God as my witness, these are the most acclaimed actresses on the planet.
13. Elizabeth Taylor, "BUtterfield 8" (1961) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
Elizabeth Taylor's ranking here proves how formidable her competition is, because her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is a brutal, viperish acting moment that forever changed the public's perception of her talent. She scorches Richard Burton, entices George Segal, and beguiles Sandy Dennis -- all believably, with some of the most heightened and strangely funny dialogue of the '60s. The problem is in her first Oscar-winning performance, the centerpiece of the pulpy melodrama "BUtterfield 8." Taylor had been ill and almost died during Oscar voting in '61, and her acting (determined and sometimes grounded though it is) barely even matters when you consider the goodwill that vaulted her to the Oscar dais. For a hooker with a heart of gold in "BUtterfield 8" she's passable, but she doesn't nail the funny dialogue with the ferocity of her later performances.