66. Alice Hyatt (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
The Character: Widowed mom who decides to pack her bags in search of a better life and, if she doesn't find one there, well, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore either.
The Actress: Fresh off The Exorcist, Ellen Burstyn had the power to get her own project green-lit. And, unusually for a film with such a strong female voice, she selected the emerging master of male violence, Martin Scorsese, to direct it.
The Performance: The gamble paid off. Scorsese's edgy realism helped Burstyn's portrayal of a woman refusing to put up and shut up a landmark in screen feminism, and brought her home an Oscar to boot.