Top Ten Most Iconic Female Characters In a Movie Series

There's a long list of iconic male movie franchise characters. From Stallone's Rocky and Rambo to Ford's Indiana Jones and Han Solo to Willis's John McClane, to less heroic roles like Mike Myers's Austin Powers and Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter, so many of the most recognizable characters were born with a Y chromosome.

But it would be a huge disservice not to recognize the wealth of brilliant, and often times underrated, performances from female movie stars. So, with this list, let's take a few moments to reflect upon all the amazing characters from the finest actresses both in and out of Hollywood.

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1Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)Ellen Louise Ripley is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Alien film series played by American actress Sigourney Weaver.

Having only appeared in small roles up to that point was one of the reasons why Weaver was selected for the role. Director Ridley Scott wanted an actress who could be the surprise heroine. This worked out brilliantly as Weaver became Ripley in the audience's mind.

2Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)Princess Leia Organa, later known as General Leia Organa, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Carrie Fisher.

In spite of a sub-par script and a portrayal that certainly wasn't going to garner any Oscar attention, the character of Princess Leia became and remains today a cultural icon. Girls wanted to be her and guys wanted to be with her. It was such a strong character that you didn't even realize the thousand to one male to female ratio in the original movie.

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3Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)
4Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
5Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
6The Bride (Uma Thurman)
7Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)
8Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley)
9Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)The Scarlet Witch is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
10Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman)

The Contenders

11Rey (Daisy Ridley)Rey is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by British actress Daisy Ridley. First appearing as the central character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey is a scavenger who was left behind on the planet Jakku when she was a child, and later becomes involved with the Resistance's more.
12Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley)
13Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska)
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