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The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked

Updated May 7, 2021 13.4k votes 1.8k voters 45.9k views105 items

List RulesVote up your favorite action movies that have female characters in the lead.

This list contains information on the best female action movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best female action films come in many forms. Some feature tough women trained in combat while other good female action films find everyday women fighting for their lives as movie leads. A few of the best feminist action films even generated sequels.


What films will you find on this top female action movies list? Alien has to be at the top. Sigourney Weaver stars as Officer Ripley who comes face to face with a deadly extraterrestrial while traveling in space in this 1979 movie directed by Ridley Scott. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – featuring Linda Hamilton as Sarah Conner – is another good female driven action film.

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released two of the all-time best female action films for their Grindhouse features Death Proof and Planet Terror. Other great feminist action movies include Hanna, Aeon Flux, and Wonder Woman.


Which female action film do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a vote up and please add any good movies we may have missed.


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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    Wonder Woman

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    Mad Max: Fury Road

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    The Fifth Element

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight

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