female characters The Greatest Female Characters in Film History  

Originally by
71k votes 3.5k voters 111k views 313 items Follow Embed

List Rules 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.
list ordered by

1
+ - 752 379
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars Universe

The Best Disney Princesses The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

2
+ - 812 480
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

3
+ - 1,113 674
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Hermione Granger Harry Potter Universe

4
+ - 687 521
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins

5
+ - 656 421
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sarah Connor The Terminator Universe

6
+ - 570 437
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

7
+ - 620 372
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien Universe

8
+ - 560 475
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

9
+ - 648 437
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride" Kill Bill Universe

10
+ - 567 308
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

11
+ - 422 397
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

12
+ - 696 396
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games Universe

13
+ - 435 359
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

14
+ - 316 375
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

15
+ - 411 247
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

The Greatest Kid Characters in Film These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

16
+ - 420 357
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

17
+ - 385 219
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Galadriel The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

18
+ - 325 231
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catwoman Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Rises

19
+ - 299 325
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

20
+ - 419 365
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

21
+ - 224 268
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

22
+ - 396 270
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

23
+ - 343 327
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

24
+ - 257 323
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

25
+ - 307 273
Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich

26
+ - 317 266
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

27
+ - 279 172
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Éowyn The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

28
+ - 266 286
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

29
+ - 322 238
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease

The Best Movie Characters of All Time Bucket List for Couples

30
+ - 272 302
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

31
+ - 245 249
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

32
+ - 268 241
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

33
+ - 312 172
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Arwen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

34
+ - 235 300
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire

35
+ - 235 297
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

36
+ - 292 166
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Black Widow Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers

37
+ - 268 212
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

38
+ - 233 225
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

39
+ - 253 270
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

40
+ - 217 302
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

41
+ - 278 266
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

42
+ - 334 209
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean Universe

43
+ - 243 181
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled Ever After, Tangled

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

44
+ - 240 241
Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Vivian Ward Pretty Woman

45
+ - 270 273
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

46
+ - 209 192
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

47
+ - 216 163
Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sandy Olsen Grease

48
+ - 183 266
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

49
+ - 232 70
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Professor Minerva McGonagall Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

50
+ - 236 106
Sabrina Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History