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The Best Hispanic & Latina Actresses

Updated November 19, 2020 40.8k votes 4.3k voters 186.0k views96 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.
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    Salma Hayek
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    Salma Hayek

    Fools Rush In, Desperado

    BirthplaceCoatzacoalcos, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Height5'1"

    ParentsSami Hayek Dominguez, Diana Jiménez Medina

    ChildrenValentina Paloma Pinault

    Salma Hayek Pinault (, Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September... more on Wikipedia
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    Zoe Saldana
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    Zoe Saldana

    Avatar, The Words

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'6"

    ParentsAsalia Nazario, Aridio Saldaña

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

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky

    BirthplaceAlcobendas, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Height5'6"

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Eva Mendes
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    Eva Mendes

    The Women, Hitch

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Miami

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.68

    ParentsEva Perez Suarez, Juan Carlos Mendez, Caridad Corrales

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    Jennifer Lopez
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    Jennifer Lopez

    U Turn, The Wedding Planner

    BirthplaceCastle Hill, New York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'4"

    ParentsGuadalupe Rodríguez, David Lopez

    ChildrenEmme Maribel Muñiz, Maximilian David Muñiz

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    Jessica Alba
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    Jessica Alba

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

    BirthplacePomona, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.7

    ParentsCatherine Jensen, Mark Alba

    ChildrenHaven Garner Warren, Honor Marie Warren

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

    The Three Stooges, Soul Plane

    BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.7

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Rosario Dawson
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    Rosario Dawson

    25th Hour, Grindhouse

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'7"

    ParentsPatrick C. Harris, Isabel Celeste

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

    The Sentinel, Morning Glory

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.57

    ParentsEnrique Longoria, Jr., Ella Eva Mireles

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

    The Fast and the Furious 6, Girlfight

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.63

    ParentsRafael Rodriguez, Carmen Milady Pared

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

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    BirthplaceLyndhurst, New Jersey, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Marisa Tomei
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    Marisa Tomei

    My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Height1.64

    ParentsGary A. Tomei, Patricia Addie Tomei

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

    Our Family Wedding, Filly Brown

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Gina Alexis Rodriguez (born July 30, 1984) is an American actress, model, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Roselyn Sánchez
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    Roselyn Sánchez

    Captain Ron, Rush Hour 2

    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Height1.65

    ChildrenSebella Rose Winter

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

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    Rita Moreno
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    Rita Moreno

    Slums of Beverly Hills, The King and I

    BirthplaceHumacao, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Height5'1"

    ParentsPaco Alverío, Rosa María

    ChildrenFernanda Luisa Gordon

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

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    Aubrey Plaza
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    Aubrey Plaza

    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Funny People

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'6"

    ParentsBernadette Plaza, David Plaza

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    Cote de Pablo
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    Cote de Pablo

    The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, The 33

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.69

    ParentsFrancisco de Pablo, Maria Olga Fernandez

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    Natalie Martinez
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    Natalie Martinez

    End of Watch, Magic City Memoirs

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'7"

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

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    Victoria Justice
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    Victoria Justice

    Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up, Unknown

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'5"

    ParentsSerene Justice, Zack Justice

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

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

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.68

    ParentsJosephine Sarah Hall, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo

    ChildrenTahnee Welch, Damon Welch

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    Rita Hayworth
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    Rita Hayworth

    Tonight and Every Night, Cover Girl

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.68

    ParentsEduardo Cansino, Sr., Volga Hayworth

    ChildrenYasmin Aga Khan, Rebecca Welles

    Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Paula Patton
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    Paula Patton

    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Idlewild

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.63

    ParentsCharles Patton, Joyce Patton

    ChildrenJulian Fuego Thicke

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

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    America Ferrera
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    America Ferrera

    Real Women Have Curves, How to Train Your Dragon

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.55

    ParentsCarlos Gregorio Ferrera, América Griselda Ayes

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    Sônia Braga
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    Sônia Braga

    Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rookie

    BirthplaceBrazil, Maringá

    NationalityBrazil

    Height1.57

    ParentsMaria José Braga

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    Aimee Garcia
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    Aimee Garcia

    Lucifer