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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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2,864 1,538
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Harry Potter
2
2,207 1,020
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Star Wars
3
1,656 1,027
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
4
1,607 1,116
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Breakfast at Tiffany's
5
1,357 857
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Terminator
6
1,416 804
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Alien
7
1,294 922
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Wizard of Oz
8
1,250 664
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Silence of the Lambs
9
1,129 1,054
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Gone with the Wind
10
1,318 877
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
11
1,743 871
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Hunger Games
12
935 858
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction
13
929 771
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Léon: The Professional
14
552 792
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
903 812
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
16
573 653
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie and Clyde
17
997 199
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tim Schild added Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman
18
704 588
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
774 676
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Devil Wears Prada
20
560 656
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie
21
843 539
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added The Lord of the Rings
22
764 573
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Batman
23
992 379
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Avengers
24
454 652
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Graduate
25
941 639
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Little Mermaid