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The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Latina and Hispanic actresses based on their English-language work

This list ranks the best Hispanic and Latina actresses in American and English-speaking film history, ranked by your votes. Throughout the history of Hollywood, movies have featured talented Hispanic and Latina actresses. These leading ladies of Latina and Hispanic origin have starred in every genre of film from musicals and comedies to dark dramatic roles. Several of these Latina actresses have even won Academy Awards for their work.

Who are some of the best Hispanic actresses? Jessica Alba made our list. She has starred in great movies like Sin City and Little Fockers. Jennifer Lopez also appears on this list of the best Latina actresses. J Lo first received rave reviews in Selena before starring in comedies like The Wedding Planner and Monster-in-Law.

Rita Moreno won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in West Side Story. She later appeared in the HBO series Oz. 25th Hour actress Rosario Dawson made this list, as did the iconic Foxy Brown actress, Pam Grier.

Who do you think is the best Hispanic actress in the history of film? Vote on this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Fools Rush In, Desperado, Grown Ups
Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El ...more
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Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in ...more
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Sofía Vergara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Three Stooges, Soul Plane, Lords of Dogtown
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, comedienne, producer, television host, model and businesswoman. Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television ...more
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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Little Fockers, Sin City
Jessica Marie Alba is an American actress, model, and businesswoman. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack. Alba rose to ...more
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Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Avatar, The Words, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario, known as Zoë Saldana or Zoe Saldana, is an American actress and dancer. She had her breakthrough roles in the films Center Stage and Crossroads. She later ...more
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Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Women, Hitch, We Own the Night
Eva Mendes is an American actress, model, singer and designer. She began acting in the late 1990s, and after a series of roles in B movies such as Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror and ...more
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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Sentinel, Morning Glory, Harsh Times
Eva Jacqueline Longoria is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. Longoria's career began in 1998, when she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, and later began ...more
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Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
25th Hour, Grindhouse, Rent
Rosario Dawson is an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven ...more
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
U Turn, The Wedding Planner, Selena
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the ...more
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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Fast and the Furious 6, Girlfight, S.W.A.T.
Mayte Michelle Rodriguez, better known as Michelle Rodriguez, is an American actress, screenwriter, and DJ. She got her breakout role as a troubled boxer in the independent film Girlfight, which ...more
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Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Our Family Wedding, Filly Brown, Go For It!
Gina Alexis Rodriguez (born July 30, 1984) is an American actress, model, writer, producer, and director. She began her career the stage, she made her screen debut in an episode of Law & ...more
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Cote de Pablo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, The 33
María José de Pablo Fernández, better known as Coté de Pablo, is a Chilean-American actress and recording artist. Born in Santiago, Chile, she moved to the United ...more
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Victoria Justice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up, Unknown, Fun Size
Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She debuted as an actress at the age of 10 and has since appeared in several films and television series including the ...more
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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Slums of Beverly Hills, The King and I, West Side Story
Rita Dolores Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an ...more
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Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, Lady in Cement, Mother
Raquel Welch is an American actress. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage, after which she won a contract with 20th Century-Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she ...more
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Roselyn Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Captain Ron, Rush Hour 2, The Perfect Sleep
Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. She is best known for her roles as FBI agent Elena Delgado in the CBS police procedural Without a ...more
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Aubrey Plaza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Funny People, Safety Not Guaranteed
Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. After appearing in key supporting roles in several ...more
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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Tonight and Every Night, Cover Girl, The Money Trap
Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is perhaps best known for ...more
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Melissa Fumero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Melissa Fumero is an American actress. She is known for portraying Adriana Cramer on One Life to Live, Zoe on Gossip Girl, and Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
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Natalie Martinez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
End of Watch, Magic City Memoirs, Broken City
Natalie Martinez is an American actress and model. Martinez is known as the spokesmodel for JLO by Jennifer Lopez. She also starred in a music video titled "Rain Over Me" by Pitbull, ...more
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Naya Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Jade Isabella Morton added The Master of Disguise, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Glee Encore
Naya Rivera Dorsey is an American actress and singer, known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox's musical comedy-drama television series Glee. She also played the role of Hillary Winston on The ...more
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Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Very Bad Things, Shrek, There's Something About Mary
Cameron Michelle Diaz is an American actress, producer and former fashion model. She rose to stardom in the 1990s with roles in The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding and There's Something About ...more
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Madeleine Stowe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
12 Monkeys, The General's Daughter, Another Stakeout
Madeleine M. Stowe is an American actress. She has appeared on stage and television in early career, before her breakthrough role in the 1987 comedy film Stakeout. She later starred in films The ...more
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Sônia Braga is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
DaveLozano added Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rookie, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
Sônia Maria Campos Braga is a Brazilian actress. Nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy Award, Braga is best known for her performances in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Moon Over ...more
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Alexis Bledel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Sin City, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Post Grad
Kimberly Alexis Bledel is an American actress, model and producer. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore in The WB/The CW comedy-drama Gilmore Girls. She has since starred in films including ...more