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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 (, Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico ...more
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
U Turn, The Wedding Planner, Selena
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), nicknamed "J-Lo", is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer and businesswoman. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a ...more
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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Fast and the Furious 6, Girlfight, S.W.A.T.
Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born July 12, 1978) is an American actress. Her breakout role was as a troubled boxer in the independent film Girlfight (2000), which was met with critical acclaim and ...more
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Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
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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Sofía Vergara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Three Stooges, Soul Plane, Lords of Dogtown
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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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Little Fockers, Sin City
Jessica Marie Alba (; born April 28, 1981) is an American actress and businesswoman. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack ...more
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Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Avatar, The Words, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario is an American actress. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her screen debut in a 1999 episode of Law & Order. Her ...more
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Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Women, Hitch, We Own the Night
Eva de la Caridad Méndez (born March 5, 1974), known professionally as Eva Mendes (), is an American actress, model and businesswoman. Her acting career began in the late 1990s, with a ...more
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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Sentinel, Morning Glory, Harsh Times
Eva Jacqueline Bastón (née Longoria; born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, activist, and businesswoman. After a number of guest roles on several ...more
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Naya Rivera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Jade Isabella Morton added The Master of Disguise, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Glee Encore
Naya Marie Rivera (born January 12, 1987) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the ...more
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Aimee Garcia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
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Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
25th Hour, Grindhouse, Rent
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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Cote de Pablo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, The 33
María José de Pablo Fernández, known professionally as Cote de Pablo (born November 12, 1979), is a Chilean-American actress and singer. Born in Santiago, Chile, at the age ...more
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Natalie Martinez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
End of Watch, Magic City Memoirs, Broken City
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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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 (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. ...more
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Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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 (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress, comedian and producer. She began her career performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She ...more
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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Slums of Beverly Hills, The King and I, West Side Story
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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Melissa Fumero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Melissa Fumero (née Gallo; born August 19, 1982) is an American actress and director. She is known for portraying Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Adriana Cramer on One Life to
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Victoria Justice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up, Unknown, Fun Size
Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She rose to fame on Nickelodeon in the 2000s, starring as Lola Martinez on Zoey 101 (2005–2008) and later as ...more
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Roselyn Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Captain Ron, Rush Hour 2, The Perfect Sleep
Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez (born April 2, 1973) is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. On television, she is best known for her roles as ...more
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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Tonight and Every Night, Cover Girl, The Money Trap
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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Madeleine Stowe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
12 Monkeys, The General's Daughter, Another Stakeout
Madeleine Marie Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress. She appeared mostly on television before her breakthrough role in the 1987 crime-comedy film Stakeout. She went on to star in ...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 (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsõnjɐ ˈbɾaɡɐ]; born June 8, 1950) is a Brazilian-American actress. She is known in the English-speaking world for her Golden ...more
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Constance Marie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses
Puss in Boots, Tortilla Soup, Selena
Constance Marie Lopez (born September 9, 1965) known professionally as Constance Marie, is an American actress of Mexican origin. She is known for her role as Angie Lopez in George Lopez ...more