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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
    98
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Scarlett O'Hara

    Hot Shots!, Gone with the Wind More
    91
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    Mary Poppins More
    90
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest More
    86
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    Hermione Granger

    Harry Potter Universe More
    85
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    most listed
    Mathilda

    Léon: The Professional More
    85
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    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal More
    84
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    Alien Universe More
    82
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    The Wizard of Oz More
    79
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    Mrs. Robinson

    The Graduate More
    78
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    Pulp Fiction More
    77
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    Kill Bill Universe More
    77
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    Sarah Connor

    The Terminator Universe More
    77
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    Casablanca More
    76
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    A Streetcar Named Desire More
    75
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    Erin Brockovich More
    71
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    Bonnie and Clyde More
    71
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    The Devil Wears Prada More
    70
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    Basic Instinct More
    67
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    Annie Wilkes

    Misery More
    67
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    Fight Club More
    66
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit? More
    65
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    The Exorcist More
    64
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    Amélie More
    63
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    Black Swan More
    61
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind More
    61
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    Juno More
    60
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    Fargo More
    60
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    My Fair Lady, Pygmalion More
    58
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Universe More
    58
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    Mommie Dearest More
    58
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    Driving Miss Daisy More
    58
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    Star Wars Universe More
    57
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    The Hunger Games Universe More
    56
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    Fatal Attraction More
    56
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    Thelma & Louise More
    53
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    The Sound of Music More
    53
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? More
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    The Matrix Universe More
    51
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    Annie Hall More
    50
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    Jackie Brown More
    49
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    Dangerous Liaisons More
    48
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    Pretty Woman More
    48
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    Victor/Victoria

    Victor/Victoria More
    48
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    Gilda Mundson Farrell

    Gilda More
    47
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    Dirty Dancing More
    47
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    The Philadelphia Story More
    46
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    V for Vendetta More
    46
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    V for Vendetta
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    Rosemary's Baby More
    46
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    Pirates of the Caribbean Universe More
    45
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