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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

2
3,581 2,355
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

3
3,766 1,816
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
2,643 2,020
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Annie Wilkes Misery

5
2,417 2,104
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
2,681 1,782
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians

7
3,544 1,395
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Harley Quinn Batman universe

8
2,042 1,827
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
2,812 1,772
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mystique Marvel Universe

10
2,566 1,863
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Elle Driver Kill Bill Universe

11
2,855 1,461
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Dolores Umbridge Harry Potter

12
2,157 1,414
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Ursula The Little Mermaid

13
2,189 1,667
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

14
1,854 1,556
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Jadis the White Witch The Chronicles of Narnia

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15
1,197 1,570
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

16
2,048 1,422
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
O-Ren Ishii Kill Bill Universe

17
1,848 967
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

18
2,213 1,440
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina George Mean Girls

19
994 1,407
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Alex Forrest Fatal Attraction

20
2,072 1,419
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

21
989 484
Queen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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1,197 1,026
Esther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Esther Orphan

23
1,705 1,383
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,204 1,107
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

25
1,119 758
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Yzma Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

26
996 1,028
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Joan Crawford Mommie Dearest

27
1,064 789
Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
AdmiralCrunch added Sister Mary Eunice American Horror Story: Asylum

28
918 991
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mama Fratelli The Goonies

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981 745
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

30
984 1,078
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Emma Frost Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class

31
872 562
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Queen of Hearts Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

32
897 1,032
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Xenia Onatopp GoldenEye

33
1,214 961
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Phoenix Force Marvel Universe

34
1,026 676
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Alien Queen Aliens Universe

35
745 619
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Santanico Pandemonium From Dusk Til Dawn

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763 604
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Regan MacNeil Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist

37
661 463
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Samara Morgan The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

38
940 796
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kathryn Merteuil Cruel Intentions

39
734 765
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

40
696 498
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Lady Macbeth Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

41
857 719
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

42
833 734
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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964 1,000
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie White Carrie

44
863 601
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mother Gothel Tangled

45
855 579
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added Nancy Downs The Craft

46
857 511
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SabrinaGazer added Medusa The Understudy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

47
569 229
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Other Mother Coraline

48
539 802
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Baby Jane Hudson What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

49
512 386
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Drusilla Buffyverse

50
842 546
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