There is something about December that makes people want to make lists. Empire magazine started the snowball yesterday with 100 Greatest Movie Characters.
If you peruse their list, I think you’ll notice something very similar about most of the characters: testosterone. Yes, out of 100 characters, only 12 are women. And of those 12 women, one is a cartoon character. Apparently, inexplicably, this list was voted on by the public.
Here’s a look at the ladies who made the cut:
97. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), The Silence of the Lambs
91. Scarlet O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), Gone With the Wind
90. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), The Wizard of Oz
89. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Star Wars
87. Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner), Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
75. Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), Fargo
66. The Bride (Uma Thurman), Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
62. Mathilda (Natalie Portman), Leon
56. Juno Macguff (Ellen Page), Juno
45. Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou), Amelie
41. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), Mary Poppins
9. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien 1-4
When Napoleon Dynamite beats out Holly Golightly for anything, it seriously makes me worry about the fate of the world.
Here are a couple of women just on the tip of my tongue who should have made the list.
Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Grease
“How about a little Sneaky Pete to get the party going?”
Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), Out of Africa
“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me?”
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast at Tiffany’s
“I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.”
Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (Mary Badham), To Kill a Mockingbird
“Don’t you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I’m Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one early morning, remember? We had a talk.”
Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon), Thelma & Louise
Louise: “You robbed the store? You robbed the whole damn store?”
Thelma: “Well, we needed the money.”
Who did I miss? Which women should fill the list of 100 Greatest Movie Characters? You know, besides Jessica Rabbit.