My Favorites Actresses

by mlandriau | created - 28 Dec 2010 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. Kate Winslet

Actress | Titanic

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...

1. The Reader (2008) .... Hanna Schmitz 2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) .... Clementine Kruczynski 3. Titanic (1997) .... Rose DeWitt Bukater 4. Iris (2001/I) .... Young Iris Murdoch 5. Little Children (2006) .... Sarah Pierce 6. The Life of David Gale (2003) .... Bitsey Bloom 7. Quills (2000) .... Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc 8. Heavenly Creatures (1994) .... Juliet Hulme 9. Revolutionary Road (2008) .... April Wheeler 10. Finding Neverland (2004) .... Sylvia Llewelyn Davies

2. 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...

1. 21 Grams (2003) .... Cristina Peck 2. The Impossible (2012) .... Maria 3. Mulholland Dr. (2001) .... Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn 4. King Kong (2005) .... Ann Darrow 5. Gypsy (2017) .... Jean Holloway 6. St. Vincent (2014) .... Daka 7. The Painted Veil (2006) .... Kitty Fane 8. Ellie Parker (2001 / 2005) .... Ellie Parker 9. The Ring (2002/I) .... Rachel 10. Birdman (2014) .... Lesley 10. Eastern Promises (2007) .... Anna

3. Eva Green

Actress | Casino Royale

French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of ...

1. "Penny Dreadful" .... Vanessa Ives 2. The Dreamers (2003) .... Isabelle 3. Casino Royale (2006) .... Vesper Lynd 4. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) .... Artemisia 5. Dark Shadows (2012) .... Angelique Bouchard 6. Kingdom of Heaven (2005) .... Sibylla 7. "Camelot" .... Morgan 8. Perfect Sense (2011) .... Susan 9. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) .... Ava

4. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after 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 prominently involved in international ...

1. Girl, Interrupted (1999) .... Lisa Rowe 2. Changeling (2008) .... Christine Collins 3. A Mighty Heart (2007) .... Mariane Pearl 4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) .... Jane Smith 5. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) .... Lara Croft 6. Salt (2010) .... Evelyn Salt 7. Wanted (2008) .... Fox 8. Taking Lives (2004) .... Illeana 9. Life or Something Like It (2002) .... Lanie Kerrigan 10. Gia (1998) (TV) .... Gia Carangi 11. The Bone Collector (1999) .... Amelia Donaghy 12. Original Sin (2001) .... Julia Russell / Bonny Castle 13. Playing by Heart (1998) .... Joan 14. Hackers (1995) .... Kate Libby / 'Acid Burn' 15. The Tourist (2010) .... Elise Clifton-Ward

5. Hilary Swank

Actress | Boys Don't Cry

Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and ...

1. Million Dollar Baby (2004) .... Maggie Fitzgerald 2. Boys Don't Cry (1999) .... Brandon Teena 3. Freedom Writers (2007) .... Erin Gruwell 4. Conviction (2010/II) .... Betty Anne Waters 5. You're Not You (2014) .... Kate 6. Red Dust (2004) .... Sarah Barcant 7. Insomnia (2002/I) .... Ellie Burr 8. P.S. I Love You (2007) .... Holly 9. The Reaping (2007) .... Katherine 10. Amelia (2009) .... Amelia Earhart 10. The Resident (2011) .... Juliet Devereau

6. Jennifer Connelly

Actress | A Beautiful Mind

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across ...

1. A Beautiful Mind (2001) .... Alicia Nash 2. Requiem for a Dream (2000) .... Marion Silver 3. Waking the Dead (2000) .... Sarah Williams 4. Reservation Road (2007) .... Grace Learner 5. Blood Diamond (2006) .... Maddy Bowen 6. Little Children (2006) .... Kathy Adamson 7. House of Sand and Fog (2003) .... Kathy 8. Dark City (1998) .... Emma Murdoch / Anna 9. Hulk (2003) .... Betty Ross 10. Labyrinth (1986) .... Sarah

7. Rooney Mara

Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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 ...

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) .... Lisbeth Salander 2. Side Effects (2013/I) .... Emily Taylor 3. Her (2013) .... Catherine 4. The Social Network (2010) .... Erica Albright 5. Pan (2015) .... Tiger Lily

8. 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 ...

1. De-Lovely (2004) .... Linda Porter 2. Bug (2006) .... Agnes White 3. Helen (2009) .... Helen Leonard 4. Normal Life (1996) .... Pam Anderson 5. Kiss the Girls (1997) .... Dr. Kate McTiernan 6. Double Jeopardy (1999) .... Libby 7. Twisted (2004/I) .... Jessica Shepard 8. High Crimes (2002) .... Claire Kubik 9. Someone Like You... (2001) .... Jane Goodale 10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) .... Younger Vivi Abbott Walker 11. Eye of the Beholder (1999) .... Joanna Eris

9. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...

1. Les Misérables (2012) .... Fantine 2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) .... Selina 3. Love and Other Drugs (2010) .... Maggie Murdock 4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) .... Andy Sachs 5. Rachel Getting Married (2008) .... Kym 6. Alice in Wonderland (2010) .... White Queen 7. Valentine's Day (2010/I) .... Liz 8. Get Smart (2008) .... Agent 99

10. Audrey Tautou

Actress | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award...

1. Amélie (2001) .... Amélie Poulain 2. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002) .... Angélique 3. A Very Long Engagement (2004) .... Mathilde 4. Coco avant Chanel (2009) .... Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel 5. The Da Vinci Code (2006) .... Sophie Neveu 6. Russian Dolls (2005) .... Martine 7. The Libertine (2000) .... Julie d'Holbach

11. Kate Beckinsale

Actress | Underworld: Evolution

Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard ...

1. Underworld (2003) .... Selene 2. Underworld: Evolution (2006) .... Selene 3. Underworld: Awakening (2012) .... Selene 4. Serendipity (2001) .... Sara Thomas 5. Van Helsing (2004) .... Anna Valerious 6. The Aviator (2004) .... Ava Gardner 7. Click (2006) .... Donna Newman 8. Brokedown Palace (1999) .... Darlene Davis 9. Total Recall (2012) .... Lori Quaid 10. Pearl Harbor (2001) .... Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson

12. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

1. Blue Jasmine (2013) .... Jasmine 2. The Aviator (2004) .... Katharine Hepburn 3. Elizabeth (1998) .... Elizabeth I 4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) .... Daisy 5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) .... Galadriel

13. 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 ...

1. Match Point (2005) .... Nola Rice 2. Lost in Translation (2003) .... Charlotte 3. Scoop (2006) .... Sondra Pransky 4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) .... Cristina 5. The Avengers (2012) .... Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow 6. Iron Man 2 (2010) .... Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff 7. The Island (2005) .... Jordan Two Delta / Sarah Jordan 8. We Bought a Zoo (2011) .... Kelly Foster 9. He's Just Not That Into You (2009) .... Anna 10. The Prestige (2006) .... Olivia Wenscombe 11. The Black Dahlia (2006) .... Kay Lake 12. The Perfect Score (2004) .... Francesca Curtis 13. Ghost World (2001) .... Rebecca

14. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

1. American Hustle (2013) .... Sydney Prosser 2. The Fighter (2010/I) .... Charlene Fleming 3. Enchanted (2007) .... Giselle 4. Big Eyes (2014/I) .... Margaret Keane 5. Her (2013) .... Amy 6. Man of Steel (2013) .... Lois Lane

15. 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, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an ...

1. Black Swan (2010) .... Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen 2. Léon: The Professional (1994) .... Mathilda 3. V for Vendetta (2005) .... Evey 4. Everyone Says I Love You (1996) .... Laura 5. Where the Heart Is (2000) .... Novalee Nation 6. Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Taffy Dale 7. Cold Mountain (2003) .... Sara 8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) .... Padmé 9. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) .... Padmé 10. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) .... Queen Amidala / Padmé 11. Heat (1995) .... Lauren Gustafson 12. Thor (2011) .... Jane Foster

16. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

1. Fight Club (1999) .... Marla Singer 2. The King's Speech (2010) .... Queen Elizabeth 3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) .... Mrs. Lovett 4. Alice in Wonderland (2010/I) .... Red Queen 5. Planet of the Apes (2001) .... Ari 6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) .... Bellatrix Lestrange 7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) .... Bellatrix Lestrange 8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2 (2010/2011) .... Bellatrix Lestrange 9. Dark Shadows (2012) .... Dr. Julia Hoffman 10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) .... Mrs. Bucket 11. Big Fish (2003) .... Jenny - Young / Jenny - Senior / The Witch 12. Terminator Salvation (2009) .... Dr. Serena Kogan 13. Les Misérables (2012) .... Madame Thénardier

17. Karin Viard

Actress | Polisse

Karin Viard was born on January 24, 1966 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France as Karin Michèle Viard. She is an actress, known for Polisse (2011), Delicatessen (1991) and Paris (2008).

1. Embrassez qui vous voudrez (2002) .... Véronique 2. Le rôle de sa vie (2004) .... Claire Rocher 3. La Famille Bélier (2014) .... Gigi Bélier 4. Potiche (2010) .... Nadège Dumoulin 5. France Boutique (2003) .... France Mestral 6. Les randonneurs (1997) .... Coralie

18. 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 ...

19. Emma Stone

Actress | La La Land

Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of ...

1. La La Land (2016/I) .... Mia 2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) .... Sam 3. Easy A (2010) .... Olive 4. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) .... Hannah 5. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) .... Gwen Stacy 6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) .... Gwen Stacy 7. Magic in the Moonlight (2014) .... Sophie

20. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

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

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, ...

21. 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...

1. Girl, Interrupted (1999) .... Daisy Randone 2. Don't Say a Word (2001) .... Elisabeth Burrows 3. Just Married (2003) .... Sarah 4. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) .... Fay Forrester 5. Sin City (2005) .... Shellie 6. Little Black Book (2004) .... Stacy 7. Clueless (1995) .... Tai 8. Uptown Girls (2003) .... Molly Gunn 9. 8 Mile (2002) .... Alex

22. Rachel McAdams

Actress | The Notebook

Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 ...

23. Diane Lane

Actress | Unfaithful

Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. Diane was acting from a very young age and made her stage debut at the ...

1. Unfaithful (2002) .... Connie Sumner 2. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) .... Frances 3. Cinema Verite (2011) (TV) .... Pat Loud 4. Must Love Dogs (2005) .... Sarah Nolan