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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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Fa Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mulan Mulan

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins

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68 33
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Matilda Matilda

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61 28
Alice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Alice Alice in Wonderland

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61 28
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Maleficent Maleficent

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76 43
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Amélie Amélie

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50 23
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Lara Croft Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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48 22
Coraline Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Coraline Coraline

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64 39
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Carrie Carrie, Carrie

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48 26
Sabrina Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Sabrina Sabrina

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41 22
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Cinderella Cinderella

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42 23
Lucy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Lucy Lucy

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46 28
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Juno Juno

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Annie Annie

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Dory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Dory Finding Dory

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Snow White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Snow White Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Buffy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MarylyleMcCue added Buffy Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre

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Lady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Lady Lady and the Tramp, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

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Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Lilo Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch

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

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Louise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Louise Thelma & Louise

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Sally Albright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Sally When Harry Met Sally...

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40 31
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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42 33
Nikita is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Nikita La Femme Nikita

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Bridget Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Annie Hall Annie Hall

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Love

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Daisy Werthan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy

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Wanda Gershwitz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Wanda A Fish Called Wanda

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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 Penelope

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Thelma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Thelma Thelma & Louise

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Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MarylyleMcCue added Juliet Romeo + Juliet

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29 24
Zofia
Sophie Sophie's Choice

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32 28
Mary Jensen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mary There's Something About Mary

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23 20
Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Barbarella Barbarella

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Philomena Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Philomena Philomena

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Hanna Hanna

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Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Roxanne Roxanne

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MarylyleMcCue added Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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Rosemary Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Rosemary Rosemary's Baby

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Summer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Summer (500) Days of Summer

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Eve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MarylyleMcCue added Eve All About Eve

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Heather Chandler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Heather Heathers

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Gilda Mundson Farrell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Gilda Gilda

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Heather Duke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Heather Heathers

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Pvt. Judy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
CraigAlarm added Pvt. Judy Benjamin Private Benjamin

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Emma Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
wawwhite1 added Emma Emma

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Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Norma Rae Norma Rae

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14 16
Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce