Entertainment The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote 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. 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 thumbs up and please add any good movies we may have missed.

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more
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184 122
Aliens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more
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206 147
Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more
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145 98
Alien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more
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165 124
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more
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141 115
Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson
Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more
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123 100
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
John Johns added Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller
Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of Vampires and Lycans. It is the first installment in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves ...more
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141 119
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs
Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It is the first ...more
9
104 97
Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more
10
107 101
The Hunger Games Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by ...more
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114 110
Salt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Salt is a 2010 American action thriller spy film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel ...more
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72 64
The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
TimXeriland added Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black and starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.
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85 81
Lucy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton
Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more
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103 103
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Jon Voight
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a 2001 action film based on the popular Tomb Raider video game series featuring the character Lara Croft portrayed by Angelina Jolie. The film was directed by Simon ...more
15
76 74
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
Tomb Raider is a 2018 American action adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond ...more
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54 49
Colombiana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Alvin O Vinz added Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Graham McTavish
Colombiana is a 2011 American action film, co-written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Megaton. The film stars Zoe Saldana in the lead role with supporting roles performed by ...more
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20 10
Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Alita Thornton added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
18
82 82
Serenity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion
Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more
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75 75
Miss Bala is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Anthony Mackie
Miss Bala is a 2019 American-Mexican action drama thriller film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and a remake of the 2011 Mexican film. A beauty contest winner (Gina Rodriguez) is forced to work ...more
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65 64
Hanna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan
Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of ...more
21
75 78
Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
John Johns added Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca
Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who ...more
22
13 5
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Craig Austin added Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more
23
15 8
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
Alita Thornton added Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman
The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more
24
56 58
Spy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
carlybobarly added Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne
Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) is assigned her mission as a field agent to foil the sale of a suitcase nuke.
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11 4
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked
MattGreene1 added Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple
Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more