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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  • Laurie Strode
    Jamie Lee Curtis/Scout Taylor-Compton
    1,835 votes

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

  • Sidney Prescott
    Neve Campbell
    1,977 votes

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

  • Ellen Ripley
    Sigourney Weaver
    1,731 votes

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

  • Grace Le Domas

    Grace Le Domas

    Samara Weaving
    1,741 votes

    Ready or Not (2019)

  • Nancy Thompson
    Heather Langenkamp
    1,343 votes

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

  • Gale Weathers
    Courteney Cox
    1,394 votes

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