The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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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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    Harry Potter Universe

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    Mary Poppins

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    Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride&... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride" Kill Bill Universe

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    Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Sarah Connor The Terminator Universe

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    The Wizard of Oz

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    Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

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    Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Ellen Ripley Alien Universe

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    Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Leia Organa Star Wars Universe

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    Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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    Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

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    Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

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    Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games Universe

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    Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Mathilda Léon: The Professional

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    Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Cinderella Cinderella

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    Bonnie and Clyde

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    The Devil Wears Prada

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    Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

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    Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire

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    Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

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    Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Annie Wilkes Misery

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    Ariel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Ariel The Little Mermaid

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    Thelma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Thelma Thelma & Louise

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    Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

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    Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Galadriel The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of ...

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    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Catwoman Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Rises

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    Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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    Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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    Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Rizzo Grease

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    Erin Brockovich

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    Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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    Amélie

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    Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Marla Singer Fight Club

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    Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Marge Gunderson Fargo

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Éowyn The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    Princess Merida is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Princess Merida Brave

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    Fatal Attraction

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    Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean Universe

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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    Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History


    Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Universe

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    Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Black Widow Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers

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    Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Rapunzel Tangled Ever After, Tangled

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    The Sound of Music

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    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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    Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

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