I don’t think anything will top the Most Beautiful TV News Women of 2008 blog, but this’ll have to do for now.
So this is my list of the 20 most attractive actresses in movies. I list them as the most “attractive” instead of “beautiful,” because though most of them are beautiful, “attractive” implies personality traits and other intangibles. The roles are also important, though this isn’t a list of great actresses – it’s a list of the most attractive women in my opinion based on their roles in these movies. So it’s sort of more the character than the person, since obviously I don’t know them.
Without going through the whole list, this competition was over before it began. Linda Hamilton has the nice girl, innocent look in “Terminator” and she shows she has a lot of heart. Then in “Terminator II” she becomes a bad ass. Franka Potente in “Bourne Identity” has moxie and style. If I had just seen her without her being in the role, she might not make the top 100, but she is pretty phenomenal in the role of Marie.
Sometimes it’s a particular scene that leaves the impression, like when Sigourney Weaver is possessed by a ghost in “Ghostbusters,” or when Phoebe Cates walks by the pool in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with an assist by the song “Moving in Stereo” by the Cars (one of the most underappreciated rock bands of all time). Then there’s the woman as authority figure, like P.J. Soles who played an MP in “Stripes,” a variation on the teacher theme. In “Silver Streak,” Jill Clayburgh looked wholesome; in “Basic Instinct” Sharon Stone did not.
Back before older women were called cougars, you had Jacqueline Bisset (“Class”), Anne Archer (“Patriot Games”) and of course, Anne Bancroft in “The Graduate,” who just edges out Katherine Ross from the same movie. Believe it or not, Linda Fiorentino of “Vision Quest” was also an older woman although she played someone who was only 21 in the movie. Her suitor in Vision Quest was 17. I always thought her character was more like 25 until I saw the movie again. Cheesy movie but great.
The mention of Sandra Bullock reminds me that I saw her twice in bars in Washington, D.C. about 10 years ago. Each time she had her hair colored blond (or was wearing a wig) like she has it in her new movie “The Blind Side.” It was definitely her. Once was in Atomic Billiards in Cleveland Park. I honestly can’t remember where the other time was. Anyway, I went up to her to talk. I didn’t mention anything about her looking like (or being) Sandra Bullock – just tried to talk with her but I have to say she was pretty underwhelmed. She blew me off both times. Then after that I told her I knew who she was. Again, she was a little bit unimpressed. Oh well.
So here you have it. I’m going to add pictures later.
- Linda Hamilton, Terminator
- Linda Hamilton, Terminator II
- Franka Potente, Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy
- P.J. Soles, Stripes
- Jacqueline Bisset, Class
- Sigourney Weaver, Ghostbusters
- Jill Clayburgh, Silver Streak
- Linda Fiorentino, Vision Quest
- Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct
- Anne Bancroft, The Graduate
- Katherine Ross, The Graduate
- Anne Archer, Patriot Games
- Julia Roberts, Ocean’s Eleven
- Sandra Bullock, Speed
- Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels
- Jessica Lange, King Kong
- Debra Winger, Officer and a Gentleman
- Halle Berry, Swordfish
- Robin Wright Penn, Forrest Gump
- Ashley Judd, Double Jeopardy
- Phoebe Cates, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Honorable Mention: Lynda Carter. I know she was a TV actress and hardly did any movies, but I had to include her on the list. She can occasionally be spotted in Bethesda, MD and looks as great as ever.
Anyway, I’m sure I’ve missed a ton of attractive actresses but this is the list. It was almost a year ago that I did the list of the most beautiful newswomen of 2008, and that blog entry has gotten more traffic than all my other blog posts combined.