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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498 242
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
274 161
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
316 217
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
272 176
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
200 151
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
308 281
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
340 325
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
143 144
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
210 238
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
147 173
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Room, Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street

11
140 165
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
122 143
Alicia Vikander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, Anna Karenina

13
112 142
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
114 171
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
103 155
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
71 112
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby

17
79 130
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
100 170
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, The Last 5 Years

19
85 147
Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendents, The Spectacular Now

20
62 104
Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, Ginger & Rosa

21
70 122
Elizabeth Olsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla, Oldboy

22
64 113
Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, The Runaways

23
60 106
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
65 120
Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Queen of Earth

25
67 124
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
55 108
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
57 117
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted

28
53 113
Daisy Ridley is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
53 114
Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie

30
39 92
Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Tron: Legacy, Rush, Drinking Buddies

31
41 97
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

32
37 95
Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, The Divergent Series

33
30 80
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

34
27 84
Abigail Breslin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, Dirty Dancing

35
25 87
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
True Blood, The Piano, X-Men

36
47 146
Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Adventureland, The Runaways, Personal Shopper

37
29 100
Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
This Is Us, Saved!, Rapunzel

38
21 81
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
19 82
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
17 78
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
17 89
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
11 83
Zoe Kazan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ruby Sparks, Olive Kitteridge, What If

43
9 85
Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Transparent, Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle

44
8 80
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