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

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

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Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

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Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Greatest Female Villains

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

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Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Galadriel The Lord of the Rings

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Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics

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Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Catwoman Batman

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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich

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Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease, Grease

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Ariel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

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

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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

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

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

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Thelma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire

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Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
wiabux added Wicked Witch of the West The Wizard of Oz

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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

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Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean

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Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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

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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Black Widow Avengers

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

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

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

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Maleficent Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

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Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
KennethWeaver added Professor Minerva McGonagall Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Lisbeth Salander Millennium, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

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Princess Fiona is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
CraigAlarm added Princess Fiona Shrek the Halls, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third

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Arwen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Arwen The Lord of the Rings