Female Athletes The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film  

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A boxer who faces heartbreaking challenges. A college basketball player who dreams of making it to the pros. A pint-sized football protege. You'll find all of these memorable figures and more on this list of the greatest female athlete characters in the movies. Whether they're fighting for glory on the field or struggling to overcome personal obstacles, these fictional female athletes inspire audiences with their love of the game.

Who are some of the most iconic female athlete characters in films? Hilary Swank gave a heart-wrenching and heavy-hitting performance as boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in the 2004 hit Million Dollar Baby. Swank also appears on this list as martial arts master Julie Pierce, the heroine of The Next Karate Kid. Jess Bhamra followed her love of soccer in Bend it Like Beckham, and Blue Crush's Anne Marie Chadwick dreamed of surfing the perfect wave. Some of these characters were even based on real-life athletes, like the groundbreaking female baseball players portrayed in A League of Their Own.

It's up to you to decide which female athlete character is the best of all time. Vote up your favorite roles to the top of the list, and vote down the ones that don't have you cheering. You can even add characters that are missing.
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43 11
Dottie Hinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
A League of Their Own

2
34 10
Kit Keller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
A League of Their Own

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35 16
Maggie Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Million Dollar Baby

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24 10
Marla Hooch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
A League of Their Own

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27 13
Haley Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Haley Graham Stick It

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28 18
Torrance Shipman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Bring It On

7
23 14
Julie
Julie "The Cat" Gaffney D3: The Mighty Ducks, D2: The Mighty Ducks

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25 18
Monica Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Monica Wright Love & Basketball

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23 16
Connie Moreau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Connie Moreau D2: The Mighty Ducks, The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks

10
22 16
Becky "Icebox" O'S... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Becky "Icebox" O'Shea Little Giants

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26 21
Viola is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
She's the Man

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17 12
Anne Marie Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Anne Marie Chadwick Blue Crush

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16 13
Jess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Jess Bhamra Bend It Like Beckham, When Harry Met Sally...

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18 16
Mae Mordabito is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
A League of Their Own

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15 13
Isis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Bring It On

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14 13
Missy Pantone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Missy Pantone Bring It On

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14 14
Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Black Swan

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11 13
Bliss Cavendar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Bliss Cavendar Whip It!

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12 16
Julie Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Julie Pierce The Next Karate Kid

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9 13
Diana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Girlfight

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8 14
Juliette 'Jules' Paxton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Juliette 'Jules' Paxton Bend It Like Beckham

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4 13
Maureen Cummings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Maureen Cummings Center Stage

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5 16
Sara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Sara Johnson Save the Last Dance 2, Save the Last Dance

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7 19
Gracie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Athlete Characters in Film
Gracie Bowen Gracie