So, this is a very different list than the one that will be appearing in the next post.  This list is similar to my Top 100 Favorite Films.  This is purely a subjective list and does not rank actresses on how good I think they are but how much I enjoy watching them (which also means you can’t argue with my choices but you are free to comment on your own choices of favorites or least favorites – I didn’t include a list of least favorites but it would be topped by Whoopi Goldberg and Goldie Hawn).  Attractiveness has nothing to do with the ranking though there are some actresses that I enjoy partially because I find them highly attractive.  This is a list that basically says, do I want to watch a movie just because this actress is in the film?

Many of the actresses listed here have a small listing and nothing else.  The reason for that will become apparent with the next post, as I didn’t want to duplicate too much.  That’s also partially why there aren’t pictures for every actress.

For each actress I do list a favorite film (that’s favorite, not the best – the one they are in that I enjoy the most, even if they have a tiny part), favorite performance (again – the one I most enjoy watching – Meryl Streep’s best performance is Sophie’s Choice but given a choice I prefer to watch her performance in Into the Woods), my favorite line by the actress (if there are more than one line because I felt the line needed the set-up, the actress’ line is the last one) and a film that I think might have been overlooked (harder with big stars but I’ll try), though the point is to remember the actress in that film, not just the film itself (thus why some more well-known films are listed).  Some actresses, those who aren’t listed in the next post, have additional information.

Even though I am technically including this as part of the Century of Film series, I go all the way through to the present.  Also, though I focus on film actresses (which is why Olivia Colman, who I have mostly enjoyed as a television actress isn’t on the list), I do sometimes list a television show as one of the listed items.

#100  –  Miranda Otto

b. 1967, Australian
Like many of the performers in Lord of the Rings (especially the Australian and Kiwi ones), I was unfamiliar with Otto before those films (though I had seen her in The Thin Red Line).  Though she hasn’t been in all that much since LOTR she has had some really fine performances and I always enjoy watching her.
Favorite Film:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Favorite Performance:  Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Favorite Line:  “I am no man.”  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Don’t Overlook:  Love Serenade

#99  –  Miranda Richardson

Favorite Film:  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Favorite Performance:  Jude in The Crying Game
Favorite Line:  “It’s a pie machine you idiot.  Chickens go in, pies come out.”  (Chicken Run)
Don’t Overlook:  Dance with a Stranger

#98  –  Wendy Hiller

Favorite Film:  Pygmalion
Favorite Performance:  Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion
Favorite Line:  “I washed me face and hands before I come, I did.”  (Pygmalion)
Don’t Overlook:  Major Barbara

#97  –  Dianne Wiest

Favorite Film:  The Birdcage
Favorite Performance:  Helen Sinclair in Bullets over Broadway
Favorite Line:  “Don’t speak!”  (Bullets over Broadway)
Don’t Overlook:  September

#96  –  Jodie Foster

Favorite Film:  The Silence of the Lambs
Favorite Performance:  Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs
Favorite Line:  “They don’t have a name for what he is.”  (The Silence of the Lambs)
Don’t Overlook:  The Hotel New Hampshire (her role in it, anyway)

#95  –  Sally Hawkins

Favorite Film:  Paddington 2
Favorite Performance:  Elisa in The Shape of Water
Favorite Line:  “Do penguins emigrate?”  (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Don’t Overlook:  Tipping the Velvet  (yes, it’s television)

#94  –  Viola Davis

Favorite Film:  Out of Sight
Favorite Performance:  Dr. Gordon in Solaris
Favorite Line:  “We have a lot of work to do, crying is not on the list.”  (Widows)
Don’t Overlook:  The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

#93  –  Kristin Scott Thomas

Favorite Film:  Four Weddings and a Funeral
Favorite Performance:  Fiona in Four Weddings and a Funeral
Favorite Line:  “There’s a sort of greatness to your lateness.”  (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Don’t Overlook:  A Handful of Dust

#92  –  Shelley Winters

Favorite Film:  Lolita
Favorite Performance:  Charlotte Haze in Lolita
Favorite Line:  “There’s a nice view from your window … of the front lawn.”  (Lolita)
Don’t Overlook:  Alfie

#91  –  Thelma Ritter

Favorite Film:  All About Eve
Favorite Performance:  Birdie in All About Eve
Favorite Line:  “What do you want me to tell Tyrone Power?”  “Just give him my number; I’ll tell him myself.”  (All About Eve)
Don’t Overlook:  The Model and the Marriage Broker (rare lead role)

