The 17 most iconic female movie characters of all time, according to audiences

“Star Wars.” “Alien.” “The Terminator.” “Harry Potter.” All of these film franchises and more are anchored by some of the most iconic female characters of all time.

DirecTV surveyed 1,003 people about who they thought were the most iconic female film protagonists ever and provided the results to Business Insider.

Below are the 17 characters people found the most iconic, ranked by the percentage of people that cited each character. Respondents were given a list of 70 female characters to vote on (here’s the full list), with a write-in option available.

The survey also asked people what films or franchises they would most like to see remade with female protagonists. The top result for films people would like to see with a woman in the lead role was the “James Bond” franchise with 15.4%, followed by “Indiana Jones” (13.8%), and “Mission: Impossible” (11.1%).

The top result for movies that people want to see remade with an all-female cast were “The Hangover” with 12.6%, followed by “Fight Club” (10.2%), and “Men in Black” (9.6%).

The results below are based on female and male votes, but broken down between men and women, the results were slightly different. Women found Leia Organa from “Star Wars” the most iconic, while men found Ellen Ripley from “Alien” the most iconic.

Below are the 17 most iconic film protagonists of all time, based on a DirecTV survey:

17. Marry Poppins


Percentage: 1.8%

Movie: “Mary Poppins” (1964)

Played by: Julie Andrews

16. Erin Brockovich


Percentage: 1.8%

Movie: “Erin Brockovich” (2000)

Played by: Julia Roberts

15. Belle


Percentage: 1.8%

Movie: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Voiced by: Paige O’Hara

14. Alice

Sony Pictures

Percentage: 2%

Movie: “Resident Evil” franchise (2002-2016)

Played by: Milla Jovovich

13. Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo


Percentage: 2.2%

Movie: “Kill Bill Vol. 1” (2003) and “Kill Bill Vol. 2” (2004)

Played by: Uma Thurman

12. Rose DeWitt Bukater


Percentage: 2.2%

Movie: “Titanic” (1997)

Played by: Kate Winslet

11. Sarah Connor


Percentage: 2.3%

Movie: “The Terminator” (1984) and “Terminator 2” (1991)

Played by: Linda Hamilton

10. Fa Mulan


Percentage: 3%

Movie: “Mulan” (1998)

Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen

9. Hermione Granger

Warner Bros.

Percentage: 4%

Movie: “Harry Potter” franchise (2001-2011)

Played by: Emma Watson

8. Alice Liddel


Percentage: 4.9%

Movie: “Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

Voiced by: Kathryn Beaumont

7. Scarlett O’Hara


Percentage: 5%

Movie: “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

Played by: Vivien Leigh

6. Lara Croft


Percentage: 5.1%

Movie: “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001)

Played by: Angelina Jolie

5. Wonder Woman

Warner Bros.

Percentage: 5.6%

Movie: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Played by: Gal Gadot

4. Katniss Everdeen


Percentage: 5.7%

Movie: “The Hunger Games” franchise (2012-2015)

Played by: Jennifer Lawrence

3. Ellen Ripley

20th Century Fox

Percentage: 6.5%

Movie: “Alien” (1979) and “Aliens” (1986)

Played by: Sigourney Weaver

2. Leia Organa


Percentage: 7.6%

Movie: “Star Wars” franchise (1977-present)

Played by: Carrie Fisher

1. Dorothy Gale

MGM/’Wizard of Oz’

Percentage: 7.7%

Movie: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Played by: Judy Garland

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