My current Top 5

My current Top 5


Best Actress Ranking - Update

Here is a new update. The newly added performance is highlighted in bold. 

1. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939)
2. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
3. Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress (1949)
4. Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967)
5. Janet Gaynor in Seventh Heaven (1927-1928)   
6. Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
7. Edith Evans in The Whisperers (1967)
8. Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938)
9. Greta Garbo in Ninotchka (1939)
10. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

11. Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941)
12. Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965)
13. Glenda Jackson in Women in Love (1970)
14. Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire (1941)
15. Julie Christie in Away from Her (2007)
16. Shelley Winters in A Place in the Sun (1951)
17. Ingrid Bergman in The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
18. Greer Garson in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
19. Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959)
20. Meryl Streep in One True Thing (1998)

21. Katharine Hepburn in Guess who’s coming to dinner (1967)
22. Teresa Wright in The Pride of the Yankees (1942) 
23. Jennifer Jones in Love Letters (1945)
24. Ellen Burstyn in Same Time, Next Year (1978)
25. Susan Hayward in My Foolish Heart (1949)
26. Diane Keaton in Marvin's Room (1996)
27. Loretta Young in Come to the Stable (1949)  
28. Mary Pickford in Coquette (1928-29)
29. Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point (1977)
30. Irene Dunne in Cimarron (1930-1931)

31. Diana Wynyard in Cavalcade (1932-1933)


GM said...

Waited so long to see a performance I adore to be ranked so low, haha kidding

Miss your posts, Fritz.

Anonymous said...

She's great and has some truly heartbreaking moments but it's not the amazing performance I thought it would be and Gordon Pinsent stole the movie. Also I felt her final scene could have been handled in a completely different way, as it was I found it a bit underwhelming. Still, the scene in the middle of the movie in which Pinsent's character tells her he's her husband is devastating.

Fritz said...

Thanks for your comments!

@GM: well, she is actually not ranked low - at the moment she is right in the middle which is still rather good :)

@Ano: I agree that Gordon Pinsent was the stand-out in the movie. Julie has some amazing scenes, though...

Allen said...

I have a funny relationship with this movie--have seen it three times now, the first two times I was in high school and didn't understand the praise, the third time I watched with a more mature set of eyes and actually really appreciated it. Think it may take another viewing to have a fully functioning opinion!

joe burns said...

What are your full thoughts on Christie?

Fritz said...

They are basically the same as they were when I wrote my initial review on her.

joe burns said...

Ah I see- that makes sense.