Oscars 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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1,185 493
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003) - Morning Glory (1932), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1984)

2
1,465 801
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)

3
856 854
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993) - Roman Holiday (1953)

4
985 551
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
686 614
Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 54 (1913-1967) - Gone with the Wind (1939), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

6
786 660
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989) - Dangerous (1935), Jezebel (1938)

7
555 629
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982) - Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956)

8
972 502
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 73 (1904-1977) - Mildred Pierce (1945)

9
771 637
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 49 - Blue Jasmine (2013)

10
686 523
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
757 436
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
677 466
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
601 275
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005) -

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

14
530 434
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 58 - Still Alice (2014)

15
669 252
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 69 -

Blue Sky (1995) 

16
608 523
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70 - Misery (1990)

17
642 451
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
589 335
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 53 (1929-1982) -

The Country Girl (1954)

19
351 296
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
507 452
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
479 386
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
463 187
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 58 (1917-1975) -

I Want to Live! (1959) 

23
408 389
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Annie Hall (1977)

24
311 235
Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 77 -

Darling (1966) 

25
490 397
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 81 - Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978)

26
450 730
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011) -

BUtterfield 8 (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964)

27
444 425
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 37 - Black Swan (2010)

28
442 272
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 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) 

29
410 502
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
366 299
Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 93 (1903-1996) - It Happened One Night (1934)

31
583 406
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
548 469
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
333 263
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
302 218
Ginger Rogers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 84 (1911-1995) -

Kitty Foyle (1941) 

35
428 515
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - Monster (2003)

36
324 150
Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 88 -

The Three Faces of Eve (1958)

37
312 164
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 85 (1909-1994) -

Driving Miss Daily (1990) 

38
249 147
Patricia Neal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) -

Hud (1964)

39
455 412
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 52 - Monster's Ball (2001)

40
467 184
Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 87 (1892-1979) -

Coquette (1930)

41
335 184
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 69 -

Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

42
281 576
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84 - Two Women (1961)

43
308 131
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
FranciscodeSouza added Dec. at 93 (1900-1993) -

Airport (1971), The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932)

44
375 675
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Dead Man Walking (1995)

45
235 169
Geraldine Page is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987) -

The Trip to Bountiful (1986)

46
499 466
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 28 -

Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

47
335 319
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Cabaret (1972)

48
298 376
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - La Vie en Rose (2007)

49
315 166
Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 87 (1913-2000) -

The Farmer's Daughter (1948) 

50
314 164
Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 90 (1917-2007) -

Johnny Belinda (1949)