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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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Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, Ginger & Rosa
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Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie
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Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 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
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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Tron: Legacy, Rush, Drinking Buddies
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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Marie Antoinette, Spider-Man, Fargo
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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Homeland, Temple Grandin, My So-Called Life
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Daisy Ridley is listed (or ranked) 32 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
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Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Dear White People, Westworld, Veronica Mars
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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?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, The Divergent Series
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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
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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
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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
True Blood, The Piano, X-Men
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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
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Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Adventureland, The Runaways, Personal Shopper
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Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon
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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
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Beyond the Lights, Miss Sloane, Belle
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Anna Chlumsky is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Veep, My Girl, In the Loop
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Zoe Kazan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ruby Sparks, Olive Kitteridge, What If
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Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Transparent, Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle