best characters The Greatest Female Villains  

Ranker Community
Originally by
186.3k votes 15.4k voters 982.4k views 386 items Embed

List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite fictional, evil ladies.

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.
list ordered by

1
3,937 2,289
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Bellatrix Lestrange Harry Potter

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time The Best Howard Stern News Pranks Performed by Captain Janks

2
3,112 2,110
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

3
3,201 1,591
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
2,310 1,807
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Annie Wilkes Misery

5
2,100 1,864
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
2,339 1,582
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians

7
3,020 1,178
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Harley Quinn Batman universe

8
1,784 1,621
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
2,372 1,670
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Elle Driver Kill Bill Universe

10
2,503 1,602
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mystique Marvel Universe

11
2,431 1,282
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Dolores Umbridge Harry Potter

12
1,898 1,282
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Ursula The Little Mermaid

13
1,935 1,496
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

14
1,614 1,402
Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Jadis the White Witch The Chronicles of Narnia

15
1,067 1,410
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

The Best Spider-Man Villains A Random Collection of 30 Hilarious YouTube Comments

16
1,850 1,281
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
O-Ren Ishii Kill Bill Universe

17
1,594 826
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

18
1,898 1,300
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina George Mean Girls

19
1,872 1,274
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

20
880 1,255
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Alex Forrest Fatal Attraction

21
780 364
Queen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

22
1,014 909
Esther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Esther Orphan

23
1,524 1,279
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,047 983
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

25
916 639
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Yzma Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

26
866 919
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Joan Crawford Mommie Dearest

27
920 697
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
739 467
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Queen of Hearts Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

29
823 918
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Xenia Onatopp GoldenEye

The Longest Hollywood Marriages Crimes You'd Commit (If You Could Get Away With It)

30
804 878
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mama Fratelli The Goonies

31
875 957
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

32
830 647
Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GustavoDiógenes added Lady Tremaine Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

33
1,037 858
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Phoenix Force Marvel Universe

34
876 591
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Alien Queen Aliens Universe

35
635 525
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Santanico Pandemonium From Dusk Til Dawn

36
624 511
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
818 713
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kathryn Merteuil Cruel Intentions

38
653 679
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

39
508 394
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Samara Morgan The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

40
576 425
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Lady Macbeth Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

41
741 636
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
855 887
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie White Carrie

43
725 656
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Constance Langdon American Horror Story: Murder House

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains The Best Stacy's Pita Chips Flavors of All Time

44
708 515
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mother Gothel Tangled

45
721 435
Medusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SabrinaGazer added Medusa The Understudy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

46
731 505
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added Nancy Downs The Craft

47
479 721
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Baby Jane Hudson What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

48
690 452
Azula is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SnowLeopard44 added Azula Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, The Last Airbender

49
382 160
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Other Mother Coraline

50
417 314
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Drusilla Buffyverse