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Movieline's 100 Best Female Characters in Film

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People who added this item 257 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Hud (1963)


Alma played by Patricia Neal


"This slow-drawing, womanly, wised up housekeeper tells the incorrigible Paul Newman she'd have happily had sex with him if he'd asked her instead of trying to rape her. Suffice it to say, this takes place in Texas".
People who added this item 870 Average listal rating (544 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1


Ellie Andrews played by Claudette Colbert


"The spoiled heiress must defy her father and run off to mary her Mr. Right if she is ever to grow up and be her own person; and then, of course, she must learn that her father was right about how wrong her Mr. Right is so that she can see that her Mr. Wrong (who happens to ber her father's Mr. Right-for-her) is the real Mr. Right".
People who added this item 1204 Average listal rating (705 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5


Anita played by Rita Moreno


"The feisty, hot, experienced, I-like-to-be-in-America girl who's whore to Maria's virgin, and causes everybody a lot less trouble for it".
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People who added this item 340 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4


Anna played by Deborah Kerr


"The warmest, most gracious instrument of 19th-century Western imperialism ever invented".
People who added this item 2217 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6


Mary Hatch Bailey played by Donna Reed


"Sure, it's a portrait of unquestioning love. It's also a tribute to a lost breed - women who quietly, unfussily previal".
People who added this item 2779 Average listal rating (1746 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Vertigo (1958)


Judy Barton/Madeleine Elster played by Kim Novak


"Victim? Predator? Ghost? Hitchcock's enigma-to-beat-most-other-enigmas. The gal most guys deserve to meet".
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People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.6


Ellen Berent played by Gene Tierney


"What goes on in this all-too-pretty head? Desperate strategizing. If your crippled brother-in-law threatens to take your husband's attention away from you, simply engineer a tragic drowning. If your unborn baby makes the same mistake? Throw yourself down the stars. Points for originality".
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Lisa Berndle played by Joan Fontaine


"Here is a testament to and elegy for the relentlessness of hopeless love in the female of the species, and hence a plea to the male of the species to forgo the slightest encouragement if the female's love cannot be required".
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People who added this item 732 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Out of Africa (1985)


Karen Blixen played by Meryl Streep


"She had a farm in Africa. And everything failed, except her character, which was tangled up in contradictions that fueled a saving imagination".
People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3


Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester played by Janet Gaynor


"This is Mrs. Norman Maine. And she knows everything you need to know about Hollywood".
People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Funny Girl (1968)


Fanny Brice played by Barbra Streisand


"A hugely talented Brooklyn-born ugly duckling who turns herself into an uptown swan (with a big bill)".
People who added this item 754 Average listal rating (442 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8


The Bride played by Elsa Lanchester


"The prototype of today's surgery mad starlets. And a pioneer in hair-streaking, to boot".


Berenice Sadie Brown played by Ethel Waters


"The mammy whose saintlitness extends all the way to not gagging the logorrheic prebubescent female she's forced to share the kitchen with".
People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (187 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8


Irene Bullock played by Carole Lombard


"A rich, spoiled, insecure, booze-addled, selfish, willful, utterly spaced-out, adorable, glamorous, good-hearted, Park Avenue society girl of the '30s".
People who added this item 281 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3


Lucy Borrows played by Lillian Gish


"Born poor, left for dead by a father who beat her to a bloody pulp, this Silent Era heroine presses her fingers to the corners of her tremulous lips to force a smile - and fails to use her suffering as an excuse to substance abuse, abuse of others or incessant whining".
People who added this item 2693 Average listal rating (1730 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Carrie (1976)


Carrie played by Sissy Spacek


"Every paranoid fantasy about female puberty - and girls know that in the case of female puberty, paranoid fantasy can be very close to reality - wrapped up in one pale, vengeful girl".
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People who added this item 4357 Average listal rating (2964 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7


