Greatest Female Acting Performances Of All Time

Okay, without further ado. We submitted our opinions on the greatest performance by a male actor in the history of movies, here are my top ten picks for the greatest all-time performances by a female actor, Oscars notwithstanding because the best doesn’t always get the prize.

These are the kind of movies where you walk out with your head shaking, say “Wow” and continue to talk about incredible actress who simply dazzled the viewer beyond those of the ordinary. Your opinions are welcome. 

Jodie Foster – Nell   (If you never saw her in this, rent it)


Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice   (Ditto)


Holly Hunter – Piano   (she also was the pianist)


Bette Davis – Whatever Happened To Baby Jane  (powerful)


Sigourny Weaver – Gorilla’s In The Mist   (remarkably brave)


Patty Duke – Miracle Worker    (gripping)


Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking  (believable)


Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast At Tiffany’s


Kathy Bates – Misery   (Bitch!)


Mary McDonnell – Dances With Wolves  (immersed in the role)


*    Add Honorable mention: (which means, they belong there too)

Hillary Swank – Million Dollar Baby


Halle Berry – Monsters Ball


Charlize Theron – Monster


Liza Minelli – Cabaret


Diana Ross – Lady Sings the Blues