With so many movies and TV series constantly being released, Hollywood is an excellent place for actresses at all stages of their careers. It is up to you to decide, as fans significantly influence who makes the headlines and who is cast for the next starring role.
Every prominent female performer should be included here. Cast your vote for the top female actresses of all time.
Table of Contents
- 1. Angelina Jolie
- 2. Scarlett Johansson
- 3. Emma Watson
- 4. Anne Hathaway
- 5. Emma Stone
- 6. Sandra Bullock
- 7. Rachel McAdams
- 8. Nicole Kidman
- 9. Charlize Theron
- 10. Cameron Diaz
- 11. Sarah Paulson
- 12. Lucy Liu
- 13. Jennifer Aniston
- 14. Selma Blair
- 15. Diane Kruger
- 16. Margot Robbie
- 17. Jennifer Lopez
- 18. Rooney Mara
- 19. Penélope Cruz
- 20. Halle Berry
1. Angelina Jolie
American actress, director, and activist Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975, as Angelina Jolie Voight) was born in Los Angeles, California.
She has been called Hollywood’s highest-paid actress and won countless awards, including an Oscar and three Golden Globes.
Jolie was chosen to the Time 100 list recognizes the 100 people who have had the most significant effect on the world. Despite her lower overall position, Forbes’ Celebrity 100 edition rated her the most influential celebrity in the world in 2009.
Previously, she was named the most influential actress from 2006 to 2008 and again from 2011 to 2013. In 2009, she was voted the world’s most influential celebrity.
2. Scarlett Johansson
On November 22, 1984, American actress Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born. She has topped the Forbes Celebrity 100 for two years in a row (2018 and 2019) as the highest-paid actress in the world.
In 2021, she was recognized by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Her films have earned more than $14.3 billion worldwide, making Johansson the highest-grossing actress in box office history.
She has been nominated for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globes and won a Tony Award and a British Academy Film Award.
3. Emma Watson
English actress and social activist Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on 15 April 1990.
Award nominations and wins include a Young Artist Award, three MTV Movie Awards, and an Independent Spirit Award for her work in both mainstream and alternative movies.
Forbes and Vanity Fair list Watson as one of the world’s highest-paid actresses; in 2015, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
4. Anne Hathaway
Ann Jacqueline Hathaway is a famous American actress born on November 12th, 1982.
She was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, and she had won several major awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Primetime Emmy.
More than $6.8 billion has been made from her movies worldwide, and in 2009, she was included on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.
Hathaway has sung for soundtracks, acted on stage, and hosted events in addition to her voice work on The Simpsons, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy Award.
She promotes gender equality as a UN Women goodwill ambassador and is on the board of directors of the Lollipop Theatre Network, which screens movies for sick children in hospitals.
5. Emma Stone
American actress Emily Jean Stone (born November 6, 1988), better known by her stage as Emma Stone.
She has won many awards for her work, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a British Academy Film Award.
She was chosen by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017 and was the highest-paid actress in the world that year.
She was deemed an actress deserving of the Academy Award and ultimately received the honor. For her role as Abigail Masham in the historical comedy-drama The Favourite, she was nominated for a third Academy Award (2018).
6. Sandra Bullock
Actress and producer Sandra Annette Bullock were born in the United States on July 26, 1964.
Between 2010 and 2014, she was the highest-paid actress in the world, and she received several prizes, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
She is one of Hollywood’s highest-earning actors, with over $5.9 billion total from her films’ box office takings worldwide.
In 2005, Bullock was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for her contributions to the film industry. In 2010, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people worldwide.
7. Rachel McAdams
Canada’s own Rachel Anne McAdams has been in the Spotlight since she was born on November 17th, 1978.
McAdams has been nominated for and won many accolades over her career. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Movie Award, the Satellite Award, and the Independent Spirit Award for her work in Spotlight.
McAdams is the recipient of many MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination.
8. Nicole Kidman
The American-born Nicole Mary Kidman AC (born June 20, 1967) is an actress and producer member of the Order of Australia.
She has remained one of the most paid actresses worldwide because of her reputation as a versatile performer who can be seen in films and TV shows across many genres.
She has won several awards and recognitions, including the Academy Award, the British Academy Film Award, two Primetime Emmys, and six Golden Globes.
9. Charlize Theron
Actress and producer Charlize Theron were born in South Africa on August 7, 1975.
She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and has won many awards, including an Oscar, a SAG Award, and a Golden Globe.
Her influence was recognized in 2016 when Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. By early 2020, Theron had been nominated for 100 awards for her cinematic work, with 39 of them being actual victories.
10. Cameron Diaz
Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was born on August 30, 1972.
Diaz was voted the highest-paid Hollywood actress over 40 in 2013. She has won several awards and been nominated for several others, including four Golden Globes and a BAFTA.
