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Top 50 Most Popular 90s Actresses [2022]

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated May 24, 2022


top 90s actresses

 

The 1990s may have been a game-changing decade for the global civilization at large but it was also a defining period for Hollywood in more ways than one.

 

The ticket counters during the period were loaded with earth-shattering blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, to name a few.

 

However, those who were living the 90s to its fullest also saw the unprecedented rise of some low-budget motion pictures that went on to become serious cult features in due time.

 

These were films like Scream and Pulp Fiction. In addition to all this, the viewers also saw the emergence of a new group of sensational female film stars who promised to set the box office ablaze with their screen presence.

 

Not only did these actresses redefine how characters were sketched for women but they also set striking fashion trends that caught the attention of millions of viewers worldwide.

 

These hugely popular, decorated, and admired actresses starred in some of the finest feature films of the 90s and, therefore, cemented their well-deserved place in the annals of cinema history.

 

Needless to say, many of the actresses who we are going to be mentioning on our list have gone on to become huge stars in their own right.

 

Often, they have been seen carrying a well-structured mainstream project on their shoulders with ease and finesse.

 

So, while these outstanding female performers cemented their legacies during the decade, they also cemented their respective places in the hearts of their very many fans.

 

This is our list of 50 of the most revered and popular female screen stars of the 1990s.

 

 

50. Fairuza Balk

 

Fairuza Balk

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 21, 1974
Place of Birth Point Reyes, California, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1983
Debut Film The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

 

Fairuza Balk is an actress, musician, and visual artist who has had a decent amount of influence on pop culture; especially in the 1990s.

 

Often seen playing dark characters, she has appeared in a number of independent and blockbuster features.

 

During the 1990s, Fairuza Balk could be seen making her presence felt in movies such as Gas Food Lodging, Imaginary Crimes, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, and The Craft, to name a few.

 

 

 

49. Marisa Tomei

 

Marisa Tomei

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 4, 1964
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Height 161 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut Film The Toxic Avenger

 

Marisa Tomei made her debut playing a minor role in the feature film titled The Toxic Avenger in 1984.

 

She continued to gain recognition throughout the 1990s.

 

The stunning actress shot to fame after having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the comedy film My Cousin Vinny.

 

She was also seen in movies such as Chaplin, Slums of Beverly Hills, Untamed Heart, Only You, and The Perez Family during the 1990s.

 

 

 

48. Laura Elizabeth Dern

 

Laura Elizabeth Dern

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 10, 1967
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1973
Debut Film White Lightning

 

Laura Elizabeth Dern, who will next be seen in the mega motion picture Jurassic World Dominion, has been acting since the beginning of the 1970s.

 

She is a recipient of an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and five Golden Globe Awards. 

 

She has been seen in motion pictures such as Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose, A Perfect World, and Jurassic Park during the 1990s.

 

She continued to reprise her role in the Jurassic Park franchise in the films following the first installment.

 

 

 

47. Whoopi Goldberg

 

Whoopi Goldberg

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 13, 1955
Place of Birth Chelsea, New York, United States of America
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1982
Debut Film Citizen

 

Whoopi Goldberg, who was born as Caryn Elaine Johnson, has made her presence felt both on the big and small screen.

 

She has been a part of close to 200 acting projects in her career so far.

 

The actress was seen in feature films such as Ghost, Sister Act, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Ghosts of Mississippi, and Soapdish during the 1990s.

 

She has been a recipient of various accolades and continues to act to this very day.

 

 

 

46. Sarah Michelle Prinze

 

Sarah Michelle Prinze

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 14, 1977
Place of Birth Long Island, New York, United States of America
Height 163 centimeters
Debut Year 1983
Debut Film An Invasion of Privacy

 

Sarah Michelle Prinze was spotted at the tender age of four and was soon selected to play a role in the television movie, titled An Invasion of Privacy.

 

Playing a role in shows such as Swans Crossing and All My Children brought her fame during the 1990s.

 

She was also seen in feature films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, and Cruel Intentions during the same period.

