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

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1,143 533
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars

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1,008 640
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

4
893 645
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

5
844 544
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sarah Connor Terminator

6
711 600
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

7
836 474
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien

8
731 555
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

9
831 540
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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762 380
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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951 512
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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551 508
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

13
560 452
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

14
389 471
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

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539 469
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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492 335
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady

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375 398
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

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511 300
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Galadriel The Lord of the Rings

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444 320
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Catwoman Batman

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445 407
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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287 353
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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520 467
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

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528 366
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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390 346
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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408 338
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

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303 405
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

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385 246
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Éowyn The Lord of the Rings

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424 299
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease, Grease

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344 375
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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311 353
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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297 318
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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277 366
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 32 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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357 277
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
wiabux added Wicked Witch of the West The Wizard of Oz

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301 363
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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320 335
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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444 231
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Black Widow Avengers

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333 302
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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265 375
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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295 295
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

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465 261
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean

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353 242
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled

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403 231
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Arwen The Lord of the Rings

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355 332
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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417 107
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 Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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311 298
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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332 328
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 46 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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245 168
Imperator Furiosa is listed (or ranked) 47 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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233 325
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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265 243
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 49 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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283 224
Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MariaNielsen added Sandy Olsen Grease, Grease