The 58th Best Actress of All-Time: Emma Stone

best film: La La Land would be most actresses best film by a landslide but for Stone it’s actually pretty close with Birdman. I have these as the best films of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

The 59th Best Actress of All-Time: Joan Fontaine

best film: Letter From an Unknown Woman edged Rebecca for me and she’s lead, and superb, in both so you can’t really go wrong. This is a little more character-driven from Ophuls (which is perhaps

The 60st Best Actress of All-Time: Cate Blanchett

best film: The Lord of the Rings is well ahead of The Aviator and The Talented Mr. Ripley. best performance:  I think it’s Blue Jasmine but I’d accept a few others as well- she doesn’t have

The 61st Best Actress of All-Time: Susan Sarandon

best film:  Thelma and Louise. I think both Bull Durham and Dead Man Walking are right there but this is the weak link for Sarandon. I love Thelma and Louise but it’s no better than

The 62nd Best Actress of All-Time: Joan Crawford

best film:  Johnny Guitar. It’s not really close here. I think this is Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece and he’s a top 100 all-time director (in a lonely place, they live by night, rebel without a cause)

The 63rd Best Actress of All-Time: Glenn Close

best film:  Dangerous Liaisons. Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons is an excellent film but this is the big problem for close and what keeps her from being a top 50 all-time actress in my eyes. She hasn’t

The 64th Best Actress of All-Time: Anne Bancroft

best film:  The Graduate is an all-time great film and in my top 100 (where it will always remain). Bancroft is impeccable in it. Mike Nichols’ masterpiece is stylistic and he and Simon and Garfunkel

The 65th Best Actress of All-Time: Natalie Wood

best film:  The Searchers. If you want to go with West Side Story because she’s a bigger part of that film- that’s totally fair. She’s superb in West Wide Story and it rivals Rebel for

The 66th Best Actress of All-Time: Simone Signoret

best film:  La Ronde. I have this over Diabolique. Diabolique blew me away with my first viewing but didn’t hold up quite as well (I had it, initially, as a top 100 film). I look

The 67th Best Actress of All-Time: Marilyn Monroe

best film:  Some Like it Hot. This one is easy because her second and third best films are really small (but impossible to overlook) parts as the girlfriend on one scene in All About Eve

The 68th Best Actress of All-Time: Maureen O’Hara

best film:  The Quiet Man. I adore The Quiet Man and it gets a little lost in Ford’s robust oeuvre but it shouldn’t. There are supporters of How Green Was My Valley (even some who

The 69th Best Actress of All-Time: Jodie Foster

best film: Taxi Driver and her role is no cameo. She received a well-deserving Oscar nom for supporting actress in it. This is, of course, one of Scorsese’s seminal films and he’s one of cinema’s seminal

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