Catwoman played by Michelle Pfeiffer


"Guys, wanna know what happens when you (metaphorically) throw gals out the window? They get slinky the way you always wanted them to, only now they come with claws and whips, and psychological wounds transformed into lethal finesse. The best you can hope for is to get your face licked after your butt's been kissed".
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People who added this item 1095 Average listal rating (660 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
All About Eve (1950)


Margo Channing played by Bette Davis


"A warning to women about the stupidity of ever befriending younger, prettier versions of themselves. No wonder sisterhood's in short supply in showbiz".
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People who added this item 333 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
The Thin Man (1934)


Nora Charles played by Myrna Loy


"Authentically sophisticated practitioner of that only-works-in-the-movies marriage strategy wherein the witty, stunningly beautiful wife keeps up with, and often ahead of, her husband in such things as martini drinking, and makes the whole experience fun for both of them".
People who added this item 771 Average listal rating (473 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9


Charlie played by Teresa Wright


"A small-town girl who indulges in romantic (make that incestuous) fantasies about her namesake, Uncle Charlie, comes to realize that the dashing hero is actually a heartless murderer of women. Naturally, nobody else in the family understands this. So she must kill him herself. As must every girl".
People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (174 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Point Blank (1967)


Chris played by Angie Dickinson


"The reason John F. Kennedy felt he had to do Angie Dickinson?".
People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


Queen Christina played by Greta Garbot


"Showing commendable common sense, she gives up the throne of Sweden to romance a Spanish knockout".
People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8


Sister Clodagh played by Deborah Kerr


"A sublime notion of feminine spirituality, she's the sophisticated and very superior Mother Superior who comes from her Western tradition to a wild Eastern place and is shaken down by the rakish Englishman who is the man of her dreams and nightmares".
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People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.2


Daisy Clover played by Natalie Wood


"Nervous breakdowns, screaming fits, a frenzied desperation to please, serial relationships with wrong guys - the incisive portrait of an adolescent Hollywood star".
People who added this item 308 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2


Jane Craig played by Holly Hunter


"The contempory working girl at her brightest - inspired, resourceful, relentless and bonkers".
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Stella Dallas (1937)


Stella Dallas played by Barbara Stanwyck


"The tacky, self-immolating mom who watches from outside a window as her only child marries into a Park Avenue family. If this type existed today, you'd send her for a makeover and hire a gigolo to keep her occupied at the reception".
People who added this item 296 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Klute (1971)


Bree Daniels played by Jane Fonda


"The girl with the most distinctive hairdo in the history of prostitution. Not Dick Morris's type".
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People who added this item 1168 Average listal rating (702 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Rebecca (1940)


Mrs. Danvers played by Judith Anderson


"A warning to second wives and new girlfriends about the importance of tossing out all things and people belonging to your prodecessor".




The New Mrs. de Winter played by Joan Fontaine


"A heroine for women who are forced by circumstance to compete with the Ideal Woman without benefit of poise, confidence or the ability to accessorize - which is to say, most women".
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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


Billie Dawn played by Judy Holliday


"A spectacular early example of the bodacious-bodied diztcum-millionaire's bimbo".
People who added this item 1517 Average listal rating (972 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4


Norma Desmond played by Gloria Swanson


"The godmother for a society in which everyone's ready for their close-up".
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People who added this item 2804 Average listal rating (1727 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2


Cruella de Vil played by Betty Lou Gerson (voice)


"She sounds like Tallulah Bankhead imitating a seal, and is too cool to sing".
People who added this item 995 Average listal rating (660 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3


Phyllis Dietrichson played by Barbara Stanwyck


"An inspiration or cautionary tale, depending, for women who don't merely like to use men, but like to use them to kill their husbands".
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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Dodsworth (1936)


Fran Dodsworth played by Ruth Chatterton


"A pinnacle of female vanity, selfishness, pretension, grandiosity, disloyalty, self-delusion and overdressing".
People who added this item 1237 Average listal rating (720 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8


