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The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins

Updated September 27, 2019 1.4k votes 146 voters 10.0k views51 items

List RulesVote up your favorite films that feature women as assassins, no matter whose side they are on.

What are the best female assassin movies? Now is your chance to weigh in. There is something about movies with women assassins that captures the attention of action fans. On the one hand, society generally teaches us that men are more aggressive and prone to violence. We're also very used to seeing films in which the guys are the ones snapping necks, firing weapons, and breaking bones. When you cast a woman in such a role, it provides a great change of pace. There's also the fact that these pictures prove women can be every bit as tough and strong as the dudes. 

Over the years, there have been many movies of this type. Recent female assassin movies include Anna, Red Sparrow, and Proud Mary. The latter is especially unique, in that it offers something very rare onscreen -- a female assassin who's also African-American. Others go back further. Prizzi's Honor, which casts Kathleen Turner as an assassin, was released back in 1985. Some are straight action flicks, some have a comedic side, and a couple toss in a romantic angle. All in all, there's one to suit just about everybody.

Vote up your favorites from this list of female assassin movies, no matter how old or new, or what approach they take. 

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  • 1
    Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Salt

    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Lucy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Lucy

    Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

    Released2014

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Anna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Anna

    Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren

    Released2019

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Released2005

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 7
    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    Nikita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Hanna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    Wanted is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Wanted

    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

    Released2008

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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    Colombiana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Colombiana

    Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan

    Released2011

    Directed byOlivier Megaton

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 14
    Sin City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Sucker Punch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Sucker Punch

    Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Elektra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Elektra

    Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Bowman

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    Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Æon Flux

    Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand

    Released2005

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    The Villainess is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    The Villainess

    Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun

    Released2017

    Directed byJung Byung-gil

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    House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    Proud Mary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Proud Mary

    Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

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