The World's 1000 Greatest Female Actress (In Progress)

by andreas-sellfors | created - 12 Apr 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

To be constantly on top at your acting skills and on your social charisma, as one of the world’s leading actresses is not a easy task in our today´s often hard and evil society. No, you really need to be good at your craftwork, have a powerful glare and not put yourself in any dubious situations (such as you get caught as driving drunk of your local police), when you appear outside the movie screen. Of course, you must also have participated in some really good movies. And around that subject (what it's really a good or a dreadful movie), is it probably as many opinions as people here on earth. This list consists therefore only of the women that I rank as the world's 1000 greatest female actresses. Unfortunately have some of then not a picture of himself here on IMDB. So I was then thinking of skipping these women (and not include them on this list), but they are too good to be omitted.

1. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

Even if there are many amazing actress around the world, who could well be No.1 on this list (who from my point of view) are the world's 1000 greatest female actress, so is Dench quite unthreatened at this position. Whit her over 60 years experience from both acting as strong-minded women in positions of authority (as M in James Bond), and lovely old lady's (as Evelyn Greenslade in Hotel Marigold), It is really hard to put her on any other position then as No.1. From seeing her in many interviews do I also think that she is a very ordinary person outside the movie-screen

2. 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 ...

The first movie I watched with Kidman as the leading character was the both very sad and humorous musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). Since then have I closely followed her career and I truly admire her courage, interest and the time she devotes to explore all her various acting skills. Sometimes is she even better than the film itself. Yes, it is many her role in the dramatization of Philip Pullman's wonderful book series The Golden Compass, that makes it worthy to see this movie. And sometimes she is only a really good team player, as she for example are in the political thriller The Interpreter (2005). Yes, as Silvia Broom, an interpreter for the United Nations from the fictitious African country Matobo, is she working very good along whit Sean Penn and Catherine Keener, who star as Secret Service agents from the Dignitary Protection Division. So Kidman's ability to constantly develop her acting talent makes her no: 2 on this list.

3. Daryl Hannah

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Daryl Christine Hannah was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a schoolteacher and later a producer, and Donald Christian Hannah, who owned a tugboat/barge company. Her stepfather was music journalist/promoter Jerrold Wexler. Her siblings are Page ...

This following argument; over why Hannah is No. 3 on this list is perhaps quite provocative. But I truly believe that it doesn't matter what you've have done as an actor, after you starred in the world's greatest movie (I speak course of Blade Runner), to be right among the world's top five actresses.

4. Sophie Marceau

Actress | La boum

Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu in Paris, France, to Simone (Morisset), a shop assistant, and Benoît Maupu, a truck driver. She grew up far from the studio spotlights. When she was 14 she was living in the Paris suburb of Gentilly with her father. She learned from friends that ...

Many actresses who been a bond-girl has not starred afterwards in many other movies. Of course there is always one, two or three exceptions. Since The World Is Not Enough (1999), have Sophie Marceau for example acted in over fifteen movies in different generes. Most are native French productions, as the handsome Anthony Zimmer (2005), where she portrays a undercover agent. And she are so good (well she is it in my eyes), that she is No:4 on this list.

5. Anne Dorval

Actress | Mommy

Anne Dorval was born in Noranda, Quebec on November 8th, 1960. Since appearing in her first professional theatre role in 1985, she has acted in numerous theatre productions, films, and television series'. Anne has won multiple awards for her work in theatre, film, and television. Anne is also a ...

What makes an actress worthy to worship in my eyes is not how she acts in some really successful blockbusters. No, behind a green-screen can almost anyone do a good performance. But to bring forward the feeling of not being able to help your highly hyperactive ADHD children, It requires much more of you as an actress than just a good performance. Yes, I as an audience must really believe that Dorval is worried about his son. And from my point of view is she so credible that she is No. 5 on this list.

6. 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 ...

You know that an actress is good, when you still wondering what role she was acting as when the movie-credits are starting to roll in front of you at your local cinema. So, this happened to me when I watched Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2009). Yes, I had to re-watch over one half of the movie before I understand that she was the villain Irina Spalko in the movie. Therefore is she No.6 on this list.

7. 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...

Based on the fact that I often re-watch a lot of movies, so have I usually a good track of every movie that a specific actress has starred in. But when I started to create this list did I get a big surprise. I had really forgotten that Tautou had one of the leading roles in "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), against Ian Mckellen. That earns her to be No.7 on this list.

