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The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked

Updated July 13, 2020 13.8k votes 1.8k voters 44.5k 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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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

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    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

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    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

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    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

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    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

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  • The Fifth Element10
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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

    Directed byFran Rubel Kuzui

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

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    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

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    Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren

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    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

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    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

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    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

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    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan

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    Directed byOlivier Megaton

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