Best Female Movie Performances of the 21st Century

 There are few breakthrough performances for trans women in the history of cinema, which makes Daniela Vega’s heartbreaking performance in “A Fantastic Woman” an essential piece of film history: As with “Gloria,” Chilean director Sebastian Lelio delivers a mesmerizing portrait of defiant femininity, this time with Vega as a woman reeling from the death of her older male partner.

18. Daniela Vega, “A Fantastic Woman”