//Top 100 Best Performances by an Actress 2000-2010

Top 100 Best Performances by an Actress 2000-2010

THE BEST 100 PERFORMANCES BY AN ACTRESS
2000-2010 

I have always been transfixed with female performances. As an actor myself I tend to always get very attached to female’s on film. I hope to begin a Women In Film Column on Film Misery soon, which will celebrate a different actress every week. In honor of my obsession, I have compiled a list of the best 100 performances by an actress between the years of 2000-2010. These performances range from leading roles, to supporting ones, and even a few cameos. They range from all types of films whether it be drama, comedy, horror, and musical. The size of the part doesn’t matter, only the performance on its own. I also didn’t consider the movie as a whole, only the performances, as some of these films I believe are flawed. But the following 100 performances I could watch over and over. I am sure a lot of you will agree and disagree with my choices and I welcome your opinions as well as your own lists if you’d like! I have tossed and turned over this list, and have finally made my official rankings, enjoy! (You can click on any image to see the larger collage)

100. Maggie Gylenhaal – Sherrybaby
99. Catherine O’Hara – Best In Show
98. Samantha Morton – Morvern Callar
97. Melanie Laurent – Inglorious Basterds
96. Grace Zabriskie – Inland Empire
95. Dianne Wiest – Synedoche NY
94. Parker Posey – Personal Velocity
93. Lindsay Beamish – Shortbus
92. Ashley Bell – The Last Exorcism
91. Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy


90. Debbie Doebereiner – Bubble
89. Ellen Barkin – Palindromes
88. Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain
87. Zooey Deshanel – The Good Girl
86. Christina Ricci – Pumpkin
85. Sally Hawkins – Happy Go Lucky
84. Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
83. Gwyneth Paltrow – The Royal Tenenbaums
82. Annette Benning – The Kid’s Are Alright
81. Meryl Streep – Adaptation


80. Jennifer Connelly – The House of Sand and Fog
79. Helen Mirren – Gosford Park
78. Julianne Moore – Chloe
77. Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
76. Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
75. Barbara Hershey – Black Swan
74. Naomi Watts – 21 Grams
73. Nicole Kidman – The Others
72. Natalie Portman – Closer
71. Amy Adams – Enchanted


70. Emily Watson – Punch Drunk Love
69. Sharon Stone – Bobby
68. Samantha Morton – Synedoche NY
67. Amy Adams – The Fighter
66. Penelope Cruz – Vicky Christina Barcelona
65. Annette Bening – Running With Scissors
64. Maggie Gylenhaal – Secretary
63. Cecile De Franc – High Tension
62. Scarlett Johanssen – Lost in Translation
61. Shohreh Aghdashloo – The House of Sand and Fog


60. Marisa Tomei – In the Bedroom
59. Patricia Clarkson – Dogville
58. Felicity Huffman – TransAmerica
57. Catherine Keener – Capote
56. Joan Allen – The Contender
55. Julie Christie – Away From Her
54. Patricia Clarkson – Pieces of April
53. Marcia Gay Harden – Pollock
52. Toni Collette – The Night Listener
51. Amy Adams – Doubt


50. Courtney Love – Beat
49. Brittany Murphy – The Dead Girl
48. Elaine May – Small Time Crooks
47. Kate Winslet – The Reader
46. Glenn Close – Heights
45. Sissy Spacek – In the Bedroom
44. Jessica Lange – Don’t Come Knocking
43. Ellen Page – Hard Candy
42. Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
41. Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton


40. Melissa Leo – The Fighter
39. Kirsten Dunst – Marie Antoinnette
38. Nicole Kidman – The Hours
37. Melissa Leo – Frozen River
36. Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
35. Viola Davis – Doubt
34. Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
33. Naomi Watts – Mulholland Drive
32. Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
31. Gabourey Sidibe – Precious


30. Catherine O’Hara – For Your Consideration
29. Tilda Swinton – I am Love
28. Kristen Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
27. Helen Mirren – The Queen
26. Vera Farmiga – Down to the Bone
25. Meryl Streep – Doubt
24. Charlotte Rampling – Swimming Pool
23. Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
22. Tilda Swinon – Julia
21. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Antichrist


20. Uma Thurman – Kill Bill
19. Laura Dern – Inland Empire
18. Thora Birch – Ghost World
17. Maria Bello – Downloading Nancy
16. Patricia Clarkson – The Dying Gaul
15. Julianne Moore – The Hours
14. Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
13. Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake
12. Natalie Portman – Black Swan
11. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose


10. Julianne Moore – Far From Heaven
9. Ashley Judd – Bug
8. Amy Adams – Junebug
7. Nicole Kidman – Dogville


6. Nicole Kidman – Birth
5. Mo’Nique – Precious
4. Charlize Theron – Monster


3. Isabelle Huppert – The Piano Teacher
2. Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream


1. Bjork – Dancer in the Dark

Casey is originally from South Carolina, but has lived in Chicago for the past 8 years. Besides being a huge movie buff, Casey is also an accomplished actor. Since age 3 he has been acting on stage...Full Bio.