One can always aspire to become an actor, and with rigorous training, reading a book or two on Stanislavski’s method, entering yourself in improv classes, and training your voice and your body, you might perform quite well in your local theatre troupe’s play. However, training until your fingers bleed might still not be enough, as you have to have that certain charisma and that magnetism that will make your performance a real success. And those two, sadly, do not come together with training. However, to be a truly great actor, you have to have both - the charm and the training, and the ladies on our list succeeded tremendously in their quest to become the best actresses possible. And, to celebrate them, we’ve created a follow-up list to our best actors article, where the ladies take center stage. So, here we are with our list of the best actresses whose performances have blown us, the critics, and the masses away. Of course, you might not agree with our ranking - in that case, give the famous actresses who you think deserve to be on the top of this list your vote.

All of these popular actresses have created memorable characters, made us laugh with their amazing wit, and cry watching their stellar performances. Some of them, like Maggie Smith, started their careers in theatre and found their cinema fame only later in life. With some, though, it’s exactly the opposite. Some have been in dozens of movies, and the younger actresses might’ve only performed in a couple, but that might’ve been just enough to put them under our radar. Any way you look at it, though, these actresses are basically incapable of sub-par performances!

So, scroll on down below to check who made it onto our list of the best actresses! And, if we’ve missed someone worthy to be here - let us know in the comments section! 

#1

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

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Hilary Mol
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She absolutely deserves the top spot. She's been in a couple not-so-great movies, but she was still absolutely stellar in her role in those films.

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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

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Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson

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Seán Baron
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's the only person to have ever won Oscars for Acting and writing.

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Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

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J F
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She kinda looks like Nicholas Cage in this picture lol

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

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Emma Stone

Emma Stone

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Jay Mason
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One if the contemporary Greats, she's all in even in a sorta lite role in Hawaii

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Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

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Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams

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Grace Austin
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact she gifted us with Mean Girls and The Notebook in the same year-

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Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

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Turt_Le
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Her portrayal of Ripley in Alien was the first time I'd seen a woman as a lead role and a hero. What's more Ripley wears clothes I would consider suitable for her escapades. I believe it was because the character was written gender neutral until Sigourney got the part. I wish it had started a revolution of how women are portrayed in action/horror movies, but I'm still waiting

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon

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Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

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Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange

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Jay Mason
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Frances Farmer portrayal one of best in all filmmaking. Shoulda shed the cowboy playwright Shephard (sp?)

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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

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Toni Collette

Toni Collette

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Turt_Le
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's come such a long way from Muriel, she has a great acting range. I feel proud by proxy just by being a fellow countryman

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Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

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Emma Watson

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Andrew Pugg
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry love the HP series but if you had said her eyebrows were best actress would agree. Far more ďeserving actresses than her.

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

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Grace Austin
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We can all at least agree she gave us some of the best movie quotes out there

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Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer

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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

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Candy_Sneke!
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks like she killed someone in this photo

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Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

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Allison Janney

Allison Janney

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Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

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Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

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Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

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Cubbypotato
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can’t control their fear only my own

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Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger

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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

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Jay Mason
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was Sloane -- made a minor movie major

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Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

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Turt_Le
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I admire her eyebrows, they've been a stable feature since the 80s, even during the fashion phases of pencil thin between then and now, she's kept them just as they are and are an iconic part of her look. They're up there with Tim Selleck's moustache.

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Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard

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Lena Headey

Lena Headey

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