8. Noomi Rapace

Actress | Män som hatar kvinnor

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, the daughter of Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for ...

Watch Män som hatar kvinnor (2009) before you watch the Hollywood copy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), and hopefully will you understand why there could not be any other actress in this role then Rapece. So therefore does she really deserves to be No.8 on this list.

9. Uma Thurman

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman),...

How many of you that right now is watching this list got to your local cinema and watched Kill Bill Part II (2004), before Kill Bill Part I (2003). Nobody? Well. I did, and I had a great time until the last scene. Because, the bride (Thurman's character) is a .... No, I not going to spoil what the Bride does against David Carradine. But I can really say that Quentin Tarantino really know how to make Thurman shine as a great actress Therefore is she No.9 on this list.

10. Diane Neal

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Diane Neal was born in Alexandria, Virginia. She moved to Littleton, Colorado, when her father was promoted to the position of federal attorney in Denver. She is the youngest of three daughters. Diane was a pre-med major in University, before leaving to pursue modeling, thus allowing her to travel ...

I first got to know about this great actress from her acting as the both funny, charming and hardworking agent Abigail Borin on CBS-prime time TV-serie NCIS. Unfortunately have the scriptwriters only used her in 6 episodes. But she has been Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in over 100 storylines. And for those of you who think that you can´t have movie and TV-actress on this list, because they are different acting styles. Well, you are wrong. So I have Neal as No.10 on this list without any single doubts about it.

11. Jessica Steen

Actress | Armageddon

A native of Toronto, Canada, Jessica Steen is probably best known in the U.S. for having been a regular on two short-lived TV series: the critically acclaimed Homefront (1991) and the science fiction show Earth 2 (1994). She also appeared opposite Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld (1989)) in ...

Spoiler warning; As No. 11 have we the beautiful Jessica Steen, who the producers of NCIS sadly get rid of to soon from my point of view. They didn't have to do it because they took in Cote de Pablo. But you can't be angry forever. Yes, that is "spilt milk under the bridge". On the other and is she great in "Heartland" (2007-2018). So now have I two great series to watch.

12. Pauley Perrette

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Pauley Perrette is known to millions around the world as Abby Sciuto, the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist on CBS's NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. Her additional credits include appearances on such shows as Almost Famous (2000), The Ring (2002), 24 (2001), CSI: Crime Scene ...

Spoiler warning; I'm not going to discuss the reason why Perrette chosed to leave NCIS. But it was probably (as she suggest on her twitter account) out of very upsetting grounds. Hopefully is she going to get a great success with some other TV-show. And sure, she is maybe not No.12 on this list if I you compare her to other actresses, but this decision comes from my heart.

13. Ahney Her

Actress | Gran Torino

Ahney Her was born in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Whitney Cua Her. She is an actress, known for Gran Torino (2008), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Night Club (2011).

Gran Torino (2009) was Ahneys (a great looking Hmong woman) first role in hollywood. So when she interacts against Clint Eastwood is she obviously a very green actress. That was however not a problem for Eastwood. In fact, he really believed that it was not possible to tell a story - where a racist Korean War veteran get engaged in the growth of a Hmongboy , unless the main characters (except himself) where people from this community.

14. Tilda Swinton

Actress | We Need to Talk About Kevin

The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late.

She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was ...

Here on No:14 have we Tilda Swinton, who I first saw in the really poor adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2008). Yes, as a fan of the Narnia-books was I really disappointed over how the production utterly missed the soul of the book. She was however great as the White Witch. and she rocks in We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). Unfortunately have I no idea around what she been doing before 2005. She is therefore not higher on this list, and she will maybe not be any higher.

15. Charlotte Fich

Actress | Kærlighed på film

Charlotte Fich ended her education at Theater school at Århus Theater in 1989, and thereafter worked at the theater until 1993, when she continued in Copenhagen. She's had several great roles in "Turandot" (1993) at Rialto Teatret, "Den flagrende gæst" (1994) at Bådteatret, "Mysterier" (1996) at ...

In my eyes are Rejseholdet (Unit On), always going to be the world´s greatest crime-serie. And as Fish are in command over the team - who drives across Denmark (as the FBI) and takes over cases that the local police can't solve themselves - so is it very easy to have Fich as No:15 on this list.

16. Sidse Babett Knudsen

Actress | Borgen

Sidse Babett Knudsen was born on November 22, 1968 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Borgen (2010), Westworld (2016) and Inferno (2016).

In Borgen a Danish political drama television serie) are Knudsen really great when she portrays how Birgitte Nyborg, a minor centrist politician, becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark against all the odds. Therefore is she No.16 on this list

17. Charlize Theron

Actress | 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 ...

Theron is a strong leading actress in Aeon Flux (2005), where she acts as a mysterious assassin for the Mohicans, a group of rebels who tried to overthrow the government. But for many of you that are watching this list is Aeon Flux maybe a unfamiliar movie. And it is ok, because it is not a big blockbuster. So you know her maybe more from her role in The Devil's Advocate (1997). Or perhaps have you seen her as the action star Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde (2017), and for that, as for many other things is she No:17 on this list

18. Liv Tyler

Actress | Armageddon

Liv Tyler is an actress of international renown and has been a familiar face on our screens for over two decades and counting. She began modelling at the age of fourteen before pursuing a career in acting. After making her film debut in Bruce Beresford's Silent Fall, she was cast by fledgling ...

As a big fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien, so can I truly say from the bottom of my heart that Tyler makes a really great performance as Arwen, - the elf who fall in love with Aragorn, and as in their process to marry each other gives up her immortality. Therefore is she No.18 on this list.

19. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

No, I have not Saldana as No:19 on this list from her acting in Avatar (2009), I have her at this position from her acting in Colombia (2011), where she star as Cataleya, who seeks revenge against everyone who killed her family when she was only 10-years old.

20. Kara Hayward

Actress | Moonrise Kingdom

Kara Hayward was born to John and Karen Hayward on November 17, 1998 in Massachusetts. She is the older of two children. She acted in her first play during summer camp, discovering a passion for acting. Later she was discovered at an open call, landing her first movie role in Wes Anderson's ...

Kara Hayward was discovered at an open call audition, where she get her first movie role in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012). And, oh, my good, she really is great in this drama-comedy. Yes, you can´t have a better start of your acting career. Therefore is she No:20 on this list.

21. Scottie Thompson

Actress | 12 Monkeys

Scottie Thompson grew up in Richmond, Virginia. With a love for dance and performing Thompson started dancing ballet at an early age. She danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet, before going on to receive a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. While there, she discovered her love for ...

If you haven´t seen it by know, that I are a really big fan of the crime-comedy serie NCIS, then i strongly suggest that you buy yourself a really strong pair of glasses. Here at No:21 is Thompsen then from her acting as Dr. Jeanne Benoit (2006-2016), where she is the daughter of a big arms dealer, which NCIS agent Tony Dinozzo falls in love with when he works as an undercover agent.

22. Sean Young

Actress | Blade Runner

Mary Sean Young was born on November 20, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Lee Guthrie (née Mary Lee Kane), an Emmy-nominated producer, screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, Jr., an Emmy award winning television news producer and journalist. ...

Regarding why I rank Young as high as No:22 on this list is the same reason as why Daryl Hannah is No:3. So what is the reason then. Well, I truly believe that it doesn't matter what you do as an actress, after you starred in the world's greatest movie, to be among the world’s 25 best female actress. Well, I speak of course of Blade Runner (1982), who is a neo-noirscience fiction film by Ridley Scott.

23. Sienna Miller

Actress | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Sienna Rose Diana Miller was born in New York City, but was raised in London, England. Her father, Edwin "Ed" Miller, who is American-born, is an investment banker and a dealer in Modern Chinese paintings. Her mother, Josephine "Jo" Miller, was a South African model and a personal assistant to ...

Although London is only a one-hour flight from my home in Stockholm, so have I not been there until the summer of 2015 (when I are over 30-years old). Together whit my parents and my sister had I a really nice holiday. And on the last day of my visit was I in a large DVD store, where I bought two movies that would not be realised in Sweden in many months. So, one of them where High-Rise (2015, where Miller is living as the sexy single mother, and seeing this movie for myself on a late night was Really scary. Therefore is Miller No. 23 on this list.

24. Milla Jovovich

Actress | The Fifth Element

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...

The first time I saw Jovovich was in The Fifth Element (1997). Then, at my aunt's husband had I not a good track of her acting talent. But after I watched Resident Evil (2002) without starting to sleep (I don't normally like zombie movies) did I realized that she was actually a really good actress. Therefore she is No.24 on this list.

25. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress | Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...

Dreyfus are probably best known for her role in The Seinfeld Chronicles (1989–1998) , but when the series started was her character not intended as a large part of the show. But after the first episode where aired, so felt some of the executives of NBC that the show was too male-centric, and demanded the creators (Seinfeld & David) that they need a strong leading female character. This was their condition for commissioning the show. And Louis-Dreyfus won the role over several other actresses. So Therefore is she No:25 on this list

26. Miranda Otto

Actress | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Miranda Otto is an Australian actress. Otto is a daughter of actors Barry Otto and Lindsay Otto, and half-sister of actress Gracie Otto. She began her acting career at age 18 in 1986, and has appeared in a variety of independent and major studio films. Otto made her major film debut in Emma's War (...

Miranda won the role as Éowyn in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy after Alison Doody had declined the role because she was going to have a baby. And I can really understand Doody's decision. To do the role (as Otto did instead), had forced her to spend six months in Australia , where she had to learn both riding and sword fighting. Otto then makes the role so good that she is No.26 on this list.

27. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

So now are I going to tell you something really strange that I have done. And what is that then? Well, before Christmas a few years ago did I start to watch some of the movies that I would give away as Christmas gifts to my mother, as she was upstairs in my parents' house. Yes, it is really crazy. One of the movies I then saw about 20 minutes of was Red (2010), where Mirren is a retired agent. Obviously is this movie really great as Mirren is No.27 on this list.

28. Renée Zellweger

Actress | Chicago

Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. ...

Helen Fielding's novel Bridget Jones, - with her short-over-thirty concern and her weight concerns has really made her as a big icon for many women around the world. Yes, she is a symbol for anyone who feels that they should by now have ended their bad habits and above all obtained a good man. So this sounds maybe not like a movie that guys can get a huge exchange of. But I really like it. Yes, her acting in this move makes her No.28 on this list.

29. Tricia Helfer

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Tricia Helfer is a Canadian cover girl model-turned-actress who has developed her resume beyond the catwalk to include many diverse roles highlighting her versatile and natural screen presence. Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, ...

A few years ago (right now I don't remember exactly when it was), so was I introduced to Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009),from my aunt. And since I am a rely big fan of science fiction, so did I fall in love with the series already during the first episode, where Number Six (one of the series leading rolls) have many scenes. And obviously did Helfner a really good performance, as she is No.29 on this list.

30. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

In 2003, a completely groundbreaking series began by producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Yes, it was the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, where Knightley is one of the leading actress. And she is also really good in Pride & Prejudice (2005). Her role as a lovely English house wife makes her to be No.30 on this list.

31. Sofia Helin

Actress | Bron/Broen

Sofia Helin was born on April 25, 1972 in Hovsta, Örebro län, Sweden as Sofia Margareta Helin. She is an actress and producer, known for Bron/Broen (2011), The Snowman (2017) and Arn: The Knight Templar (2007). She is married to Daniel Götschenhjelm. They have two children.

In Sweden, Halin got her big breakthrough whit Bron, which have been remarked in several countries (we have for example The Tunnel). The Swedish original revolves around Saga at the violence rally in Malmö, which has "a throw of asperger", and it creates a lot of problems. She stops for example in the series opening act an ambulance, that someone has let through on Öresundsbron without her permission. This results in a tough exchange between Saga and the Danish police Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia), who in her world is really out of his mind, because you do not violate the rules that you sign up to act from, It actually encroaches all parts of her life. Yes, for people with asperger are rules very impotent to follow. And here do I speak from my own experience. I therefore think that Sara makes such a good portrait of how it is to have asperger that she deserves to be No.31 on this list.

32. Suzanne Clément

Actress | Mommy

Suzanne Clément was born on May 12, 1969 in Montreal, Canada. She is an actress and director, known for Mommy (2014), Laurence Anyways (2012) and Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin (2006).

When I worked at the cinema Zita a few years ago I completely fell in love with Mommy, where Suzanne Clément plays a very nice role as Kyle, who is helping steve, a boy with a major ADHD diagnosis to under-stand who he should be acting as a young man. Yes, I liked the movie so much that I saw it at least 5 times at the cinema. So from this movie, Suzanne is no.32 on this list.

33. Catherine Keener

Actress | Capote

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting ...

Keener has really been starring in many of my favourite movies. She is great in Being John Malkovich (1999), lovely in Captain Phillips (2013) and she really rocks in The Interpreter (2005), which is the first movie who has gain access to the UN building.

34. Karidja Touré

Actress | Bande de filles

Karidja Touré is an actress, known for Girlhood (2014), Versus (2019) and Au bout des doigts (2018).

While I was working at Cinema Zita in the city of Stockholm had I the wonderful privilege of sneaking into the cinema press releases of both their own and other people's movies. One of those movies was then Girlhood (2014), which I then sat and saw with several of Stockholm's biggest film critics. And I obviously fell in love with Toures, to the extent that she is No.34 on this list.

35. Rene Russo

Actress | Nightcrawler

Rene Russo was born in Burbank, California, to Shirley (Balocca), a barmaid and factory laborer, and Nino Russo. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her father, a sculptor and mechanic, left the family when Rene was just two, and thus her mother raised Rene and her sister, Toni, as a ...

Rene Russo is No. 35 on this list of the world's, in my opinion, 1000 best female actresses based on her fine roles in mainly 2 critically acclaimed films from the mid-1990s. The first movie is Ron Howard's criminal thriller Ranson (1996), where she plays wife to the multi-millionaire Tom Mullen, whose relationship, are seen on her head when their son is kidnapped

36. Sandra Oh

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-Nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet ...

If you happened to be staring in a very successful TV-serie, so could you easy be stuck in that role But that has not happened to Sandra. After playing Cristina Yang in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for 10 seasons had she no remorse when she left. And that is something that I really like. Yes, I love actress who like to do many different things. I clearly remember for example how different she was in Sidways (2004), as a nice looking biker. So that makes her No.36 on this list

37. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Actress | The Abyss

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was born in Lombard, Illinois, to Mary D. (Pagone) and Frank A. Mastrantonio, who ran a bronze foundry. Her parents were of Italian descent. She was raised in Oak Park, IL, and began her career in school plays as a teenager. Mary attended the University of Illinois and ...

When I was about 10 years old I often checked through many of my family's VHS tapes. One day I found a band where my father had recorded The Abyss (1989), and since it is not a nice children's movie, you probably understand that I was quite scared after I only saw a few minutes of the film. And I also think as an adult that the film is rather disgusting, but it is not bad. Therefore is Mastrantonio No. 37 on this list.

38. Jamie Lee Curtis

Actress | True Lies

Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween (1978). After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading...

39. 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 ...

40. Anna Belknap

Actress | CSI: NY

Anna Belknap was born on May 22, 1972 in Damariscotta, Maine, USA as Anna C. Belknap. She is an actress, known for CSI: NY (2004), Medical Investigation (2004) and Deadline (2000). She has been married to Eric Siegel since August 31, 2003. They have two children.

41. Demi Moore

Actress | G.I. Jane

Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father Charles Harmon left her mother Virginia King before Demi was born. Her stepfather Danny Guynes didn't add much stability to her life either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on ...

42. Jorja Fox

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Jorja Fox has become a familiar face by playing major roles in three of the most successful television dramas in history: ER (1994), The West Wing (1999) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).

As a teenager, Fox had a career as a fashion model. She then turned to formal study of the acting craft...

43. Lois Chiles

Actress | Moonraker

Lois Chiles was born April 15, 1947 in Houston, Texas as the eldest child to a prominent couple, Barbara Wayne Kirkland and Marion Clay Chiles. She was raised with her younger brothers Bill and Clay in Alice, Texas, and received higher education at the University of Texas at Austin, and Finch ...

44. Léa Seydoux

Actress | La vie d'Adèle

French actress Léa Seydoux was born in 1985 in Paris, France, to Valérie Schlumberger, a philanthropist, and Henri Seydoux, a businessman. Her grandfather, Jérôme Seydoux, is chairman of Pathé, and her father is a great-grandson of businessman and inventor Marcel Schlumberger (her mother also ...

45. Keri Russell

Actress | Waitress

Keri Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California, to Stephanie (Stephens) and David Harold Russell, an executive at Nissan Motors. She began her career on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1991. She stayed with the show until 1993. After leaving The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989) (where she, along ...

