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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546 291
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
328 191
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
375 238
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
325 200
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
349 309
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
372 360
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
223 186
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
235 270
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
163 176
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
141 168
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
155 198
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
160 206
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
126 174
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
135 198
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
123 183
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
115 197
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
86 143
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
88 158
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
95 173
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
73 130
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
77 140
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby

22
77 140
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
79 149
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Gossip Girl, The Shallows, The Age of Adaline

24
77 145
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
67 129
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 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