The Greatest Female Villains

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The best female villains include women whose roles are truly iconic and evil. Some of the greatest movie and television villains ever made this list. Whether it's a mentally unstable character who stalks her unsuspecting victim or a conniving, totally immoral villain who frames innocent people, this list includes them all. It is, however, not complete, so please, feel free to add your favorite female TV and movie villains as well. Vote for the characters you think are the worst villains ever to grace the big or small screen.

What makes a great villain? A character that is morally bankrupt, complex and tortured, among other things. The female villains listed here certainly fit the mold. Some are evil to their very core, allowing heroes to emerge and shine as they (hopefully) triumph against them. A villain is nefarious, vile and generally bad. Many are guilty of criminal behavior, to say the least. Some make us love to hate them (that's a sure sign of a fantastic female villain). We cheer if and when they meet their untimely ends, because they deserved it!

In film, some of the best movie villains of all time are females. Need proof? How about bunny-boiler Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) in 'Fatal Attraction' or mentally deranged "fan" Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) in 'Mysery'? Sharon Stone's portrayal of femme fatale Catherine Tramell in 'Basic Instinct' earns her a best female villain place on the list, as well as a top spot among the sexiest characters in thrillers.

Some actresses' best roles in movies or on TV shows came when they played villains. Rachel McAdams was unforgettably villainous as Regina George, aka Queen Bee, in 'Mean Girls.' Helena Bonham Carter's played some interesting roles over the years, but none more wicked that Bellatrix Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' movies.

From the psycho exes to the stalkers and the femme fatales, enjoy this list of the best female villains in movies and television, and feel free to rerank it your way, too.
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    Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Bellatrix Lestrange Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

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    Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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    Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Elle Driver Kill Bill Universe

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    Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Wicked Witch of the West Oz Universe

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    Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians

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    Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Annie Wilkes Misery

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    Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Harley Quinn Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

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    Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Mystique Marvel Universe

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    Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

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    Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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    Ursula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Ursula Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's ...

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    Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

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    O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    O-Ren Ishii Kill Bill Universe

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    Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Jadis the White Witch The Chronicles of Narnia

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    Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Dolores Umbridge Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the ...

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    Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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    Regina George is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Regina George Mean Girls

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    Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

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    Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Alex Forrest Fatal Attraction

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    Esther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Esther Orphan

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    Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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    Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Emma Frost Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class

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    Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Xenia Onatopp GoldenEye

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    Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Phoenix Force Marvel Universe

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    Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Joan Crawford Mommie Dearest

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    Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Mama Fratelli The Goonies

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    Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Queen of Hearts Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

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    Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

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    Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Sister Mary Eunice American Horror Story: Asylum

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    Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Lady Tremaine Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come ...

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    Yzma is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Yzma Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Carrie Carrie

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    Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

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    Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Constance Langdon American Horror Story: Murder House

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    Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains


    Kathryn Merteuil Cruel Intentions

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    Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Alien Queen Aliens Universe

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    Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Santanico Pandemonium From Dusk Til Dawn

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    Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Lady Macbeth Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

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    Medusa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Medusa The Understudy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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    Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Baby Jane Hudson What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A Snow White Christmas, The 10th Kingdom ...

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    Number Six is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Number Six Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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    Amy Elliott Dunne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Amy Elliott Dunne Gone Girl

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    Marquise de Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Marquise de Merteuil Dangerous Liaisons

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    Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Nancy Downs The Craft

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    Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Regan MacNeil Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist

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    Elektra King is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Elektra King The World Is Not Enough

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    Veruca Salt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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    Veruca Salt Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...

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