Ever since the creation of action movies, the genre has been dominated by male actors but the evolution of Hollywood has seen several female actors who have broken the barriers of the casting of leading males in action movies. Take a look at 15 greatest female action movie heroes of all time:
15. Rita Vrataski (Edge of Tomorrow)
Spending a day on the Earth while it is being invaded by aliens is not an easy task but having to do that over and over again even after death is overkill. That is where Sergeant Rita Rose Vrataski comes.
Despite how Tom Cruise has cemented his reputation as a bonafide action star, we see a different turn of events in Edge of Tomorrow as the A-lister’s character Major Bill Cage had to rely on the special forces officer as she made his days of fighting aliens like a walk in the park.
14. Silk Spectre II (Watchmen)
Trained by her crime-fighting mother to continue the family legacy, Silk Spectre II is one of the few female superheroes who actually have a reasonable amount of screen time in a male-dominated superhero movie.
13. Nikita (La Femme Nikita)
With the release of La Femme Nikita, the fame of actress Anne Parillaud skyrocketed due to her performance as Nikita. After robbing a pharmacy store, she is sent to prison where her captors fake her death and give the choice of death and becoming an assassin. Choosing to live, Nikita goes through intense training and becomes a stone cold killer.
The success of the movie opened the eyes of Warner Bros. wide open as the studio made a remake starring Bridget Fonda and a television series starring Peta Wilson that ran for five seasons. The legacy does not stop there as The CW also made a television series of La Femme Nikita starring Maggie Q which ran for four seasons.
12. Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max)
As a stealthy mechanic, fearless driver and an uncanny survivalist, Furiosa is definitely anyone would want on their fighting team. Relying on an SKS rifle and handguns, the character proved to be smarter and more adaptable than her co-star Tom Hardy’s leading character of Max Rockatansky.
11. Wonder Woman (DC Extended Universe)
As a symbol of justice, peace and gender equality, Wonder Woman is undoubtedly the greatest female superhero of all time. Known as Princess Dianna of Theyscira, the character made her feature film debut in the much anticipated but critically panned, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the movie definitely had its flaws, Wonder Woman proved to be one of the key reasons that made the mediocre superhero flick worth a while. The female superhero will have her very own solo movie in 2017 and appearances in the two installments of Justice League.
10. Black Widow (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Apart from being an ally of Iron Man and a member of The Avengers, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is quite a superhero in her own right. Having no actual super powers and relying on her martial arts expertise and spy gadgets, the Russian beauty is one of the best female action heroes in modern cinema.
Under the alias of Black Widow, Romanoff is quite the athlete and specializes in several forms of Kung Fu. Not shy to use her beauty for psychological manipulation, Black Widow has appeared in several installments of Marvel Cinematic Universe and it will not be a surprise if she would get her very own solo movie.
9. Leeloo (The Fifth Element)
As one of the Supreme Beings of the universe, Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina–Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat is a long name that everyone has a hard time remembering but there is only one thing you should know about her: the character is the final piece of a powerful weapon to destroy the Great Evil.
Portrayed by Milla Jovovich and also known as Leeloo, the character is genetically superior to the human race and is equipped with several powers such as superhuman strength, enhanced durability, vicious hand-to-hand combat skills and everything that causes fear to everyone around her.
8. Trinity (The Matrix)
The Wachowski’s The Matrix Trilogy was truly one of the finest pieces of art in terms of visual effects and fight scenes. Introducing several iconic characters such as Neo and Morpheus, it cannot be denied that the best female action hero in the trilogy was none other than Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity.
Apart from a great fighter, Trinity is an expert hacker and a brilliant computer programmer. Due to the dozens of weapons in her arsenal, access to a variety of aircrafts and vehicles and the aid of Neo as her ally, Trinity is amazing in combat and one of the best female heroes in movies.