15 Greatest Female Action Movie Heroes of All Time

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7. Selene (Underworld)

Selene Underworld

As the protagonist of Underworld franchise, Selene was once a normal human who had a happy life but all changed once her family was murdered and she swore revenge. Becoming a Death Dealer the vampires’ fighting elite Selene proved to be the biggest nightmare of the undead creatures.

With superhuman abilities such as strength, senses, speed, agility and healing, she is certainly no push-over and one of the best movie heroes out there. Portrayed by English actress Kate Beckinsale, Selene has appeared in four Underworld installments and will wreak havoc for vampires once again in the upcoming Underworld: Blood Wars.


6. The Bride (Kill Bill)

The Bride Kill Bill

Critically acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino wants his legacy to live on by the great characters he has made in his movies and Beatrix Kiddo is no exception. Also known as the Bride, the sword-swinging martial artists has even given the manliest men a hard time.

Trained to be an assassin, the character of the Bride has often been referred as the most dangerous woman alive. With her astonishing fight moves and the ability to show no mercy, the Bride from Kill Bill makes killing look so easy.


5. Emma Peel (The Avengers)

Emma Peel The Avengers

Long before The Avengers became one of the highest-grossing superhero movies of all time, a spy-fi British show of the same name existed and had an action hero of their own who was a martial arts master and a daunting fencer.

Starring Diana Rigg, the actress portrayed spy Emma Peel. Rarely defeated in fights, the character is one of the earliest female action heroes back when the idea of having a female lead in an action show seemed too risky.


4. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider

No actress has been synonymous with action other than Angelina Jolie. From her times as a rising star to the status of A-lister she is today, there is hardly any movie of the actress in which she performs daring and amazing action sequences.

Though there are a number of her roles that could be featured in the list, her role of Lara Croft is perhaps the best one. Based on the video game of the same name, Lara Croft has spawned several other video games, two movies and even an animated series.


3. Alice Abernathy (Resident Evil)

Alice Abernathy Resident Evil

There are only a handful of actresses who have associated their careers with action movies and Milla Jovovich is definitely one of them. As a security officer working for the Umbrella Corporation, no one could have imagined that the seemingly ordinary woman would one day be killing zombies for a living.

With a ranging variety of weapons at her disposal, Alice is not just another female action hero with vengeance on her mind. She is a skilled fighter, a smart leader, matchless gun user and most importantly, she is the reason of zombies wanting to stay dead and buried.


2. Sarah Connor (The Terminator)

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All eyes were on action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator and its sequel but Sarah Connor was not too far behind. Though she has been played by more than one actress, it is the portrayal of Linda Hamilton that has been the most iconic one.

A hardened warrior who will go at great lengths to protect her son, Connor is not a mother who anyone would want to mess with. Though she has often been referred as violent and unstable, Connor is the best female character of The Terminator Franchise and even had her own television series The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


1. Ellen Ripley (Alien)

Ellen Ripley Alien

Angelina Jolie might be the epitome of action during the majority of her career but all of her roles of the said genre do not even come close to Sigourney Weaver’s role of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley of the Alien franchise.

She was not a side-kick, eye candy or a damsel in distress but a force to be reckoned with. The role bestowed Weaver instant super-stardom and worldwide fame to the point of her very first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress but lost to Marlee Matlin.


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