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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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2,787 1,478
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Harry Potter

2
2,151 970
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Star Wars

3
1,600 983
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

4
1,572 1,064
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Breakfast at Tiffany's

5
1,253 899
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Wizard of Oz

6
1,108 1,027
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Gone with the Wind

7
1,373 779
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Alien

8
1,318 833
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Terminator

9
1,217 633
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Silence of the Lambs

10
1,293 840
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

11
1,692 848
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Hunger Games

12
913 827
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction

13
904 736
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Léon: The Professional

14
538 776
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
561 638
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie and Clyde

16
883 779
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

17
754 658
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Devil Wears Prada

18
695 574
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
445 642
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Graduate

20
822 527
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added The Lord of the Rings

21
746 562
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Batman

22
536 639
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie

23
946 375
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Avengers

24
837 752
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella

25
913 628
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Little Mermaid