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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

2
1,465 657
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars

3
1,191 770
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany's

4
852 732
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

5
1,094 746
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

6
899 652
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

7
1,036 565
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien

8
1,012 635
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sarah Connor Terminator

9
915 451
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

10
963 633
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

11
654 608
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

12
1,170 613
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games

13
665 539
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

14
437 565
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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640 577
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit

16
430 475
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

17
563 404
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady

18
541 482
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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347 426
Catherine Tramell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct

20
620 372
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Galadriel The Lord of the Rings

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544 394
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Catwoman Batman

The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics

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469 412
Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich

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357 475
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

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476 397
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

25
521 356
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease, Grease

26
651 462
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

27
417 445
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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603 567
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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350 416
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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353 370
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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414 343
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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469 314
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Éowyn The Lord of the Rings

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316 425
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 33 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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434 336
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 34 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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393 396
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

15 Amazing Roles Almost Played by Nicolas Cage

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311 434
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist

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337 425
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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342 362
Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
lyndyloo added Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary

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591 280
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Black Widow Avengers

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411 386
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

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414 296
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled

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370 349
Vivian Ward is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Vivian Ward Pretty Woman

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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383 374
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 43 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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272 377
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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564 313
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean

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320 284
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 46 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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553 133
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 47 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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478 280
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Arwen The Lord of the Rings

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318 216
Imperator Furiosa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Imperator Furiosa Mad Max: Fury Road - Mad Max: Fury Road

50
398 186
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
AfritTenk added Maleficent Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty