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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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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Hermione Granger Harry Potter Universe

The Best Disney Princesses The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars Universe

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Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

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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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Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien Universe

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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

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

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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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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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Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Greatest Kid Characters in Film 75+ Easter Eggs from Every Marvel Movie

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

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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

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

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

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

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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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Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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

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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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Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

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

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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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Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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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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Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 33 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) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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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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Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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Arwen is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Black Widow Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers

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Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean Universe

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Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

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

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Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski 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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Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Vivian Ward Pretty Woman

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

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Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

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Sugar Kane Kowalczyk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sugar Kane Kowalczyk Some Like It Hot

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