Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film

The Los Angeles Times just compiled a list of The 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film. It was an odd list, leaving out some obvious actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall, and including relative newcomers like Blake Lively (seriously, if you're going to pick an actress from Gossip Girl then it would have to be Leighton Meester). Anyway, instead of staying up all night worrying about who got left out I decided to do my own top 50.

Some criteria: 

The actresses must be in movies and not just in television, otherwise Mariska Hargitay would be on here.

They must be film stars, meaning they've starred in a film and not just appeared in one. If that were the case then my list would have to include the girl Otter picks up from The Emily Dickinson House during the road trip scene in Animal House. Don't even know her name.

This is no reflection on acting ability.

Lastly (and obviously) this is a subjective list. Except for Aishwarya Rai who has been scientifically proven to be beautiful.


50. Charlize Theron

49. Monica Belluci

48. Olivia Hussey

47. Brigitte Bardot

46. Maureen O'Sullivan

45. Salma Hayek

44. Ginger Rogers

43. Phoebe Cates

42. Reese Witherspoon

41. Jane Seymour

40. Vivien Leigh

39. Madeleine Carroll

38. Rosamund Pike

37. Jacqueline Bisset

36. Carla Gugino

35. Nicole Kidman

34. Jean Seberg

33. Halle Berry

32. Oliva DeHavilland

31. Nova Pilbeam

30. Mary Elizabeth Winstead

29. Kate Winslet

28. Scarlett Johansson

27. Anna Karina

26. Zhang Ziyi

25. Kim Novak

24.Audrey Hepburn

23. Rita Hayworth

22. Zoe Saldana
21. Diana Rigg

20. Marilyn Monroe

19. Amanda Seyfried

18. Aishwarya Rai

17. Natalie Portman

16. Lauren Bacall

15. Natalie Wood

14. Ava Gardner

13. Olivia Williams

12. Gene Tierney

11. Ashley Judd

10. Margaret Lockwood

9. Marion Cotillard

8. Gretchen Mol

7. Naomi Watts

6. Ingrid Bergman

5. Michelle Pfeiffer

4. Claudia Cardinale

3. Myrna Loy

2. Rachel Weisz

1. Grace Kelly


  1. Interesting that you omitted Angelina Jolie.
    Totally agree with Grace Kelly at Number One.
    I, personally, would have bumped Kate Winslet into the top 5.
    Overall, good list.

  2. I am glad you established your criteria or obviously Charlene and I would have made your list. Since of course, I was the featured star of Manatee County Education TV's "Fairy Tale Friends Help Us Win" highlighting the dangers of speaking to strangers (what a good cause!) and Charlene and I were an integral part of a Molly Ringwald movie (in the extreme far back of the parking lot).

    I am surprised that Audrey Tatou was not on the list. I think she's gorgeous.

  3. I know these things are highly subjective, like you mentioned, but I just thought I would add my two cents:
    1) Couldn't agree more with Princess Grace
    2) I have to agree with Amy, someone like Audrey Tatou or, say, Rosario Dawson could have easily taken Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's place. Reese Witherspoon is the height of bland and boring. And is Nicole Kidman really that good looking with a face that doesn't move? Like we all said: very subjective.
    3) I will say this: I am glad Angelina Jolie didn't make the cut.

    Otherwise, great job. This must have taken forever.

  4. Charlene, I love Kate Winslet but I wouldn't put her higher. Amy, I missed seeing you and Charlene in the Molly Ringwald movie otherwise you'd be an obvious number one and two.

    Kevin and Amy, Audrey Tatou was under definite consideration, and, Kevin, both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were tough to put on the list because lately they've both been bland/unattractive/uninteresting, but, at one point, early in her career (Fear, Pleasantville), I had a huge thing for Reese Witherspoon, and I do think that in a few films Nicole Kidman has been truly beautiful (not so much lately).

  5. Good list! Though, I wonder where Julie Andrews was, as pretty an actress she was, esp. in her two biggest hits, Mary Poppins and Sound of Music (and she's still pretty today). Also, I think Jaclyn Smith deserves a mention. She mostly made TV movies, but she did do a few movies that were made for theaters.

  6. where is angelina jolie?
    and, marilyn is number one!

  7. This is a list compiled by hormonal teenagers who decided to list one of their Moms at #1. (Ha-ha.) I am not hard-wired like heterosexuals to pick such a group of beauties, so I find the list to be kind of goofy and self-conscious. So what! Another example of the eternal mystery of Woman!

  8. Nice list (delighted to see Pfeiffer and Loy crack the top ten), but the equally luminous Carole Lombard deserves to be somewhere in the rankings. You could also make a good case for Loretta Young, an ethereal beauty through the late 1930s.

  9. Wow, a lot of women by far more beautiful than those in the list...

    Elizabeth Taylor
    Marilyn Monroe
    Angelina Jolie
    Charlize Theron

  10. Lena Horne should be added too. Good list though for top 50.