100 favorite film actresses: #40-#31

40. Brenda Blethyn
Key Role(s): Cynthia Rose Purley (Secrets & Lies)
Grace (Music from Another Room)
Mrs. Bennet (Pride & Prejudice)
Grace Turner (Atonement)

39. Jane Fonda
Key Role(s): Cat Ballou (Cat Ballou)
Gloria (They Shoot Horses Don’t They?)
Judy Bernly (9 to 5)
Chelsea Thayer Wayne (On Golden Pond)

38. Whoopi Goldberg
Key Role(s): Celie Johnson (The Color Purple)
Oda Mae Brown (Ghost)
Deloris van Cartier (Sister Act)
Corrina Washington (Corrina, Corrina)

37. Juliette Binoche
Key Role(s): Hana (The English Patient)
Vianne (Chocolat)

36. Ellen Burstyn
Key Role(s): Chris MacNeil (The Exorcist)
Alice Hyatt (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)
Sara Goldfarb (Requiem for a Dream)

35. Elizabeth Taylor
Key Role(s): Velvet Brown (National Velvet)
Angela Vickers (A Place in the Sun)
Leslie Benedict (Giant)
Martha (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

34. Angela Lansbury
Key Role(s): Nancy Oliver (Gaslight)
Mrs. Iselin (The Manchurian Candidate)
Miss Price (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast)

33. Anjelica Huston
Key Role(s): Maerose Prizzi (Prizzi’s Honor)
Tamara Broder (Enemies, A Love Story)
Grand High Witch (The Witches)
Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent (Ever After: A Cinderella Story)
Etheline Tenenbaum (The Royal Tenenbaums)

32. Joan Cusack
Key Role(s): Shelley (My Bodyguard)
Cyn (Working Girl)
Alsatia Zevo (Toys)
Debbie Jellinsky (Addams Family Values)
Emily Montgomery (In & Out)
Jessie (Toy Story 2)
Rosalie Mullins (The School of Rock)

31. Shirley MacLaine
Key Role(s): Fran Kubelik (The Apartment)
Irma la Douce (Irma la Douce)
Aurora Greenway (Terms of Endearment)
Ouiser Boudreaux (Steel Magnolias)
Doris Mann (Postcards from the Edge)
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6 responses to “100 favorite film actresses: #40-#31”

  1. Sara says :

    My favorite Juliette Binoche role?"Dan in Real Life."For me, there's lots of things to love about that film…

  2. Simon says :

    Anjelica Huston, my love.

  3. Robert says :

    Hooray for Joan Cusack! Especially her role in School of Rock. haha

  4. Castor says :

    Interesting list. Jane Fonda truly was a timelessly beautiful woman. Looking forward to the rest of your top 100

  5. Jose says :

    Yay Joan indeed!And so high up in the list, bold move my friend.

  6. Luke says :

    Sara: Yeah, I hesitated on that (since it wasn't Juliette that really stole that show) … but it was a surprisingly likable movie.Simon: Ah yes… Ms. Huston is one unique character.Robert, Jose: I've always been in love with Joan Cusack. She may not scream prestige, but she's always the most entertaining person on the screen at any given moment. So here's for boldness! 🙂Castor: I realized that, much like Dern, I need a little more Fonda education. Perhaps she'll rank higher once I see Julia and The China Syndrome…

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