Diaz is the fifth highest-grossing U.S. domestic box office actress as of 2018, with over $3 billion U.S. in U.S. domestic box office grosses and over US$7 billion in worldwide box office grosses.
As a result of her early acting successes, Diaz is now one of the most paid actresses in the world and is widely regarded as a sex icon.
11. Sarah Paulson
American actress Sarah Catharine Paulson was born on December 17, 1974.
Two of the Critics’ Choice Television Awards she earned were among the five Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She received multiple awards in 2016, including the Primetime Emmy and the Golden Globe, and widespread acclaim from critics.
She has won several awards, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe. She was recognized as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time in 2017.
12. Lucy Liu
US-born actress Lucy Alexis Liu was born on December 2, 1968.
She has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy and has won a Critics’ Choice Television Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Seoul International Drama Award.
Empire magazine ranked Liu as the 96th sexiest movie star in 2007. To name only two of her roles, Liu provided the voice of Silvermist in Disney Fairies and Viper in Kung Fu Panda.
Liu joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2013. Artist of the Year at Harvard University in 2016 was awarded to Liu. She received the foundation’s arts medal at the Cultural Rhythms Festival’s annual Harvard Foundation Award ceremony in Sanders Theatre.
13. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Joanna Aniston is a well-known American actress and producer. She was born on February 11, 1969, in the United States.
She has been honored with several prestigious awards, including a Critics’ Choice nomination, a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has also won the Primetime Emmy Award, the Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
On February 22, 2012, she was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for her contributions to the film industry. In 2013, she was placed third on Hollywood’s 100 Most Powerful Actresses.
14. Selma Blair
Selma Blair Beitner is a well-known American actress born on June 23, 1972.
Before becoming known for her major part, she had already shown her acting chops in various roles in movies and television.
Blair takes pleasure in working with children and animals. Since she was 17 years old, she has participated in equestrian activities. She enjoys ice skating and collecting black-and-white images in her spare time.
At the celebration honoring the power 100 women, which took place in December of 2021, Michelle Pfeiffer bestowed upon Blair the Equity in Entertainment Award.
15. Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger is a German and American actress born in Germany on July 15, 1976.
Early in her career, Kruger earned the Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival and fame worldwide.
She made her début in the German-language film In the Fade, which Fatih Akin directed, and was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the film.
In 2004, Kruger was recognized by People magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” She was ranked No. 50 on the “Hot 100” list published by Maxim in 2005 and No. 88 in 2009. In 2010, she was placed No. 83 on the “Top 99 Women” list compiled by AskMen.
16. Margot Robbie
Margot Elise Robbie is a well-known Australian actress and producer. She was born on July 2, 1990, in Australia.
She is recognized for her work in commercially successful and critically acclaimed indie films. As a result, she has been nominated for several film industry honors, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards.
In 2017, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2019, Forbes listed her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. In 2019, she was again named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
She was nominated for the BAFTA Award, the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the third film.
17. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lynn Affleck is an American singer, actress, and dancer. She was born on July 24, 1969, and is better known by her stage name, J.Lo.
Many people in the entertainment industry in North America believe that Lopez is the most critical Hispanic performer. Forbes magazine recognized her as the most powerful celebrity in the world in 2012 and the 38th most powerful woman in the same year.
She receives several awards and accolades, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the Billboard Icon Award, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Achievement in the Field of Entertainment. Her other businesses include a production firm, a philanthropic foundation, and lines of cosmetics and clothes. She also has her scent brand.
18. Rooney Mara
Patricia Rooney Mara is a well-known American actress born on April 17th, 1985.
She has been nominated for several awards and honors, including two Academy Awards, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, she was awarded the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Orphans living in the slum of Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya, were the primary beneficiaries of the nonprofit organization Faces of Kibera, which Mara established.
19. Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a well-known Spanish actress born on April 28th, 1974.
In addition to receiving nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards, she is well-known for her roles in films spanning various genres and languages, particularly those made in Spanish.
As a result of her success in the film industry, she has won several awards, including an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award.
She is the first and only Spanish actress to be nominated for and win an Academy Award. In addition, she is the first Spanish actress to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
20. Halle Berry
Halle Maria Berry is an American actress. She was born Maria Halle Berry on August 14, 1966, in the United States.
She began her career as a model and competed in several beauty pageants, where she achieved the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and sixth place in the Miss World 1986 competition.
The television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award and became the only African-American woman to have won the Award and took on high-profile parts, was why she won both awards.
Berry was named the most beautiful person in the world by People magazine in 2003, after making the magazine’s top ten list seven times. In the same year, FHM named Berry the sexiest woman on their list of the “100 Sexiest Women in the World.”