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

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Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn, Atonement, Hanna

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

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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Emily Blunt The Girl on the Train, Sicario, The Devil Wears Prada

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Emma Stone La La Land, Birdman, Easy A

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook, Winter's Bone, American Hustle

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Emma Watson Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast

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Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Margot Robbie The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Z for Zachariah

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

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

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

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

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Scarlett Johansson Lost in Translation, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Under the Skin

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine

The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked

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

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

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

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Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Shailene Woodley The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendents, The Spectacular Now

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

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Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Carey Mulligan An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby

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Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Elisabeth Moss Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Queen of Earth

The Best Horror Movie Remakes

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Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Dakota Fanning I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, The Runaways

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

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Daisy Ridley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Daisy Ridley Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ophelia

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette, Spider-Man, Fargo

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Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Elle Fanning Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, Ginger & Rosa

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Claire Danes Homeland, Temple Grandin, My So-Called Life

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mila Kunis Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted

The Best Meryl Streep Movies

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Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Blake Lively Gossip Girl, The Shallows, The Age of Adaline

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Olivia Wilde Tron: Legacy, Rush, Drinking Buddies

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Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Chloë Grace Moretz Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie

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

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Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Kristen Stewart Adventureland, The Runaways, Personal Shopper

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Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Zoë Kravitz Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, The Divergent Series

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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mandy Moore This Is Us, Saved!, Rapunzel

The Most Annoying A-List Actors

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Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Sienna Miller Alfie, American Sniper, Factory Girl

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Abigail Breslin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, Dirty Dancing

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Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Tessa Thompson Dear White People, Westworld, Veronica Mars

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

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America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
America Ferrera Ugly Betty, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Train Your Dragon

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Beyond the Lights, Miss Sloane, Belle

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

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

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