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The Best Final Girls From Horror Movie History

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If you're a fan of scary movies, this is your opportunity to vote for the best final girls in horror movies. A "final girl" is a female character who manages to survive the wrath of the killer - human or otherwise - when most, if not all, of the other characters have been wiped out. Although the term originated in the 1990s, final girls were around for decades before that, such as Laurie Strode in 1978's Halloween, Sally Hardesty in 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Lila Crane in 1960's Psycho

Horror movie survivors of this type are most commonly found in slasher flicks. The Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween franchises commonly make use of the final girls trope. Traditionally, these characters tend to be the purest and most virtuous of the group or cast of characters. That's because, for reasons known only to the filmmakers themselves, the abundance of '80s slasher movies usually had the villain target teens who were amorous with each other. Friday the 13th, in particular, was notorious for that. 

The threats final girls face are not always psychos wielding knives, machetes, or hooks. They can survive interstellar creatures, as Ellen Ripley does in Alien. What counts is that the final girl gets through the ordeal, leaving her to tell the tale of what happened.

Vote up your favorite final girl horror characters from the list below.

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  • Jamie Lee Curtis/Scout Taylor-Compton
    1,854
    298

    Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), Halloween (2018)

  • Sigourney Weaver
    1,681
    369

    Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien Resurrection (1997)

  • Neve Campbell
    1,832
    442

    Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)

  • 4

    Grace Le Domas

    Samara Weaving
    1,653
    451

    Ready or Not (2019)

  • Heather Langenkamp
    1,217
    347

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

  • 6

    Maddie

    Kate Siegel
    1,225
    357

    Hush (2016)

  • 7

    Erin Hanson

    Sharni Vinson
    1,045
    380

    You're Next (2011)

  • Courteney Cox
    1,142
    469

    Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)

  • 9

    Heather Langenkamp

    Heather Langenkamp
    695
    287

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

  • Robin Tunney
    875
    381

    The Craft (1996)

  • 11

    Tree Gelbman

    Jessica Rothe
    1,093
    501

    Happy Death Day (2017), Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

  • Heather O'Rourke
    565
    252

    Poltergeist (1982), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986), Poltergeist III (1988)

  • Marilyn Burns
    645
    301

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

  • Milla Jovovich
    142
    59

    Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

  • Shauna Macdonald
    705
    357

    The Descent (2005)

  • Ali Larter
    806
    417

    Final Destination (2000)

  • 17

    Dana Polk

    Kristen Connolly
    846
    455

    The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

  • Kristy Swanson
    685
    373

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

  • Vera Miles, Julianne Moore
    440
    239

    Psycho (1960)

  • 20

    Anita "Needy" Lesnicky

    Amanda Seyfried
    649
    371

    Jennifer's Body (2009)

  • 21

    Mari Collingwood

    Sara Paxton
    569
    323

    The Last House on the Left (2009)

  • Virginia Madsen
    418
    236

    Candyman (1992)

  • 23

    Julie James

    Jennifer Love Hewitt
    722
    432

    I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

  • 24

    Mia Allen

    Jane Levy
    544
    321

    Evil Dead (2013)

  • Ashley Laurence
    413
    245

    Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)

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