Oscars The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress  

Ranker Film
Originally by
66.3k votes 4.2k voters 85.8k views 74 items

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!

list ordered by
1
1,298 574
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
1,638 873
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70
Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)
3
972 915
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
1,086 624
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 57
The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)
5
767 669
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
634 671
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956)
7
876 703
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)
Dangerous (1935), Jezebel (1938)
8
897 682
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 50
Blue Jasmine (2013)
9
1,034 546
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 73 (1904-1977)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
10
782 588
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 44
The Reader (2008)
11
830 487
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 73
Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984)
12
770 509
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 74

The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2010) 

13
599 484
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 59
Still Alice (2014)
14
699 567
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 71
Misery (1990)
15
729 498
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84
Mary Poppins (1964)
16
644 317
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005)

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

17
724 297
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70

Blue Sky (1995) 

18
419 338
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 62

Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 

19
631 371
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)

The Country Girl (1954)

20
571 512
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 52
Erin Brockovich (2000)
21
544 425
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 60
Howard's End (1992)
22
455 435
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 73
Annie Hall (1977)
23
494 769
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 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)

24
529 294
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 85

California Suite (1979), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1970) 

25
496 221
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 25 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)