actresses Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now  

Larry Taylor
9.1k votes 1.4k voters 164.2k views 18 items Embed

List Rules Vote up the Academy Award-winning or critically acclaimed actors whose projects have gone downhill lately.

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.
1
337 209

Gwyneth Paltrow


Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
Photo: via Pinterest

Great Films: Shakespeare in Love, Se7en, Iron Man, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Emma

Recent Films: Mortdecai, Thanks for Sharing, Country Strong 

Her 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.

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Model, Author, Actor, + more

Credits: Se7en, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Iron Man

Also Ranked

#64 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#77 on The Best Living American Actresses

#87 on The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever

#25 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

see more on Gwyneth Paltrow
2
378 241

Demi Moore


Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
Photo: via Imgur

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.

Age: 54

Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more

Credits: Ghost, A Few Good Men, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr. Brooks

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#28 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#68 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#77 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

see more on Demi Moore
3
416 270

Halle Berry


Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
Photo: via Pinterest

Great Films: Monster's Ball, Jungle Fever, the X-Men films

Recent Films: The Call, Movie 43, Frankie and Alice

Berry won the Best Actress Oscar in the early 2000s for her excellent work in Monster's Ball, and almost immediately fell off the face of the earth in terms of quality. Berry has slogged through forgettable thrillers, comedies, and a whole mess of awful movies ever since.

Age: 50

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, Cloud Atlas, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Also Ranked

#75 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#46 on The Best Living American Actresses

#76 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

see more on Halle Berry
4
332 208

Ashley Judd


Ashley Judd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Actresses Who Make Bad Movies Now
Photo: via Wikimedia

Great Films: Heat, A Time to Kill 

Recent Films: Dolphin Tale 2, Big Stone Gap 

Ashley Judd was once set up to be the next leading lady in Hollywood. She had the charm, the looks, and solid acting chops. That all seems to have been squandered in a string of increasingly forgettable films.

Age: 48

Birthplace: Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Etymologist, Spokesperson, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: Heat, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy

Also Ranked

#57 on The Best Living American Actresses

#96 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#43 on The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

see more on Ashley Judd