film The Best Female Title Characters  

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List Rules Only fictional characters - No real people on whose lives films were based

Some of the greatest female characters in film have entire movies named after them, but who are the best of the best? This is a list of female title characters in movies that are named after women. Say what? Basically: If the movie has a woman's name in it, than that particular girl or lady character can be on this list. Simple! So who are the best title characters in movies with girls' names in the titles? Bridget Jones? Amelie? Mary freaking Poppins? 

What makes good female characters so memorable? Here is something to think about: Georges Méliès built one of the first film studios in 1897, but the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave the all American women the right to vote wasn't ratified until 1920. In the meantime, women were basically second class citizens. In early Disney films (which may be the earliest movies many have seen), female lead characters like Snow White and Alice are depicted as innocent - if curious - little nitwits who play passive roles in their own lives. Also, they are really the only girls in their movies except for the evil queens. Fast forward four decades, and there is Sally Albright making a ladies-first scene right in the middle of a diner. Another decade, and Summer is out doing her own thing and really not caring what men are up to at all! That's progress.

The best female title characters are girls and old women, students and teachers, victims and bullies, strong, confused, willful, scatterbrained, regretful heartbreakers, assassins, and regular gals. Vote up your favorites to move them up the list.
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Fa Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Mulan Mulan

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74 32
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins

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60 27
Alice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Alice Alice in Wonderland

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66 33
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Matilda Matilda

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58 27
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Maleficent Maleficent

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76 42
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Amélie Amélie

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49 23
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lara Croft Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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46 22
Coraline Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Coraline Coraline

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48 25
Sabrina Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Sabrina Sabrina

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42 22
Lucy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lucy Lucy

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62 39
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Carrie Carrie, Carrie

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39 21
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Cinderella Cinderella

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45 28
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Juno Juno

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39 24
Snow White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Snow White Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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30 18
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre

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32 20
Annie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Annie Annie

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12 2
Lady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Tom Islava added Lady Lady and the Tramp, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

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16 6
Dory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Tom Islava added Dory Finding Dory

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45 33
Lola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lola Run Lola Run

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21 11
Buffy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
MarylyleMcCue added Buffy Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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40 29
Sally Albright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Sally When Harry Met Sally...

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42 32
Nikita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Nikita La Femme Nikita

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30 21
Louise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Louise Thelma & Louise

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13 5
Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Tom Islava added Lilo Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch

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38 29
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary

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39 30
Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Annie Hall Annie Hall

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23 15
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Love

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33 25
Daisy Werthan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy

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39 31
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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29 23
Zofia
Sophie Sophie's Choice

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30 24
Wanda Gershwitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Wanda A Fish Called Wanda

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13 8
Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
MarylyleMcCue added Juliet Romeo + Juliet

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31 27
Mary Jensen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Mary There's Something About Mary

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26 22
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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5 1
Penelope Wilhern is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
wawwhite1 added Penelope Penelope

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22 19
Philomena Lee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Philomena Philomena

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22 20
Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Barbarella Barbarella

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19 17
Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Roxanne Roxanne

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20 20
Summer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Summer (500) Days of Summer

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19 19
Hanna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Hanna Hanna

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19 19
Rosemary Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Rosemary Rosemary's Baby

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17 17
Gilda Mundson Farrell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Gilda Gilda

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1 0
Emma Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
wawwhite1 added Emma Emma

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11 11
Judy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
CraigAlarm added Judy Benjamin Private Benjamin

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8 8
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
MarylyleMcCue added Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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5 5
Billie Jean is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
MarylyleMcCue added Billie Jean The Legend of Billie Jean

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8 9
Gloria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
CraigAlarm added Gloria Gloria

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17 19
Heather Chandler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Heather Heathers

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7 8
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MarylyleMcCue added Joon Benny & Joon - Benny & Joon

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7 8
Eve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
MarylyleMcCue added Eve All About Eve