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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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5,101 2,902
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Harry Potter

2
4,005 2,602
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Sleeping Beauty

3
4,200 2,011
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Game of Thrones

4
2,889 2,231
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Misery

5
2,663 2,301
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
2,998 1,931
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
101 Dalmatians

7
2,216 1,992
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

8
3,990 1,554
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman universe

9
3,072 1,908
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

10
2,730 2,006
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

11
3,215 1,613
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Harry Potter

12
2,402 1,515
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Little Mermaid

13
2,398 1,809
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

14
2,065 1,666
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Chronicles of Narnia

15
1,298 1,705
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Basic Instinct

16
2,490 1,550
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mean Girls

17
2,199 1,532
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kill Bill Universe

18
2,073 1,055
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman & Robin

19
1,087 1,521
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Fatal Attraction

20
2,239 1,529
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Once Upon a Time

21
1,321 1,124
Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Orphan

22
1,153 569
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23
1,851 1,466
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,344 1,202
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Devil Wears Prada

25
1,085 1,118
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mommie Dearest

26
1,275 854
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

27
1,181 868
Sister Mary Eunice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
AdmiralCrunch added American Horror Story: Asylum

28
997 1,078
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Goonies

29
1,070 1,158
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class

30
1,107 823
Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GustavoDiógenes added Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

31
997 615
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

32
1,327 1,030
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

33
946 1,108
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GoldenEye

34
1,121 733
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Aliens Universe

35
815 684
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
From Dusk Til Dawn

36
758 516
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

37
835 676
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist

38
1,020 850
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruel Intentions

39
775 547
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

40
943 771
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

41
783 831
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Natural Born Killers

42
912 789
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
American Horror Story: Murder House

43
997 655
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tangled

44
1,034 1,086
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie

45
949 617
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added The Craft

46
717 278
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Coraline

47
185 103
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

48
962 564
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
1,005 592
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
575 856
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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