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A boxer who faces heartbreaking challenges. A college basketball player who dreams of making it to the pros. A pint-sized football protege. You'll find all of these memorable figures and more on this list of the greatest female athlete characters in the movies. Whether they're fighting for glory on the field or struggling to overcome personal obstacles, these fictional female athletes inspire audiences with their love of the game.

Who are some of the most iconic female athlete characters in films? Hilary Swank gave a heart-wrenching and heavy-hitting performance as boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in the 2004 hit Million Dollar Baby. Swank also appears on this list as martial arts master Julie Pierce, the heroine of The Next Karate Kid. Jess Bhamra followed her love of soccer in Bend it Like Beckham, and Blue Crush's Anne Marie Chadwick dreamed of surfing the perfect wave. Some of these characters were even based on real-life athletes, like the groundbreaking female baseball players portrayed in A League of Their Own.

It's up to you to decide which female athlete character is the best of all time. Vote up your favorite roles to the top of the list, and vote down the ones that don't have you cheering. You can even add characters that are missing.

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Dottie Hinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Dottie Hinson A League of Their Own

The Greatest Athlete Characters in Film The Best Netflix Original Comedy Movies

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Maggie Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Maggie Fitzgerald Million Dollar Baby

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Kit Keller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Kit Keller A League of Their Own

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Haley Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Haley Graham Stick It

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Marla Hooch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Marla Hooch A League of Their Own

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Anne Marie Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Anne Marie Chadwick Blue Crush

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Mae Mordabito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Mae Mordabito A League of Their Own

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Torrance Shipman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Torrance Shipman Bring It On

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Becky "Icebox" O'S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Becky "Icebox" O'Shea Little Giants

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Jess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Jess Bhamra Bend It Like Beckham, When Harry Met Sally...

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Julie
Julie "The Cat" Gaffney D3: The Mighty Ducks, D2: The Mighty Ducks

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Viola is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Viola She's the Man

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Bliss Cavendar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Bliss Cavendar Whip It!

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Missy Pantone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Missy Pantone Bring It On

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Monica Wright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Monica Wright Love & Basketball

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Connie Moreau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Connie Moreau D2: The Mighty Ducks, The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks

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Diana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Diana Guzman Girlfight

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Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Nina Sayers Black Swan

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Juliette 'Jules' Paxton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Juliette 'Jules' Paxton Bend It Like Beckham

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Isis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Isis Bring It On

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Julie Pierce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Julie Pierce The Next Karate Kid

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Sara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Sara Johnson Save the Last Dance 2, Save the Last Dance

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Maureen Cummings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Maureen Cummings Center Stage

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Gracie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Gracie Bowen Gracie