Women in Horror: Top 30 Female Horror Movie Characters

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Tippi Hedren in The Birds (© Universal)

February is Women in Horror Month, and 1428 Elm is celebrating by counting down the top 30 greatest  female characters in horror movies.

I’m celebrating the leading ladies of the horror genre all month long. For today, I’m listing my top 30 favorite female characters in horror films. So join me as I take you through this slideshow and let me know in the comments if I missed any horror movie women who should’ve made the list.

30. Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren, The Birds)

We’re going all the way back to 1963 for this one. As one of the pioneers of the horror genre, much of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies are timeless classics. Among his very best is The Birds, a film which explores the concept of flocks of birds banding together to start murdering humans. Despite its age and simplistic plot, the movie does hold up very well and is quite entertaining.

The star of the movie is Tippi Hedren, who portrays the protagonist Melanie Daniels. Her acting is stellar and one of the best qualities about the film. She has a way about her which makes her very likeable, and you’re rooting for her to survive when you’re watching the movie.