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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
Age 49, Credits: From Dusk till Dawn, Grown Ups & The Faculty

Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Height: 5'1"

Parents: Sami Hayek Dominguez, Diana Jiménez Medina

Children: Valentina Paloma Pinault

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Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 41, Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky & Blow

Birthplace: Alcobendas, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Encarna Sánchez, Eduardo Cruz

Children: Leo Encinas Cruz, Luna Encinas Cruz

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (; Spanish: [peˈnelope kɾuθ ˈsantʃeθ]; born 28 April 1974) is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at ...more

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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 37, Credits: Sin City, Fantastic Four & Knocked Up

Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Catherine Jensen, Mark Alba

Children: Honor Marie Warren, Haven Garner Warren

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Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 44, Credits: Training Day, Ghost Rider & Knocked Up

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Eva Perez Suarez, Juan Carlos Mendez, Caridad Corrales

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Sofía Vergara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 46, Credits: The Smurfs, Four Brothers & Chef

Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara

Children: Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish: [soˈfi.a βeɾˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972) is a Colombian-American actress, model, and comedian. Vergara rose to prominence while co-hosting two ...more

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 49, Credits: Antz, Ice Age: Continental Drift & Out of Sight

Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'4"

Parents: Guadalupe Rodríguez, David Lopez

Children: Emme Maribel Muñiz, Maximilian David Muñiz

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Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 40, Credits: Avatar, Star Trek & Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Asalia Nazario, Aridio Saldaña

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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 40, Credits: Avatar, Resident Evil & The Fast and the Furious

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'4"

Parents: Rafael Rodriguez, Carmen Milady Pared

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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 40, Credits: The Heartbreak Kid, Arthur Christmas & Over Her Dead Body

Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 1.57

Parents: Enrique Longoria, Jr., Ella Eva Mireles

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Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 39, Credits: Sin City, Descent & Men in Black II

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'7"

Parents: Patrick C. Harris, Isabel Celeste

Rosario Isabel Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist. She made her feature film debut in the 1995 independent drama Kids. ...more

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Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 78, Credits: Legally Blonde, The Last of Sheila & Fantastic Voyage

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Josephine Sarah Hall, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo

Children: Damon Welch

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 87, Credits: West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain & The King and I

Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Nationality: United States of America, Puerto Rico

Height: 5'1"

Parents: Paco Alverío, Rosa María

Children: Fernanda Luisa Gordon

Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films ...more

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Roselyn Sánchez ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 45, Credits: Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 & Act of Valor

Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nationality: United States of America, Puerto Rico

Height: 5'4"

Children: Sebella Rose Winter

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Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 30, Credits: 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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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Dec. at 69 (1918-1987), Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Gilda & The Lady from Shanghai

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Eduardo Cansino, Sr., Volga Hayworth

Children: Yasmin Aga Khan, Rebecca Welles

Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in ...more

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Victoria Justice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 25, Credits: Fun Size, Unknown & The Garden

Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'5"

Parents: Serene Justice, Zack Justice

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Cote de Pablo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 36, Credits: The Last Rites of Ransom Pride and The 33

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Francisco de Pablo, Maria Olga Fernandez

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Aubrey Plaza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 34, Credits: Monsters University, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World & Funny People

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Bernadette Plaza, David Plaza

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Melissa Fumero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses

Birthplace: Lyndhurst, USA, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

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Natalie Martinez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 34, Credits: End of Watch, Death Race & Broken City

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'7"

Natalie Martinez (born July 12, 1984) is an American actress and model. She may be best known for her role in the 2008 film Death Race, her appearances in several music videos between 2003 and ...more
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Madeleine Stowe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 60, Credits: 12 Monkeys, The Last of the Mohicans & We Were Soldiers

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 1.72

Parents: Robert Stowe, Mireya Mora Stowe

Children: May Theodora Benben

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America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 34, Credits: How to Train Your Dragon, End of Watch & How to Train Your Dragon 2

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'1"

Parents: Carlos Gregorio Ferrera, América Griselda Ayes

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Naya Rivera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Jade Isabella Morton added Age 32, Credits: The Master of Disguise, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie & Glee Encore

Birthplace: Santa Clarita, Valencia, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'4"

Parents: George Rivera, Yolanda Rivera

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Sônia Braga is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
DaveLozano added Age 68, Credits: Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rookie & From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter

Birthplace: Maringá, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

Height: 1.57

Parents: Maria José Braga

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Paula Patton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Age 43, Credits: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire & Hitch

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'7"

Parents: Charles Patton, Joyce Patton

Children: Julian Fuego Thicke

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