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The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses

Updated February 9, 2021 41.5k votes 4.6k voters 209.8k views100 items

List RulesVote 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.
  • Salma Hayek1

    Salma Hayek

    Fools Rush In, Desperado

    BirthplaceCoatzacoalcos, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico


    ParentsSami Hayek Dominguez, Diana Jiménez Medina

    ChildrenValentina Paloma Pinault

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  • Zoe Saldana2

    Zoe Saldana

    Avatar, The Words

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsAsalia Nazario, Aridio Saldaña

    Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario is an American actress. Following her performances with the theater...  more

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  • Sofía Vergara3

    Sofía Vergara

    The Three Stooges, Soul Plane

    BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia



    ParentsJulio Enrique Vergara Robayo, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara

    ChildrenManolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara

    Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish: [soˈfi.a βeɾˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972) is a...  more

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  • Eva Mendes4

    Eva Mendes

    The Women, Hitch

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Miami

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsEva Perez Suarez, Juan Carlos Mendez, Caridad Corrales

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  • Penélope Cruz5

    Penélope Cruz

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky

    BirthplaceAlcobendas, Spain



    ParentsEncarna Sánchez, Eduardo Cruz

    ChildrenLeo Encinas Cruz, Luna Encinas Cruz

    Penélope Cruz Sánchez (; Spanish: [peˈnelope kɾuθ ˈsantʃeθ]; born 28 April 1974) is a Spanish...  more

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  • Jessica Alba6

    Jessica Alba

    Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Little Fockers

    BirthplacePomona, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsCatherine Jensen, Mark Alba

    ChildrenHonor Marie Warren, Haven Garner Warren

    Jessica Marie Alba (; born April 28, 1981) is an American actress and businesswoman. She began...  more

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  • Jennifer Lopez7

    Jennifer Lopez

    U Turn, The Wedding Planner

    BirthplaceCastle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsGuadalupe Rodríguez, David Lopez

    ChildrenEmme Maribel Muñiz, Maximilian David Muñiz

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  • Rosario Dawson8

    Rosario Dawson

    25th Hour, Grindhouse

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsPatrick C. Harris, Isabel Celeste

    Rosario Isabel Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book...  more

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  • Eva Longoria9

    Eva Longoria

    The Sentinel, Morning Glory

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsEnrique Longoria, Jr., Ella Eva Mireles

    Eva Jacqueline Bastón (born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director,...  more

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  • Michelle Rodriguez10

    Michelle Rodriguez

    The Fast and the Furious 6, Girlfight

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsRafael Rodriguez, Carmen Milady Pared

    Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born July 12, 1978) is an American actress. Her breakout role was as...  more

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  • Melissa Fumero11

    Melissa Fumero

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    BirthplaceLyndhurst, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Melissa Fumero (née Gallo; born August 19, 1982) is an American actress and director. She is...  more

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  • Gina Rodriguez12

    Gina Rodriguez

    Our Family Wedding, Filly Brown
    Gina Alexis Rodriguez (born July 30, 1984) is an American actress, model, writer, producer,...  more

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  • Cote de Pablo13

    Cote de Pablo

    The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, The 33

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsFrancisco de Pablo, Maria Olga Fernandez

    María José de Pablo Fernández, known professionally as Cote de Pablo (born November 12, 1979),...  more

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  • Roselyn Sánchez14

    Roselyn Sánchez

    Captain Ron, Rush Hour 2

    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico


    ChildrenSebella Rose Winter

    Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez (born April 2, 1973) is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter,...  more

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  • Marisa Tomei15

    Marisa Tomei

    My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityItaly, United States of America


    ParentsGary A. Tomei, Patricia Addie Tomei

    Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the...  more

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  • Natalie Martinez16

    Natalie Martinez

    End of Watch, Magic City Memoirs

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    Natalie Martinez (born July 12, 1984) is an American actress and model. She may be best known...  more

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  • Aubrey Plaza17

    Aubrey Plaza

    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Funny People

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsBernadette Plaza, David Plaza

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  • Victoria Justice18

    Victoria Justice

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    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsSerene Justice, Zack Justice

    Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She rose to...  more

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  • Rita Moreno19

    Rita Moreno

    Slums of Beverly Hills, The King and I

    BirthplaceHumacao, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico


    ParentsPaco Alverío, Rosa María

    ChildrenFernanda Luisa Gordon

    Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer. Her career...  more

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  • Raquel Welch20

    Raquel Welch

    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, Lady in Cement

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsJosephine Sarah Hall, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo

    ChildrenDamon Welch

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  • Rita Hayworth21

    Rita Hayworth

    Tonight and Every Night, Cover Girl

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsEduardo Cansino, Sr., Volga Hayworth

    ChildrenYasmin Aga Khan, Rebecca Welles

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  • America Ferrera22

    America Ferrera

    Real Women Have Curves, How to Train Your Dragon

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsCarlos Gregorio Ferrera, América Griselda Ayes

    America Georgine Ferrera (; born April 18, 1984) is an American actress, voice actress, and...  more

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  • Paula Patton23

    Paula Patton

    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Idlewild

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsCharles Patton, Joyce Patton

    ChildrenJulian Fuego Thicke

    Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) is an American actress. Patton made her feature...  more

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  • Naya Rivera24

    Naya Rivera

    The Master of Disguise, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

    BirthplaceValencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsGeorge Rivera, Yolanda Rivera

    Naya Marie Rivera (January 12, 1987 - July 13, 2020) was an American actress and singer. She...  more

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  • Sônia Braga25

    Sônia Braga

    Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rookie

    BirthplaceMaringá, Brazil



    ParentsMaria José Braga

    Sônia Maria Campos Braga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsõnjɐ ˈbɾaɡɐ]; born June 8, 1950) is a...  more