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Film's Fatal Femmes

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Cate Blanchett's wicked turn in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is just the latest example of women's dark, nasty side. We present our favorite 10 movie villainesses ... By Kim Morgan Special to MSN Movies We'd like to think all women are sweetness and light -- terrific girlfriends; wonderful mothers; loving, caring individuals, right? Oh, please. Nice is, well, nice most of the time, of course, but who doesn't enjoy a little spice in life? Even if said spice is riding a broomstick, wielding a dagger or transforming into a dragon? They're certainly never boring and decidedly cinematic. The villainess, from Medusa to "Mean Girls," makes for some of the greatest roles in cinematic history -- which is why we're excited to watch ubertalented Cate Blanchett play sexy Russian dominatrix Agent Spalko in the eagerly anticipated "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Reportedly inspired by famed James Bond villainess Rosa Klebb (who appeared in "From Russia With Love"), Blanchett got us thinking about the treacherous tradition of female movie villains. We've come up with our 10 favorite ladies (including one little girl and one fairy) here. To paraphrase the great Mae West, these gals show that when they're bad, they're better. (Everett Collection)
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