The 46th Best Actress of All-Time: Amy Adams

best film: The Master. The Master was absolutely huge for her in this regard and to give her a very solid performance (perhaps her best on a per-minute average) in what may be a top

The 47th Best Actress of All-Time: Vivien Leigh

best film: Gone With the Wind. This is a strength for Leigh- no doubt. Gone With the Wind is a masterpiece and a top 100 all-time film.  Streetcar Named Desire is a very solid film

The 48th Best Actress of All-Time: Michelle Williams

best film: Wendy and Lucy. This is no landslide as it’s very tight with Brokeback Mountain (an excellent film), Blue Valentine, and even Shutter Island. Clearly no masterpiece and that hurts her on this list.

The 49th Best Actress of All-Time: Charlize Theron

best film: Mad Max: Fury Road. As good as she is in Monster (won the Academy Award) she’s not on this list without Mad Max: Fury Road. She’s Sigourney Weaver in Aliens but in a

The 50th Best Actress of All-Time: Jean Arthur

best film: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is a weakness for this list and project here but she’s in five top 10 films which is a strength. I think both Shane and Only Angels Have

The 51st Best Actress of All-Time: Liza Minnelli

best film: Cabaret. I think her second best film is Arthur and I love Arthur but this isn’t close. Cabaret is a masterpiece and Fosse is, historically, an extremely underrated director. It actually took 8

The 52nd Best Actress of All-Time: Isuzu Yamada

best film: Yojimbo. I’m hoping to do a Kurosawa study in summer/fall of 2018 so perhaps when I do I’ll be swapping Throne of Blood and Yojimbo but for now I’m sticking with Yojimbo even

The 53rd Best Actress of All-Time: Claudette Colbert

best film: It Happened One Night. I really think a lot of The Palm Beach Story but this one is still pretty easy. It Happened One Night launched the screwball comedy subgenre (along with Hawks’

The 54th Best Actress of All-Time: Claudia Cardinale

best film: 8 ½ is the best film with Cardinale in it but her small archiveable filmography is loaded with great films including Once Upon a Time in the West which she is featured more

The 55th Best Actress of All-Time: Natalie Portman

best film: Heat. Heat is a top 100 film of all-time and I’m just not there on Black Swan though I think that film is also a masterpiece and of course Portman is a much

The 56th Best Actress of All-Time: Isabelle Huppert

best film: The Piano Teacher. I seem to be in the minorities of those who think this is superior to Amour. There’s also a legion of supporters for Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate. I’m far from done

The 57th Best Actress of All-Time: Tilda Swinton

best film: The Grand Budapest Hotel. Tilda has been in so many great films but I think, this instant, I’m going to go with GBH as the single best she’s been in. She’s not in

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