From Cat-Woman, to Anne Wilkes, to Cersei Lannister- female villains have been some of the most crafty, cruel, and conniving villains of film and television. What I have always loved most about female villains is how articulate they are. Cersei Lannister had some of the best, most wicked, lines of all of Game of Thrones. Ursula and all of the wicked witches and queens of Disney have some of the best songs and costumes of animated villain history. Female villains are not just brutal and crazy like their male counterparts, they are so mean to an intensity that surpasses just barbaric. They are just as charming as they are bad, and it keeps audiences so intrigued in everything they have to say and what they'll do next. I love being captured in the enigma of a bad gal who is always 10 step ahead of everyone else around her, so here is a list of my favorite female villains of movies this decade. And I don't just mean some misunderstood women, I mean these women are straight up bad-to-the-done, morally corrupt, and insane in the most terrifying and fun ways.
7. Jill Roberts (Scream 4)
Emma Roberts gives a playful and mad performance as Jill Roberts- the cousin to the famous Sidney Prescott. Her character and climactic murderer reveal made Scream 4 my second favorite of the Scream franchise.
Favorite Line: "You just won't die will you? Who are you, Michael f*ing Myers?"
6. Elaine Parks (The Love Witch)
Samantha Roberts plays Elaine Parks- the sensual and love-lust Love Witch. This film still stands as one of the best horror movies of the decade for me, and every aesthetic of Elaine and the film overall make her all the more terrorizing and beautiful.
Favorite Line: "That means that I take what I need from men and not the other way around."
5. Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)
Cate Blanchett plays Hela, the then-trapped and now-freed, evil sister of Thor and Loki. In Thor: Ragnarok she tested our main heroes more than any other villain had, she called out the lies of her father's past, and she looked absolutely amazing while doing so.
Favorite Line: "I'm not a queen nor a monster... I'm the goddess of death! What were you the god of again?"
4. Rose Armitage (Get Out)
Allison Williams plays one of my favorite characters of a horror film this character- Rose Armitage. Watching her go from seemingly standing up for her boyfriend at the beginning of the film to drinking a glass of milk and eating cereal while she scrolls for her next victim is what I call r a n g e!
Favorite Line: "You know I can't give you the keys, right babe?"
3. Rose the Hat (Doctor Sleep)
Rebecca Ferguson played Rose the Hat this year in Doctor Sleep. She was absolutely terrifying as she haunts and steals the essence of small children. She also looks amazing throughout the entire film; she draws you in as the audience just as much as she does the children of the movie.
Favorite Line: "Yes, you run, dear. And then I will find you, and you will scream for years."
2. Red (Us)
When I watched Lupita Nyong'o play Red in the 2019 film Us, I was absolutely shook. The character is so complex and out of the ordinary for any other villain on this list. Us still stands as my second favorite film of the year, and I can watch Lupita's nuanced performances all day.
Favorite Line: "So, you see, the shadow hated the girl so much for so long, until one day the shadow realized she was being tested by God."
1. Amy Dunne (Gone Girl)
Dare I say that Rosamund Pike's performance of Amy Dunne is the best female villain of films this decade? I think I have to say that, because Amy Dunne is the smartest, most cunning, character on this list. She's continuously steps ahead of everyone else, and even when the walls seem closing in on her, she slithers her way back to the top. She never loses.
Favorite Line: "Cool Girl Monologue"
Long gone are the days where damsels in distress wait for their prince charming to save them. The damsels are the ones causing the distress, and I can't wait to see the next decade of female villains and the havoc they wreak.