Oscar gold for Best Actress in a Leading Role - so which Best Actress Oscar winners are the best?

Of the leading women who have won Best Actress, who is the best Best Actress? Is it the most nominated women of all time Meryl Streep, with 15 nominations? Is it a classic actress like Katharine Hepburn (who has the most wins, with four)? What about Audrey Hepburn, or Grace Kelly? Maybe a more modern choice like Hilary Swank, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, or Julianne Moore?

With so many options choosing the best is hard, but that's where you come in. Vote up the very best actresses of all the Best Actress Academy Award winners below!

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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 96 (1907-2003) - Morning Glory (1932), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1984)

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1,421 788
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 69 - Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)

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834 840
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 64 (1929-1993) - Roman Holiday (1953)

4
965 538
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 56 - The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)

5
670 602
Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 54 (1913-1967) - Gone with the Wind (1939), A Streetcar Named Desire  (1951)

6
772 649
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 81 (1908-1989) - Dangerous (1935), Jezebel (1938)

7
538 621
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 67 (1915-1982) - Gaslight (1944),  Anastasia (1956)

8
748 626
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 49 - Blue Jasmine (2013)

9
962 492
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 73 (1904-1977) - Mildred Pierce (1945)

10
663 515
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - The Reader (2008)

11
740 428
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Norma Rae (1979),  Places in the Heart (1984)

12
657 463
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 73 - The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2010) 

13
591 521
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70 - Misery (1990)

14
593 273
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 74 (1931-2005) - The Miracle Worker (1962) 

15
523 426
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 58 - Still Alice (2014)

16
657 248
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 69 - Blue Sky (1995) 

17
626 447
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 83 - Mary Poppins (1964)

18
580 331
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 53 (1929-1982) - The Country Girl (1954)

19
339 292
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 61 - Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 

20
493 442
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 51 - Erin Brockovich (2000)

21
463 382
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 59 - Howard's End (1992)

22
458 181
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 58 (1917-1975) - I Want to Live! (1959) 

23
480 386
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 81 - Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978)

24
428 269
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84 - California Suite (1979), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1970) 

25
397 381
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Annie Hall (1977)

26
308 229
Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 77 - Darling (1966) 

27
436 724
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 79 (1932-2011) - BUtterfield 8 (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964)

28
434 413
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 37 - Black Swan (2010)

29
398 495
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 51 - The Hours (2002)

30
362 296
Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Died at 93 (1903-1996) - It Happened One Night (1934)

31
576 397
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 42 - Walk the Line (2005)

32
535 461
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 54 - The Blind Side (2009)

33
328 260
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 86 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

34
300 214
Ginger Rogers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 84 (1911-1995) - Kitty Foyle (1941) 

35
245 146
Patricia Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 84 (1926-2010) - Hud (1964)

36
416 509
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - Monster (2003)

37
309 160
Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 90 (1917-2007) - Johnny Belinda (1949) 

38
318 148
Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 88 - The Three Faces of Eve (1958)

39
306 162
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 85 (1909-1994) - Driving Miss Daily (1990) 

40
452 403
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 52 - Monster's Ball (2001)

41
368 671
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Dead Man Walking (1995)

42
466 179
Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 87 (1892-1979) - Coquette (1930)

43
274 572
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84 - Two Women (1961)

44
328 183
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 69 - Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

45
304 129
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
FranciscodeSouza added Died at 93 (1900-1993) - Airport (1971), The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932)

46
371 424
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 44 - Boys Don't Cry (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004)

47
231 166
Geraldine Page is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 63 (1924-1987) - The Trip to Bountiful (1986)

48
490 453
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 28 - Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

49
327 313
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Cabaret (1972)

50
311 160
Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Died at 87 (1913-2000) - The Farmer's Daughter (1948)