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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 Universe

The Best Disney Princesses The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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1,414 797
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Hermione Granger Harry Potter Universe

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946 573
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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816 595
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins

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780 499
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sarah Connor The Terminator Universe

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762 431
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien Universe

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659 556
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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668 515
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

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759 503
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride" Kill Bill Universe

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693 356
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

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493 471
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

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852 471
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games Universe

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507 422
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

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362 441
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

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468 307
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

The Greatest Kid Characters in Film These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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357 370
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

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488 430
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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471 271
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Galadriel The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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395 294
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Catwoman Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Rises

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405 378
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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262 326
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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478 428
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

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473 329
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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360 316
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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290 376
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

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375 316
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

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387 274
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease

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345 222
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Éowyn The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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298 327
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

The Best Movie Characters of All Time Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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384 205
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Black Widow Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers

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281 337
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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313 350
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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266 338
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire

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376 207
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Arwen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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276 290
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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309 281
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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323 253
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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292 308
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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271 269
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
lyndyloo added Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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248 352
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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316 220
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled Ever After, Tangled

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406 245
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean Universe

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325 310
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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351 90
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 44 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 Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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290 279
Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Vivian Ward Pretty Woman

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315 305
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Universe

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251 222
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
cleobos added Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

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208 147
Imperator Furiosa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Imperator Furiosa Mad Max: Fury Road - Mad Max: Fury Road

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216 305
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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261 201
Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MariaNielsen added Sandy Olsen Grease