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Top 11 Best Female Villains You Can’t Help But Love

Some of the best portrayals of female villains in Hollywood history



Fictional female characters who.. err.. on the dark side often have three things in common: a killer wardrobe, a dramatic beauty look, and an arsenal of memorable one-liners that help to ensure the spotlight remains firmly on them. 

From the comic book bad girls, like Hela in Thor: Ragnarok to pretty girl high school bullies like Regina George in Mean Girls, here are some of our favourite female villains that we can’t help but scream ‘’YASSS QUEEN WE STAN’’ 

1. Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada 

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Was there ever a stare so withering as the one Miranda Priestly directed at her assistant Andy Sachs when she dared to roll her eyes at belts? As Anne Hathaway’s character put it: “I thought the flesh was going to melt off her face!” The ultimate horrible boss, Meryl excelled herself as the ice queen editrix whose acerbic put-downs were as sharp as her heels. 

2. Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok

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Blanchett took on the role of the fearsome Hela in Thor: Ragnarok and became Marvel’s first on-screen female villain.

3. Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

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Disney’s Maleficent tells the untold story of Sleeping Beauty’s evil queen, with Jolie in one of her most menacing incarnations to date.

4. Lena Headey in Game Of Thrones

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Femme fatales come no fiercer, more corrupt or downright deceitful than Game of Thrones’s Cersei Lannister.

5. Dakota Fanning in The Twilight Saga

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Dakota Fanning, as Jane in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, was far from a friendly vampire with her red eyes and deathly pallor.

6. Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter

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It’s hard to imagine anyone but Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Harry Potter’s ultimate female nemesis: Bellatrix Lestrange.

7. Cate Blanchett in Cinderella

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Oozing glamour, Cate Blanchett as the Evil Stepmother in Disney’s 2015 reimagining of the classic tale was never without a scarlet pout, pristine updo, and an elaborate wardrobe of corseted dresses and oversized hats.

8. Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls

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Is there a more terrifying prospect in the life of any teen than inadvertently crossing the popular gang? Rachel McAdams is the ultimate high school mean girl as Regina George (queen of the Plastics) in this 2004 cult comedy.

9. Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

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A little white dress, stiletto heels and, famously, nothing else made Sharon Stone’s Catherine Tramell go down in history as one of cinema’s most seductive femme fatales.

10. Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago

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In the role that landed her an Oscar, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the light on her feet felon Velma Kelly in the big-screen adaptation of Broadway hit Chicago. Kelly is behind bars after stumbling upon her husband in bed with her sister and killing them both. As she sings in “Cell Block Tango”: He had it coming.

11. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl

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Rosamund Pike was an icy-cool Amy Dunne in the 2014 film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller.


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