Blanche DuBois played by Vivien Leigh


"Vain, neurotic, self-deluded, manipulative, weak but tyrannical - you know, Southern".
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6


Isadora Duncan played by Vanessa Redgrave


"A righteously annoying creative pioneer".
People who added this item 1873 Average listal rating (1113 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3


Jean Louise "Scout" Finch played by Mary Badham


"The socially blundering, pre-feminine girl-child of Atticus Finch has curiosity, impatience, combativeness and smarts operating both for and against her as she tries to crack the codes of adult society".
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People who added this item 929 Average listal rating (546 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9


Alex Forrest played by Glenn Close


"Cinematic evidence that nothing is tougher on marriage, a car or a furry little animal than umarried, libidinous, big-city lady editor".
People who added this item 2667 Average listal rating (1851 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Rear Window (1954)


Lisa Carol Fremont played by Grace Kelly


"The girl is too sexy, too refined and too smart to indulge her boyfriend's fantasy that she's frivolous".
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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7


Frenchie played by Marlene Dietrich


"The ultimate old West saloon gal - sexy, tough and heroic when motivated by love".
People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4


Lily Garland played by Carole Lombard


"A minimally talented shopgirl who gets turned by a theatrical Svengali into a self-enchanted virago. Sounds like half of Hollywood to us".
People who added this item 435 Average listal rating (246 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Innocents (1961)


Miss Giddens played by Deborah Kerr


"Imagine a morally upright, proper 19th-century British woman - Anna from The King and I, say - but one who seethes with sexual repression and religious hysteria. Now imagine her as the caretaker to two very odd, perhaps demonically possessed children".
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People who added this item 2646 Average listal rating (1602 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7


Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn


"What's not to love?".
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People who added this item 346 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8


Laura Gray played by Gloria Grahame


"The used, smart L.A. beauty who inspires her self-destructive screenwriter/lover to pen the lines "I was born when you kissed me. I died when you let me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me." This must be how the joke about the Polish actress who slept with the screenwriter got started".
People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4


Marylee Hadley played by Dorothy Malone


"Of all the rich, messed-up, cocktail-swigging, didn't-get-enough-attention-from-Daddy-so-I'm-gonna-screw-lowlifes little sisters in big screen history, none does the rumba so thrillingly".
People who added this item 2221 Average listal rating (1401 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Annie Hall (1977)


Annie Hall played by Diane Keaton


"The apotheosis of hip, dope-smoking, neurotic ditz as ideal modern woman".
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People who added this item 2012 Average listal rating (1021 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Lolita (1962)


Charlotte Haze played by Shelley Winters


"Vulgar, pretentious, horny, cloyingly seductive and terrifying mom who discovers that her middle-aged dreamboat has married her in hopes of porking her adolescent daughter. A classic of her type".
People who added this item 516 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


Karen Holmes played by Deborah Kerr


"A bitter, edgy wife who not only grabs at clandestine sex, but screws Burt Lancaster in the Hawaiian surf. A model for our times".
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People who added this item 1052 Average listal rating (644 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Notorious (1946)


Alicia Huberman played by Ingrid Bergman


"A sinner seeking Cary Grant's assistance in her strugle for redemption, but, more important, the best excuse for a zillion closeups in the history of film".
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Jane Hudson played by Bette Davis


"A has-been movie star serves her invalid sister a dead parakeet and a rat, then takes her to the beach and lets her fry in the sun. Sisterhood for a society in which everyone is ready for their closeup".
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People who added this item 2526 Average listal rating (1573 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4


Janet played by Susan Sarandon


"It was back in the '70s that she got liberated from her fatuous virtue, and since then good girls have had no excuse for their insufferable ignorance".
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From an article written by Virginia Campbell & Stephen Rebello which was featured in the April 1997 issue of Movieline "Women in Hollywood".

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