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In a man’s world, female characters usually play supporting characters and don’t get as much of a chance to shine on their own. It’s getting better, but there’s still a long way to go before great female characters won’t be looked upon as an anomaly. This year gave us some great female characters in movies, characters who kicked ass in all ways possible and who stood apart on their own merits.

This list isn’t exhaustive but highlights the majority of awesome these characters embodied in 2015. Strong, resilient, vulnerable, and smart, these characters are three-dimensional and so very human.

You can check out the entire list by clicking through the gallery!


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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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