46. Mélanie Laurent

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris, France. She is the daughter of Annick, a ballet teacher, and Pierre, a voice actor, who is most recognized for the French version of The Simpsons (1989). She has a younger brother, Mathieu, and has both Sephardi Jewish (from Tunisia) and Ashkenazi Jewish (from ...

47. 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 ...

48. Mary-Louise Parker

Actress | Weeds

Southern-bred Mary-Louise Parker was born on August 2, 1964 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the youngest of four children of Judge John Morgan Parker, and the former Caroline Louise Morell. She is of mostly Swedish, English, and Scottish descent. Her father's occupation took the family both around...

49. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Actress | Chicago

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are ...

50. Ariane Ascaride

Actress | Marius et Jeannette

Ariane Ascaride was born on October 10, 1954 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. She is an actress and director, known for Marius and Jeannette (1997), Armenia (2006) and The Town Is Quiet (2000).

51. Carrie-Anne Moss

Actress | The Matrix

Carrie-Anne Moss was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 20, after studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling. While in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice which was produced in Barcelona for its first ...

52. Grace Park

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii and Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica (2004), as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont (2000). From 2010 to 2017, Park starred ...

53. Prunella Scales

Actress | Howards End

Prunella Scales was born on June 22, 1932 in Sutton Abinger, Surrey, England as Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth. She is an actress, known for Howards End (1992), Fawlty Towers (1975) and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995). She has been married to Timothy West since October 1963. They have two ...

54. Connie Booth

Actress | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Connie Booth was born on December 2, 1940 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Constance Booth. She is an actress and writer, known for Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) and Fawlty Towers (1975). She has been married to John Lahr since 2000. She ...

55. Ghita Nørby

Actress | Hamsun

Ghita Nørby was born on January 11, 1935 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Hamsun (1996), Freud Leaving Home (1991) and What No One Knows (2008). She was previously married to Svend Skipper, Jørgen Reenberg, Dario Campeotto, Henrik Rosing Wiehe and Mogens Garth-Grüner.

56. Regina Taylor

Actress | Courage Under Fire

While TV audiences best remember Regina Taylor for her empathic portrayal of housekeeper Lilly Harper in the critically lauded series I'll Fly Away (1991), which rewarded her with a Golden Globe for best actress, an NAACP Image Award, and two Emmy nominations, this Dallas-born talent has made even ...

57. Joanna Cassidy

Actress | Blade Runner

The very lovely, vivacious and smart-looking Joanna Cassidy was born in Camden, New Jersey, and raised in nearby Haddonfield, a borough located in Camden County. She grew up in a creative environment as the daughter and granddaughter of artists. At an early age she engaged in painting and sculpture...

58. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to ...

59. Karen Allen

Actress | Raiders of the Lost Ark

Karen Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. She spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school." Acting did not really ...

60. Anki Lidén

Actress | I taket lyser stjärnorna

Anki Lidén was born on April 5, 1947 in Mölltorp, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Anna Catarina Lidén. She is an actress, known for I taket lyser stjärnorna (2009), Wallander (2005) and Irene Huss (2007). She has been married to Klas Bergling since 1988. They have one child.

Spoiler Warning. It first saw Anki Lidén in the Kurt Wallander Mini-Serie The 5th woman who takes place in the fall of 1994. An elderly gentleman is found in a well-groomed pitcher laced to death on sharp-edged bamboo piles. And shortly afterwards, a florist disappears without a trace and even he is found executed in the forest. Kurt Wallander and his colleagues soon understand that the act is about revenge. And in this TV-serie id Lidén the killer. She then acts here so well that she is No:60 on this list.

61. Lauren Holly

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Lauren grew up in the upstate New York town of Geneva. Her childhood was split between experiences that contrasted. She was privy to the shelter of growing up in a rural town and also exposed due to the erudite sophistication of...

62. Kathryn Morris

Actress | Minority Report

Kathryn Morris was born on January 28, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Kathryn Susan Morris. She is an actress, known for Minority Report (2002), Mindhunters (2004) and Cold Case (2003).

Kathryn Morris should maybe been higher on this list over the world's 1000 greatest female actresses Because she is really great as Lilly Rush in Cold Case. Above all, do I like how the series alternates between past (when the murder was committed) and present, which means that many guest roles are played by two actors, one younger and one older. Sometimes it happens in quick clips, for example in interrogation situations when one gets to see both in the same situation. So from how I like this serie is Morris No:62 on this list.

