Best Actress Oscar Winners

Want to know the best Best Actress Oscar Winners?  How about the worst Best Actress Oscar Winners?  Curious about Best Actress Oscar Winners box office grosses or which Best Actress Oscar Winners picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Best Actress Oscar Winners got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which one got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place …. because we have all of that information.

Since 1927, there have been 90 Best Actress Oscar Winners. This page will rank all 90 Best Actress Oscar Winning movies from Best to Worst in five different sortable columns of information.  If you use the sort and search buttons the massive table becomes very interactive.

The latest Best Actress Oscar winner…Emma Stone for La La Land has been added to the page

Best Actress Oscar Winners Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In The Table Below

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

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  • Sort Best Actress Oscar® Winning Movies by critic reviews and audiences voting.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Best Actress Oscar Winning Movie received.
  • Sort Best Actress Oscar Winning Movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Movie Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.  The ceiling to earn points for box office is $200 million…once a movie passes that mark it stops earning points in that category.
RankBest Actress WinnerMovie (Year)Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Louise FletcherOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)$448.2092.50%09 / 0596.07
Vivien LeighGone with the Wind (1939)$1758.3090.00%13 / 0895.30
Jodie FosterSilence of the Lambs, The (1991)$261.8089.00%07 / 0593.01
Claudette ColbertIt Happened One Night (1934)$190.7091.00%05 / 0592.33
Greer GarsonMrs. Miniver (1942)$445.0081.00%12 / 0691.07
Shirley MacLaineTerms of Endearment (1983)$290.2081.67%11 / 0590.88
Liza MinnelliCabaret (1972)$304.3082.50%10 / 0889.66
Elizabeth TaylorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)$214.6084.50%13 / 0589.34
Vivien LeighStreetcar Named Desire, A (1951)$231.2085.00%12 / 0488.98
Julie AndrewsMary Poppins (1964)$887.8081.00%13 / 0588.95
Jessica TandyDriving Miss Daisy (1989)$226.3076.50%09 / 0487.96
Diane KeatonAnnie Hall (1977)$184.9086.00%05 / 0487.86
Luise RainerGood Earth, The (1937)$259.6085.00%05 / 0287.15
Faye DunawayNetwork (1976)$167.0088.00%10 / 0487.14
Jennifer JonesSong of Bernadette, The (1943)$377.3077.00%12 / 0487.09
Jane WymanJohnny Belinda (1948)$236.6080.50%12 / 0186.94
Katharine HepburnLion in Winter, The (1968)$184.0088.00%07 / 0386.73
Barbra StreisandFunny Girl (1968)$484.0082.50%08 / 0186.46
Katharine HepburnOn Golden Pond (1981)$361.7079.50%10 / 0386.41
Emma StoneLa La Land (2016)$140.2390.50%14 / 0686.40
Helen HuntAs Good as It Gets (1997)$272.7081.67%07 / 0286.21
Sissy SpacekCoal Miner's Daughter (1980)$303.9080.00%07 / 0185.50
Ingrid BergmanGaslight (1944)$192.3083.00%07 / 0285.07
Gwyneth PaltrowShakespeare in Love (1998)$180.3076.00%13 / 0784.88
Judy HollidayBorn Yesterday (1950)$206.5081.00%05 / 0184.55
Julia RobertsErin Brockovich (2000)$196.4078.67%05 / 0182.91
Anna MagnaniRose Tattoo, The (1955)$194.5075.50%08 / 0382.88
Joan CrawfordMildred Pierce (1945)$239.9082.00%06 / 0182.29
CherMoonstruck (1987)$173.9081.33%06 / 0381.72
Hilary SwankMillion Dollar Baby (2004)$136.4087.00%07 / 0481.26
Katharine HepburnGuess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)$395.1071.00%10 / 0281.20
Grace KellyCountry Girl, The (1954)$361.3077.00%07 / 0280.94
Luise RainerGreat Ziegfeld, The (1936)$347.2064.50%07 / 0380.92
Audrey HepbunRoman Holiday (1953)$127.7090.33%10 / 0380.30
Ingrid BergmanAnastasia (1956)$219.0079.50%02 / 0179.76
Olivia de HavillandHeiress, The (1949)$125.3089.00%08 / 0479.10
Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook (2012)$139.9085.50%08 / 0178.17
Olivia de HavillandTo Each His Own (1946)$234.3081.00%02 / 0177.97
Sandra BullockBlind Side, The (2009)$287.7071.50%02 / 0177.75
Joan FontaineSuspicion (1941)$155.4080.25%03 / 0176.61
Bette DavisJezebel (1938)$133.1084.50%05 / 0276.54
Reese WitherspoonWalk the Line (2005)$157.4080.50%05 / 0176.09
Janet GaynorSunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)$93.4089.50%04 / 0374.94
Loretta YoungFarmer's Daughter, The (1947)$203.2074.50%02 / 0174.92
Natalie PortmanBlack Swan (2010)$113.9086.50%05 / 0173.39
Patricia NealHud (1963)$140.0079.50%07 / 0373.03
Ginger RogersKitty Foyle (1940)$147.1073.00%05 / 0172.71
Susan HaywardI Want to Live! (1958)$128.5083.00%06 / 0172.55
Jane FondaComing Home (1978)$117.6077.00%08 / 0372.30
Jane FondaKlute (1971)$123.9084.00%02 / 0170.08
Sally FieldPlaces in the Heart (1984)$87.6084.00%07 / 0269.83
Shirley BoothCome Back, Little Sheba (1952)$149.0072.50%03 / 0169.59
Kathy BatesMisery (1990)$122.1084.00%01 / 0169.29
Sally FieldNorma Rae (1979)$100.9080.50%04 / 0269.16
Holly HunterPiano, The (1993)$81.8082.50%08 / 0369.07
Glenda JacksonTouch of Class, A (1973)$106.8077.50%05 / 0167.82
Ellen BurstynAlice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)$107.9084.50%03 / 0166.98
Elizabeth TaylorButterfield 8 (1960)$263.6054.50%02 / 0166.77
Frances McDormandFargo (1996)$60.3088.00%07 / 0266.20
Helen MirrenQueen, The (2006)$72.3082.67%06 / 0165.67
Anne BancroftMiracle Worker, The (1962)$80.3086.00%05 / 0265.44
Emma ThompsonHowards End (1992)$52.7082.50%09 / 0365.04
Norma ShearerDivorcee, The (1930)$109.2069.50%04 / 0164.79
Nicole KidmanHours, The (2002)$60.6078.50%09 / 0163.78
Meryl StreepSophie's Choice (1982)$86.1079.67%05 / 0163.78
Marie DresslerMin and Bill (1931)$145.3064.00%01 / 0163.60
Sophia LorenTwo Women (1961)$97.6085.00%01 / 0163.58
Susan SarandonDead Man Walking (1995)$76.3084.50%04 / 0162.27
Marlee MatlinChildren of a Lesser God (1986)$72.4076.00%05 / 0162.26
Jodie FosterAccused, The (1988)$65.8083.00%01 / 0160.88
Julie ChristieDarling (1965)$81.8071.00%05 / 0360.85
Simone SignoretRoom at the Top (1959)$38.1083.50%06 / 0259.75
Brie LarsonRoom (2015)$12.9090.00%04 / 0159.38
Joanne WoodwardThree Faces of Eve, The (1957)$60.2081.00%01 / 0158.40
Glenda JacksonWomen in Love (1970)$48.2081.50%04 / 0156.72
Katharine HepburnMorning Glory (1933)$80.2070.50%01 / 0156.57
Kate WinsletReader, The (2008)$40.1072.33%05 / 0155.58
Maggie SmithPrime of Miss Jean Brodie, The (1969)$33.9082.50%02 / 0154.80
Charlize TheronMonster (2003)$48.2077.50%01 / 0154.74
Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine (2013)$34.6079.50%03 / 0154.46
Halle BerryMonster's Ball (2001)$46.7078.50%02 / 0154.12
Hilary SwankBoys Don't Cry (1999)$19.2082.00%02 / 0152.88
Julianne MooreStill Alice (2014)$18.8082.50%01 / 0152.71
Geraldine PageTrip to Bountiful, The (1985)$17.8082.50%02 / 0151.66
Helen HayesSin of Madelon Claudet, The (1932)$71.2061.00%01 / 0150.71
Bette DavisDangerous (1935)$46.8068.00%01 / 0150.21
Mary PickfordCoquette (1929)$107.7047.00%01 / 0149.78
Marion CotillardLa Vie en Rose (2007)$12.6075.00%03 / 0249.61
Jessica TandyBlue Sky (1994)$6.9069.00%01 / 0144.51
Meryl StreepIron Lady, The (2011)$31.9058.00%02 / 0244.13
Audrey Hepburn in 1953's Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn in 1953’s Roman Holiday

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Conspiracy Theory:  The time…the 59th Academy Awards®.  As is the custom the previous year’s Best Actor winner was the presenter of the Best Actress Award.  In this case that meant William Hurt had the duty to announce the category.  At the time Hurt was in a relationship Marlee Matlin.  Hurt and Matlin had starred in Children Of A Lesser God together and had become an off screen couple.  What if Sigourney Weaver’s name was really the winner and Hurt called the love of his life…Marlee Matlin? Only three people in the entire world would know the truth…..Hurt and the two accountants responsible for keeping the results secret.  Would the two accountants really rush on to the stage during one of the most heart felt Oscar® acceptance speeches and take the Oscar® away from the hearing impaired Matlin?

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54 thoughts on “Best Actress Oscar Winners

  1. Hey Rory 53…..I agree some of the movies have not aged well. Mrs. Miniver was a movie that helped England… As a morale booster. But today it has lost must of its emotional impact. This list pretty shows how movies have changed over years. I appreciate the vist and the comment.

  2. Great list – it’s quite interesting when looking through it that today some of these films are almost unwatchable. In my opinion ‘Mrs Miniver’ is probably the worst. It is so contrived and ridiculous – representing an ‘Average British Family’ – Total nonsense and a terrible film.

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