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The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title

Updated November 21, 2019 7.7k votes 1.2k voters 37.7k views80 items

List RulesOnly fictional characters - No real people on whose lives films were based

Some of the greatest female characters in film have entire movies named after them, but who are the best of the best? This is a list of female title characters in movies that are named after women. Say what? Basically: If the movie has a woman's name in it, than that particular girl or lady character can be on this list. Simple! So who are the best title characters in movies with girls' names in the titles? Bridget Jones? Amelie? Mary freaking Poppins? 

What makes good female characters so memorable? Here is something to think about: Georges Méliès built one of the first film studios in 1897, but the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave the all American women the right to vote wasn't ratified until 1920. In the meantime, women were basically second class citizens. In early Disney films (which may be the earliest movies many have seen), female lead characters like Snow White and Alice are depicted as innocent - if curious - little nitwits who play passive roles in their own lives. Also, they are really the only girls in their movies except for the evil queens. Fast forward four decades, and there is Sally Albright making a ladies-first scene right in the middle of a diner. Another decade, and Summer is out doing her own thing and really not caring what men are up to at all! That's progress.

The best female title characters are girls and old women, students and teachers, victims and bullies, strong, confused, willful, scatterbrained, regretful heartbreakers, assassins, and regular gals. Vote up your favorites to move them up the list.
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    Alita is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Alita

    Alita - Battle Angel
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    Matilda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Matilda

    Matilda
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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Mulan

    Mulan
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    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Maleficent

    Maleficent
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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins
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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Cinderella

    Cinderella
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    Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Lady

    Lady and the Tramp, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Alice

    Alice in Wonderland
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    Dory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Dory

    Finding Dory
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    Coraline is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Coraline

    Coraline
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    Amélie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Amélie

    Amélie
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    Snow White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Snow White

    DysEnchanted, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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    Lilo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Lilo

    Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch
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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Carrie

    Carrie, Carrie
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    Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre
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    Juliet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Juliet

    Romeo + Juliet
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    Buffy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Buffy

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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    Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Anastasia

    Anastasia
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    Lola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Lola

    Run Lola Run
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    Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Sabrina

    Sabrina
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    Annie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Annie

    Annie
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    Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Miss Daisy

    Driving Miss Daisy
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    Summer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Summer

    (500) Days of Summer
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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Juno

    Juno
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    Sally is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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    Sally

    When Harry Met Sally...
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