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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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1,157 536
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars

2
1,633 863
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Hermione Granger Harry Potter

3
1,016 644
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

4
898 650
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

5
717 604
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

6
848 547
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sarah Connor Terminator

7
842 476
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien

8
737 558
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

9
834 541
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

10
764 382
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

11
955 516
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games

12
553 511
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

13
562 454
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

14
391 474
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

The Greatest Female Villains

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542 471
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit

16
495 336
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

17
376 400
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

18
517 303
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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446 323
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Catwoman Batman

20
446 409
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

21
287 354
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

The Best Whole Bean Coffee Brands

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522 470
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

23
531 370
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

24
390 348
Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich

25
409 339
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

26
305 405
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

27
387 248
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Éowyn The Lord of the Rings

28
424 301
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease, Grease

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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349 376
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

30
311 355
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

31
280 366
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Streetcar Named Desire

32
299 320
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

33
357 279
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

34
300 365
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

35
321 336
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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335 302
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

37
446 232
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Black Widow Avengers

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267 376
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

39
296 297
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

40
468 263
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean

41
352 244
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled

42
358 333
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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405 233
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Arwen The Lord of the Rings

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421 109
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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311 300
Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Vivian Ward Pretty Woman

46
248 169
Imperator Furiosa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Imperator Furiosa Mad Max: Fury Road - Mad Max: Fury Road

47
332 329
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
235 326
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

49
265 244
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

50
284 226
Sandy Olsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MariaNielsen added Sandy Olsen Grease, Grease