Entertainment 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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161 83
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mulan

2
131 65
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Matilda

3
135 67
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Maleficent

4
146 78
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mary Poppins

5
108 61
Alice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Alice in Wonderland

6
87 48
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Cinderella

7
64 33
Dory is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Finding Dory

8
97 64
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Carrie, Carrie

9
92 59
Coraline Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Coraline

10
112 80
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Amélie

11
49 25
Lady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Lady and the Tramp, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

12
49 27
Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch

13
60 35
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

14
76 59
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Juno

15
61 49
Annie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Annie

16
69 57
Sabrina Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Sabrina

17
43 44
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Jane Eyre

18
58 57
Sally Albright is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
When Harry Met Sally...

19
15 7
Anya/Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
june.eagan389 added Anastasia

20
13 9
Princess Snow White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
DysEnchanted, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Happily Ever After

21
58 60
Lola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Run Lola Run

22
32 30
Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Romeo + Juliet

23
43 49
Daisy Werthan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Driving Miss Daisy

24
21 18
Penelope Wilhern is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
wawwhite1 added Penelope

25
33 39
Heather Chandler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
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