Calling Meryl Streep, she being the great American actress. I’m not sure if there is anyone who goes to see film that doesn’t think she is marvelous. But, is there anyone else? Jennifer Lawrence seems to be the heir apparent. She was incredible in Winter’s Bone, heroic in The Hunger Games, wonderfully torn as Mystique in X-Men, beautifully disturbed in Silver Linings Playbook and she sizzled in American Hustle… not to mention she’s only twenty-three! People have been saying for a long time there are no good roles for women in film but when there is—who should take the reins and get the good roles. Who do you want to see or have seen and want to see more? There are plenty of good actresses in Hollywood but some, for varying reasons, don’t seem to be getting the chance to prove it.
10. Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger could be the poster child for all those people who say there are no good roles for women over thirty. She began as a model and cover girl and her breakout role was as a Bond girl. That, in turn, led to a Golden Globe nomination as Memo Paris in The Natural. She was wonderfully weird in Blind Date and in 1997 she actually won an Oscar for her performance in L.A. Confidential. Basinger has been in a strange assortment of films from 9 ½ Weeks to My Stepmother is an Alien and Batman to 8 Mile. She has proven that she has more than beauty—although she is still a marvel at 60!