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  • MERYLMADNESS
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    #118448

    As a female actress, I’m naturally fascinated, appreciative and turned onto great, complex, multi-dimensional female characters, especially those created directly for the screen. Sadly, as we all know, these are becoming even more few and far between by the day.

    Because of how rare this is, let’s honor those great writers, directors and filmmakers who have dared to do it.

    Which female characters created directly the screen are the best? Which are your favorites?

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    babypook
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    Whoa, terrific question. So difficult…
    Direct to screen:

    Frances McDormand, Fargo
    Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, Network
    Kathleen Turner, Body Heat
    Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin, The Piano
    Susan and Geena, Thelma and Louise
    Little Drew Barrymore in E.T.
    Monica Bellucci, Malena
    Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
    Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct
    Susan Sarandon, Bull Durham
    Gena Rowlands, Gloria
    Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity
    Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
    Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman (so sue me)
    Patricia Arquette, True Romance (you go girl!)
    Liv Ullman, Persona,
    Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda
    Gloria Grahame, The Big Heat
    The women from All About Eve
    Anne Parillaud, Nikita
    The ladies from Working Girl
    Ivana Baquero, Pan’s Labyrinth
    Kim Novak, Vertigo
    Audrey Tautou, Amelie
    Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction
    Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation (and Her?)
    Katie Jarvis, Fish Tank
    Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
    Laura Dern, Citizen Ruth

    Phew. Many others, but not nearly enough

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Ellen Ripley

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    RobertoTerra
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    Just a few:

    Jasmine in Blue Jasmine (2013)
    Anne in Amour (2012)
    Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    Nina in Black Swan (2010)
    Kym in Rachel Getting Married (2008)
    Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    Mal in Inception (2010) 
    Shosanna in Inglorious Basterds (2009) 
    Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
    The Bride in Kill Bill (2003-2004)
    Selma in Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    Justine in Melancholia (2011)
    Mavis in Young Adult (2011) 
    Marge in Fargo (1996)
    Ada in The Piano (1993)
    Amélie in Amélie (2001) 
    Mrs. Wilson in Gosford Park (2001)
    Hellen in Bullets over Broadway (1994)
    Julie in Tootsie (1982)
    Linda in Mighty Aphrodite (1995) 
    Annie in Annie Hall (1977)
    Alice in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

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    Beau S.
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    Quentin Tarantino regularly createst fascinating, intriguing and sometimes even mysterious female badasses.

    -Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo in Kill Bill (my vote for greatest female character of all time, probably up there in overall characters male or female)

    -Shoshana in Inglourious Basterds – an incredibly dark and mysterious woman who has enormous impact in all of her scenes and kills Hitler while she’s at it.

    -Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction – the complexities of this character go beyond the film. I’d love to spend a day with this character, just to be able to hear her speak.

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    babypook
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    Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix(es)
    Doona Bae, Halle Berry, Cloud Atlas
    Anne Bancroft, The Graduate
    Linda Hamilton, The Terminator
    Carrie Fisher, Star Wars
    Winona Ryder, Heathers, Beetlejuice
    Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
    Pam Grier, Jackie Brown, Coffy
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    Uma Thurman, Kill Bill(s), Pulp Fiction
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween
    Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction

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    benbraddock
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    Helen Sinclair as played by Dianne Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway.
    Annie Hall as played by Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

    Loretta Castorini as played by Cher in Moonstruck.

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    AnneBoleyn
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    Bette Midler in All about Eve
    Diane Keaton in Manhattan
    Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
    Eva Dahlbeck in A Midsummer Night’s Smile 
    Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata
    Anne Reid in The Mother
    Julie Walters in Educating Rita (although that’s a play)
    Ripley in Alien
    Frances McDormand in Fargo
    Debra Winger in Shadowlands

     

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    GhostOrchid
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    Madeleine Ashton

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    nkb325
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    I agree with a lot of these but just a few more that haven’t been mentioned:

    Julie Delpy, Celine in Before Series
    Emma Stone, Olive in Easy A
    Nia Vardalos, Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Nicole Kidman, Satine in Mouline Rouge!
    Helen Hunt, Cheryl in The Sessions 
    Ellen Page, Juno in Juno 

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    Daniel B.
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    Would Nina (Natalie Portman) in Black Swan count, since the film was based on Swan Lake?

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    I love the characters of Alex (Vera Farmiga) and Natalie (Anna Kendrick) in Up in the Air. Both were created for the film and do not appear in the original novel. In fact, in the novel, Ryan’s partner (Natalie in the film) was a man.

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