It's tough to be consistently great as an actress. Sometimes, you've just got to get paid. While some Hollywood actresses have a stinker of a movie role hidden among a distinguished body of work, others have really gone downhill in the last few years. Once great actresses who now make bad movies range from female action stars, romantic leads, and people considered among the best actresses of all time - but they've all earned a place on this list with a string of seriously bad films, tarnishing their sparkling reputations for cinematic excellence.
The stars on this list are all actresses who stopped making good movies and haven't managed to really recover. One failure leads to another, and before long, a one-time big draw at the box office has become an afterthought, a performer who is either resigned to delivering dreck to her fans, or an aging thespian who has all but given up. Women in Hollywood also deal with being pushed out of great roles as they age (or turn 40), something male actors don't have quite as hard a time with. This means many once great actresses take the work they can get, often in sub-par roles that don't showcase their skills.It can be hard to see what's happened with some of these great actresses who went downhill, but with some it's quite easy to pinpoint a specific film that marks the point at which their career soured. Vote up the actresses you think have really taken a turn for the worse, and vote down those who you think are still turning in great performances.
Great Films: Network, Bonnie and Clyde, ChinatownRecent Films: 21 and a Wake Up, The Bait, The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi
Dunaway was, once upon a time, one of the greatest actresses in all of the film world. These days, she shows up in strange, forgettable films that hardly anyone has even heard of, let alone gone to see.
Birthplace: Bascom, USA, Florida
Great Films: Chicago, Traffic, High Fidelity
Recent Films: RED 2, Side Effects, Rock of AgesAfter starring in heavy-hitting, Oscar-winning films in the early 2000s, and being a solid box-office draw, Zeta-Jones has recently fallen out of favor in Hollywood. She rarely works these days, and when she does, the films are thin and forgettable.
Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom
Great Films: Ghost, A Few Good Men, G.I. Jane
Recent Films: Very Good Girls, LOL, The Joneses
Demi Moore was a power player in early '90s Hollywood. She and her husband Bruce Willis were both massive box-office draws and Moore churned out consistently high-quality work. These days, her movies are, for the most part, relegated to direct-to-TV dreck. See our list of Demi Moore's best movies to relive the good ol' days.
Birthplace: USA, Roswell, New Mexico
Great Films: Shakespeare in Love, Se7en, Iron Man, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Emma
Recent Films: Mortdecai, Thanks for Sharing, Country StrongHer notoriously difficult demeanor hasn't done the Oscar winner any favors as far as grabbing quality work. After winning an Oscar, Paltrow went up and down in terms of quality. Despite her small role in Marvel's cinematic universe, the rest of her work has been poor.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA