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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1,189 496
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
1,470 803
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
858 858
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
989 554
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
691 616
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
792 661
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
559 632
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
977 504
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
774 640
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
691 524
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
760 439
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
682 466
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
603 278
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
531 437
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
672 253
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
611 526
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
645 453
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
592 336
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
352 300
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
510 454
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
482 388
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
466 188
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
410 391
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
314 237
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
494 398
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
456 730
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
448 272
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 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) 

28
447 427
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
412 505
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
369 301
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
586 409
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
549 473
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
337 264
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
303 221
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
432 516
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
327 151
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
315 165
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
250 149
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
458 413
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
469 185
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
285 576
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
338 185
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 69 -

Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

43
311 132
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
380 675
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
237 171
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
502 468
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
339 319
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
300 378
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
316 165
Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 90 (1917-2007) -

Johnny Belinda (1949) 

50
316 168
Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 50 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)