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The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

List Criteria: The most memorable, strongest, funniest, and greatest women & girls in film

List of the best female movie characters of all time, whether young or old. This list includes the best female movie characters to have graced the silver screen, from the beautiful yet willful Scarlett O’Hara to the tirelessly valiant Erin Brockovich. You have laughed with these characters and empathized with their plights, so now is your chance to vote for your favorites on this, the list of the best female characters in movies.

 The greatest female movie characters can be broadly sorted into two categories: those based on real women and those created by authors and filmmakers. Perhaps one of the most famous of the first category is Erin Brockovich (“Erin Brockovich”), who stood up for the health of her community. Fictional great female characters can be just as engaging, however. Can you forget the grit of Trinity (“The Matrix”) -- or her catsuit?

 Top female characters in movies might also be classed according to their morals. Some, such as Annie Wilkes (“Misery”), have no problem harming helpless people, while others, including Evelyn Couch (“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”), are the very pictures of worthy womanhood. Although viewers might pass judgement on the so-called ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ female characters, there’s no doubt that female movie characters of either morality can land among the greatest female characters of all time.

 This list includes female movie characters, old and young, whom film fans continually name as favorites. Viewers identify with these characters’ struggles and lives, and it is this identification that makes female movie characters truly great. You may not agree with the best female movie characters’ choices, but chances are, you enjoy watching these leading characters’ films again and again.
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's More
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    Scarlett O'Hara

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    Mary Poppins More
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest More
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    Harry Potter Universe More
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    Mathilda

    Léon: The Professional More
    83
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    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal More
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    Alien Universe More
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    Casablanca More
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    The Graduate More
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    The Wizard of Oz More
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    A Streetcar Named Desire More
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    Pulp Fiction More
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    Sarah Connor

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    Bonnie and Clyde More
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    Basic Instinct More
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    Jessica Rabbit

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    Amélie More
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    Fight Club More
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    Misery More
    61
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    The Exorcist More
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    Black Swan More
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    Mommie Dearest More
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    My Fair Lady, Pygmalion More
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    Driving Miss Daisy More
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    Fatal Attraction More
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    Fargo More
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind More
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    The Sound of Music More
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    Juno More
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? More
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    The Matrix Universe More
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    Annie Hall More
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    Thelma & Louise More
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    Dangerous Liaisons More
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    Gilda Mundson Farrell

    Gilda More
    48
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    The Philadelphia Story More
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    Rosemary's Baby More
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    Pretty Woman More
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    Jackie Brown More
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    Indiana Jones Universe More
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    Some Like It Hot More
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    Dirty Dancing More
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