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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 all the big female villain names. 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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5,346 3,002
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Harry Potter

2
4,142 2,731
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Sleeping Beauty

3
4,369 2,120
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Game of Thrones

4
2,985 2,291
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Misery

5
2,742 2,361
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
3,093 1,977
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
101 Dalmatians

7
4,143 1,609
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman universe

8
2,292 2,050
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
3,150 1,955
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

10
2,786 2,067
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

11
3,402 1,668
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Harry Potter

12
2,475 1,850
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

13
2,485 1,551
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Little Mermaid

14
2,144 1,699
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Chronicles of Narnia

15
1,344 1,753
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Basic Instinct

16
2,577 1,601
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mean Girls

17
2,149 1,086
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman & Robin

18
2,266 1,569
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

19
1,119 1,565
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Fatal Attraction

20
2,302 1,570
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Once Upon a Time

21
1,376 1,161
Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Orphan

22
1,228 597
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23
1,911 1,497
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,393 1,248
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Devil Wears Prada

25
1,122 1,154
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mommie Dearest

26
1,329 890
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

27
1,226 902
Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
AdmiralCrunch added American Horror Story: Asylum

28
1,034 1,110
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Goonies

29
1,041 638
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
1,102 1,197
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
1,152 858
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
1,375 1,060
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

33
971 1,143
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GoldenEye

34
1,162 759
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Aliens Universe

35
850 707
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
From Dusk Til Dawn

36
806 541
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

37
869 706
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist

38
1,050 876
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruel Intentions

39
812 858
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Natural Born Killers

40
975 796
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

41
803 571
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

42
1,052 680
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tangled

43
947 816
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
American Horror Story: Murder House

44
1,055 1,118
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie

45
226 120
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

46
988 639
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added The Craft

47
763 300
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Coraline

48
987 587
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SabrinaGazer added The Understudy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

49
1,059 618
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
591 879
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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