RANKED! The 20 Best Onscreen Female Characters of the Last 20 Years

There have always been great women in film and television, but the past 20 years have seen an explosion in amazing female characters who wow us with their wit, intelligence, and sheer power. Today we attempt the impossible task of ranking the top 20 heroines of the 21st century using a combination of metrics, including (but not limited to): uniqueness, badassness, cultural popularity, and verve. But in the end, it simply boils down to individuals who embody a forward-looking vision of the future. Women who are just too damn remarkable to go uncelebrated. Prepare to be in awe.

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