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23 Best Female Performances Of The '00s

These are the women who deserve all the awards.

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3. Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Can you say BADASS?? Rooney blew everyone away with her shattering performance of one of the best heroines in literature today.

4. Shailene Woodley - The Descendants (2011)

Who would have thought the girl from The Secret Life of the American Teenager was a powerhouse? She encapsulated grief, fear, guilt, and confusion in a beautifully fresh performance.

7. Natalie Portman - Black Swan (2010)

Everybody knew Natalie was great, but she threw us all for a loop when she gave a fearless, warts-and-all performance that exposed the frightening depths of mental illness.

8. Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine (2010)

So long, Dawson. Michelle proved her incredible skills when she gave one of the most realistic representations of marriage and romantic disillusionment.

9. Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Taraji was a beacon of light and love in this often painful portrait of an extraordinary man's life. As the adoptive mother of Benjamin Button, Taraji stood out as an example of support and faith.

10. Ellen Page - Juno (2007)

Honest, fresh, and downright adorable, Ellen was a breath of fresh air for film-goers with her incredibly mature portrayal of a young woman facing an incredible dilemma.

11. Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Although Judi Dench got a lot of the attention, Cate's portrayal of a lost teacher entangled in an affair with her young student was breathtaking.

13. Q'Orianka Kilcher - The New World (2005)

Although she hasn't been in much since The New World, Q'Orianka stood out for her lovely and nuanced performance of a young smitten Pocahontas. Heartwrenching.

15. Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line (2005)

Reese hasn't managed her career well in the past few years but she killed it as June Carter in this great biopic. Complex, strong, and funny as hell, Reese did the country superstar incredible justice.

18. Julianne Moore - Far From Heaven (2002)

As a '50s housewife dealing with her husband's obvious homosexuality, Julianne broke hearts with her painfully honest and real performance.

19. Diane Lane - Unfaithful (2002)

We've all seen a thousand movies about the "affair" but Diane proved there is a lot more to it than just the sex. She gave one of the most nuanced and realistic portrayals of a married woman cinema has seen.

20. Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Before she won the Oscar for The Hours, Nicole blew the world away with her phenomenal portrayal of Satine, a beautiful but doomed courtesan trapped in the Paris night life. She should have won the Oscar.

22. Juliette Binoche - Chocolat (2000)

This movie was more than a funny I Love You, Man reference, and French goddess Juliette gave one of the loveliest performances as its star.

23. Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts proved she was more than the queen of romantic comedies. She turned out to be a great actress capable of playing women with more to them than the desire for Prince Charming.

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