#90  –  Carrie Fisher

1956-2016, American
My first childhood crush, specifically her performance in Empire.  But she’s not just Princess Leia, she’s the young oversexed daughter in Shampoo who got to say “wanna fuck” to Warren Beatty when everyone on set knew she was still a virgin.  She’s the hilarious best friend in When Harry Met Sally.  She also got to do a lot of great cameos and even became a hell of a script doctor.  She died just a few days after my older sister’s big childhood crush, George Michael.
Favorite Film:  Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Favorite Performance:  Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Line:  “I’d just as soon kiss a wookie.”  (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Don’t Overlook:  The Blues Brothers

#89  –  Diane Keaton

Favorite Film:  Annie Hall
Favorite Performance:  Annie Hall in Annie Hall
Favorite Line:  “Men go crazy over for me. I’m great physically. I got a Ph.D. in oral sex.”  (Sleeper)
Don’t Overlook:  The First Wives Club (and her song at the end)

#88  –  Keira Knightley

Favorite Film:  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Favorite Performance:  Cecilia Talis in Atonement
Favorite Line:  “I’ll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.”  (Atonement)
Don’t Overlook:  Begin Again

#87  –  Elsa Lanchester

1902-1986, English
Very good actress who was married to Charles Laughton for a long time and they had two of their best roles opposite each other in The Private Life of Henry VIII and Witness for the Prosecution.  Very good character actress for a long time and sadly it’s possible that a lot of people have only encountered her as Katie Nana in Mary Poppins.
Favorite Film:  Mary Poppins
Favorite Performance:  Mary Shelley / The Bride in The Bride of Frankenstein
Favorite Line:  “Sir Wilfrid, you’ve forgotten your brandy!”  (Witness for the Prosecution)
Don’t Overlook:  Vessel of Wrath (AKA The Beachcomber)

#86  –  Helena Bonham Carter

Favorite Film:  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Favorite Performance:  Bellatrix LeStrange in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Favorite Line:  “Have a little priest”  (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
Don’t Overlook:  Lady Jane

#85  –  Penelope Cruz

Favorite Film:  Broken Embraces
Favorite Performance:  Magdalena in Broken Embraces
Favorite Line:  “I’ll tell you in another life when we are both cats.”  (Vanilla Sky)
Don’t Overlook:  Belle Epoque

#84  –  Carey Mulligan

Favorite Film:  Inside Llewyn Davis
Favorite Performance:  Sally Sparrow in “Blink” (Doctor Who)
Favorite Line:  “Everything you touch turns to shit, you’re like king Midas’s idiot brother.”  (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Don’t Overlook:  Shame

#83  –  Shirley Jones

b.  1934
Jones started in Musicals, with performances in Oklahoma and Carousel (and later, of course, The Music Man, the film that I most know her from, where I fell in love as a kid) before giving her Oscar winning (and deserving) performance in Elmer Gantry.  Many know her from The Partridge Family but I’ve never seen it, so I don’t associate her with it.
Favorite Film:  The Music Man
Favorite Performance:  Marian Paroo in The Music Man
Favorite Line:  “The first thing I know he rammed the fear of God into me so fast I never heard my old man’s footsteps!”  (Elmer Gantry)
Don’t Overlook:  The Happy Ending

#82  –  Anjelica Huston

Favorite Film:  The Royal Tenenbaums
Favorite Performance:  Lily Dillon in The Grifters
Favorite Line:  “Men love virgins. If every man had his way, every woman would lie down a prostitute and get up a virgin.” (Enemies, A Love Story)
Don’t Overlook:  The Crossing Guard

#81  –  Natalie Portman

Favorite Film:  The Darjeeling Limited
Favorite Performance:  Marty in Beautiful Girls
Favorite Line:  “So you’re the little neighborhood Lolita.”  “So you’re the alcoholic high school buddy shit-for-brains.”  (Beautiful Girls)
Don’t Overlook:  Beautiful Girls

#80  –  Samantha Morton

Favorite Film:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Favorite Performance:  Hattie in Sweet and Lowdown
Favorite Line:  “I’m sorry, John, but you’re gonna have to run again.”  (Minority Report)
Don’t Overlook:  Control

#79  –  Bette Davis

Favorite Film:  The Petrified Forest
Favorite Performance:  Margo Channing in All About Eve
Favorite Line:  “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”  (All About Eve)
Don’t Overlook:  It’s Love I’m After

#78  –  Vanessa Redgrave

Favorite Film:  Atonement
Favorite Performance:  Julia in Julia
Favorite Line:  “I’m Paris, I’m a string of beads on a hot dancer, On the outside – it is Renoir and Degas.”  (Julia)
Don’t Overlook:  Prick Up Your Ears

#77  –  Julie Walters

Favorite Film:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Favorite Performance:  Rita in Educating Rita
Favorite Line:  “Did you bugger the bursar?”  (Educating Rita)
Don’t Overlook:  Personal Services

#76  –  Shirley MacLaine

Favorite Film:  Terms of Endearment
Favorite Performance:  Fran Kubelik in The Apartment
Favorite Line:  “Shut up and deal.”  (The Apartment)
Don’t Overlook:  In Her Shoes

#75  –  Kay Walsh

1911-2005, English
One of David Lean’s favorites in his early films with great supporting roles in In Which Serve, This Happy Breed and Oliver Twist.  Later she would have memorable supporting performances alongside Alec Guinness in The Horse’s Mouth and Tunes of Glory.
Favorite Film:  Oliver Twist
Favorite Performance:  Nancy in Oliver Twist
Favorite Line:  “Why do you pray then?”  “Well he’s our Father, isn’t he?”  (The Horse’s Mouth)
Don’t Overlook:  This Happy Breed

#74  –  Joan Greenwood

1921-1987, English
Sexy husky-voiced actress who became a star in numerous Ealing Comedies and then later gave supporting performances in lots of solid films including Tom Jones.
Favorite Film:  Kind Hearts and Coronets
Favorite Performance:  Sibella in Kind Hearts and Coronets
Favorite Line:  “You’re playing with fire.”  “At least it warms me.”  (Kind Hearts and Coronets)
Don’t Overlook:  The Man in the White Suit

#73  –  Anna Paquin

b. 1982, New Zealand-Canadian
Came to prominence, of course, when she won the Oscar for The Piano, a magnificent performance for someone so young.  Then she was great in Fly Away Home before establishing herself for several years as Rogue, one of my favorite X-Men.  She became even more of a favorite for her great role as Sookie in True Blood.
Favorite Film:  Almost Famous
Favorite Performance:  Amy Alden in Fly Away Home
Favorite Line:  “You were her reason for coming here.”  (Almost Famous)
Don’t Overlook:  Hurlyburly

#72  –  Carole Lombard

Favorite Film:  My Man Godfrey
Favorite Performance:  Irene Bullock in My Man Godfrey
Favorite Line:  “Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?”  “I prefer a slow encirclement.”  (To Be or Not to Be)
Don’t Overlook:  Nothing Sacred

#71  –  Susan Sarandon

Favorite Film:  Bull Durham
Favorite Performance:  Annie in Bull Durham
Favorite Line:  “Honey, would you rather I were making love to him using your name, or making love to you using his name?”  (Bull Durham)
Don’t Overlook:  Elizabethtown

#70  –  Greta Garbo

Favorite Film:  Grand Hotel
Favorite Performance:  Ninotchka in Ninotchka
Favorite Line:  “I should hate to see our country endangered by my underwear.”  (Ninotchka)
Don’t Overlook:  The Saga of Gosta Berling

#69  –  Ingrid Thulin

Favorite Film:  Wild Strawberries
Favorite Performance:  Marianne Borg in Wild Strawberries
Favorite Line:  “We can demonstrate our incompetence as often as you like.”  (The Magician)
Don’t Overlook:  The Rite

#68  –  Emily Watson

Favorite Film:  Anna Karenina
Favorite Performance:  Elsie in Gosford Park
Favorite Line:  “My name is Trixie Zurbo. I’m a private defective.”  (Trixie)
Don’t Overlook:  Trixie (but only for her performance)

#67  –  Evan Rachel Wood

b. 1987, American
I was intrigued by Wood and her performance in Thirteen.  But I was utterly entranced by her performance in Across the Universe and that look she gave at the end.  Still, like another actress a few spots further on, she would probably not make the list if she were not now playing my favorite character on what might be my favorite show currently on the air, Westworld.
Favorite Film:  Across the Universe
Favorite Performance:  Dolores in Westworld
Favorite Line:  “Someone’s got to burn it clean.”  (Westworld)
Don’t Overlook:  The Upside of Anger

#66  –  Judy Garland

1922-1969, American
Garland didn’t often get to really show her acting chops on film which is why she gets a detailed description on this list, though Pigskin Parade was a start, she was brilliant as Dorothy and magnificent in A Star is Born and tragic in Judgment at Nuremberg.  There is no performance I am more in love with than Garland as Dorothy.
Favorite Film:  The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Performance:  Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Line:  “There’s no place like home.”  (The Wizard of Oz)
Don’t Overlook:  Pigskin Parade

#65  –  Lauren Bacall

1924-2014, American
Lauren Bacall burst into stardom with her sultry looks and low voice opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart in two key roles: To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep.  Sadly, though her career was very long, she would never again match up to what she did opposite Bogie.
Favorite Film:  The Big Sleep
Favorite Performance:  Vivian Rutledge in The Big Sleep
Favorite Line:  “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?  You just put your lips together and blow.”  (To Have and Have Not)
Don’t Overlook:  North West Frontier

#64  –  Marlene Dietrich

Favorite Film:  Touch of Evil
Favorite Performance:  Tanya in Touch of Evil
Favorite Line:  “Old man, your future’s all used up.”  (Touch of Evil)
Don’t Overlook:  The Scarlet Empress

#63  –  Eva Green

b. 1980, French
Her film debut was her bold (and very naked) performance in The Dreamers.  But she became one of my favorites for being the best Bond girl ever in Casino Royale.  Like Evan Rachel Wood, she leapt up in my personal estimation for playing a magnificent character on one of my favorite shows ever, Penny Dreadful.
Favorite Film:  Casino Royale
Favorite Performance:  Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful
Favorite Line:  “It’s tailored.”  “I sized you up the moment we met.”  (Casino Royale)
Don’t Overlook:  The Golden Compass

#62  –  Brigitte Helm

1906-1996, German
For a long time, I had only seen her in her brilliant double role in Metropolis, which made her a star as a teenager but she’s also fantastic in a number of other films (L’Argent, The Love of Jeanne Ney, The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna) but she quit acting in response to the Nazi takeover, married a Jew and moved to Switzerland, done before the age of 30.
Favorite Film:  Metropolis
Favorite Performance:  Maria in Metropolis
Don’t Overlook:  The Love of Jeanne Ney

#61  –  Gong Li

Favorite Film:  Raise the Red Lantern
Favorite Performance:  Songlian in Raise the Red Lantern
Favorite Line:  “Sometimes the smartest remark is silence.”  (Memoirs of a Geisha)
Don’t Overlook:  Red Sorghum

#60  –  Kelly Macdonald

b. 1976, Scottish
I was blown away by MacDonald in Trainspotting and her resemblance to my ex had something to do with it (and her performance, and her full frontal scene).  But she continued to have supporting roles in such great films as Gosford Park and No Country for Old Men and of course there’s her great voice performance in Brave.
Favorite Film:  Trainspotting
Favorite Performance:  Diane in Trainspotting
Favorite Line:  “If you don’t see me again, I’ll tell the police”  (Trainspotting)
Don’t Overlook:  Brave

#59  –  Juliette Binoche

Favorite Film:  The English Patient
Favorite Performance:  Hana in The English Patient
Favorite Line:  “I’m not in love with him.  I’m in love with ghosts.”  (The English Patient)
Don’t Overlook:  Clouds of Sils Maria

#58  –  Anne Hathaway

Favorite Film:  The Dark Knight Rises
Favorite Performance:  Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises
Favorite Line:  “Look, I think it’s only fair to warn you that I’m practiced in the ancient art… of Origami!”  (Ella Enchanted)
Don’t Overlook:  Ella Enchanted

#57  –  Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Film:  X-Men: Days of Future Past
Favorite Performance:  Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle
Favorite Line:  “Not that I give a fuck about football or about your superstitions, but if it’s me reading the signs, I don’t send the Eagles guy whose personal motto is “Excelsior,” to a fucking Giants game, especially when he’s already in a legal situation.”  (Silver Linings Playbook)
Don’t Overlook:  Red Sparrow

#56  –  Frances McDormand

Favorite Film:  Almost Famous
Favorite Performance:  Elaine Miller in Almost Famous
Favorite Line:  “Rock stars have kidnapped my son!”  (Almost Famous)
Don’t Overlook:  Laurel Canyon

#55  –  Joan Fontaine

1917-2013, American with British parents
Fontaine was probably slightly prettier than her sister and certainly became more known for light Romantic Comedies before she hit the Hitchcock jackpot with Rebecca and Suspicion.  Sadly, her acting career wasn’t up to that level after that but she’s still fun to watch in dozens of films.
Favorite Film:  Rebecca
Favorite Performance:  Mrs. De Winter in Rebecca
Favorite Line:  “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again.”  (Rebecca)
Don’t Overlook:  Maid’s Night Out

#54  –  Toni Collette

Favorite Film:  Emma
Favorite Performance:  Mandy Slade in Velvet Goldmine
Favorite Line:  “You live in terror of not being misunderstood.”  (Velvet Goldmine)
Don’t Overlook:  Japanese Story

#53  –  Julie Christie

Favorite Film:  Hamlet
Favorite Performance:  Mrs. Miller in McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Favorite Line:  “What I really want to do is suck his cock.”  (Shampoo)
Don’t Overlook:  The Go-Between

#52  –  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Favorite Film:  Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Favorite Performance:  Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
Favorite Line:  “Razors pain you, rivers are damp, acids stain you, drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful, nooses give, gas smells awful; you might as well live.”  (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle)
Don’t Overlook:  The Anniversary Party

#51  –  Julia Roberts

Favorite Film:  Ocean’s Eleven
Favorite Performance:  Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County
Favorite Line:  “Come quickly. I’ve just killed an intruder.”  (Sleeping with the Enemy)
Don’t Overlook:  Duplicity

#50  –  Michelle Williams

Favorite Film:  The Greatest Showman
Favorite Performance:  Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn
Favorite Line:  “We have a very important school report on turquoise jewelry due in two days, and we can’t find any books on it, and the President’s having us followed. It’s too much pressure.”  (Dick)
Don’t Overlook:  Dick

#49  –  Holly Hunter

Favorite Film:  O Brother Where Art Thou
Favorite Performance:  Jane Craig in Broadcast News
Favorite Line:  “He’s bonafide.”  (O Brother Where Art Thou)
Don’t Overlook:  Always

#48  –  Greer Garson

Favorite Film:  Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Performance:  Lizzie Bennett in Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Line:  “You might even have met her, Charles. Met her and not known her. It might be someone you know, Charles. It might… it might even be me.”  (Random Harvest)
Don’t Overlook:  When Ladies Meet (she can do Comedy!)

#47  –  Catherine Deneuve

Favorite Film:  8 Women
Favorite Performance:  Severine in Belle de Jour
Favorite Line:  “I’m being judged by my own child.”  “That’s why I never had any.”  “Just admit no man ever asked you to.”  (8 Women)
Don’t Overlook:  A Christmas Tale

#46  –  Scarlett Johansson

b.  1984, American
I sat up and took notice when she played the best friend in Ghost World and then the jailbait in The Man Who Wasn’t There.  Then came that opening shot in Lost in Translation. All of that was before she played Black Widow, a character I have always loved.
Favorite Film:  The Avengers
Favorite Performance:  Charlotte in Lost in Translation
Favorite Line:  “I’m not leaving this rock with one civilian on it.”  “I didn’t say we should leave. (pause).  There’s worse ways to go.”  (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Don’t Overlook:  Sing (the sad little porcupine really can)

#45  –  Judi Dench

Favorite Film:  Skyfall
Favorite Performance:  M in Skyfall
Favorite Line:  “Go ahead, then.  Eject me.”  (Skyfall)
Don’t Overlook:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

#44  –  Helen Mirren

Favorite Film:  Excalibur
Favorite Performance:  Morgana in Excalibur
Favorite Line:  “‘It was the knife that, a moment later, cut off her scream… and her head.’  Charming. Doris Day should do it as a musical!”  (Hitchcock)
Don’t Overlook:  The Tempest

#43  –  Deborah Kerr

Favorite Film:  From Here to Eternity
Favorite Performance:  Edith / Barbara / Johnny in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Favorite Line:  “On the other hand, I’ve got a bathing suit under my dress.”  (From Here to Eternity)
Don’t Overlook:  I See a Dark Stranger

