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?
Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada
2
445 270
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Jackie, V for Vendetta
3
383 225
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl on the Train, Sicario, The Devil Wears Prada
4
367 235
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
393 347
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
La La Land, Birdman, Easy A
6
428 401
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Silver Linings Playbook, Winter's Bone, American Hustle
7
266 223
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Z for Zachariah
8
274 305
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
194 211
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
182 235
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham
11
186 249
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Room, Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street
12
154 208
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
170 237
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Lost in Translation, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Under the Skin
14
150 206
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brokeback Mountain, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine
15
144 218
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
139 230
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
108 175
Elizabeth Olsen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla, Oldboy
18
105 187
Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol, Her
19
95 169
Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Queen of Earth
20
99 184
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Gossip Girl, The Shallows, The Age of Adaline
21
92 170
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
88 165
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby
23
88 166
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted
24
105 204
Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendents, The Spectacular Now
25
79 155
Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie