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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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Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Hermione Granger Harry Potter Universe

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Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars Universe

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

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

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Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

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Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien Universe

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Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

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The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride" Kill Bill Universe

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Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games Universe

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Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

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

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Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

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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?

The Greatest Kid Characters in Film 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

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Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catwoman Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Rises

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Ariel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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

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Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

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

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Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

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Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease

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

The Best Movie Characters of All Time Things You Always Forget

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Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire

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Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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Thelma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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

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Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

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Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled Ever After, Tangled

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Arwen is listed (or ranked) 41 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

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Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Universe

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Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Black Widow Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers

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Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Vivian Ward Pretty Woman

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Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

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Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean Universe

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Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sandy Olsen Grease