My favorite actresses

by bazman666 | created - 14 Nov 2011 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

My favorite actresses and also included is my favorite performances from each actress. My list is based on these favorite roles so I'm not interested in how many bad films they have been in. Please feel free to comment.

1. Naomi Watts

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...

Mullholland drive, 21 grams, funny games, the impossible, Mother And Child, the ring, The Painted Veil, We Don't Live Here Anymore, King Kong, Adoration.

2. Kirsten Dunst

Actress | Spider-Man

Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, ...

Melancholia, The Beguiled, Crazy/beautiful, All Good Things, Fargo S2, Marie Antoinette, drop dead gorgeous, Interview With The Vampire, The Cats Meow, Bachelorette.

3. Charlize Theron

Producer | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...

Monster, Tully, The devils advocate, the burning plain, Atomic Blonde, young adult, North Country, in the valley of elah, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dark Places.

4. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

Was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader ...

Silver linings playbook, Mother!, Winters Bone, The burning plain, American Hustle, the hunger games, Red Sparrow, Joy, Passengers, X:Men.

5. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

Black swan, Jackie, closer, Vox Lux, brothers, the professional, The Other Boleyn Girl, Annihilation, V For Vendetta, Cold Mountain.

6. Abbie Cornish

Actress | Candy

Abbie Cornish grew up on her parents' 170 acre farm in the Hunter Valley town of Lochinvar with her 3 brothers and younger sister. Abbie started modeling at age 13. Her first acting job was at age 15 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission series Children's Hospital (1997) playing a quadriplegic.

Somersault, candy, stop loss, bright star, sucker punch, The Girl, Lavender, Solace, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Robocop.

7. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

Spun, the dead girl, Girl Interrupted, sin city, Don't Say A Word, Cherry Falls, 8 Mile, Sidewalks Of New York, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Devils Arithmetic.

8. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

Big Little Lies, Birth, The others, dogville, the hours, eyes wide shut, Margot at the wedding, Rabbit Hole, To Die For, The Paperboy.

9. Patricia Arquette

Actress | Boyhood

With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed ...

Escape At Dannemora, True romance, lost highway, bringing out the dead, human nature, stigmata, Boyhood, Beyond Rangoon, Flirting With Disaster, The Badge.

10. Maria Bello

Actress | A History of Violence

Maria Bello was born on 18 April, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. She is of Italian and Polish descent. Maria went to Villanova University, majoring in political science. She had every intention of becoming a lawyer, but she took an ...

A history of violence, the cooler, downloading Nancy, beautiful boy, world trade centre, Lights Out, Secret Window, Payback, Prisoners, Towelhead.

11. Marisa Tomei

Actress | My Cousin Vinny

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...

The wrestler, in the bedroom, Cyrus, before the devil knows your dead, My Cousin Vinny, the Lincoln lawyer, Factotum, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides Of March, Anger Management.

12. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

Little children, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, revolutionary road, the reader, finding Neverland, Titanic, Carnage, Labor Day, The Life Of David Gale, The Holiday.

13. Meryl Streep

Actress | The Devil Wears Prada

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...

The deer hunter, doubt, the manchurian candidate, the post, adaptation, the hours, The Devil Wears Prada, Marvins Room, The River Wild, Rendition.

14. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become ...

Changeling, girl interrupted, By The Sea, the good shepherd, Alexander, a mighty heart, Mr And mrs Smith, The Bone Collector, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Taking Lives.

15. Christina Ricci

Actress | Casper

Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish ...

Black snake moan, sleepy hollow, the ice storm, monster, Buffalo '66, The Opposite Of Sex, The Adams Family, Prozac Nation, The Man Who Cried, fear and loathing in las vegas.

16. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

Splice, dawn of the dead, the sweet hereafter, go, my life without me, The I Inside, Mr Nobody, The Claim, Exotica, Existenz.

17. Ashley Judd

Actress | Double Jeopardy

American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known ...

Bug, Heat, a time to kill, double jeopardy, kiss the girls, high crimes, Twisted, Crossing Over, Eye Of The Beholder, Frida.

18. Halle Berry

Actress | Catwoman

Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister, Heidi Berry. Halle ...

Monsters ball, things we lost in the fire, Frankie And Alice, jungle fever, cloud atlas, The Call, Losing Isiah, Gothika, X-Men, Swordfish.

19. Cameron Diaz

Actress | There's Something About Mary

A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and a German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied ...

Vanilla sky, in her shoes, being John malkovich, any given Sunday, My Sisters Keeper, Gangs of New York, There's Something About Mary, Charlie's Angels, Very Bad Things, The Box.

20. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Actress | Secretary

Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish ...

Secretary, Sherrybaby, Crazy Heart, Mona Lisa smile, world trade centre, Stranger Than Fiction, Frank, Donnie Darko, The Dark Knight, Happy Endings.

21. Michelle Williams

Actress | Blue Valentine

A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was ...

Shutter island, blue valentine, My Week With Marilyn, Brokeback mountain, take this waltz, All The Money In The World, Manchester By The Sea, Certain Women, Dick, The United States Of Leland.

22. Jessica Biel

Actress | The Illusionist

Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish,...

The Texas chainsaw massacre, London, the rules of attraction, the illusionist, The Tall Man, blade:trinity, Powder Blue, Hitchcock,Total Recall, The A-Team.

23. Rachel Weisz

Actress | The Constant Gardener

Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, was of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. ...

The Favourite, Disobedience, The lovely bones, The Lobster, enemy at the gates, The Light Between Oceans, The Brothers Bloom, The Fountain, the mummy, the bourne legacy.

24. Vera Farmiga

Actress | Up in the Air

Vera Farmiga is an American actress who has received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Up in the Air (2009) and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her roles in Bates Motel (2013) and When They See Us (2019).

She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, ...

Up in the air, the departed, The Conjuring, breaking and entering, 15 minutes, Henry's Crime, Orphan, source code, The Manchurian Candidate, Safe House.

25. Juliette Lewis

Actress | Natural Born Killers

Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear (1991). To date, she has worked with some of the most revered ...

natural born killers, Cape Fear, kalifornia, the way of the gun, from dusk till dawn, Strange Days, The Basketball Diaries, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Whip It, Old School.

26. Heather Graham

Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's ...

Boogie nights, bowfinger, from hell, Austin powers: the spy who shagged me, Six Degrees Of Separation, Sidewalks Of New York, Anger Management, The Hangover, Swingers, Twin Peaks.

27. Carla Gugino

Actress | Watchmen

Carla Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida, to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist. She is of Italian (father) and English-Irish (mother) ancestry. Gugino moved with her mother to Paradise, California, when Carla was just five years old. During her childhood, they moved many times within the state. But ...

Watchmen, Electra Luxx, Women In Trouble, sin city, righteous kill, sucker punch, American gangster, Snake Eyes, The One, This Boys Life.

28. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Her

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter ...

Lost In Translation, Match Point, Don Jon, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the Last Boleyn Girl, Under The Skin, Lucy, Ghost In The Shell, The Black Dahlia, Ghost World.

29. Rooney Mara

Actress | Carol

Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror ...

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Una, Carol, Side Effects, A Ghost Story, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, The Discovery, Lion, The Social Network.

30. Teresa Palmer

Actress | Lights Out

Actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was ...

2:37, Berlin Syndrome, Wish You Were Here, Lights Out, Warm Bodies, Hacksaw Ridge, Take Me Home Tonight, I Am Number 4, Point Break, Triple 9

31. Elizabeth Olsen

Actress | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha ...

32. Charlotte Gainsbourg

Actress | Antichrist

Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London, England in 1971. She is an Anglo-French actress and singer. The daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, she was raised in Paris. Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut in 1984. In 1986, Gainsbourg won a ...

33. Kristen Stewart

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight (2008) Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is ...

34. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Let Me In

Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.

Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the ...

35. Florence Pugh

Actress | The Falling

Florence Pugh is an English actress. She is known for The Falling (2014), her film debut, Lady Macbeth (2016), Outlaw King (2018), Fighting with My Family (2019), and Midsommar (2019).

Pugh also appear in the ITV detective series Marcella and starred in the AMC Mini-Series The Little Drummer Girl.

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