#42  –  Janet Gaynor

Favorite Film:  A Star is Born
Favorite Performance:  Vicki Lester in A Star is Born
Favorite Line:  “I’m Mrs. Norman Maine.”  (A Star is Born)
Don’t Overlook:  State Fair

#41  –  Natalie Wood

Favorite Film:  West Side Story
Favorite Performance:  Judy in Rebel Without a Cause
Favorite Line:  “All of you! You all killed him! And my brother, and Riff. Not with bullets, or guns, with hate. Well now I can kill, too, because now I have hate!”  (West Side Story)
Don’t Overlook:  Gypsy

#40  –  Marion Cotillard

Favorite Film:  The Dark Knight Rises
Favorite Performance:  Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises
Favorite Line:  “I regret nothing.  Except my hair.”  (A Very Long Engagement)
Don’t Overlook:  It’s Only the End of the World

#39  –  Zhang Ziyi

Favorite Film:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Favorite Performance:  Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Favorite Line:  “I am the Invincible Sword Goddess, armed with the Green Destiny that knows no equal! Be you Li or Southern Crane, bow your head and ask for mercy! I am the dragon from the desert! Who comes from nowhere and leaves no trace!”  (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Don’t Overlook:  The Road Home

#38  –  Harriet Andersson

Favorite Film:  Smiles of a Summer Night
Favorite Performance:  Petra in Smiles of a Summer Night
Favorite Line:  “And then the summer night smiled for the third time.”  (Smiles of a Summer Night)
Don’t Overlook:  Sawdust and Tinsel

#37  –  Bibi Andersson

Favorite Film:  The Seventh Seal
Favorite Performance:  Mia in The Seventh Seal
Favorite Line:  “I never want to see you again.  At least not before brunch.”  (Wild Strawberries)
Don’t Overlook:  The Rite

#36  –  Irene Dunne

Favorite Film:  The Awful Truth
Favorite Performance:  Lucy Warriner in The Awful Truth
Favorite Line:  “Tell her I’d love to meet her.  Tell her to wear boxing gloves.”  (The Awful Truth)
Don’t Overlook:  A Guy Named Joe

#35  –  Jessica Chastain

Favorite Film:  The Martian
Favorite Performance:  Eleanor Rigby in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Favorite Line:  “In theory, if bin Laden isn’t there, you can sneak away and no one will be the wiser. But bin Laden is there. And you’re going to kill him for me.”  (Zero Dark Thirty)
Don’t Overlook:  Coriolanus

#34  –  Vivien Leigh

Favorite Film:  A Streetcar Named Desire
Favorite Performance:  Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind
Favorite Line:  “Tomorrow is another day.”  (Gone with the Wind)
Don’t Overlook:  Waterloo Bridge

#33  –  Myrna Loy

1905-1993, American
Known mainly for playing opposite William Powell in six Thin Man films and eight other films but Loy was a very good actress for a long time.  She is also part of one of my absolute favorite moments in film history (the reunion in The Best Years of Our Lives).
Favorite Film:  The Thin Man
Favorite Performance:  Nora Charles in The Thin Man
Favorite Line:  “Waiter, will you serve the nuts?  I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?”  (The Thin Man)
Don’t Overlook:  Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

#32  –  Naomi Watts

Favorite Film:  King Kong
Favorite Performance:  Betty Elms / Diana Selwyn in Mulholland Dr.
Favorite Line:  “How do you know Mike Shiner?”  “We share a vagina.”  (Birdman)
Don’t Overlook:  Stay

#31  –  Michelle Yeoh

b. 1962, Malaysian
I already knew she was a kick-ass actress in Hong Kong films before she was a Bond girl.  Then she followed that up by starring in Crouching Tiger.  She can also do great acting in English as she proven in Memoirs of a Geisha and Crazy Rich Asians.
Favorite Film:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Favorite Performance:  Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Favorite Line:  “Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be. So, who are you, panda?”  (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Don’t Overlook:  The Heroic Trio

#30  –  Sigourney Weaver

Favorite Film:  Jeffrey
Favorite Performance:  Debra in Jeffrey
Favorite Line:  “Whoever wrote this episode should die.”  (Galaxy Quest)
Don’t Overlook:  A Map of the World

