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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

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1,350 772
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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915 552
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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786 579
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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755 474
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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726 416
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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636 536
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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647 495
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

9
737 485
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride" Kill Bill Universe

10
664 345
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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476 455
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

12
815 459
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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486 407
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

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352 425
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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456 293
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

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475 413
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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343 359
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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448 258
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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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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254 312
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

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456 319
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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388 368
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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463 419
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

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351 304
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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286 364
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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361 304
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

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376 265
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease

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326 212
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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289 316
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

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363 197
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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271 327
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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272 278
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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299 341
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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362 200
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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260 329
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire

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302 272
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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310 245
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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285 299
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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263 259
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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240 343
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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300 211
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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390 237
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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310 298
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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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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278 270
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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304 298
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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205 137
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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243 216
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
cleobos added Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

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254 193
Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MariaNielsen added Sandy Olsen Grease

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205 297
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind