While Hollywood would be nowhere without all our handsome, leading men–the hunks we’d love to have chasing after us in an attempt to win our hearts–it’s always been those dynamic leading ladies that have anchored audiences in theatres everywhere, bringing us back, time and time again–to once more catch that signature glance, wave or tip of the head that literally stole the show. From their glamorous leading looks to the words we’ll always remember them speaking, these leading ladies will always retain a huge spot in the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. The list that follows is in no way to be taken as a complete selection, and the order in which these leading ladies are listed is in no way ordered by rankings. It’s just a list of some loved by the entire world. You should agree.
She poignantly ripped the hearts from the chests of audiences everywhere with her untimely passing in Steel Magnolias, and the extensive list of her awesome performances go on, with certain most memorable roles in Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. Her effervescent charisma and charm draw immediate attention whenever she walks into a room or shows up on screen. With her contagious laughter paired with her ideal body for modeling wardrobes, she rocked Erin Brockovich and Notting Hill with the delicious Hugh Grant.
In all of Hollywood history, Meryl Streep may just be the one who has more of everything completely covered, with her classic, sculpted beauty, her talent, versatility and her selfless commitment to portray some of the least glamorous roles for Hollywood leading females. Her range is staggering, when it comes to how she so smoothly slips into the character of her current persona, and pulls us in like nobody else could. We cried with her in the Bridges of Madison County, and we loved to hate her in The Devil Wears Prada. In It’s Complicated, we all hoped that we would be as resilient and as plugged-in as her character, when reaching that time in life. With Meryl, it’s always a win.
With absolute beauty, refinement and one of the best noses in Hollywood, Halle Berry can rock any hairstyle, from pixie to luxuriously long tresses. Whatever she appears in, both onscreen and off it, somehow look ideal when hanging from her body. We’d hate her, if she weren’t so across the board acceptable, and she manages to capture the hearts of men and women both, with her charm, her smile and her genuine grace. Her salary reveals her top ranking among Hollywood leading ladies, and her Oscar win, in Monster’s Ball netted her a “first,” among African-American Oscar recipients. Catwoman, X-Men, Perfect Stranger and so much more…
If Kate Winslet had never done another single role, she would continue to live on in the minds and hearts of audiences, from her ultimately defining role in Titanic, which immediately catapulted this English-born star directly among the insider privileged. Her more widely recognized roles have been well-performed, but this amazing leading lady has an impressive repertoire of independent movies that will not disappoint: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Holiday, Contagion and Heavenly Creatures.
This classic Hollywood beauty has demonstrated her versatility She’s got the face and style of the iconic mother, favorite sister, girlfriend and seductress, all in one. She was once featured on the cover of Time magazine, being dubbed as the “next Grace Kelly.” In Rumble Fish and The Outsiders, she shone as the consummate bad boy’s girl, and in her later roles, Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun and A Walk on the Moon, she demonstrated her wide range of talent.