The 17 most iconic female movie characters of all time, according to audiences

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Lucasfilm

“Star Wars.” “Alien.” “The Terminator.” “Harry Potter.” All of these film franchises and more are anchored by some of the most iconic female characters of all time.

DirecTV surveyed 1,003 people about who they thought were the most iconic female film protagonists ever and provided the results to Business Insider.

Below are the 17 characters people found the most iconic, ranked by the percentage of people that cited each character. Respondents were given a list of 70 female characters to vote on (here’s the full list), with a write-in option available.

The survey also asked people what films or franchises they would most like to see remade with female protagonists. The top result for films people would like to see with a woman in the lead role was the “James Bond” franchise with 15.4%, followed by “Indiana Jones” (13.8%), and “Mission: Impossible” (11.1%).

The top result for movies that people want to see remade with an all-female cast were “The Hangover” with 12.6%, followed by “Fight Club” (10.2%), and “Men in Black” (9.6%).

The results below are based on female and male votes, but broken down between men and women, the results were slightly different. Women found Leia Organa from “Star Wars” the most iconic, while men found Ellen Ripley from “Alien” the most iconic.

Below are the 17 most iconic film protagonists of all time, based on a DirecTV survey:


17. Marry Poppins

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Disney

Percentage: 1.8%

Movie: “Mary Poppins” (1964)

Played by: Julie Andrews


16. Erin Brockovich

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Universal

Percentage: 1.8%

Movie: “Erin Brockovich” (2000)

Played by: Julia Roberts


15. Belle

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Disney

Percentage: 1.8%

Movie: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Voiced by: Paige O’Hara


14. Alice

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Sony Pictures

Percentage: 2%

Movie: “Resident Evil” franchise (2002-2016)

Played by: Milla Jovovich


13. Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo

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Miramax

Percentage: 2.2%

Movie: “Kill Bill Vol. 1” (2003) and “Kill Bill Vol. 2” (2004)

Played by: Uma Thurman


12. Rose DeWitt Bukater

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Paramount

Percentage: 2.2%

Movie: “Titanic” (1997)

Played by: Kate Winslet


11. Sarah Connor

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TriStar

Percentage: 2.3%

Movie: “The Terminator” (1984) and “Terminator 2” (1991)

Played by: Linda Hamilton


10. Fa Mulan

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Disney

Percentage: 3%

Movie: “Mulan” (1998)

Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen


9. Hermione Granger

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Warner Bros.

Percentage: 4%

Movie: “Harry Potter” franchise (2001-2011)

Played by: Emma Watson


8. Alice Liddel

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Disney

Percentage: 4.9%

Movie: “Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

Voiced by: Kathryn Beaumont


7. Scarlett O’Hara

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MGM

Percentage: 5%

Movie: “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

Played by: Vivien Leigh


6. Lara Croft

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Paramount

Percentage: 5.1%

Movie: “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001)

Played by: Angelina Jolie


5. Wonder Woman

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Warner Bros.

Percentage: 5.6%

Movie: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Played by: Gal Gadot


4. Katniss Everdeen

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Lionsgate

Percentage: 5.7%

Movie: “The Hunger Games” franchise (2012-2015)

Played by: Jennifer Lawrence


3. Ellen Ripley

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20th Century Fox

Percentage: 6.5%

Movie: “Alien” (1979) and “Aliens” (1986)

Played by: Sigourney Weaver


2. Leia Organa

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Lucasfilm

Percentage: 7.6%

Movie: “Star Wars” franchise (1977-present)

Played by: Carrie Fisher


1. Dorothy Gale

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MGM/”Wizard of Oz”

Percentage: 7.7%

Movie: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Played by: Judy Garland