100 favorite film actresses: #20-#11

20. Helen Mirren
Key Role(s): Queen Charlotte (The Madness of King George)
Chris (Calendar Girls)
The Queen (The Queen)
Cameron Lynne (State of Play)

19. Joan Allen
Key Role(s): Vera Tucker (Tucker: The Man and His Dream)
Pat Nixon (Nixon)
Betty Parker (Pleasantville)
Laine Hanson (The Contender)
Pamela Landy (The Bourne Supremacy)

18. Vivien Leigh
Key Role(s): Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)
Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Mary Treadwell (Ship of Fools)

17. Emma Thompson
Key Role(s): Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing)
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
Karen (Love Actually)
Sybil Trelawney (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Headmistress (An Education)

16. Catherine O’Hara
Key Role(s): Delia Deetz (Beetle Juice)
Kate McCallister (Home Alone)
Sally (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Sheila Albertson (Waiting for Guffman)
Cookie Fleck (Best in Show)
Mickey Crabbe (A Mighty Wind)
Marilyn Hack (For Your Consideration)

15. Sigourney Weaver
Key Role(s): Ripley (Alien)
Dana Barrett (Ghostbusters)
Katharine Parker (Working Girl)
Ellen Mitchell (Dave)
Alice Goodwin (A Map of the World)
Max Connors (Heartbreakers)
Lenny (The TV Set)
Ship’s Computer (WALL-E)
Dr. Grace Augustine (Avatar)

14. Toni Collette
Key Role(s): Muriel Heslop (Muriel’s Wedding)
Harriet Smith (Emma)
Lynn Sear (The Sixth Sense)
Fiona (About a Boy)
Kitty (The Hours)
Sheryl Hoover (Little Miss Sunshine)
Mary Daisy Dinkle (Mary and Max)

13. Bette Davis
Key Role(s): Mildred Rogers (Of Human Bondage)
Julie (Jezebel)
Charlotte Vale (Now, Voyager)
Margo (All About Eve)
Baby Jane Hudson (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)
Charlotte (Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte)
Libby Strong (The Whales of August)

12. Diane Keaton
Key Role(s): Kay Adams (The Godfather)
Kay Corleone (The Godfather, Part II)
Annie Hall (Annie Hall)
Louise Bryant (Reds)
J.C. Wiatt (Baby Boom)
Annie Paradis (The First Wives Club)
Bessie (Marvin’s Room)
Erica Barry (Something’s Gotta Give)

11. Dianne Wiest
Key Role(s): Holly (Hannah and Her Sisters)
Helen Buckman (Parenthood)
Peg (Edward Scissorhands)
Helen Sinclair (Bullets Over Broadway)
Louise Keeley (The Birdcage)
Annie Cassell (I am Sam)
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8 responses to “100 favorite film actresses: #20-#11”

  1. Sara says :

    FATHER OF THE BRIDE!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Robert says :

    Yes, yes, YES!!! I love that Toni Collette and my beloved Catherine O'Hara are so high on the list!!! 😀

  3. Bob Wendland says :

    I must conquer with Robert on that. I can't get enough of either of them… And Diane Keaton 🙂

  4. Simon says :

    Oh, Mirren. Is there anything you can't do?

  5. Andrew: Encore Entertainment says :

    Bette Davis does little for me, I don't why but it's true. On Simon's comment, why IS Helen Mirren so deliciously awesome?

  6. Castor says :

    Interesting top list indeed. I will be back for the top 10!!

  7. Jose says :

    I love that you include Leigh even if she honestly only contributed two performances to film history. But oh what performances! Millions of actresses would kill to be as brilliant as Vivien's Blanche and Scarlett were.

  8. Luke says :

    Sara: You know, even as I was writing it, I was waiting for your immediate response. 🙂 I guess my mentality is that that one was really Steve Martin's show while Ms. Keaton was sort of relegated to the sidekick position…Robert(s): Both of you are so correct. It IS wonderful that they're so high on the list! 🙂Simon: Yes. Suck.Andrew: Oh no! Not even Margo? She's wickedly amazing!Jose: It's kind of hard to deny the effect she had on filmdom with so little in quantity. I suspect that even with just one of those two roles she still could've managed a spot. 🙂

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