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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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Alita is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Nigoki1 added Alita Alita - Battle Angel
2
166 86
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Mulan
3
135 65
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Matilda
4
152 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
69 36
Dory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Finding Dory
6
139 69
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Maleficent
7
113 63
Alice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Alice in Wonderland
8
51 29
Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Tom Islava added Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch
9
116 80
Amélie Poulain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Amélie
10
91 50
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Cinderella
11
94 60
Coraline Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Coraline
12
100 64
Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Carrie, Carrie
13
64 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
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54 27
Lady is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
72 57
Sabrina Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Sabrina
16
77 61
Juno MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Juno
17
61 57
Sally Albright is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
When Harry Met Sally...
18
63 51
Annie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Annie
19
18 8
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
62 60
Lola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Run Lola Run
21
31 39
Summer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
(500) Days of Summer
22
46 44
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Jane Eyre
23
16 9
Princess Snow White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
DysEnchanted, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Happily Ever After
24
34 30
Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
MWM added Romeo + Juliet
25
44 50
Daisy Werthan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Film Characters Whose Names Are in the Title
Driving Miss Daisy