The Best Final Girls From Horror Movie History

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Vote 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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  • Mari Collingwood
    26

    Mari Collingwood

    Sara Paxton

      The Last House on the Left (2009)

    • Mia Allen
      27

      Mia Allen

      Jane Levy

        Evil Dead (2013)

      • Alice Hardy
        28
        Adrienne King

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

        • Max Cartwright
          29

          Max Cartwright

          Taissa Farmiga

            The Final Girls (2015)

          • Kristin Parker
            30

            Kristin Parker

            Patricia Arquette

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

            • Jay Height
              31

              Jay Height

              Maika Monroe

                It Follows (2014)

              • Evelyn Abbot
                32

                Evelyn Abbot

                A Quiet Place (2018)

              • Sue Snell
                33
                Amy Irving, Kandyse McClure

                  Carrie (1976)

                • Jess Bradford
                  34
                  Olivia Hussey

                    Black Christmas (1974)

                  • Alice Johnson
                    35
                    Lisa Wilcox

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

                    • Rachel Carruthers
                      36
                      Ellie Cornell

                        Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

                      • Suzy Bannion
                        37
                        Jessica Harper

                          Suspiria (1977)

                        • Allison
                          38

                          Allison

                          Katrina Bowden

                            Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

                          • Natalie Simon
                            39
                            Alicia Witt

                              Urban Legend (1998)

                               

                            • Chris Higgins
                              40
                              Dana Kimmell

                                Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

                              • Tina Shepard
                                41
                                Lar Park Lincoln

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

                                • Stretch Brock
                                  42

                                  Stretch Brock

                                  Caroline Williams

                                    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

                                  • Angela Vidal
                                    43

                                    Angela Vidal

                                    Manuela Velasco

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

                                    • Marybeth Dunston
                                      44

                                      Marybeth Dunston

                                      Tamara Feldman, Danielle Harris

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

                                      • Jody Marken
                                        45
                                        Brittany Murphy

                                          Cherry Falls (2000)

                                        • Alana Maxwell
                                          46

                                          Alana Maxwell

                                          Jamie Lee Curtis

                                            Terror Train (1980)

                                          • Denise Willis
                                            47
                                            Erin Daniels
                                            • Kate Davies
                                              48

                                              Kate Davies

                                              Marley Shelton

                                                Valentine (2001)

                                              • Amy Mayfield
                                                49

                                                Amy Mayfield

                                                Jennifer Morrison

                                                  Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

                                                • Lieutenant Melanie Ballard
                                                  50
                                                  Natasha Henstridge

                                                    Ghosts of Mars (2001)