#29  –  Saoirse Ronan

Favorite Film:  Lady Bird
Favorite Performance:  Lady Bird in Lady Bird
Favorite Line:  “The only exciting thing about 2002 is that it’s a palindrome.”  (Lady Bird)
Don’t Overlook:  Byzantium

#28  –  Maggie Smith

Favorite Film:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Favorite Performance:  Diana Barrie in California Suite
Favorite Line:  “I’ve always wanted to try that spell.”  (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Don’t Overlook:  A Private Function

#27  –  Barbara Stanwyck

Favorite Film:  The Lady Eve
Favorite Performance:  Jean Harrington in The Lady Eve
Favorite Line:  “They say a moonlit deck is a woman’s business office.”  (The Lady Eve)
Don’t Overlook:  Baby Face

#26  –  Joanne Woodward

Favorite Film:  Empire Falls
Favorite Performance:  Francine Whiting in Empire Falls
Favorite Line:  “Well don’t throw in the towel yet, Agnes, dear. Those tranquilizers may see us through yet.”  (The Long Hot Summer)
Don’t Overlook:  They Might Be Giants

#25  –  Jean Arthur

Favorite Film:  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Favorite Performance:  Connie Milligan in The More the Merrier
Favorite Line:  “I never thought when they threw rice at me it would be boiled.”  (The More the Merrier)
Don’t Overlook:  The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

#24  –  Felicity Jones

b.  1983, English
It’s not just that I’m besotted with her, but I will admit that I am totally besotted with her.  It’s that I find her to be a fascinating actress and have ever since I saw The Tempest.  Hell, I even watched the completely ridiculous Chalet Girl because she was in it.  I’ve managed to see almost every film she’s been in.
Favorite Film:  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Favorite Performance:  Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Favorite Line:  “If we can make it to the ground, we’ll take the next chance. And the next. On and on until we win… or the chances are spent.”  (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Don’t Overlook:  Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

#23  –  Miriam Hopkins

1902-1972, American
Wonderfully sensual actress who charms both Cooper and March in Design for Living and nearly sets the celluloid on fire in Jekyll.  Continued to work for years after she was a star, playing prominent supporting roles in The Heiress, Carrie and The Children’s Hour.
Favorite Film:  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Favorite Performance:  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Favorite Line:  “Do you love me?”  “Oh, Max, people should never ask that question on their wedding night. It’s either too late or too early.”  (Design for Living)
Don’t Overlook:  The Story of Temple Drake

#22  –  Emma Stone

Favorite Film:  La La Land
Favorite Performance:  Mia in La La Land
Favorite Line:  “Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason.  But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.”  (Easy A)
Don’t Overlook:  Magic in the Moonlight

#21  –  Annette Bening

Favorite Film:  Richard III
Favorite Performance:  Myra Langtry in The Grifters
Favorite Line:  “You must have a lot of courage, Visconte, to come here after you sent that lunatic harp teacher to kill me.”  (Valmont)
Don’t Overlook:  Valmont

#20  –  Michelle Pfeiffer

Favorite Film:  Stardust
Favorite Performance:  Selina Kyle in Batman Returns
Favorite Line:  “Oh, my God.  Does this mean we have to start fighting?”  (Batman Returns)
Don’t Overlook:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

#19  –  Winona Ryder

Favorite Film:  Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Favorite Performance:  Veronica Sawyers in Heathers
Favorite Line:  “Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count.”  (Heathers)
Don’t Overlook:  Looking for Richard

#18  –  Amy Adams

Favorite Film:  The Muppets
Favorite Performance:  Princess Giselle in Enchanted
Favorite Line:  “There is something so sensual about fur next to the skin, don’t you think?”  (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)
Don’t Overlook:  Sunshine Cleaning

#17  –  Meryl Streep

Favorite Film:  Mary Poppins Returns
Favorite Performance:  The Witch in Into the Woods
Favorite Line:  “Duct tape will not make an honest man out of you.”  (A Prairie Home Companion)
Don’t Overlook:  The Seduction of Joe Tynan

#16  –  Olivia de Havilland

Favorite Film:  The Adventures of Robin Hood
Favorite Performance:  Arabella Bishop in Captain Blood
Favorite Line:  “I’ll tell you where it’s gonna end, Miss Somerville… When there are more sick ones than well ones, the sick ones will lock the well ones up.”  (The Snake Pit)
Don’t Overlook:  It’s Love I’m After

#15  –  Jane Fonda

Favorite Film:  Klute
Favorite Performance:  Bree Daniels in Klute
Favorite Line:  “Thank you, Mr. Dooley.  Next time you’re in New York, just call me up.”  (Barefoot in the Park)
Don’t Overlook:  Our Souls at Night

#14  –  Liv Ullmann

Favorite Film:  Cries and Whispers
Favorite Performance:  Marianne in Cries and Whispers
Favorite Line:  “So many questions. Sometimes I don’t know which way to turn, and I become quite – -”  (Hour of the Wolf)
Don’t Overlook:  Shame

#13  –  Norma Shearer

Favorite Film:  He Who Gets Slapped
Favorite Performance:  Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
Favorite Line:  “I’ve balanced our accounts.”  (The Divorcee)
Don’t Overlook:  Their Own Desire

#12  –  Gloria Grahame

Favorite Film:  The Big Heat
Favorite Performance:  Rosemary Bartlow in The Bad and the Beautiful
Favorite Line:  “Excuse me. I think I got a date. But er… stick around fellas just in case, huh?”  (It’s a Wonderful Life)
Don’t Overlook:  In a Lonely Place

#11  –  Teresa Wright

Favorite Film:  Shadow of a Doubt
Favorite Performance:  Alexandra Giddens in The Little Foxes
Favorite Line:  “Go away, I’m warning you. Go away or I’ll kill you myself. See… that’s the way I feel about you.”  (Shadow of a Doubt)
Don’t Overlook:  Roseland

#10  –  Grace Kelly

Favorite Film:  Rear Window
Favorite Performance:  Frances Stevens in To Catch a Thief
Favorite Line:  “You want a leg or a breast?”  (To Catch a Thief)
Don’t Overlook:  The Swan

#9  –  Judy Davis

Favorite Film:  A Passage to India
Favorite Performance:  Sally in Husbands and Wives
Favorite Line:  “It’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics: sooner or later everything turns to shit. That’s my phrasing, not the Encyclopedia Britannica.”  (Husbands and Wives)
Don’t Overlook:  The Dressmaker

#8  –  Katharine Hepburn

Favorite Film:  The Philadelphia Story
Favorite Performance:  Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter
Favorite Line:  “I even made poor Louis take me on Crusade. How’s that for blasphemy. I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn… but the troops were dazzled.”  (The Lion in Winter)
Don’t Overlook:  A Bill of Divorcement

#7  –  Audrey Hepburn

Favorite Film:  The Lavender Hill Mob
Favorite Performance:  Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Favorite Line:  “You mustn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky.”  (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Don’t Overlook:  Two for the Road

#6  –  Kate Winslet

Favorite Film:  Hamlet
Favorite Performance:  Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Favorite Line:  “But what you make isn’t supposed to be the best part of you. When you’re a father… that’s what’s supposed to be the best part of you.”  (Steve Jobs)
Don’t Overlook:  Jude

#5  –  Julianne Moore

Favorite Film:  The Big Lebowski
Favorite Performance:  Amber Waves in Boogie Nights
Favorite Line:  “It increases the chances for conception.”  (The Big Lebowski)
Don’t Overlook:  A Map of the World

#4  –  Ingrid Bergman

Favorite Film:  Casablanca
Favorite Performance:  Ilsa in Casablanca
Favorite Line:  “Play it, Sam.  Play ‘As Time Goes By’.”  (Casablanca)
Don’t Overlook:  Intermezzo (original Swedish version)

#3  –  Debra Winger

Favorite Film:  Shadowlands
Favorite Performance:  Emma Horton in Terms of Endearment
Favorite Line:  “Some people say Des Moines is the best city in Iowa.”  (Terms of Endearment)
Don’t Overlook:  Mike’s Murder

#2  –  Emma Thompson

Favorite Film:  Much Ado About Nothing
Favorite Performance:  Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing
Favorite Line:  “Is’t possible Disdain should die whilst she hath such meet food to feed it as Signor Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to Disdain when you come in her presence.”  (Much Ado About Nothing)
Don’t Overlook:  The Winter Guest

#1  –  Cate Blanchett

Favorite Film:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Favorite Performance:  Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator
Favorite Line:  “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”  (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Don’t Overlook:  The Gift