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

2
1,919 885
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Star Wars

3
1,438 914
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

4
1,466 974
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Breakfast at Tiffany's

5
1,139 827
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Wizard of Oz

6
1,021 949
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Gone with the Wind

7
1,242 721
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Alien

8
1,209 780
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Terminator

9
1,114 591
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Silence of the Lambs

10
1,180 788
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

11
1,536 778
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Hunger Games

12
817 772
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction

13
817 685
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Léon: The Professional

14
499 719
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
514 601
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie and Clyde

16
818 726
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

17
681 611
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Devil Wears Prada

18
658 530
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady

19
759 483
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added The Lord of the Rings

20
686 522
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Batman

21
496 587
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie

22
410 604
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Graduate

23
759 699
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella

24
842 591
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Little Mermaid

25
403 554
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Basic Instinct

26
825 345
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Avengers

27
650 471
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Grease, Grease

28
591 399
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added The Lord of the Rings

29
499 507
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

30
569 524
Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Erin Brockovich

31
748 399
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pirates of the Caribbean

32
550 519
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Misery

33
808 164
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tim Schild added Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman

34
565 428
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
wiabux added The Wizard of Oz

35
410 516
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Casablanca

36
420 468
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma & Louise

37
370 524
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire

38
490 441
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

39
423 482
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
lyndyloo added Bridget Jones's Diary

40
475 436
Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pretty Woman

41
409 524
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Fight Club

42
553 376
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tangled

43
349 555
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Exorcist

44
414 362
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
495 485
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Black Swan

46
443 467
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Millennium, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

47
528 257
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

48
783 187
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
322 465
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

50
446 336
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