 

 

 

45. Frances Louise McDormand

 

Frances Louise McDormand

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 23, 1957
Place of Birth Gibson City, Illinois, United States of America
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut Film Blood Simple

 

Frances Louise McDormand is an acclaimed actress who has won various accolades in her career thus far.

 

In fact, she is only one of the few mainstream actors to have achieved the "Triple Crown of Acting." 

 

The extraordinary screen performer was seen in well-received features such as Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, and Fargo during the 1990s.

 

For her performance as a police detective in Fargo, she ended up winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress.

 

 

 

44. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

 

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 22, 1976
Place of Birth New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Height 157 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut Film The Man in the Moon

 

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is popularly known as Reese Witherspoon.

 

She is a fantastic screen performer who burst into the mainstream at the beginning of the 1990s.

 

Laura is often ranked among Hollywood's highest-paid actresses.

 

She has been a recipient of an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards, respectively.

 

She was seen in titles such as Election, Cruel Intentions, Best Laid Plans during the 1990s.

 

 

 

43. Julianne Moore

 

Julianne Moore

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 3, 1960
Place of Birth Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut TV Show The Edge of Night

 

Julie Anne Smith, who is professionally known as Julianne Moore, started her acting career during the first half of the 1980s.

 

She is often seen playing emotionally troubled women in her projects.

 

She is the recipient of an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Emmy Awards, respectively.

 

The talented and charming screen performer was seen in flicks such as Short Cuts, Safe, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Boogie Nights during the 1990s.

 

 

 

42. Emily Margaret Watson OBE

 

Emily Margaret Watson OBE

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 14, 1967
Place of Birth Islington, London, United Kingdom
Height 173 centimeters
Debut Year 1994
Debut TV Show Performance

 

Emily Watson is a popular British actress who made her big and small screen debut during the first half of the 1990s.

 

The actress was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in her debut feature film, titled Breaking the Waves.

 

She was seen in flicks such as The Boxer, Hilary and Jackie, and Angela's Ashes during the late 1990s.

 

For Hilary and Jackie, she won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.

 

 

 

41. Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 25, 1969
Place of Birth Swansea, United Kingdom
Height 171 centimeters
Debut Year 1990
Debut Film 1001 Nights

 

The enigmatic Catherine Zeta-Jones managed to charm the audience throughout the 1990s with her undeniable screen presence.

 

She was seen in feature films such as 1001 Nights, Entrapment, and The Mask of Zorro during the period.

 

In addition, she was also appreciated for her character projection in the British television series, titled The Darling Buds of May.

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones continued to deliver as a performer in well-known projects during the 2000s as well.

 

 

 

40. Renée Kathleen Zellweger

 

Renée Kathleen Zellweger

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 25, 1969
Place of Birth Katy, Texas, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1992
Debut Film A Taste for Killing

 

She was one of the world's highest-paid actresses in 2007.  

 

Renée Zellweger has been a recipient of two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards, respectively.

 

She made her debut at the beginning of the 1990s. 

 

She acted in films such as Dazed and Confused, Reality Bites, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Jerry Maguire, and One True Thing, to name a few.

 

Renée Zellweger continued to be a reliable name as she stepped into the new millennium.

 

 

39. Sarah Jessica Parker

 

Sarah Jessica Parker

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 25, 1965
Place of Birth Nelsonville, Ohio, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1974
Debut Film The Little Match Girl

 

This actress and television producer was also coming into her own during the 1990s.

 

She is a recipient of six Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker was seen in motion pictures such as The First Wives Club, L. A. Story, Ed Wood, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Hocus Pocus during the 1990s.

 

She is also known for playing one of the central characters on an HBO series titled Sex and the City that commenced during the second half of the decade.

 

 

38. Jennifer Joanna Aniston

 

Jennifer Joanna Aniston

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 11, 1969
Place of Birth Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 164 centimeters
Debut Year 1988
Debut Film Mac and Me

 

Jennifer is the daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. 

 

Jennifer Aniston made her big-screen debut by playing an uncredited role in Mac and Me.

 

She first came into the spotlight after having been featured in a horror film titled Leprechaun.

 

Jennifer rose to fame with the blockbuster sitcom Friends which is credited with bringing her international fame and success.

 

She was also seen in films such as Office Space, The Object of My Affection, and Picture Perfect during the 1990s.

 

 

37. Kathleen Doyle Bates

 

Kathleen Doyle Bates

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 28, 1948
Place of Birth Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1971
Debut Film Taking Off

 

Kathleen Doyle Bates is known in her professional space as Kathy Bates.

 

She has been facing the camera ever since the beginning of the 1970s.

 

She has played a variety of roles in both dramatic and comedy feature films.

 

She has received an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards, respectively.

 

Kathy Bates was seen in flicks such as Misery, Dolores Claiborne, The Waterboy, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Titanic during the 1990s.

 

 

36. Jennifer Lynn Connelly

 

Jennifer Lynn Connelly

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 12, 1970
Place of Birth Cairo, New York, United States of America
Height 169 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut Film Once Upon a Time in America

 

Jennifer is known for her dark hair and beautiful green eyes. 

 

Connelly had made her big-screen debut as a 13-year-old with the acclaimed crime drama, titled Once Upon a Time in America.

 

After having worked as a fashion model, she decided to take her acting career seriously.

 

The actress was seen in motion pictures such as Career Opportunities, The Rocketeer, Dark City, and Waking the Dead during the 1990s.

 

 

35. Jennifer Love Hewitt

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 21, 1979
Place of Birth Waco, Texas, United States of America
Height 157 centimeters
Debut Year 1989
Debut TV Show Kids Incorporated

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt is an actress, producer, and singer.

 

She was first seen playing a key role in the television show titled, Kids Incorporated.

 

She shot to fame after having featured in the Fox teen drama, called Party of Five.

 

She gained further fame during the 1990s as she continued to appear in popular feature films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, its 1998 sequel, and Can't Hardly Wait, to name a few.

 

 

34. Hilary Ann Swank

 

Hilary Ann Swank

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 30, 1974
Place of Birth Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America
Height 168 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut TV Show Evening Shade

 

Hilary Ann Swank was first seen playing a part in television shows such as Evening Shade and Camp Wilder.

 

She made her big-screen debut with Buffy the Vampire Slayer; a feature film in which she played a minor role.

 

She shot to fame after having appeared in the fourth installment of The Karate Kid franchise, titled The Next Karate Kid.

 

Hilary Swank was also appreciated for her character play in the eighth season of Beverly Hills, 90210 during the second half of the 1990s.

 

 

33. Neve Adrianne Campbell

 

Neve Adrianne Campbell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 3, 1973
Place of Birth Guelph, Canada
Height 170 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut TV Show My Secret Identity

 

Neve Adrianne Campbell is best known for her work in drama and horror movies.

 

She has become an influential figure over the years and is often regarded as a scream queen and sex symbol. 

 

The actress made a name for herself by starring in the Canadian drama show, titled Catwalk.

 

She also appeared in the teen drama series, Party of Five.

 

When it comes to the movies, she was seen in titles such as Scream, The Craft, Wild Things, and Scream 2 during the 1990s.

 

 

32. Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver

 

Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 8, 1949
Place of Birth Manhattan, New York, United States of America
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1976
Debut TV Show Somerset

 

Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver is known in her professional space as Sigourney Weaver.

 

She has been working in the film industry since the second half of the 1970s.

 

Needless to say, she had a fair bit of cinematic experience venturing into the 1990s.

 

It is not surprising then to consider the fact that she has been a recipient of a British Academy Film Award and two Golden Globe Awards, respectively.

 

She was seen in flicks such as Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Death and the Maiden, and The Ice Storm during the 1990s.

 

 

31. Jamie Lee Curtis

 

Jamie Lee Curtis

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 22, 1958
Place of Birth Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Height 170 centimeters
Debut Year 1977
Debut TV Show Quincy M.E.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis is also known to have started her acting career by playing a number of television roles.

 

The actress has been a recipient of two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, respectively.

 

She was seen in motion pictures such as True Lies, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, and Forever Young.

 

She also acted in Blue Steel, My Girl, Virus, and Mother's Boys during the 1990s.

 

 

30. Jennifer Jason Leigh

 

Jennifer Jason Leigh

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 5, 1962
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1976
Debut Film The Spy Who Never Was

 

This American actress, producer, and writer was seen playing roles on television during the 1970s before she made it big in the movies.

 

Her spectacular character projection in Fast Times at Ridgemont High brought her widespread recognition.

 

She was then seen in feature films such as Miami Blues, Backdraft, Single White Female, and Short Cuts during the 1990s.

 

Also, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.

 

 

29. Jessica Phyllis Lange

 

Jessica Phyllis Lange

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 20, 1949
Place of Birth Cloquet, Minnesota, United States of America
Height 171 centimeters
Debut Year 1976
Debut Film King Kong

 

Jessica Phyllis Lange has won two Academy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, making her the 13th actress to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting.

 

The talented screen performer made her acting debut with the popular feature film titled King Kong. 

 

She has been seen in projects such as Blue Sky, Men Don't Leave, O Pioneers!, A Thousand Acres, and Titus during the 1990s.

 

She was nominated for several acting accolades during the aforementioned period.

 

 

28. Glenn Close

 

Glenn Close

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 19, 1947
Place of Birth Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1975
Debut TV Show Great Performances

 

Glenn Close made her acting debut during the second half of the 1970s.

 

She has had a career that has spanned over four decades.

 

The actress was seen in projects such as Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Reversal of Fortune, and Air Force One during the 1990s.

 

She has been a recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and three Tony Awards, respectively.

 

 

27. Goldie Jeanne Hawn

 

Goldie Jeanne Hawn

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 21, 1945
Place of Birth Washington, D.C., United States of America
Height 168 centimeters
Debut Year 1967
Debut TV Show Good Morning World

 

Goldie Jeanne Hawn started her acting career by featuring in a television show, titled Good Morning World.

 

The actress is known to have posed for the cover of Playboy at the age of 39.

 

She was seen in motion pictures such as Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, Housesitter, and The Out-of-Towners during the 1990s.

 

She had maintained her position as a bankable star for about three decades, if not more.

 

 

26. Bette Midler

 

Bette Midler

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 1, 1945
Place of Birth Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Height 155 centimeters
Debut Year 1966
Debut Film Hawaii

 

Bette Midler is yet another actress who had managed to make a name for herself before the beginning of the 1990s.

 

The actress was seen playing minor roles at the start of her acting career.

 

She has been a recipient of four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and a Kennedy Center Honor, respectively.

 

She was seen in flicks such as Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club, For the Boys, and Gypsy during the 1990s.

 

 

25. Holly Patricia Hunter

 

Holly Patricia Hunter

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 20, 1958
Place of Birth Conyers, Georgia, United States of America
Height 157 centimeters
Debut Year 1981
Debut Film The Burning

 

Holly Patricia Hunter was first seen in a feature film titled The Burning in 1981.

 

She soon became a well-known face within the film industry.

 

Recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards.

 

She has been seen in motion pictures such as The Piano, The Firm, and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.

 

She has also starred in Crash, and Home for the Holidays throughout the 1990s.

 

 

24. Alicia Silverstone

 

Alicia Silverstone

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 4, 1976
Place of Birth San Francisco, California, United States of America
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1992
Debut TV Show The Wonder Years

 

Alicia Silverstone made her small screen debut with The Wonder Years. She made her big-screen debut with The Crush.

 

She has been a part of the movie-making industry since the beginning of the 1990s.

 

Her performance in the aforementioned film earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.

 

She was seen in motion pictures such as Clueless, True Crime, and the big-budget action drama titled Batman & Robin during the 1990s.

 

 

23. Angelina Jolie DCMG

 

Angelina Jolie DCMG

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 4, 1975
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 169 centimeters
Debut Year 1982
Debut Film Lookin' to Get Out

 

Angelina Jolie has been named among the highest-paid Hollywood actresses multiple times throughout the course of her celebrated film career.

 

She was first seen making an appearance as a child artist in a feature film titled Lookin' to Get Out.

 

She has featured in motion pictures such as Gia, Hackers, Cyborg 2, and George Wallace during the 1990s.

 

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her stupendous performance in Girl, Interrupted in 1999.

 

That said, Angelina Jolie turned out to be an even bigger star with the dawn of the new decade.

 

 

22. Angela Evelyn Bassett

 

Angela Evelyn Bassett

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 16, 1958
Place of Birth New York, New York, United States of America
Height 163 centimeters
Debut Year 1986
Debut Film F/X

 

Angela is a captivating and gifted actress. She is extremely talented and has always given her best performance.

 

Angela Evelyn Bassett has been a recipient of three Black Reel Awards, a Golden Globe Award, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award in her acting career, thus far.

 

The talented actress made a name for herself by appearing in feature films such as Boyz n the Hood, Malcolm X, and What's Love Got to Do with It.

 

She also starred in Panther, Contact, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back throughout the 1990s.

 

 

21. Helena Bonham Carter CBE

 

Helena Bonham Carter CBE

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 26, 1966
Place of Birth London, United Kingdom
Height 157 centimeters
Debut Year 1983
Debut Film A Pattern of Roses

 

Helena Bonham Carter made her acting debut in a television movie titled A Pattern of Roses.  

 

She is an English actress who is known for her work both in blockbuster and independent feature films.

 

An actress of great versatility, she has received various accolades in her career so far.

 

She was seen in movies such as Hamlet, Howards End, The Wings of the Dove, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Fight Club throughout the 1990s.

 

 

20. Diane Hall Keaton

 

Diane Hall Keaton

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 5, 1946
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 169 centimeters
Debut Year 1970
Debut Film Lovers and Other Strangers

 

Diane is known for her distinct personality and fashion style.

 

Diane Hall Keaton has been making her presence felt in the movies right from the beginning of the 1970s.

 

The actress has been a recipient of an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and the AFI Life Achievement Award, respectively.

 

She was seen in features such as The Godfather Part III, Marvin's Room, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Father of the Bride, and The First Wives Club throughout the 1990s.

 

 

19. Geena Davis

 

Geena Davis

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 21, 1956
Place of Birth Wareham, Massachusetts, United States of America
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 1982
Debut Film Tootsie

 

Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is professionally known as Geena Davis.

 

She made her acting debut by featuring in the popular feature film Tootsie.

 

She is a recipient of an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

 

Geena has even received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her effort to fight gender bias both on and off-screen in the film industry.

 

Geena Davis was seen in feature films such as Quick Change, Thelma & Louise, Hero, Angie, Speechless, and A League of Their Own during the 1990s.

 

 

18. Kimila Ann Basinger

 

Kimila Ann Basinger

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 8, 1953
Place of Birth Athens, Georgia, United States of America
Height 172 centimeters
Debut Year 1976
Debut TV Show Gemini Man

 

Kimila Ann Basinger is popularly known as Kim Basinger.

 

She started her acting career after featuring in a television show, titled Gemini Man.

 

The former fashion model made her feature film debut with the drama titled Hard Country.

 

She continued to gain prominence throughout the 1990s.

 

She was seen in movies such as Cool World, The Real McCoy, and L. A. Confidential during the 1990s.

 

Her performance in L. A. Confidential fetched her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

 

 

17. Nicole Mary Kidman AC

 

Nicole Mary Kidman AC

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 20, 1967
Place of Birth Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1983
Debut Film Skin Deep

 

The tall and elegant Nicole Kidman is one of Hollywood's best Australian imports ever.

 

The actress started her acting career by appearing in television movies.

 

Nicole soon gained prominence after making her presence felt in motion pictures of different genres.

 

She found international fame and became a sensation after having featured in films such as Days of Thunder, Far and Away, Batman Forever, To Die For, and Eyes Wide Shut during the 1990s.

 

She has been the recipient of an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards, respectively.

 

 

16. Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

 

Rosalie Anderson MacDowell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 21, 1958
Place of Birth Gaffney, South Carolina, United States of America
Height 173 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut Film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

 

This American actress and former fashion model had made her screen debut by appearing in a motion picture, titled Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

 

She rose to prominence after having played a significant role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape - a project that won her critical acclaim.

