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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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2,613 1,366
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Harry Potter

2
1,975 916
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Star Wars

3
1,485 933
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

4
1,496 1,000
Holly Golightly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Breakfast at Tiffany's

5
1,173 846
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Wizard of Oz

6
1,044 967
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Gone with the Wind

7
1,270 740
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Alien

8
1,234 792
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Terminator

9
1,139 602
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Silence of the Lambs

10
1,207 803
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

11
1,572 799
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Hunger Games

12
846 790
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction

13
846 699
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Léon: The Professional

14
513 732
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

15
533 610
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie and Clyde

16
835 740
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

17
701 624
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Devil Wears Prada

18
673 541
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady

19
774 497
Galadriel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added The Lord of the Rings

20
701 532
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Batman

21
421 615
Mrs. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Graduate

22
510 603
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie

23
784 721
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella

24
863 604
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
The Little Mermaid

25
852 355
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Avengers