Actresses Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?  

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List Rules Vote up the actresses of film & TV who you expect to see every awards season for the rest of their lives. Actresses must be under 40.

With 20 Academy Awards nominations, two Best Actress Oscars, and one Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Meryl Streep undeniably stands as the best actress of her generation and one of the greatest actresses of all time. Her immersive and versatile acting style allowed her to embody characters ranging from a bitter divorcee to a frosty magazine editor to the former Prime Minister of the UK, lending her a reel like no other. Since Streep occupies such a large niche within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Meryl Streep? 

Several young actresses on their way to becoming the next Meryl Streep include Academy Award winners Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway, and Emma Stone. Non-American actresses, like Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, and Margot Robbie, quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading ladies fit the bill as the future Meryl Streep? 

Vote up the young actresses you think will be the next Meryl Streep.

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424 197
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada

2
217 131
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl on the Train, Sicario, The Devil Wears Prada

3
255 182
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Jackie, V for Vendetta

4
199 142
Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brooklyn, Atonement, Hanna

5
151 121
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Z for Zachariah

6
264 254
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
La La Land, Birdman, Easy A

7
288 286
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Silver Linings Playbook, Winter's Bone, American Hustle

8
185 195
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast

9
114 120
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
12 Years a Slave, Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

10
104 113
Alicia Vikander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, Anna Karenina

11
116 135
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham

12
122 145
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Room, Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street

13
93 122
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brokeback Mountain, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine

14
96 141
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Lost in Translation, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Under the Skin

15
87 128
Amanda Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mean Girls, Les Misérables, Lovelace

16
90 136
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, The Last 5 Years

17
70 103
Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol, Her

18
55 86
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby

19
51 83
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Theory of Everything, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno

20
70 119
Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendents, The Spectacular Now

21
52 87
Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, The Runaways

22
54 91
Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Queen of Earth

23
57 97
Elizabeth Olsen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla, Oldboy

24
48 82
Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, Ginger & Rosa

25
52 96
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Gossip Girl, The Shallows, The Age of Adaline

26
45 84
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Marie Antoinette, Spider-Man, Fargo

27
46 86
Daisy Ridley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ophelia

28
44 89
Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie

29
36 74
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Homeland, Temple Grandin, My So-Called Life

30
46 94
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted

31
31 70
Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Tron: Legacy, Rush, Drinking Buddies

32
23 66
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
True Blood, The Piano, X-Men

33
27 76
Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, The Divergent Series

34
19 61
Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Dear White People, Westworld, Veronica Mars

35
22 68
Abigail Breslin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, Dirty Dancing

36
26 81
Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
This Is Us, Saved!, Rapunzel

37
42 120
Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Adventureland, The Runaways, Personal Shopper

38
18 65
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Alfie, American Sniper, Factory Girl

39
15 65
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon

40
13 64
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Beyond the Lights, Miss Sloane, Belle

41
12 71
America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ugly Betty, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Train Your Dragon

42
9 69
Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Transparent, Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle

43
8 68
Zoe Kazan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ruby Sparks, Olive Kitteridge, What If

44
7 66
Anna Chlumsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Veep, My Girl, In the Loop