Historical Circuit: The 9 Best Female Villains in Film

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You might have heard about a quiet little film coming out this weekend called Suicide Squad.

A new movie all about the villains? Sounds like fun! And the fact that Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn seems to have such a big role makes my feminist heart very happy. So this week, to celebrate an exciting new female villain, we’re taking a look at the best female villains ever on film.

But we’re going even a little farther than that. This list isn’t just about female villains. This is about female villains that are the only or main villain in their story.

That means: as much as I loved to hate Bellatrix LeStrange and Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series, or Mama Fratelli of The Goonies, or even have a soft spot for one or two of the incarnations of Catwoman (I’ll let you guess which), I’ve cut them from the list in favor of women who hold the spotlight all on their own. And let me tell you, there are some seriously wicked ladies on this list.

Click through the gallery to see the list: