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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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2,726 1,747
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,435 1,441
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,990 1,630
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,826 1,647
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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7
2,021 1,422
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,171 1,493
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,556 1,480
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,242 1,430
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,757 1,351
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,686 1,177
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,916 1,162
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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1,415 1,290
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,404 711
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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1,677 1,186
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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958 1,313
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,354 1,168
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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1,667 1,185
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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1,731 1,162
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills

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812 1,148
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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632 298
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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915 822
Esther is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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948 888
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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789 843
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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763 563
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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812 625
Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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824 855
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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640 403
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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767 837
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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735 570
Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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936 773
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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550 461
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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752 539
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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534 448
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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671 563
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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493 360
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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652 601
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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624 453
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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787 813
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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411 344
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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639 381
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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627 458
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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421 321
Amy Elliott Dunne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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337 269
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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271 113
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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