 

She was seen in feature films such as Green Card and Four Weddings and a Funeral during the first half of the 1990s.

 

Both the films fetched her Golden Globe nominations.

 

She was also a part of popular features such as Groundhog Day, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Short Cuts, and Multiplicity during the 1990s.

 

 

15. Dame Emma Thompson DBE

 

Dame Emma Thompson DBE

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 15, 1959
Place of Birth Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height 172 centimeters
Debut Year 1982
Debut Film There's Nothing to Worry About!

 

Emma Thompson is a legendary actress and screenwriter who is considered to be one of the greatest British film stars of all time.

 

The highly decorated actress has been a recipient of two Academy Awards and two British Academy Film Awards.

 

She has also received two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Television Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award, respectively.

 

She was seen in motion pictures such as Dead Again, Peter's Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Howards End, In the Name of the Father, and Sense and Sensibility, to name a few.

 

 

14. Kate Elizabeth Winslet CBE

 

Kate Elizabeth Winslet CBE

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 5, 1975
Place of Birth Reading, United Kingdom
Height 169 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut TV Show Dark Season

 

Kate Winslet is hands down one of the most successful actresses of her generation.

 

The exceptionally talented and gorgeous woman made both her big and small screen debut during the first half of the 1990s.

 

She is usually seen playing headstrong and complicated characters on celluloid. 

 

She was a part of popular motion pictures such as Heavenly Creatures, Sense and Sensibility, Titanic, Jude, and Hamlet during the 1990s.

 

Even though she turned out to be an even bigger star with the dawn of the new millennium, one cannot forget her rise to stardom during the 1990s.

 

While the Oscar-winning actress was appreciated for her character play in Heavenly Creatures, she ended up winning the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Sense and Sensibility.

 

She even received an Oscar nomination for her path-breaking role in the mammoth global blockbuster, Titanic.

 

 

13. Uma Karuna Thurman

 

Uma Karuna Thurman

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 29, 1970
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Height 181 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut Film Kiss Daddy Goodnight

 

Uma Karuna Thurman is a hugely popular film actress, producer, and former fashion model.

 

She shot to fame after having played a role in the period romantic drama, titled Dangerous Liaisons.

 

She found international fame after winning hearts by playing the character of Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's cult classic, titled Pulp Fiction.

 

For her performance in the same, she was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

 

She was also a part of feature films such as Henry & June, Batman & Robin, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, and Gattaca during the 1990s.

 

 

12. Michelle Marie Pfeiffer

 

Michelle Marie Pfeiffer

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 29, 1958
Place of Birth Santa Ana, California, United States of America
Height 171 centimeters
Debut Year 1979
Debut TV Show Delta House

 

Michelle Marie Pfeiffer started her acting career by appearing in television shows and television movies.  

 

She made it big as a mainstream actress soon enough.

 

She is known as one of the most prolific actresses of the 1980s and 1990s. 

 

She has been a recipient of a Golden Globe Award and a British Academy Film Award, respectively.

 

She was a part of feature films such as Batman Returns, The Age of Innocence, Wolf, and Love Field during the 1990s.

 

 

11. Sharon Vonne Stone

 

Sharon Vonne Stone

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 10, 1958
Place of Birth Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Height 174 centimeters
Debut Year 1980
Debut Film Stardust Memories

 

Sharon Vonne Stone, who gave her career a kick-start during the 1980s, found superstardom in the 90s.

 

She began the decade on a promising note by featuring in the science fiction feature film titled Total Recall and found international fame after having headlined the erotic thriller, Basic Instinct.

 

Her character play in the aforementioned motion picture transformed her into a major sex symbol and promoted her into the coveted A-list of actors.

 

Having said that, the actress surprised many with her strong performance in ace director Martin Scorsese's crime drama, titled Casino.

 

For the same, she even ended up earning an Oscar nomination.

 

Even though her career went down the hill post the 1990s, one cannot deny the fact that she had become quite dominating during the first half of the decade.

 

 

10. Drew Blythe Barrymore

 

Drew Blythe Barrymore

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 22, 1975
Place of Birth Culver City, California, United States of America
Height 163 centimeters
Debut Year 1978
Debut Film Suddenly, Love

 

Drew Blythe Barrymore had started her acting career by playing minor roles in a few television movies.

 

Even though the actress had been working since the late 1970s, it was only during the 1990s that she found fame.

 

Drew Barrymore, who hails from the Barrymore family of actors, was seen in motion pictures such as Scream, Poison Ivy, Boys on the Side, Mad Love, and Batman Forever, to name a few.

 

She has been a recipient of various accolades throughout her career so far.

 

 

9. Demi Gene Moore

 

Demi Gene Moore

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 11, 1962
Place of Birth Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1981
Debut Film Choices

 

Demi Gene Moore redefined success for a female star during the 1990s.

 

She became iconic because she was hugely admired in motion pictures.  

 

But also because she turned out to be the highest-paid actress in Hollywood history during the same period.

 

Demi Moore reportedly earned an unprecedented $12.5 million for her stunning character play in a feature film titled Striptease.

 

Demi began her acting career during the early 1980s.

 

After having shot to fame with the surprise hit Ghost, she was seen in a string of box office successes such as A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal, and Disclosure, to name a few.

 

 

8. Meg Ryan

 

Meg Ryan

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 19, 1961
Place of Birth Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 1981
Debut Film Rich and Famous

 

Meg Ryan, who was first seen in a motion picture titled Rich and Famous, is undeniably the undisputed queen of the romantic comedy genre.

 

The talented actress found international fame during the late 1980s by playing a significant role in one of cinema's greatest romantic flicks, titled When Harry Met Sally.

 

In addition, the graceful actress continued to shine by being a part of cult romantic comedies such as Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.

 

The three aforementioned movies are credited with cementing her place as the genre's queen.

 

That being said, Meg Ryan also lent her beautiful voice to a character in the animated smash, titled Anastasia.

 

She ended the 1990s with a hit in City of Angels. Even though Meg failed to find much success outside of the rom-com genre, her performances in the films acknowledged are enough to make her a part of our list.

 

 

7. Susan Abigail Sarandon

 

Susan Abigail Sarandon

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 4, 1946
Place of Birth Jackson Heights, New York, United States of America
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1970
Debut Film Joe

 

Susan Abigail Sarandon had managed to make a name for herself even before the onset of the 1990s.

 

She was already 44 and quite popular by the time the 90s arrived.

 

That said, she featured in some of the most distinguished motion pictures throughout the 1990s and, in many ways, redefined the manner in which a forty-plus actress was perceived by the big-screen audience.

 

Susan Sarandon, who was seen in feature films such as Thelma & Louise and The Client, earned an Oscar nomination for both.

 

However, it was in 1995 that the experienced actor went on to earn the golden statuette for her outstanding performance in the Tim Robbins directorial venture, titled Dead Man Walking.

 

Successful to this very day, she was also seen playing the main protagonist in a box office hit called Stepmom.

 

 

6. Gwyneth Kate Paltrow

 

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 27, 1972
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 1989
Debut Film High

 

The tall and mesmerizing Gwyneth Kate Paltrow began her acting career by featuring in a television movie, titled High, in the year 1989.

 

She rose to prominence after having starred in the 1995 crime thriller Seven and gained further recognition for her adroit character projection in the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.

 

That being said, it would be safe to say that the year 1998 turned out to be quite a game-changing one for the star.

 

She featured in box office hits such as A Perfect Murder and Shakespeare in Love.

 

Not only that but she even went on to earn a well-deserved Oscar for the latter.

 

The actress, who continues to remain a well-known superstar today, ended the 1990s by pleasantly surprising one and all with her performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

 

 

5. Sandra Annette Bullock

 

Sandra Annette Bullock

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 26, 1964
Place of Birth Arlington County, Virginia, United States of America
Height 171 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut Film Hangmen

 

The superb Sandra Annette Bullock made her acting debut in a feature film titled Hangmen.

 

Sandra shot to fame after playing a role in the 1994 box office smash, Speed.

