Best Characters The Greatest Female Villains  

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The best female villains include women whose roles are truly iconic and evil. Some of the greatest movie and television villains ever made this list. Whether it's a mentally unstable character who stalks her unsuspecting victim or a conniving, totally immoral villain who frames innocent people, this list includes them all. It is, however, not complete, so please, feel free to add your favorite female TV and movie villains as well. Vote for the characters you think are the worst villains ever to grace the big or small screen.

What makes a great villain? A character that is morally bankrupt, complex and tortured, among other things. The female villains listed here certainly fit the mold. Some are evil to their very core, allowing heroes to emerge and shine as they (hopefully) triumph against them. A villain is nefarious, vile and generally bad. Many are guilty of criminal behavior, to say the least. Some make us love to hate them (that's a sure sign of a fantastic female villain). We cheer if and when they meet their untimely ends, because they deserved it!

In film, some of the best movie villains of all time are females. Need proof? How about bunny-boiler Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) in 'Fatal Attraction' or mentally deranged "fan" Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) in 'Mysery'? Sharon Stone's portrayal of femme fatale Catherine Tramell in 'Basic Instinct' earns her a best female villain place on the list, as well as a top spot among the sexiest characters in thrillers.

Some actresses' best roles in movies or on TV shows came when they played villains. Rachel McAdams was unforgettably villainous as Regina George, aka Queen Bee, in 'Mean Girls.' Helena Bonham Carter's played some interesting roles over the years, but none more wicked that Bellatrix Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' movies.

From the psycho exes to the stalkers and the femme fatales, enjoy this list of the best female villains in movies and television, and feel free to rerank it your way, too.
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5,008 2,853
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Harry Potter

2
3,934 2,568
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Sleeping Beauty

3
4,130 1,976
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Game of Thrones

4
2,846 2,199
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Misery

5
2,621 2,278
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
2,950 1,911
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
101 Dalmatians

7
3,914 1,527
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman universe

8
2,179 1,974
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
3,030 1,887
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

10
2,695 1,986
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

11
3,158 1,586
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Harry Potter

12
2,363 1,497
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Little Mermaid

13
2,367 1,788
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

14
2,029 1,646
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Chronicles of Narnia

15
1,273 1,688
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Basic Instinct

16
2,448 1,525
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mean Girls

17
2,168 1,519
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

18
2,041 1,039
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman & Robin

19
1,063 1,509
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Fatal Attraction

20
2,211 1,508
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Once Upon a Time

21
1,296 1,106
Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Orphan

22
1,126 558
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23
1,822 1,451
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,314 1,185
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Devil Wears Prada

25
1,245 844
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

26
1,067 1,109
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mommie Dearest

27
1,156 861
Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
AdmiralCrunch added American Horror Story: Asylum

28
984 1,063
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Goonies

29
976 606
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

30
1,054 1,148
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class

31
1,082 814
Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GustavoDiógenes added Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

32
1,315 1,019
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

33
935 1,099
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GoldenEye

34
1,104 728
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Aliens Universe

35
799 676
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
From Dusk Til Dawn

36
828 667
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist

37
736 512
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

38
1,006 846
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruel Intentions

39
763 544
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

40
929 766
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

41
772 826
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Natural Born Killers

42
895 785
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
American Horror Story: Murder House

43
971 647
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tangled

44
1,022 1,079
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie

45
927 614
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added The Craft

46
684 273
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Coraline

47
945 556
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SabrinaGazer added The Understudy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

48
165 95
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

49
966 585
Azula is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SnowLeopard44 added Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, The Last Airbender

50
565 851
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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