5 Best Actresses Of Each Decade

Close-Up Culture pick five of the best actresses from the 1940s through to the 2010s.


5. Rita Hayworth (The Strawberry Blonde, The Lady From Shanghai, Gilda)

4. Judy Garland (For Me and My Gal, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade)

3. Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca, Gaslight, Notorious)

2. Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story, Adam’s Rib, Woman of the Year)

1. Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep, Key Largo, To Have And Have Not)


5. Katherine Hepburn (Summertime, Desk Set, The African Queen)

4. Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, A Place In The Sun)

3. Marilyn Monroe (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot)

2. Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday, Sabrina, The Nun’s Story)

1. Grace Kelly (Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch A Thief)


5. Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, Gambit)

4. Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie)

3. Simone Signoret (La Ronde, Casque d’Or, Diabolique)

2. Catherine Deneuve (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, The Young Girls of Rochefort)

1. Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, My Fair Lady)


5. Jane Fonda (Klute, The China Syndrome, Coming Home)

4. Liv Ullmann (Cries And Whispers, The New Land, Scenes From A Marriage)

3. Ellen Burstyn (The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)

2. Diane Keaton (Play It Again Sam, Love And Death, Annie Hall)

1. Faye Dunaway (Chinatown, Little Big Man, Network)


5. Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, On Golden Pond, The Year of Living Dangerously)

4. Jessica Lange (Sweet Dreams, Tootsie, Frances)

3. Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface, Married To The Mob, Dangerous Liasions)

2. Glenn Close (The Elephant Man, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons)

1. Meryl Streep (A Cry In The Dark, Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood)


5. Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shakespeare in Love)

4. Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, Little Women, Dead Man Walking)

3. Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands, Little Women, The Age of Innocence)

2. Meryl Streep (Defending Your Life, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing

1. Emma Thompson (Howards End, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense And Sensibility)


5. Scarlett Johansson (The Man Who Wasn’t There, Ghost World, Lost In Translation)

4. Meryl Streep (Adaption, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt)

3. Nicole Kidman (The Others, Moulin Rouge, Dogville)

2. Marion Cotillard (La Môme, Nine, Public Enemies)

1. Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children, The Reader)


5. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, Under The Skin)

4. Emma Stone (La La Land, Birdman, The Favourite)

3. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, Rust And Bone, Inception)

2. Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Jackie, Annihilation)

1. Kristen Stewart (Personal Shopper, Clouds Of Sils Maria, Certain Women)

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