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The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title  

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List Rules Only 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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Mary Jensen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
There's Something About Mary
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Heather Chandler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Heathers
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Zofia
Sophie's Choice
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Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Bridget Jones's Diary
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Hanna
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Penelope Wilhern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
wawwhite1 added Penelope
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Louise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Thelma & Louise
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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Veronica Mars
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Queen Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Elizabeth
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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Annie Hall
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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Lucy
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Thelma is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Thelma & Louise
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Emma Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
wawwhite1 added Emma
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Billie Jean is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Billie Jean The Legend of Billie Jean
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Calamity Jane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Wild Bill, Lucky Luke
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Ranker Video
MWM added Joon Benny & Joon
Benny & Joon
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Cleopatra Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Cleopatra Jones, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
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Judy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
CraigAlarm added Private Benjamin
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Harriet M. Welsch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Harriet the Spy
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Eve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added All About Eve
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Ranker Video
MWM added Frankie Frankie and Johnny
Frankie and Johnny
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Ranker Video
MWM added Cat Ballou
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Curly Sue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Curly Sue
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Laura Hunt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
CraigAlarm added Laura
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Stella Dallas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
CraigAlarm added Stella Dallas