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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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Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Bellatrix Lestrange Harry Potter

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3,683 2,424
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

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3,874 1,864
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
2,723 2,068
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Annie Wilkes Misery

5
2,487 2,168
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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2,773 1,833
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians

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3,660 1,443
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Harley Quinn Batman universe

8
2,106 1,881
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
2,888 1,810
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mystique Marvel Universe

10
2,609 1,910
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Elle Driver Kill Bill Universe

11
2,959 1,498
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Dolores Umbridge Harry Potter

12
2,224 1,448
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Ursula The Little Mermaid

13
2,249 1,712
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

14
1,916 1,584
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Jadis the White Witch The Chronicles of Narnia

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

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1,225 1,615
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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2,294 1,463
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina George Mean Girls

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2,089 1,460
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
O-Ren Ishii Kill Bill Universe

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1,910 1,002
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

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1,029 1,445
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Alex Forrest Fatal Attraction

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2,116 1,449
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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1,238 1,054
Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Esther Orphan

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1,029 517
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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1,741 1,412
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

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1,244 1,139
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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1,028 1,057
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Joan Crawford Mommie Dearest

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1,161 791
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Yzma Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

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1,104 812
Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
AdmiralCrunch added Sister Mary Eunice American Horror Story: Asylum

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

The Best Spider-Man Villains

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Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GustavoDiógenes added Lady Tremaine Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

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Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Queen of Hearts Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

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1,009 1,110
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Emma Frost Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class

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911 1,065
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Xenia Onatopp GoldenEye

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1,247 989
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Phoenix Force Marvel Universe

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1,067 696
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Alien Queen Aliens Universe

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768 647
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Santanico Pandemonium From Dusk Til Dawn

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

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696 485
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Samara Morgan The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

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

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749 793
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

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721 518
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Lady Macbeth Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

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882 743
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

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862 755
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Constance Langdon American Horror Story: Murder House

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986 1,041
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie White Carrie

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903 625
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mother Gothel Tangled

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893 593
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added Nancy Downs The Craft

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613 248
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Other Mother Coraline

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888 534
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SabrinaGazer added Medusa The Understudy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Baby Jane Hudson What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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541 404
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Drusilla Buffyverse

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Azula is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SnowLeopard44 added Azula Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, The Last Airbender