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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1,170 481
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
1,445 793
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
843 845
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
976 542
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
676 606
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
777 654
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
544 625
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
966 495
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
763 630
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
673 518
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
747 431
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
667 464
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
525 430
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 58 - Still Alice (2014)

14
595 275
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005) -

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

15
661 249
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
597 522
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
633 448
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
582 333
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
344 295
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
500 447
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
471 384
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
459 184
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
401 384
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
308 232
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
483 392
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
439 727
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
438 418
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
434 270
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
402 498
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
363 297
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
580 401
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
542 463
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
329 261
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
301 215
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
423 510
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
319 149
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
307 163
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 37 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) 

38
245 147
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
452 406
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
466 180
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
275 574
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84 - Two Women (1961)

42
371 672
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Dead Man Walking (1995)

43
330 184
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 69 -

Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

44
304 130
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 44 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)

45
232 167
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
493 456
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

47
327 316
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
291 372
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
311 162
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
309 162
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)