The Ten Most Iconic Female Movie Characters – Blogathon

I was so excited to be passed the baton for this really cool idea for a Blogathon. Thank you so much to the lovely Justine and her excellent movie blog for passing it over to me! (she has so many great reviews!)

It’s important to recognise the great women we have in film.

So here’s the rules: A list of 10 iconic female movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think she should not be on the list) and replacing it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger. (as written by Dell on Movies – the creator of this idea)

Justine removed Maria Von Trapp and replaced her with Carrie White (nice decision!), so here’s the list as it currently stands –





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Okay, so my turn!

Ellen Ripley – deserves a place here forever.

Princess Leia – despite not being a Star Wars fan it’s easy to see this little minx does too.  

Marge Gunderson – might not be the most iconic but I reckon most film fans know who Marge is and there’s no way I’m being responsible for getting rid of her. Fargo is one of my favourite movies and Marge is so lovable. 

Scarlett O’Hara – absolutely iconic, even in image alone. Must stay for now. 

Rosemary Woodhouse – she may be the eponymous Rosemary but in a way, she’s not that different to many female leads in scary movies. Though I do like the film and have a major soft spot for Mia Farrow….contender to be deleted.

Clarice Starling – deserves a place here almost as much as Ripley. 

The Bride (Beatrix) – look I’ve seen what she can do with her Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, I’m not getting rid of her (nor do I want to!) 

Hermione Granger – as much as l love Hermione I don’t see her as much as a film icon as some of the entries. Contender to be deleted.

Bella Swan – you can’t argue the girl is iconic in a ‘everyone knows who she is type way’. However, a female icon who’s sole purpose of the story is to fall in love? If that’s the case we could just use Disney princesses couldn’t we? And don’t think I’m not tempted to (it would have been Ariel if I did <3). Hmmm. Contender.

Carrie White – love this entry and hugely iconic.

Okay this is a tough decision on who I’m going to delete but I’ve whittled it down to three – Rosemary, Hermione and Bella.

Okay so I’d never get rid of Hermione over Bella that would be treacherous! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (enough said). But Hermione does display some very strong character traits such as her intelligence, bravery and loyalty. I’m sure Bella does too to some extent but I can’t get past the fact that ultimately, her main role in the film is to fall in love. I just think we can do better.

Hermione is definitely safe.

So, Bella or Rosemary?

Ultimately I’m going to have to get rid of Bella. In a way I think she’s more iconic than Rosemary but please, Twilight was made like five minutes ago and Rosemary’s Baby is almost fifty years old.

So I’m very sorry Bella and I have genuinely nothing against you or your Twilight family, but you are no longer on the list.

And who am I putting in instead?

Well, as I have the devil in me today (all puns intended) I am going to put forward Regan MacNeil. What?! I’ll be nice to see her smiling face on the list won’t it? And you cannot deny the girl is well known.


So now for my nomination. TOUGH DECISION.

I’m going to nominate Eric at The IPC because I know he loves females in movies. It would be rude not to! But please let me know if you’d rather not do it pal, because I can nominate someone else instead 🙂

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50 Responses to The Ten Most Iconic Female Movie Characters – Blogathon

  1. vinnieh says:

    I love this post, so many amazing characters.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wendell says:

    Hey, Emma. Thank you for participating. Sorry it took me so long to acknowledge you, but I was hiding within the horror genre all month. Of course, you couldn’t pick a character more identified with horror if you tried. Great choice with Regan. Adding a link to your post on my blog now. Thanks again.

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  3. Tom Schultz says:

    Not a Marge, but a Maggie (Fitzgerald) of Million Dollar Baby. “Mo chuisle”


  4. Yeah! Patooie’s just one of those words that sound awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. alexraphael says:

    I’m glad you kept Marge. I couldn’t get rid of her when I did mine either. I think a lot of people will agree with your choice.

    Liked by 1 person

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