50 Favorite Performances by an Actressby accattone74 | created - 17 Nov 2010 | updated - 24 Jan 2012 | Public
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1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
Votes: 33,700 | Gross: $0.02M
Maria Falconetti as Jeanne d'Arc
2. Camille (1936)
Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance
A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.
Votes: 6,218 | Gross: $1.15M
Greta Garbo as Marguerite Gautier
3. Now, Voyager (1942)
Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.
Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale
4. My Reputation (1946)
Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance
A recent widow meets an army major while skiing and despite pressures from friends and family becomes romantically involved with him.
Barbara Stanwyck as Jessica Drummond
5. Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Approved | 121 min | Drama
Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Oresteia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamemnon, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving ... See full summary »
Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.44M
Rosalind Russell as Lavinia Mannon
6. Possessed (1947)
Approved | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.
Votes: 3,754 | Gross: $1.99M
Joan Crawford as Louise Howell
7. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.
Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond
8. Early Summer (1951)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.
Setsuko Hara as Noriko Mamiya
9. The Life of Oharu (1952)
Not Rated | 133 min | Drama
Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.
Kinuyo Tanaka as Oharu
10. A Star Is Born (1954)
PG | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Votes: 11,749 | Gross: $14.93M
Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett
11. The Goddess (1958)
104 min | Drama
A woman grows up to find adoration from the people around her, but ultimately struggles to be happy with herself.
Kim Stanley as Emily Ann Faulkner
12. Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama
A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends.
Hideko Takamine as Keiko Yahshiro
13. Lola (1961)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her.
Anouk Aimee as Lola
14. Electra (I) (1962)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.
Irene Papas as Elektra
15. Phaedra (1962)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos'greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »
Melina Mercouri as Phaedra
16. Nippon konchûki (1963)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest.
Sachiko Hidari as Tome Matsuki
17. The Silence (1963)
R | 96 min | Drama
Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.
Ingrid Thulin as Ester
18. Gertrud (1964)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Romance
In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson.
Nina Pens Rode as Gertrud Kanning
19. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three... See full summary »
Anne Bancroft as Jo Armitage
20. The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed Aryan controller of a Jewish widow's store.
Ida Kaminska as Rozalia Lautmannova
21. Lord Love a Duck (1966)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A bright satirical comedy about an innocent high school girl granted her wishes by a student prodigy. A broad satire of teenage culture in the sixties, its targets ranging from progressive education to beach movies.
Tuesday Weld as Barbara Ann Greene
22. Krylya (1966)
85 min | Drama
A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the ... See full summary »
Maya Bulgakova as Nadezhda Petrukhina
23. The Whisperers (1967)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller
Beyond Mr. Conrad who attends to the allowance she receives through National Assistance, seventy-six year old Margaret Ross, who lives in a cluttered run down flat, is emotionally all alone... See full summary »
Edith Evans as Mrs. Ross
24. The Lion in Winter (1968)
PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.
Votes: 25,321 | Gross: $0.02M
Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine
25. Wanda (1970)
GP | 102 min | Crime, Drama
In the coal mining region of Pennsylvania, Wanda Goronski is constantly drinking to shut out the problems in her life. Having deserted her husband and infant children, Wanda sleeps on her ... See full summary »
Barbara Loden as Wanda
26. Elizabeth R (1971– )
85 min | Biography, Drama
When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I
PG | 100 min | Drama
From the Pullizer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for ... See full summary »
Joanne Woodward as Beatrice
28. Sounder (1972)
G | 105 min | Drama, Family
The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.
Cicely Tyson as Rebecca Morgan
29. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 311,411 | Gross: $232.91M
Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil
30. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
R | 155 min | Drama, Romance
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
Gena Rowlands as Mabel Longhetti
Not Rated | 201 min | Drama
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
Votes: 4,665 | Gross: $0.02M
Delphine Seyrig as Jeanne Dielman
32. That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)
R | 109 min | Drama, Romance
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,658 | Gross: $0.02M
Romy Schneider as Nadine Chevalier
33. Face to Face (1976)
R | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy
A married couple of psychiatrists has their relationship tested when one suffers a mental breakdown.
Liv Ullmann as Dr. Jenny Isaksson
34. I, Claudius (1976)
Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
Sian Phillips as Livia
35. Bad Timing (1980)
X | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A psychiatrist, living in Vienna, enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an Inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair.
Theresa Russell as Milena Flaherty
36. Marianne & Juliane (1981)
106 min | Drama
Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.
Jutta Lampe as Juliane
37. Possession (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.
Votes: 17,413 | Gross: $1.11M
Isabelle Adjani as Anna & Helen
38. Sophie's Choice (1982)
R | 150 min | Drama, Romance
Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 33,473 | Gross: $30.04M
Meryl Streep as Sophie
39. Veronika Voss (1982)
R | 104 min | Drama
A washed up UFA actress, kept by her doctor, raises suspicion in a sports journalist.
Rosel Zech as Veronika Voss
40. The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
PG | 108 min | Drama
In 1940s Texas, an elderly woman is determined to visit her childhood home for one last time.
Votes: 3,306 | Gross: $7.47M
Geraldine Page as Mrs. Carrie Watts
41. Vagabond (1985)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.
Sandrine Bonnaire as Mona Bergeron
42. Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.
Barbara Sukowa as Rosa Luxemburg
43. Orlando (1992)
PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,285 | Gross: $5.29M
Tilda Swinton as Orlando
44. Passion Fish (1992)
R | 135 min | Drama
After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.
Votes: 4,497 | Gross: $5.41M
Alfre Woodard as Chantelle
45. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.
Votes: 20,232 | Gross: $5.22M
Li Gong as Juxian
46. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Votes: 69,550 | Gross: $40.16M
Holly Hunter as Ada McGrath
47. Breaking the Waves (1996)
R | 159 min | Drama
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
Votes: 53,646 | Gross: $4.04M
Emily Watson as Bess McNeill
48. Do zan (1999)
96 min | Drama, Thriller
A sensation when released in 1999 in Iran, Two Women charts the lives of two promising architecture students over the course of the first turbulent years of the Islamic Republic. Tahimine ... See full summary »
Niki Karimi as Fereshteh
49. The Piano Teacher (2001)
R | 131 min | Drama
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.
Votes: 45,249 | Gross: $1.90M
Isabelle Huppert as Erika Kohut
50. Moolaadé (2004)
Unrated | 124 min | Drama
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.
Votes: 3,023 | Gross: $0.21M
Fatoumata Coulibaly as Colle Gallo Ardo Sy