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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

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

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2,445 1,443
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,995 1,634
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,829 1,651
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,584 950
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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2,028 1,424
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,179 1,499
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,558 1,481
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,244 1,433
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,760 1,353
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,688 1,179
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,923 1,165
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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1,418 1,291
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,410 712
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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1,680 1,187
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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959 1,314
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,358 1,169
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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1,668 1,189
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,735 1,163
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills

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812 1,150
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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635 300
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Esther is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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949 889
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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765 564
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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824 856
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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642 403
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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736 570
Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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938 774
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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703 808
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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552 461
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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754 539
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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535 448
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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720 652
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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672 563
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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495 360
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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593 623
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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654 601
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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625 453
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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789 813
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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412 344
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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643 381
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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629 458
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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441 660
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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422 321
Amy Elliott Dunne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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338 269
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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273 113
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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