Villains 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

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

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

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

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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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Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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

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

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

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

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

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Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills

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

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

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

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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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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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Xenia Onatopp 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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Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Yzma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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

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

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Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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

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

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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

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Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Medusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Amy Elliott Dunne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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

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Number Six is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains