Top 150 Actresses

by kinoholik | created - 29 Sep 2013 | updated - 05 Apr 2017 | Public

With up to 5 great performances that I have seen.

101. Barbara Stanwyck

Actress | Double Indemnity

Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley (1965), wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys (1985). But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the ...

"Double Indemnity", "Sorry, Wrong Number"

102. Gena Rowlands

Actress | The Notebook

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes ...

"A Woman Under the Influence", "Gloria", "Another Woman", "Night on Earth"

103. Trine Dyrholm

Actress | Hævnen

Trine Dyrholm was born on April 15, 1972 in Odense, Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for In a Better World (2010), Love Is All You Need (2012) and A Royal Affair (2012).

"Kollektivet", "En soap", "Hævnen", "Festen", "En kongelig affære"

104. Elzbieta Czyzewska

Actress | Damages

Elzbieta Czyzewska was born on April 14, 1938 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland as Elzbieta Justyna Czyzewska. She was an actress, known for Damages (2007), The First Circle (1973) and Niekochana (1966). She was married to David Halberstam and Jerzy Skolimowski. She died on June 17, 2010 in Manhattan,...

"Wszystko na sprzedaż", "Giuseppe w Warszawie", "Niekochana", "Gdzie jest generał", "Walkower"

105. Maria de Medeiros

Actress | Pulp Fiction

Maria de Medeiros is the oldest of three daughters by the pianist, maestro and composer António Vitorino D'Almeida and Maria Armanda Esteves. Her sisters are Inês de Medeiros, stage actress and film and stage director and Ana Medeiros, violinist, composer, and music teacher.

Studied at Lycée ...

"A Divina Comédia", "Pulp Fiction", "Poulet aux prunes", "Capitães de Abril", "L'homme des foules"

106. Anne Bancroft

Actress | The Graduate

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...

"The Graduate", "The Miracle Worker", "To Be or Not to Be", "The Pumpkin Eater", "Home for the Holidays"

107. Shelley Winters

Actress | The Poseidon Adventure

Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose Winter, was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. She had one sibling...

"Lolita", "The Poseidon Adventure", "A Place in the Sun", "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Le locataire"

108. Uma Thurman

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and internationally-minded 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 ...

"Pulp Fiction", "Kill Bill", "Nymphomaniac: Vol.1", "Dangerous Liaisons", "The Golden Bowl"

109. Viola Davis

Actress | Fences

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...

"The Help", "Doubt", "Solaris"

110. Luminita Gheorghiu

Actress | 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

Luminita Gheorghiu studied Ion Cojar's acting method under Ion Cojar himself at what is now called the National University of Theatre and Film from Bucharest. She had played in tens of movies and theatre shows since her graduation in 1972, but her real international breakthrough came with a role in...

"Poziţia copilului", "Moartea domnului Lăzărescu", "A fost sau n-a fost?", "4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile", "Aurora"

111. Gila Almagor

Actress | Munich

Gila Almagor was born on July 22, 1939 in Haifa, Palestine as Gila Alexandrovich. She is an actress and writer, known for Munich (2005), The Summer of Aviya (1988) and Tied Hands (2006). She has been married to Ya'ackov Agmon since 1963. They have two children.

"Ha-Kayitz Shel Aviya", "The Human Resources Manager"

112. Jadwiga Baranska

Actress | Hrabina Cosel

Jadwiga Baranska was born on October 21, 1935 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. She is an actress and writer, known for Countess Cosel (1968), Noce i dnie (1975) and Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (2002). She is married to Jerzy Antczak. They have one child.

"Noce i dnie", "Chopin. Pragnienie miłości", "Trędowata"

113. Julie Walters

Actress | Billy Elliot

For decades, British actress and comedienne Dame Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and television. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually ...

"Educating Rita", "Billy Elliot", "Calendar Girls", "Brooklyn"

114. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of Irish, French/French-Canadian, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and Native American ancestry.. She worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a ...

"Requiem for a Dream", "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", "The Exorcist", "The Last Picture Show", "The Fountain"

115. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

"The Wizard of Oz", "Judgment at Nuremberg"

116. Dianne Wiest

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of ...

"Hannah and Her Sisters", "Bullets Over Broadway", "The Birdcage", "Edward Scissorhands", "September"

117. Imelda Staunton

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Pride (2014). She has been married to Jim Carter since October 1983. ...

"Vera Drake", "Pride", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Another Year", "Sense and Sensibility"

118. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Zudilov and Nikolai Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was...

"Love with the Proper Stranger", "West Side Story", "Rebel without a Cause", "Splendor in the Grass"

119. Lucia Bosè

Actress | La signora senza camelie

Lucia Bosè was born on January 28, 1931 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Lucia Borlani. She is an actress, known for The Lady Without Camelias (1953), Story of a Love Affair (1950) and Fellini Satyricon (1969). She was previously married to Luis Miguel Dominguín.

"La signora senza camelie", "Non c'e pace tra gli ulivi", "Cronaca di un amore", "Roma, ore 11"

120. Miranda Richardson

Actress | The Crying Game

Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed...

"The Crying Game", "Tom & Viv", "Spider", "Empire of the Sun", "Kansas City"

121. Danielle Darrieux

Actress | 8 femmes

Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...

"Le plaisir", "Madame de...", "8 femmes", "Les demoiselles de Rochefort"

122. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...

"Network", "Bonnie and Clyde", "Chinatown", "Arizona Dream", "Little Big Man"

123. Eva Marie Saint

Actress | On the Waterfront

Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her film career also includes ...

"On the Waterfront", "North by Northwest", "Grand Prix", "Don't Come Knocking"

124. Emily Watson

Actress | Breaking the Waves

Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and ...

"Breaking the Waves", "Gosford Park", "Punch-Drunk Love", "War Horse", "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"

125. Maria Schell

Actress | Superman

Maria Schell studied in a religious institution in Colmar (Haut-Rhin, France). She received a dramatic training in Zurich, Switzerland. To pay her studies, she was a secretary there. Besides being a film star; Maria appeared in plays in Zurich, Basel, in Vienna (Josefstad Theater), Berlin, Munich (...

"Le notti bianche", "Die Letzte Brücke"

126. Lyudmila Gurchenko

Actress | Ma-ma

Lyudmila Gurchenko was a popular actress in the Soviet Union during the 1950s - 1980s, she was best known for Carnival in Moscow (1956), Five Evenings (1979) and Siberiade (1979).

She was born Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko on 12 November 1935, in Kharkov, Ukrainian Soviet Republic of the USSR. She ...

"Pyat' vecherov", "Vokzal dlya dvoikh", "Sibiriada"

127. Sally Field

Actress | Forrest Gump

Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field...

"Norma Rae", "Places in the Heart", "Lincoln", "Steel Magnolias", "Forrest Gump"

128. Sônia Braga

Actress | Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos

Sônia Braga was born June 8, 1950, in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil, to a seamstress mother and a realtor father. She starred in the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976), in the central role of Dona Flor. She earned American recognition and a Golden Globe ...

"Aquarius", "The Milagro Beanfield War"

129. Sigourney Weaver

Actress | Avatar

Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth ...

"The Ice Storm", "Working Girl", "Death and the Maiden", "Gorillas in the Mist", "Alien"

130. Sally Hawkins

Actress | The Shape of Water

Sally Cecilia Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich...

"Happy-Go-Lucky", "All or Nothing", "Blue Jasmine", "Cassandra's Dream", "Vera Drake"

131. Sarah Miles

Actress | Ryan's Daughter

Sarah Miles is an English actress whose career flourished during the Swinging Sixties and in the early Seventies. The high point of her career came when her husband, screenwriter Robert Bolt, adapted "Madame Bovary" into a story set during the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Ireland. Directed by David Lean...

"The Servant", "Hope and Glory", "Dotknięcie ręki", "Blow Up"

132. Zinaida Sharko

Actress | Lunoy byl polon sad

Zinaida Maksimovna Sharko was born on May 14, 1929, in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, Soviet Union. Her father, named Maksim Sharko, was a firefighter. From 1947-1951 she studied acting under Boris Zon and graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography. From 1951-1956 she ...

"Dolgiye provody", "Lunoy byl polon sad", "Chuzhyye pisma"

133. Carmen Maura

Actress | Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"

Descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura, Carmen lead an art gallery and appeared in various roles in night- clubs. With Tigres de papel (1977) she had her first successful appearance on the movie screen and thereafter she worked at the theatre, the movies and in TV ...

"Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios", "La ley del deseo", "Volver", "Matador"

134. Joanne Woodward

Actress | Rachel, Rachel

Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, Georgia, to Wade Woodward and Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward in a modest household. Her one older brother, Wade Jr., who was the favorite of her father, eventually became an architect. Elinor Woodward was a ...

"The Fugitive Kind", "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds", "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams", "Philadelphia", "The Drowning Pool"

135. Carey Mulligan

Actress | Never Let Me Go

Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry.

Her first major appearance was ...

"An Education", "Shame", "Drive", "Inside Llewyn Davis"

136. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La Môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

"Deux jours, une nuit", "La môme", "The Immigrant", "Macbeth", "Midnight in Paris"

137. Shelley Duvall

Actress | The Shining

Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. At the time of her birth, her mother was visiting her grandmother in Fort Worth, though Duvall was raised in Houston. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave ...

"The Shining", "3 Women", "Nashville"

138. Claudette Colbert

Actress | It Happened One Night

One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette ...

"It Happened One Night", "Destinées"

139. Maureen Stapleton

Actress | Reds

Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy ...

"Interiors", "The Fugitive Kind", "Airport", "Cocoon", "Heartburn"

140. Lesley Manville

Actress | Phantom Thread

Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award-winning actress of theatre, film, and television, and has worked extensively with director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), and Secrets & ...

"All or Nothing", "Another Year", "High Hopes", "Topsy-Turvy"

141. Kseniya Rappoport

Actress | La doppia ora

Kseniya Rappoport was born on March 25, 1974 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR as Kseniya Aleksandrovna Rappoport. She is an actress and director, known for The Double Hour (2009), The Unknown Woman (2006) and Yuri's Day (2008). She is married to Dmitriy Borisov.

"Yuryev den", "La sconosciuta", "Vsadnik po imeni Smert"

142. 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 ...

"Atonement", "Bend It Like Beckham", "A Dangerous Method", "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", "The Imitation Game"

143. Wendy Hiller

Actress | Murder on the Orient Express

Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally ...

"Pygmalion", "A Man for All Seasons", "Murder on the Orient Express", "The Elephant Man"

144. Barbara Sukowa

Actress | Hannah Arendt

A strikingly beautiful German lead actress, Barbara Sukowa broke into TV and films as the protégée of famed director Rainer Werner Fassbinder with his masterpiece mini-series Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and the moody film drama Lola (1981) in the title role. In the latter, Barbara won critical ...

"Hannah Arendt"

145. Fanny Ardant

Actress | 8 femmes

Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.

When she was 17 her father died and the ...

"8 femmes", "La cena', "Al di là delle nuvole", "Ridicule, "Un amour de Swann"

146. Joan Fontaine

Actress | Rebecca

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...

"Suspicion", "Rebecca"

147. Vera Baranovskaya

Actress | Takový je zivot

Vera Baranovskaya was born in 1885 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Vera Vsevolodovna Baranovskaya. She was an actress, known for Takový je zivot (1930), Mother (1926) and Leichtsinnige Jugend (1931). She died on December 7, 1935 in Paris, France.

"Mat"

148. Victoria Abril

Actress | ¡Átame!

This Spanish actress started studying dancing. Her teacher encouraged her to participate in her first film Obsesión (1977). After that, she was chosen by the director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador to be one of the co-hostesses of the famous TV contest Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez (1972) ...

"Kika", "¡Átame!"

149. 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 ...

"American Hustle", "Silver Linings Playbook", "Winter's Bone"

150. Dolores del Rio

Actress | Las abandonadas

Dolores del Rio was the one of the first Mexican movie stars with international appeal and who had meteoric career in the 1920s/1930s Hollywood. Del Rio came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything and emigrated to Mexico City, ...

"María Candelaria"



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