Villains 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 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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1
5,601 3,115
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Harry Potter

2
4,537 2,260
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Game of Thrones

3
4,280 2,888
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Sleeping Beauty

4
3,055 2,371
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Misery

5
2,814 2,419
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
4,277 1,665
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman universe

7
3,183 2,025
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
101 Dalmatians

8
2,340 2,109
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
3,229 2,002
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

10
3,584 1,732
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Harry Potter

11
2,837 2,116
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

12
2,559 1,890
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

13
2,548 1,590
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Little Mermaid

14
2,202 1,741
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Chronicles of Narnia

15
1,375 1,790
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Basic Instinct

16
2,651 1,640
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mean Girls

17
2,217 1,119
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman & Robin

18
2,311 1,609
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

19
1,137 1,607
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Fatal Attraction

20
2,367 1,605
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Once Upon a Time

21
1,416 1,196
Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Orphan

22
1,285 625
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23
1,962 1,526
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,451 1,275
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Devil Wears Prada

25
1,381 916
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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