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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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins

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Fa Mulan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Mulan Mulan

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

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Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Amélie Amélie

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

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Matilda Matilda

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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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Sabrina Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Sabrina Sabrina

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Coraline Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Coraline Coraline

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Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Carrie Carrie, Carrie

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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lucy Lucy

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Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Juno Juno

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Cinderella Cinderella

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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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Lola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lola Run Lola Run

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Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lady Lady and the Tramp, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

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Dory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Dory Finding Nemo - Finding Dory

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Annie Annie

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Nikita La Femme Nikita

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre

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Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Sally Albright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Sally When Harry Met Sally...

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Louise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Louise Thelma & Louise

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Daisy Werthan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy

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Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Lilo Pelekai Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Love

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Wanda Gershwitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Wanda A Fish Called Wanda

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

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

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Zofia
Sophie Sophie's Choice

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Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Juliet Capulet Romeo + Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet

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

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Philomena Lee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Philomena Philomena

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Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Barbarella Barbarella

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Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Roxanne Roxanne

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Penelope Wilhern is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Penelope Wilhern Penelope

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Edith Bunker

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Judy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Judy Benjamin Private Benjamin

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Hanna Hanna

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Rosemary Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Rosemary Rosemary's Baby

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Belle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Belle Disney Princess Party: Volume Two, Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

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Emma Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Title Characters

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Gloria is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Gloria Gloria

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Summer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Summer (500) Days of Summer

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Gilda Mundson Farrell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Gilda Gilda

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Billie Jean is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Billie Jean The Legend of Billie Jean

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Heather Chandler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Heather Heathers

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Title Characters
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars