The "damsel in distress" is one of Hollywood's most long-standing cliches - but let's not forget about "dudes in distress." Sometimes they need rescuing, too, and it's those very damsels - more than capable of fending for themselves - who often do the rescuing, giving their action-movie heroes a hand when the situation calls for it. After all, not every man is a crazy powerful action hero, and female characters certainly aren't so powerless that they simply need to sit back and wait for someone to save them.
Whether they're the star of the film or a side character helping out the male star, capable female action heroes are here to stay. At the end of the day, no matter who's rescuing whom, all characters can unite in a common goal of kicking action movie villain tail.
Remember to vote up your favorite moments when women rescued men from certain doom.
- Photo: The Incredibles / Buena Vista Pictures
- Photo: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox
- Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- Photo: Wonder Woman / Warner Bros. Pictures