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List Rules The most memorable, strongest, funniest, and greatest women & girls in film

List of the best female movie characters of all time, whether young or old. This list includes the best female movie characters to have graced the silver screen, from the beautiful yet willful Scarlett O’Hara to the tirelessly valiant Erin Brockovich. You have laughed with these characters and empathized with their plights, so now is your chance to vote for your favorites on this, the list of the best female characters in movies.

 The greatest female movie characters can be broadly sorted into two categories: those based on real women and those created by authors and filmmakers. Perhaps one of the most famous of the first category is Erin Brockovich (“Erin Brockovich”), who stood up for the health of her community. Fictional great female characters can be just as engaging, however. Can you forget the grit of Trinity (“The Matrix”) -- or her catsuit?

 Top female characters in movies might also be classed according to their morals. Some, such as Annie Wilkes (“Misery”), have no problem harming helpless people, while others, including Evelyn Couch (“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”), are the very pictures of worthy womanhood. Although viewers might pass judgement on the so-called ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ female characters, there’s no doubt that female movie characters of either morality can land among the greatest female characters of all time.

 This list includes female movie characters, old and young, whom film fans continually name as favorites. Viewers identify with these characters’ struggles and lives, and it is this identification that makes female movie characters truly great. You may not agree with the best female movie characters’ choices, but chances are, you enjoy watching these leading characters’ films again and again.
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1,711 795
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Star Wars

2
2,287 1,200
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Harry Potter

3
1,280 841
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

4
1,337 894
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Breakfast at Tiffany's

5
1,041 755
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Wizard of Oz

6
950 864
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Gone with the Wind

7
1,158 657
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Alien

8
1,034 532
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Silence of the Lambs

9
1,125 726
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Terminator

10
1,087 726
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

11
1,399 702
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Hunger Games

12
729 712
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction

13
749 628
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Léon: The Professional

14
468 660
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

15
478 549
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie and Clyde

16
757 663
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

17
622 479
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady

18
623 558
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Devil Wears Prada

19
698 437
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added The Lord of the Rings

20
388 551
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Graduate

21
459 529
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie

22
624 473
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Batman

23
768 532
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Little Mermaid

24
608 424
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Grease, Grease

25
375 506
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Basic Instinct

26
700 645
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella

27
535 476
Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Erin Brockovich

28
521 469
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Misery

29
457 463
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

30
390 475
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Casablanca

31
540 357
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added The Lord of the Rings

32
508 386
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
wiabux added The Wizard of Oz

33
349 484
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire

34
386 430
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma & Louise

35
464 401
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

36
390 434
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
lyndyloo added Bridget Jones's Diary

37
674 361
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pirates of the Caribbean

38
718 320
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Avengers

39
334 510
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Exorcist

40
433 403
Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pretty Woman

41
374 487
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Fight Club

42
488 343
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tangled

43
687 142
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tim Schild added Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman

44
373 329
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
cleobos added The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music

45
416 432
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Millennium, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

46
452 454
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Black Swan

47
481 227
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

48
698 163
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
KennethWeaver added Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

49
295 435
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

50
400 300
Princess Fiona is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
CraigAlarm added Shrek the Halls, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third