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The 25 greatest female villains in film

There's something about a female villain that stops us in our tracks. From villain of the moment Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent to the iconic Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz and the nastiest woman you'll ever see in pink tweed, Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge, here are the most terrifying female villains on film.

As Rudyard Kipling so neatly put it "The female of the species is more deadly than the male".

(Words: Sejal Kapadia, Images: Rex Features and respective films)

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