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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 Universe

The Best Disney Princesses The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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837 429
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Leia Organa Star Wars Universe

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876 518
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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753 549
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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712 452
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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608 506
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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678 395
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ellen Ripley Alien Universe

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616 467
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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627 323
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Clarice Starling The Silence of the Lambs

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695 466
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Beatrix Kiddo, "The Bride" Kill Bill Universe

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456 426
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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768 427
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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465 385
Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Mathilda Léon: The Professional

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338 400
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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440 270
Eliza Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Pygmalion

The Greatest Kid Characters in Film 69 Movies That Sparked Off-Screen Celebrity Romances

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454 384
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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329 342
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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412 242
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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354 261
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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241 291
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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427 294
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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442 393
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Cinderella Cinderella

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374 350
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada

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337 288
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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278 346
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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346 284
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Annie Wilkes Misery

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287 300
Ilsa Lund Laszlo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Ilsa Lund Laszlo Casablanca

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351 254
Betty Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rizzo Grease

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302 196
Éowyn is listed (or ranked) 29 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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264 265
Thelma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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289 327
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Amélie Poulain Amélie

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329 183
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 32 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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253 316
Blanche DuBois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire

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341 190
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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287 258
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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255 313
Marla Singer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Marla Singer Fight Club

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293 230
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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274 289
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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249 248
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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229 330
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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370 226
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean Universe

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277 198
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Rapunzel Tangled Ever After, Tangled

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298 285
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Nina Sayers Black Swan

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains The Best Mezcal Brands

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295 288
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Universe

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262 258
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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290 79
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 46 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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236 205
Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
cleobos added Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

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190 130
Imperator Furiosa is listed (or ranked) 48 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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244 179
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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238 178
Rose DeWitt Bukater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Characters in Film History
MeghanaJoshi added Rose DeWitt Bukater Titanic