Best Characters 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 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.

1
4,884 2,790
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Bellatrix Lestrange Harry Potter

2
3,832 2,515
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

3
4,034 1,933
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
2,808 2,141
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Annie Wilkes Misery

5
2,567 2,247
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

6
2,885 1,885
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians

7
3,831 1,495
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Harley Quinn Batman universe

8
2,158 1,936
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9
2,979 1,857
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mystique Marvel Universe

10
2,663 1,956
Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Elle Driver Kill Bill Universe

11
3,086 1,547
Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
wiabux added Dolores Umbridge Harry Potter

12
2,305 1,481
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Ursula The Little Mermaid

13
2,320 1,762
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

14
1,986 1,622
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
1,258 1,658
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

16
2,391 1,500
Regina George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina George Mean Girls

17
2,140 1,498
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
O-Ren Ishii Kill Bill Universe

18
1,979 1,032
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

19
1,053 1,483
Alex Forrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Alex Forrest Fatal Attraction

20
2,172 1,488
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

21
1,279 1,086
Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Esther Orphan

22
1,090 547
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23
1,791 1,440
Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

24
1,294 1,171
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

25
1,054 1,093
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Joan Crawford Mommie Dearest

26
1,216 829
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Yzma Kronk's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove

27
1,142 844
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
974 1,046
Mama Fratelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mama Fratelli The Goonies

29
955 598
Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Queen of Hearts Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

30
1,058 800
Lady Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
GustavoDiógenes added Lady Tremaine Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

31
1,032 1,133
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
1,291 1,009
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Phoenix Force Marvel Universe

33
929 1,083
Xenia Onatopp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Xenia Onatopp GoldenEye

34
1,092 718
Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
FilmFanatic62 added Alien Queen Aliens Universe

35
790 665
Santanico Pandemonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Santanico Pandemonium From Dusk Til Dawn

36
822 653
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
996 834
Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Kathryn Merteuil Cruel Intentions

38
720 504
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Samara Morgan The Ring, Rings, The Ring Two

39
755 534
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Lady Macbeth Macbeth, We Work Again, Macbeth

40
764 815
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

41
914 760
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
887 774
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Constance Langdon American Horror Story: Murder House

43
945 640
Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Mother Gothel Tangled

44
1,007 1,072
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Carrie White Carrie

45
920 609
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
KatieBalamucki added Nancy Downs The Craft

46
926 548
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
661 269
Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Other Mother Coraline

48
562 842
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
937 577
Azula is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
SnowLeopard44 added Azula Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, The Last Airbender

50
562 416
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MarylyleMcCue added Drusilla Buffyverse