 

In the film, she was seen alongside Keanu Reeves and the late Dennis Hopper.

 

She gained further fame after having been a part of hit films such as While You Were Sleeping, The Net, and A Time to Kill, to name a few.

 

Despite founding both name and fame during the 1990s, Sandra Bullock only consolidated her position as a film star during the 2000s and 2010s.

 

 

4. Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster

 

Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 19, 1962
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Height 160 centimeters
Debut Year 1969
Debut TV Show The Doris Day Show

 

Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster, who is known to the cinematic universe as Jodie Foster, first faced the camera when she was merely seven years old.

 

She made her mainstream debut during the 1970s and even earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her performance in director Martin Scorsese's cult classic motion picture, titled Taxi Driver.

 

After having taken a break at the beginning of the 1980s to attend Yale University, she made a groundbreaking comeback in a feature film, titled The Accused; a project that ended up winning her an Oscar.

 

However, this was only the beginning of things for the superstar as she continued to make her dynamic presence felt throughout the 1990s.

 

She went on to win her second Oscar for her character projection in another cinematic masterpiece, titled The Silence of the Lambs.

 

The film is widely considered to be one of the greatest psychological crime dramas of all time.

 

Post the success of the aforementioned flick, Jodie Foster was seen in projects such as Nell, Maverick, and Contact.

 

She continues to be as celebrated today as she was during the 1990s and is recognized as one of the top female stars in the history of Hollywood.

 

 

3. Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep

 

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 22, 1949
Place of Birth Summit, New Jersey, United States of America
Height 168 centimeters
Debut Year 1977
Debut Film The Deadliest Season

 

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep, who is popular worldwide as Meryl Streep, is one of the greatest screen performers in the history of motion pictures.

 

Known for her inimitable persona, gift for accents, and perfection, she has collaborated with several reputed fellow movie stars and film directors throughout her career.

 

One of the hardest-working actresses anywhere in the global entertainment industry today, she began her acclaimed acting career during the second half of the 1970s.

 

She delivered terrific performances throughout the 1980s and established herself as a mini-industry within a much sought-after industry. Needless to say, she was already a celebrated actor when the 1990s began.

 

Meryl Streep starred in cult classic motion pictures such as Death Becomes Her and The River Wild during the 1990s.

 

Furthermore, let's not forget the fact that the award-winning actress also received three Oscar nominations for her performances in titles such as Postcards from the Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, and One True Thing, respectively.

 

 

2. Winona Ryder

 

Winona Ryder

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 29, 1971
Place of Birth Winona, Minnesota, United States of America
Height 161 centimeters
Debut Year 1986
Debut Film Lucas

 

Winona Laura Horowitz, who is professionally known as Winona Ryder, was one of the most popular female stars of the 1990s.

 

She starred in two prominent feature films such as Heathers and Beetlejuice during the second half of the 1980s. 

 

She became a major motion picture star during the following decade.

 

She charmed the viewers with her magnetic performance in director Tim Burton's fantasy romance titled Edward Scissorhands. 

 

She continued to gain prominence by appearing in feature films such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Little Women, and Reality Bites, among others.

 

Even though her popularity plummeted as she stepped into the new millennium, Winona Ryder will continue to be remembered for her performances during the 1990s.

 

 

1. Julia Fiona Roberts

 

Julia Fiona Roberts

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 28, 1967
Place of Birth Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America
Height 173 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut TV Show Crime Story

 

It is impossible to talk about '90s Hollywood and not bring Julia Fiona Roberts into the picture.

 

The actress was seen in a television show titled Crime Story at the beginning of her acting career.

 

She soon cemented her place as one of Hollywood's most loved female actresses of all time.

 

Popular for her smile and immensely likable on-screen characters, she announced her arrival into the mainstream by hitting the ball out of the park with 1990's Pretty Woman.

 

She gained further recognition after having played an important role in feature films such as My Best Friend's Wedding, The Pelican Brief, Hook, Sleeping with the Enemy, Notting Hill, and Runaway Bride.

 

Julia Roberts continues to remain one of Hollywood's most adored actresses.

 

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