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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

Famous People with the Same Real Name The Greatest Kid Characters in Film

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1,511 826
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Hermione Granger Harry Potter

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976 602
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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851 613
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

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798 448
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien

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811 520
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Sarah Connor Terminator

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684 576
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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695 535
Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

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793 520
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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720 363
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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521 488
Mia Wallace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction

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900 489
Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games

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529 437
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

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373 456
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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483 320
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady

Every Villain in Disney Movie History The Most Awesome Monsters & Creatures of All Time

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367 381
Bonnie Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde

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507 448
Jessica Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Jessica Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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491 285
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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418 308
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
JennaCarter added Catwoman Batman

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422 393
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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272 341
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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490 447
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

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492 346
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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373 330
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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296 390
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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388 326
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

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403 286
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease, Grease

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363 234
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Éowyn The Lord of the Rings

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303 338
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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414 219
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
FaithJezek added Black Widow Avengers

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326 361
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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291 350
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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273 351
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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319 291
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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283 301
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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388 220
Arwen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Tidion6822 added Arwen The Lord of the Rings

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333 264
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 37 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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303 323
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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284 281
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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255 363
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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431 253
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean

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333 232
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled

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341 320
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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384 98
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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297 288
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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324 316
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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225 158
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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257 232
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, The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music

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224 314
Clementine Kruczynski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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282 208
Rose DeWitt Bukater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MeghanaJoshi added Rose DeWitt Bukater Titanic, Cleanflix