my favorite actresses in orderby tobias_681 | created - 15 May 2014 | updated - 27 Dec 2016 | Public
Movies seen are listed approximately in order of how much I liked the acting.
1. Liv Ullmann
Actress | Viskningar och rop
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...
Persona Scenes of a marriage The Passion of Anna Autumn Sonata Shame Face to Face Cries and Whispers Sarabande The Emigrants The New World Hour of the Wolf The Serpent's Egg
Actress | Smultronstället
Ingrid trained as a ballet dancer and attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre. She came to fame thanks to Bergman's "Wild Strawberries". She acted in 9 Ingmar Bergman's films. Her fame allowed her to act in Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" in 1969. Ingrid Thulin lived in Rome since the 1960's. ...
Winter Light The Silence Wild Strawberries Cries and Whispers The Rite The Magican Hour of the Wolf After the Rehearsal Brink of Life
Actress | Le rayon vert
The Green Ray An Autumn Tale The Aviator's Wife A Tale of Winter 4 Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle Perceval le gallois The Lady and the Duke The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
4. Greta Garbo
Actress | Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and ...
Ninotchka The Mysterious Lady Grand Hotel Flesh and the Devil
5. Vivien Leigh
Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...
A streetcar named desire Gone with the Wind
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 ...
Rebecca Letter from an Unknown Woman Suspicion The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice
7. Sissy Spacek
Actress | In the Bedroom
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin.
Badlands Carrie The Straight Story JFK
8. Julie Delpy
Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc
Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.
She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...
Before Sunset Before Sunrise Before Midnight Three Colours: White Europa, Europa Broken Flowers Three Colours: Blue Three Colours: Red Waking Life
Actress | 8 femmes
Catherine Fabienne Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue (1963). But her breakthrough ...
Belle de Jour Repulsion Tristana The Last Metro The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Dancer in the Dark Un Flic 8 Women
10. Ingrid Bergman
Actress | Notorious
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
Autumn Sonata Journey to Italy Casablanca Notorious Spellbound Murder on the Orient Express
11. Lillian Gish
Actress | The Night of the Hunter
Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893 in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, James Lee Gish, was an alcoholic who caroused around, was rarely at home and left the family to more or less to fend for themselves. To help make ends meet, Lillian, her sister Dorothy Gish and their mother Mary Gish ...
The Wind The Scarlet Letter True Heart Susie Broken Blossoms Intolerance Night of the Hunter The Birth of a Nation The Musketeers of Pig Alley
12. 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. ...
A Heart in Winter La belle noiseuse Hell Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud Manos of the Spring 8 Women Mission Impossible
13. Bibi Andersson
Actress | Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom (1953), playing ...
Persona The Passion of Anna The Seventh Seal The Magican Scenes of a Marriage Smiles of a Summer night Wild Strawberries Brink of Life
Actress | Viskningar och rop
Discovered at age 20 by celebrated director Ingmar Bergman, she became part of Bergman's regular stable of performers; in fact, he wrote Summer with Monika (1953) especially for her breakthrough. Extraordinary and versatile as an actress, her roles have ranged from the naive young wife in Sawdust ...
Through a Glass darkly Sawdust and Tinsel Cries and Whispers Summer with Monika Smiles of a Summer Night Fanny and Alexander Lesson in Love Dogville
15. Hanna Schygulla
Actress | Die Ehe der Maria Braun
Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera (1983) (aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The...
Die Ehe der Maria von Braun Die bittren Tränen der Petra von Kant Berlin Alexanderplatz Lili Marleen Fontane Effi Briest Händler der vier Jahreszeiten Faust
16. Isabelle Adjani
Actress | Possession
Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school ...
Posession The Tenant Nosferatu: The Vampire La reine Margot
17. Maggie Cheung
Actress | Faa yeung nin wa
Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...
Irma Vep In the Mood for Love Hero Ashes of Time
18. Gunnel Lindblom
Actress | Det sjunde inseglet
After acting studies at the Gothenburg City Theater from 1950-52, she made her breakthrough debut in Gustaf Molander's Kärlek (1952). When Ingmar Bergman became head of the Malmö City Theater he asked her to join him there and with him as a director she played the role of Margareta in Goethe's...
The Silence The Virgin Spring Wild Strawberries The Seventh Seal Hunger Scenes of a marriage Winter Light The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
19. Irène Jacob
Actress | La double vie de Véronique
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and ...
Three Colours: Red The double life of Veronique Au revoir les enfants
20. Marlene Dietrich
Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution
Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...
The Scarlet Empress Wittness for the prosecution Angel The Blue Angel Shanghai Express Stagefright Touch of Evil Rancho Notorious
21. Isabelle Huppert
Actress | Elle
Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then...
The Piano Teacher La Ceremonie A Story of Women Merci pour le chocolat 8 Women Amour
22. Julianne Moore
Actress | Still Alice
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...
Boogie Nights Magnolia Maps to the Stars Far from Heaven The big Lebowski Vanya on 42nd Street The Hours The Lost World: Jurassic Park The Fugitive The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Children of Men
23. 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. ...
Much ado about Nothing The Remains of the Day Henry V Angels in America Harry Potter series In the Name of the Father Men in Black 3 I am Legend
24. Diane Keaton
Actress | Annie Hall
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. She studied Drama at Santa Ana College, before dropping out in favor of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New ...
Annie Hall Sleeper Manhattan Love and Death The Godfather Part II The Godfather Part III The Godfather
25. Jeanne Moreau
Actress | Jules et Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...
Jules et Jim Diary of a Chambermaid Elevator to the Gallows La Notte The Trial The Lovers Chimes at Midnight The Fire Within A woman is a woman The 400 Blows Until the End of the World
Actress | Bitter Moon
Emmanuelle Seigner is the daughter of a well known photographer and her mother is a journalist. She was born in Paris, France on June 22, 1966. Her grandfather was Louis Seigner, chairman of the Comédie Française and who also appeared in several movies. Emmanuelle was raised at a convent school . ...
Venus in Fur Frantic The Ninth Gate The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
27. Anna Karina
Actress | Pierrot le fou
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "...
The Nun Le petit Soldat Pierrot le fou Vivre Sa Vie Band of Outsiders Alphaville Chinesisches Roulette A Woman is a Woman Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak
28. 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 ...
The Lady Eve Double Indemnity Meet John Doe
29. 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, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...
Black Swan Closer Leon the Professional Knight of Cups Hotel Chevalier V for Vendetta Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Heat
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 ...
Lost in Translation Match Point Under the Skin Vicky Christina Barcelona The Prestige Scoop Black Dahlia The Avengers
31. 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 ...
Dogville Eyes Wide Shut The Hours Moulin Rouge! The Others Australia
32. 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 Night of the Hunter Winchester 73 Red River The Tenant
33. Nastassja Kinski
Actress | Tess
Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic ...
Paris, Texas Far Away, so Close Inland Empire
34. Juliette Binoche
Actress | The English Patient
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only...
Three Colours: Blue Certified Copy Caché The English Patient Clouds of Sils Maria Three Colours: White Three Colours: Red
35. Amanda Langlet
Actress | Conte d'été
Pauline at the Beach A Summer's Tale Triple Agent
36. Meryl Streep
Actress | The Devil Wears Prada
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 ...
The Deer Hunter The Bridges of Madison County Adaptation. The Hours Out of Africa Manhattan Angels in America
37. Carole Lombard
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...
To Be or not to Be
38. Lea Massari
Actress | Le souffle au coeur
Lea Massari was born on June 30, 1933 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Anna Maria Massatani. She is an actress and writer, known for Murmur of the Heart (1971), A Difficult Life (1961) and L'Avventura (1960).
Murmur of the Heart L'Avventura
39. 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 Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the ...
Splendor in the Grass Rebel without a cause West Side Story The Searchers
40. Kirsten Dunst
Actress | Spider-Man
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, ...
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Bonfire of Vanities
Oh and She's been in Star Trek The Nex Generation aswell.
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. ...
Madame de... Le plaisir La ronde 8 Women
42. 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 ...
Orlando Burn After Reading Only Lovers Left Alive Snowpiercer Grand Budapest Hotel Broken Flowers Adpation. Moonrise Kingdom
Actress | C'era una volta il West
Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy ...
Once Upon a Time in the West Fitzcarraldo The Leopard 8 1/2 Rocco and his brothers My best Fiend
44. 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 Elephant Man
45. 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 ...
The Master Catch me if you can The Fighter Her Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fast Track
46. 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 ...
Milenium Trilogy Passion Prometheus
47. Charlotte Véry
Actress | Conte d'hiver
A tale of Winter Three Colours: Blue The Lady and the Duke Triple Agent
48. Françoise Fabian
Actress | Ma nuit chez Maud
Françoise Fabian was born on May 10, 1933 in Algiers, Alger, France as Michele Cortes De Leon y Fabianera. She is an actress, known for My Night at Maud's (1969), Belle de Jour (1967) and Happy New Year (1973). She was previously married to Marcel Bozzuffi and Jacques Becker.
My night at Maud's Belle de Jour Love in the Afternoon
49. Dita Parlo
Actress | La grande illusion
Dita Parlo was born on September 4, 1908 in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany as Grethe Gerda Kornstädt. She was an actress, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Melody of the Heart (1929) and Tropennächte (1931). She was married to Frank Guetal. She died on December 12, 1971 in Paris, France.
L'Atalante La Grande Illusion
50. Emily Watson
Actress | Gosford Park
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 Punch-Drunk Love Gosford Park
Actress | The Lion in Winter
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...
Bringing Up Baby The Lion in Winter The Philadelphia Story African Queen Summertime
52. 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 ...
Berlin Alexanderplatz Lola Europa Europa
53. Gloria Grahame
Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful
Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...
In a Lonely Place The Big Heat It's a Wonderful Life
54. 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 ...
Star Wars (4-6) Hannah and her Sisters Blues Brothers Maps to the Stars Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
55. Diane Kruger
Actress | Inglourious Basterds
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top ...
Inglorious Basterds Troy Goodbye Bafana
56. Jodie Foster
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...
Carnage Taxi Driver The Silence of the Lambs Shadows and Fog
57. Barbara Hershey
Actress | Black Swan
Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, to Melrose (Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist. Her father, born in Manhattan, was from a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia), and her mother, originally from Arkansas, had English and ...
Hannah and her Sisters The Last Temptation of the Christ Black Swan
58. 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
Actress | Va savoir
Hélène de Fougerolles was born on February 25, 1973 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Hélène Christine Rigoine de Fougerolles. She is an actress and director, known for Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001), The Beach (2000) and Mutants (2009). She was previously married to Eric Hubert.
Va Savoir La reine Margot