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The Greatest Female Characters in Film History  

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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
Star Wars
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
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Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Terminator
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Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Wizard of Oz
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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Harry Potter
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Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Alien
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Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Hunger Games
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Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Breakfast at Tiffany's
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Alita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nigoki1 added Alita Alita - Battle Angel
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Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Silence of the Lambs
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Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Gone with the Wind
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The Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
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Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tim Schild added Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman
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Ariel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Little Mermaid
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Princess Fiona is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
CraigAlarm added Shrek the Halls, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third
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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Batman
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Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella
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Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added The Lord of the Rings
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Lady is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
CraigAlarm added Lady and the Tramp, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
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Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MariaNielsen added Grease, Grease
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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty
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Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie and Clyde
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Rose DeWitt Bukater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MeghanaJoshi added Titanic, Cleanflix