100 Greatest Film Stars
of All-Time


50 Greatest Actresses
Part 2



50 Greatest Film Star Actors

Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
50 Greatest Film Star Actresses
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

50 Greatest Film Star Actresses - Part 2
(alphabetical, unranked)

Doris Day
(1924- )

Day's perky, fresh-faced image was the antithesis of her hard-knocks life, but she never broke character.

Best Films: It's A Great Feeling (1949), Calamity Jane (1953), Young At Heart (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), The Pajama Game (1957), Teacher's Pet (1958), Pillow Talk (1959), Midnight Lace (1960), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960), Lover Come Back (1962), That Touch of Mink (1962), Move Over, Darling (1963), The Thrill of It All (1963), Send Me No Flowers (1964), Do Not Disturb (1965), Caprice (1967), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out (1968), With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)

Olivia DeHavilland
(1916- )

Gone With the Wind made the dark-haired beauty a star, but ten years later she played a shy spinster in The Heiress.

Best Films: Captain Blood (1935), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Anthony Adverse (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Dodge City (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), In This Our Life (1942), To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), The Heiress (1949), Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Judi Dench
(1934- )

Dench has been a woman for all seasons, equally able to steal 1998's Shakespeare in Love and put James Bond in his place.

Best Films: Macbeth (1978), A Room With a View (1986), A Handful of Dust (1988), Henry V (1989), GoldenEye (1995), Mrs. Brown (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Tea With Mussolini (1999), The World is Not Enough (1999), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), The Shipping News (2001), Die Another Day (2002), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Nine (2009), Skyfall (2012)

Marlene Dietrich
(1901-1992)

Leggy and decadently languid, Dietrich brought European sophistication to Hollywood and kissed a girl in the thirties Morocco.

Best Films: The Blue Angel (1930), Morocco (1930), Blonde Venus (1932), Shanghai Express (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), Destry Rides Again (1939), A Foreign Affair (1948), Rancho Notorious (1952), Touch of Evil (1958), Witness for the Prosecution (1958), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Sally Field
(1946- )

Refusing to be stereotyped as the perky star of TV's Flying Nun, Field reinvented herself as a gutsy movie actress in Norma Rae.

Best Films: Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Norma Rae (1979), Absence of Malice (1981), Places in the Heart (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Eye for an Eye (1996), Say It Isn't So (2001), Two Weeks (2006), Lincoln (2012)

Jane Fonda
(1937- )

Fonda defied the Establishment, going from generic starlet (Walk on the Wild Side) to sex kitten (Barbarella) to Oscar winner (Klute).

Best Films: Tall Story (1960), Walk on the Wild Side (1962), Sunday in New York (1963), Cat Ballou (1965), Barefoot in the Park (1967), Hurry Sundown (1967), Barbarella (1968), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1968), Klute (1971), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), Julia (1977), California Suite (1978), Coming Home (1978), The China Syndrome (1979), The Electric Horseman (1979), Nine to Five (1980), On Golden Pond (1981), Agnes of God (1985), The Morning After (1986), Stanley & Iris (1990), Monster-in-Law (2005)

Joan Fontaine
(1917-2013)

Olivia de Havilland's younger sister was the quintessential cool, classy Hitchcock blonde and won an Oscar for Suspicion.

Best Films: Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), The Constant Nymph (1943), Jane Eyre (1943), Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), Born to Be Bad (1950), September Affair (1950), Ivanhoe (1952), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), Island in the Sun (1957), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), The Witches (1996)

Jodie Foster
(1962- )

Precocious child actress Foster matured into a brainy Oscar-winning beauty in dramas like The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.

Best Films: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), Little Man Tate (1991), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Sommersby (1993), Maverick (1994), Nell (1994), Contact (1997), Anna and the King (1999), The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002), Panic Room (2002), Flightplan (2005), Inside Man (2006), The Brave One (2007), Nim's Island (2008)

Greta Garbo
(1905-1990)

The Swedish-born Garbo had plenty of beauty and talent to spare, but her mystery made her a legend.

Best Films: The Temptress (1926), Flesh and the Devil (1926), Love (1927), A Woman of Affairs (1928), Anna Christie (1930), Grand Hotel (1932), Queen Christina (1933), Anna Karenina (1935), Camille (1936), Ninotchka (1939), Two-Faced Woman (1941)

Ava Gardner
(1922-1990)

She wasn't much of an actress, but Gardner had the looks that transformed a tobacco farmer's daughter into a pop-culture goddess.

Best Films: The Killers (1946), One Touch of Venus (1948), Show Boat (1951), Mogambo (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Sun Also Rises (1957), On The Beach (1959), The Night of the Iguana (1964), Seven Days in May (1964)



Previous Page Next Page