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The Best Final Girls From Horror Movie History

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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  • 1
    Jamie Lee Curtis/Scout Taylor-Compton
    1,844
    293

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

  • 2
    Sigourney Weaver
    1,672
    364

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

  • 3
    Neve Campbell
    1,814
    437

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

  • 4

    Grace Le Domas

    Samara Weaving
    1,649
    445

    Ready or Not (2019)

  • 5

    Maddie

    Kate Siegel
    1,225
    352

    Hush (2016)

  • 6
    Heather Langenkamp
    1,206
    347

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

  • 7

    Erin Hanson

    Sharni Vinson
    1,039
    376

    You're Next (2011)

  • 8
    Courteney Cox
    1,129
    468

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

  • 9

    Heather Langenkamp

    Heather Langenkamp
    685
    286

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

  • 10
    Robin Tunney
    869
    380

    The Craft (1996)

  • 11

    Tree Gelbman

    Jessica Rothe
    1,090
    496

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

  • 12
    HarryBerman addedHeather O'Rourke
    562
    249

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

  • 13
    Marilyn Burns
    636
    300

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

  • 14
    Shauna Macdonald
    702
    354

    The Descent (2005)

  • 15
    Ali Larter
    801
    414

    Final Destination (2000)

  • 16

    Dana Polk

    Kristen Connolly
    845
    451

    The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

  • 17
    Kristy Swanson
    680
    373

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

  • 18

    Mari Collingwood

    Sara Paxton
    568
    319

    The Last House on the Left (2009)

  • 19
    Vera Miles, Julianne Moore
    438
    235

    Psycho (1960)

  • 20

    Anita "Needy" Lesnicky

    Amanda Seyfried
    640
    372

    Jennifer's Body (2009)

  • 21

    Julie James

    Jennifer Love Hewitt
    713
    429

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

  • 22

    Mia Allen

    Jane Levy
    541
    320

    Evil Dead (2013)

  • 23
    Virginia Madsen
    413
    233

    Candyman (1992)

  • 24
    Danielle Harris
    474
    288

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

  • 25
    kjxena17 addedMilla Jovovich
    140
    53

    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)

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