The Top 30 Most Inspiring Female Characters of All Time, According to Ordinary People

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Watching movies is an exciting way to spend one’s time, but for many of us, it doesn’t end there. Movie characters and their actions can inspire us, make us think about important things, and even reconsider our life choices. Strong, wise, and kind characters that can serve as role models are one of the reasons why we re-watch our favorite movies again and again.

Movie lovers went to Ranker to vote for the female characters that inspire them the most, and here are the heroines who made it to the top 30. The winner surprised us, to be honest. What about you?

30. Sarah Walker


29. Elizabeth Bennet

28. Jordan O’Neill

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27. Mary Poppins

26. Norma Rae

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25. Marge Gunderson


24. Rose Tyler

23. Violet Crawley

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22. Lara Croft

21. Imperator Furiosa


20. Alice

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19. Sif

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18. Katniss Everdeen

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17. Freya

16. Clarice Starling

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15. Daenerys Targaryen

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14. Dana Scully

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13. Lagertha Lothbrok

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12. Xena

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11. Buffy Summers

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10. Wonder Woman

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9. Arya Stark

8. Princess Leia

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7. Artemis

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6. Athena


5. Black Widow

4. Hermione Granger

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3. The Bride

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2. Sarah Connor

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1. Ellen Ripley

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What movie or TV show characters inspire you and why?

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