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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    Kill Bill Universe

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    The Wizard of Oz

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    The Terminator Universe

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

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    Gone with the Wind

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    Pulp Fiction

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Léon: The Professional

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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    Cinderella

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    The Devil Wears Prada

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    Bonnie and Clyde

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    The Graduate

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    A Streetcar Named Desire

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    Misery

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    Casablanca

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    My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

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    Thelma & Louise

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    Basic Instinct

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    Erin Brockovich

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    The Exorcist

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    The Little Mermaid

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    Grease

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    Amélie

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    Black Swan

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    Fight Club

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    Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Rises

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    Juno

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    Fatal Attraction

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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    Brave

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    Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers

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    Mommie Dearest

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    Pretty Woman

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    The Sound of Music

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