20 Favorite Actresses

The film blogosphere has another meme going around, this time started by Nathaniel R. of Film Experience, who has called for bloggers to celebrate twenty of their favorite actresses. No one’s tagged me, but that never stopped me before! So many actresses are worthy to be on a list like this, but in the end, I went with the actresses that can sell me on a film – the ones I’ll see in anything, just because they’re in it. Oh, and the level of my girl-crush on them is factored in as well. ;)

I originally wrote a paragraph about each actress (like Arbogast did in his very informative take on the meme), but opted instead for a more minimalist approach. If you want more info on the actresses or why I love them, let me know.

Maria Bello (especially: The Cooler, Thank You For Smoking, A History of Violence)

Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)

Rebecca Hall (especially: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Prestige)

Milla Jovovich (especially: The Fifth Element, Resident Evil series)

Maggie Gyllenhaal (especially: Secretary, Criminal)

Aishwarya Rai (especially: Kuch Naa Kaho, Bride and Prejudice)

Rachel Weisz (especially: The Constant Gardener, The Fountain)

Jean Arthur (especially: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Only Angels Have Wings)

Audrey Hepburn (especially: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade)

Irene Jacob (especially: The Double Life of Veronique, Red)

Grace Kelly (especially: Rear Window, To Catch a Thief)

Carole Lombard (especially: To Be or Not to Be, Twentieth Century)

Patricia Clarkson (especially: Good Night and Good Luck, The Station Agent)

Gloria Grahame (especially: In a Lonely Place, Oklahoma!)

Naomi Watts (especially: Mulholland Drive, Eastern Promises, 21 Grams)

Nicole Kidman (especially: Dogville, The Hours, To Die For)

Cate Blanchett (especially: Notes on a Scandal, I’m Not There, The Aviator)

Amy Adams (especially: Enchanted, Junebug)

Barbara Stanwyck (especially: The Lady Eve, Double Indemnity)

Anna Karina (especially: Band of Outsiders, Pierrot le fou, Une femme est une femme)