63. Elisabeth Moss

Actress | The One I Love

Elisabeth Moss is an American actress. She is best known for the AMC series Mad Men (2007-2015), Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale (2017) and the film The One I Love (2014).

Initially, Moss had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. In her adolescence, she traveled to New York City to study ...

64. Emily Mortimer

Actress | Mary Poppins Returns

English actress Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer was born in Hammersmith, London, England, to writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop). She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in West London, and it was whilst there she began acting. Mortimer moved on from ...

65. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, into a family of actors - father Eric Thompson and mother Phyllida Law, who has co-starred with Thompson in several films. Her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well. Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born. ...

66. Catherine Bell

Actress | Bruce Almighty

Catherine was born in London, but she moved to California with her Iranian mother at the age of two. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a girl, she acted in various TV advertisements. She went to UCLA to study biology/ pre-medicine, but she dropped out to become a model in Japan. ...

67. Summer Glau

Actress | Serenity

Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel (1999). She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly (2002) as well as its follow-up movie Serenity (2005) and the TV series ...

68. Eriko Hatsune

Actress | Emperor

Eriko Hatsune was born on March 24, 1982 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Emperor (2012), Gatchaman (2013) and Norwegian Wood (2010).

69. Izabella Scorupco

Actress | GoldenEye

Born in the northern Polish town of Bialystok, Izabella Scorupco moved to Sweden with her mother as a young child. She studied drama and music and, at 17, was discovered by a Swedish film director who cast her in the movie Ingen kan älska som vi (1988), which made her a local teen idol. She ...

70. Toulou Kiki

Actress | Timbuktu

Toulou Kiki is an actress, known for Timbuktu (2014) and Hier (2018).

71. Brooke Langton

Actress | The Replacements

As a child, Brooke Langton lived in Illinois, Texas, and Japan. She settled down in California, where she studied marine biology and screen-writing. She also studied at Second City improv. Her first acting job was Budweiser's "Ginger or Mary Ann?" directed by David Fincher, which aired during Super ...

72. Lena Headey

Actress | Game of Thrones

Lena Headey is a British actress. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and The Brothers Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Headey stars as "Queen Gorgo", a heroic Spartan woman in the period film, 300 (2006)...

73. Charlotte Le Bon

Actress | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Charlotte Le Bon is a French Canadian actress, model and television presenter. She is best known for her work in the Canal+ talk show Le Grand Journal, and the films The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), The Walk (2015), and The Promise (2016).

Le Bon began modelling at 16 years old and left Canada when ...

74. Shirley Manson

Actress | Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Shirley Manson was born on August 26, 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Shirley Anne Manson. She is an actress, known for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), Remember Me (2010) and Vampire Academy (2014). She has been married to Billy Bush since May 2010. She was previously married to ...

75. Emmanuelle Béart

Actress | 8 femmes

Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris. ...

76. Carrie Fisher

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was an actress and writer known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return ...

77. Rebecka Hemse

Actress | Beck

Rebecka Hemse was born on August 4, 1975 in Södertälje, Stockholms län, Sweden as Ingrid Rebecka Elisabet Hemse. She is an actress, known for Beck (1997), (Sökarna) (1993) and Höst (1998).

78. Marie Göranzon

Actress | Dag och natt

Marie Göranzon was born on October 27, 1942 in Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden. She is an actress, known for Day and Night (2004), Beck (1997) and Everyone Loves Alice (2002). She is married to Jan Malmsjö. She was previously married to Lars Amble.

79. Charlotte Munck

Actress | Meeres Stille

Charlotte Munck was born on December 2, 1969 in Århus, Denmark. She is an actress and writer, known for Meeres Stille (2013), Headhunter (2009) and Shake It (2001).

80. Mary Mouser

Actress | Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Mary Mouser was born on May 9, 1996 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA as Mary Matilyn Mouser. She is known for her work on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) and Son of the Mask (2005).

81. Rosamund Pike

Actress | Gone Girl

Born on January 27, 1979 in London, England, actress Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike is the only child of a classical violinist mother, Caroline (Friend), and an opera singer father, Julian Pike. Due to her parents' work, she spent her early childhood traveling around Europe. Pike attended Badminton ...

82. Cecilia Forss

Actress | I rymden finns inga känslor

Cecilia Forss was born on June 12, 1985 in Falun, Dalarnas län, Sweden as Helga Cecilia Forss. She is an actress, known for Simple Simon (2010), Indigo (2014) and Black Widows (2016).

83. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

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 ...

84. Saoirse Ronan

Actress | Hanna

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin ...

85. Chulpan Khamatova

Actress | Good Bye Lenin!

Chulpan Khamatova (her name means the Morning Star in Tatar language) was born Chulpan Nailyevna Khamatova on October 1, 1975, in Kazan, Tatarstan Republic, Russia. She is an ethnic Tatar. Her mother, named Marina Galimullovna Khamatova, is an engineer. Her father, named Nail Khamatov, is also an ...

86. Famke Janssen

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

Famke was born in the Netherlands, where she began her professional career as a model. She later moved to the United States, where she has made her home since 1984. Initially settling in New York, she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold Guskin. ...

87. Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Actress | Thelma

Ellen Dorrit Petersen was born on December 4, 1975 in Norway. She is an actress, known for Thelma (2017), Shelley (2016) and Blind (2014).

88. Agata Trzebuchowska

Actress | Ida

Agata Trzebuchowska is a Polish actress who is quickly garnering international accolades for her debut performance as the title character in Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida. Wide-eyed, but not necessarily naive, Trzebuchowska breathes life into the complex and troubled, young Ida.

Her performance gained her...

89. Frances McDormand

Actress | Fargo

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

As McDormand has become one of my new favorit actress during this year (2018), so should she maybe be higher up on this list. Because, her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), where she potrays a mother how make a really strong messeages to the local police is really good.

90. Katrin Saß

Actress | Good Bye Lenin!

Katrin Saß was born on October 23, 1956 in Schwerin, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Good Bye Lenin! (2003), Weissensee (2010) and Heidi M. (2001). She was previously married to Siegfried Kühn.

91. Madeline Carroll

Actress | Flipped

Madeline was born March 18, 1996 and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began modeling when she was 3 years old, soon after she was discovered by her Theatrical agent "Wendy" in a nail shop in Sherman Oaks and began her theatrical acting career. She has performed in around 60 principal role/...

92. Agata Kulesza

Actress | Ida

Agata Kulesza was born on September 27, 1971 in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. She is an actress and writer, known for Ida (2013), Cold War (2018) and The Witcher (2007). She has been married to Marcin Figurski since 2006. They have one child.

93. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless is most known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a ...

94. Benedikte Hansen

Actress | Borgen

Benedikte Hansen was born on September 24, 1958 in Denmark. She is an actress, known for Borgen (2010), De vilde svaner (2009) and Nothing's All Bad (2010).

95. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Actress | Autómata

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen was born on January 16, 1982 in Hillerød, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Automata (2014), Marie Krøyer (2012) and Kraftidioten (2014).

96. Dafne Keen

Actress | Logan

Dafne Keen Fernández is a British and Spanish actress who played the role of Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver in the television series The Refugees, and the mutant Laura Kinney / X-23 in the 2017 film Logan.

She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Spanish actress, theatre director and writer María ...

97. Darby Stanchfield

Actress | Scandal

Darby was born and raised in Alaska where her father owned a successful commercial fishing business. She received a Masters in Fine Arts from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Darby is best known for her role as Abby Whelan on ABC's hit show Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes.


98. Juliette Angelo

Actress | Malibu Country

Juliette Angelo is an actress known for Malibu Country (2013), Mad Men (2014), and NCIS (2015). She made her Broadway debut at the age of 8 in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Juliette then appeared in the original Broadway cast of Billy Elliot, and as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. Juliette is also an...

For those of you who checked through the actresses on this list, have you might noticed that they are a lot of people from the verry popular crime- serie Ncis on this list. So Obviously, has Angelo a role in this series. Yes, as rhe daughter of the FBI agent Tobias Fornell, is she a really good cheeky teenager

99. Robin Bartlett

Actress | City of Angels

Robin Bartlett was born April 22, 1951 in New York City, New York. She made her film debut in Heaven's Gate (1980), though her breakthrough role was on television, when she played Debbie Buchman, the lesbian sister of Paul Reiser's character Paul Buchman, on the popular sitcom Mad About You (1992)....

100. Linda Hunt

Actress | The Year of Living Dangerously

Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was born on April 2, 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, to Elsie Doying and Raymond Davy Hunt. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman's Popeye (1980)...

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