The 8 Most Iconic '80s Movie Actresses

Joan Chen

Joan Chen gained international fame in the 1987 epic "The Last Emperor." Her role as Wanrong in the award-winning film solidified her career in both Hollywood and China.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey earned an Oscar nomination for her role in "The Color Purple." Known for her powerful TV presence, she produced a 2023 remake starring Danielle Brooks.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis became a horror icon with "Halloween" in 1978. She diversified her roles with comedies like "Trading Places" and won an Oscar in 2023 for "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Maggie Cheung

Maggie Cheung, one of Hong Kong's most famous actresses, starred in 34 movies from 1984 to 1989. She won critical acclaim and several awards throughout her career.

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard earned an Oscar nomination for "Cross Creek" and won an Emmy for "Hill Street Blues." She continues to shine in movies and TV, including roles in the MCU.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver dominated the '80s with roles in "Alien," "Ghostbusters," and "Gorillas in the Mist." She received three Academy Award nominations and remains an iconic actress.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher became an '80s icon as Leia Organa in "Star Wars." Beyond acting, she was a successful author, screenwriter, and script doctor, leaving a lasting legacy.

Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals gained fame with "Flashdance" in 1983, earning a Golden Globe nomination. She continues to act in TV shows like "The L Word: Generation Q" and "The Book of Boba Fett."