10. Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind played by Vivien Leigh
Everyone the world over is well acquainted with the classic Gone With the Wind character Scarlett O’Hara. A spoiled southern belle fallen on hard times, Scarlett is forced to deal with the harsh realities of life in unique ways during the American Civil War. Attractive, indomitable, and with a core of steel determination hidden by layers of petticoats, Scarlett is unforgettable as she vows to never go hungry again!
9. Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair played by Reese Witherspoon
Known as a notorious social climber, this anti-heroine is full of scheming, hilarious and daring antics. A fictional creation of Victorian writer William Makepeace Thackeray, Becky Sharp is a female rogue with much charm determined to secure her financial future and improve her social status by marrying up. You can be sure that the gutsy Becky always has some scheme up her graceful sleeve.
8. Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmations played by Glenn Close
A cruel devil by name and a devilish designer by trade, Cruella de Vil puts the B in bad. Cruella de Vil practices the sins of lust and greed on a daily basis. A great lover of puppy fur, she is domineering, threatening and on a mission to achieve her ultimate goal, so beware anyone who stands in her way.
7. Jeanne St. Remy de Valois in The Affair of the Necklace played by Hilary Swank
An infamous thief, this adventuresome Frenchwoman is a real life historical figure. Though destitute, Jeanne St. Remy de Valois claimed to be of royal blood. In a bid to reclaim her family fortune and noble status, Jeanne sets out to steal a priceless diamond necklace by seducing Cardinal Louis de Rohan. The situation was a scandalous affair and was just one of the scandals that plunged France into a revolution.
6. Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada played by Meryl Streep
Despite the devout sounding last name, this character is no saint. Miranda priestly is one woman you do not want to mess with. She can freeze a person with one cold glare from over her daintily perched reading glasses, and terrify an entire office with the tap of a well turned heel. Even grown men quiver in their designer shoes at the sound of her name. Known as the boss from hell, she certainly knows how to bring the fire and brimstone to the office and looks fierce in some fine designer fashion while doing it.
5. Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl played by Natalie Portman
Anne Boleyn was a mastermind. She managed to conquer one of history’s most fearsome kings by applying intricate manipulation. She filled Henry VIII’s head with promises of an heir, double-crossed her sister, and succeeded in getting Henry to the altar after enticing him for nearly a decade. She changed a nation with the power of her desires to be queen, and her progeny went on to rule England, making it the most powerful nation on the face of the earth in the 16th century. No small feat for a woman of Tudor England, a time when men called all the shots.
4. Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons played by Glenn Close
Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil is a calculating and wicked 18th century French aristocrat who is bored and in need of a diversion. Feeling slighted by the news of an ex-lover’s impending happy marriage, the Marquise decides to get revenge on him by ruining his innocent fiancee. The Marquise and her BFF (who also happens to be an ex lover) the Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont engage in an underhanded game of seduction and betrayal. Dangerous liaisons indeed.
3. Julia Russell/Bonny Castle in Original Sin played by Angelina Jolie
Introducing Julia Russell — or is it Bonny Castle? Deception is the name of the game in this twisted tale of lies, betrayal and trickery. Bonny is the female half of a swindling pair, and she is one believable impostor. In addition to being a convincing con-artist, she may also be an accomplice in a murder. Intense, alluring and captivating, Bonny has a knack of merrily absconding with the fortunes of her unfortunate beaus. She’s one character that can ensure there will be a whole lot of scheming going on.
2. Meredith Johnson in Disclosure played by Demi Moore
Meet Meredith Johnson. She is beautiful, smart, sexy, and just happens to be the boss of a newly merged company. When she decides to aggressively rekindle an old flame with an ex lover who also happens to be a colleague, her romantic overtures are rejected. Her agenda? Make allegations of sexual harassment, destroy the man who snubbed her, and frame him with negligence in the workplace to cover up her own mistakes. You can bet your last dollar Meredith won’t be disclosing the details of her bad behavior.
1. Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction played by Glenn Close
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Alex Forrest is a beguiling yet ultimately jilted woman who decides to wreak havoc on the life of her lover when he discards her. Alex Forrest is a woman whose broken heart demands revenge, retaliation and the removal of a rival. Her obsessive attraction is dangerous, and the vengeful Alex Forrest is one indelibly unforgettable femme fatale.
Who doesn’t adore watching the antics of these women who play the bad girl role? They horrify, they shock, they seduce, they delight, and they most definitely entertain. And no matter what your opinion is of this array of iniquitous characters, you have to admit they are some of the most memorable female characters with the best bad behavior in film. Who says it isn’t good to be bad?