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The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked

Updated July 13, 2020 13.5k votes 1.7k voters 43.9k views70 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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    Aliens
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Alien
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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 5
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • 6
    Wonder Woman
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    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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  • 7
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

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  • 8
    Mad Max: Fury Road
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    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Atomic Blonde
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    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

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  • 10
    The Fifth Element
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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Hanna
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • 12
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

    Directed byFran Rubel Kuzui

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  • 13
    Underworld
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    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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  • 14
    Salt
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    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 15
    The Long Kiss Goodnight
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 16
    Brave
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    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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  • 17
    Resident Evil
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    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

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    V for Vendetta
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    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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  • 19
    Spy
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    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

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    Directed byPaul Feig

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  • 20
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  • 21
    Anna
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    Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren

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    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Resident Evil: Extinction
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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

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    Colombiana
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    Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan

    Released2011

    Directed byOlivier Megaton

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    Serenity
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