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The Best Final Girls From Horror Movie History

Updated May 6, 2021 42.1k votes 3.0k voters 33.9k views53 items

List RulesVote up your favorite female characters who are still breathing till the end...

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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    Kirsty Cotton

    Ashley Laurence

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

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    91
    28

    Alice

    Milla Jovovich

    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)

  • 28
    366
    252

    Alice Hardy

    Adrienne King

    Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

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    377
    267

    Ginny Field

    Amy Steel

    Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

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    323
    224

    Kristin Parker

    Patricia Arquette

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

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    319

    Jay Height

    Maika Monroe

    It Follows (2014)

  • 32
    272
    222

    Sue Snell

    Amy Irving, Kandyse McClure

    Carrie (1976)

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    274
    252

    Jess Bradford

    Olivia Hussey

    Black Christmas (1974)

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    245
    235

    Allison

    Katrina Bowden

    Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

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    239
    239

    Natalie Simon

    Alicia Witt

    Urban Legend (1998)

     

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    220
    231

    Alice Johnson

    Lisa Wilcox

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

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    186
    199

    Jody Marken

    Brittany Murphy

    Cherry Falls (2000)

  • 38
    195
    226

    Angela Vidal

    Manuela Velasco

    [REC] (2007), [REC 2] (2009), [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)

  • 39
    156
    184

    Marybeth Dunston

    Tamara Feldman, Danielle Harris

    Hatchet (2006), Hatchet II (2010), Hatchet III (2013)

  • 40
    146
    172

    Alana Maxwell

    Jamie Lee Curtis

    Terror Train (1980)

  • 41
    163
    202

    Suzy Bannion

    Jessica Harper

    Suspiria (1977)

  • 42
    12
    5

    Evelyn Abbot

    A Quiet Place (2018)

  • 43
    22
    22

    Rachel Carruthers

    Ellie Cornell

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

  • 44
    181
    239

    Chris Higgins

    Dana Kimmell

    Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

  • 45
    150
    211

    Stretch Brock

    Caroline Williams

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

  • 46
    139
    211

    Tina Shepard

    Lar Park Lincoln

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

  • 47
    129
    202

    Denise Willis

    Erin Daniels
  • 48
    125
    203

    Kate Davies

    Marley Shelton

    Valentine (2001)

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    106
    203

    Amy Mayfield

    Jennifer Morrison

    Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

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    105
    209

    Lieutenant Melanie Ballard

    Natasha Henstridge

    Ghosts of Mars (2001)