My Top Ten Favourite Actresses

I had a hard time with this list — more so than with the male actors — because, as far as I am concerned, most actresses these days are cast for their looks rather than their acting ability. However, there are still some truly great actresses to be found if you look for them hard enough.

Like my list of actors, this list is purely subjective as what constitutes a great actress differs from person to person and also depends on which actresses a person has actually seen in action. Anyway, without further ado, here is my list of the top ten greatest actresses.

Number 10

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Full Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson
Most Famous For: Her role as Hermione Granger.
My Fave Five: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Number 9

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Full Name: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Most Famous For: Her role as Detective Olivia Benson in the hit TV show Law & Order SVU
My Fave Five: Law & Order: SVU (1999 – Current)
Tales of Earthsea (2006)
Lake Placid (1999)
Ghoulies (1985)
Freddy’s Nightmares — Freddy’s Tricks & Treats (1988)

Number 8

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

Full Name: Angela Brigid Lansbury
Most Famous For: Murder She Wrote
My Fave Five: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Anastasia (1997)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)

Number 7

Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Full Name: Bette Davis Midler
Most Famous For: Her singing
My Fave Five: Beaches (1988)
The Rose (1979)
The First Wives Club (1996)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Gypsy (1993)

Number 6

Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou

Full Name: Audrey Justine Tautou
Most Famous For: Amelie
My Fave Five: Amelie (2001)
The Libertine (2000)
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Number 5

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Full Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson
Most Famous For: The Color Purple and Jumpin’ Jack Flash
My Fave Five: Sister Act (1992)
Ghost (1990)
Homer and Eddie (1989)
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990 – 1992)
The Little Rascals (1994

Number 4

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Full Name: Audrey Kathleen Ruston
Most Famous For: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Fave Five: Roman Holiday (1953)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Sabrina (1954)
The Nun’s Story (1959)
The Unforgiven (1960)

Number 3

Katherine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

Full Name: Katherine Houghton Hepburn
Most Famous For: Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story
My Fave Five: The African Queen (1951)
Guess Whose Coming to Dinner (1967)
Little Women (1933)
Love Among the Ruins (1975)
The Trojan Women (1971)

Number 2

Ruth Cracknell

Ruth Cracknell

Full Name: Ruth Winifred Cracknell
Most Famous For: Mother and Son
My Fave Five: Mother and Son (1984 – 1994)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1992)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Live Theatre, Date Unknown)
Spider & Rose (1994)
Joey (1997)

Number 1

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Full Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett
Most Famous For: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
My Fave Five: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Ponyo — English Dub (2008)
Elizabeth (1998)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Missing (2003)

If you haven’t seen any of the movies on this list, I highly recommend that you do so because they all make for excellent viewing. If you have seen them already, what did you think? Do you like the actresses on this list? How would your list differ?

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