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The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins  

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List Rules Vote 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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
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Fatal Justice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Fatal Justice Joe Estevez, Richard Folmer, David Lee
Fatal Justice is a 1994 action film written by Bret McCormick and directed by Gerald Cain.
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The Debt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington
The Debt is a 2010 American drama-thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan
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The Job is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Daryl Hannah, Brad Renfro, Eric Mabius
The Job is a 2003 Crime drama film directed and written by Kenny Golde.
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Serial Mom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers
Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew ...more
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Husband Killers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Husband Killers
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Future Fear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Future Fear Stacy Keach, Maria Ford, Jeff Wincott
Future Fear is a 1997 action sci-fi film written and directed by Lewis Baumander.
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Charlotte Corday is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Charlotte Corday
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Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda, Harvey Keitel
Point of No Return is a 1993 American action film directed by John Badham and starring Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. It is a remake of Luc Besson's 1990 film Nikita. Maggie Hayward is found ...more
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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe
This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a gunfighter who ...more
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Naked Weapon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Maggie Q, Cheng Pei-pei, Daniel Wu
Naked Weapon is a 2002 Hong Kong action-thriller film directed by action choreographer Tony Ching and starring Maggie Q, Anya Wu and Daniel Wu. Written by prolific film producer Wong Jing, Naked ...more
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House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more
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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno
Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film debut of ...more
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Sucker Punch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino
Sucker Punch is a 2011 American fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder and co-written by him and Steve Shibuya. It is Snyder's first film based on an original concept. The film stars Emily ...more
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Azumi 2: Death or Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Chiaki Kuriyama, Aya Ueto, Yoshio Harada
Azumi 2: Death or Love is a Japanese jidaigeki film written Mataichiro Yamamoto and Yoshiaki Kawajiri, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, and starring Aya Ueto, Yuma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama and Shun ...more
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Cool Dimension: Innocent Assas... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Cool Dimension: Innocent Assassin Yoko Mitsuya, Mitsuho Ohtani, Mika Shigeizumi
Cool Dimension: Innocent Assassin is a 2006 Japanese superhero film produced by Geneon Entertainment. It was released in Japan on October 14, 2006 and in the United States on October 24, 2006.
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Quick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Quick Tia Carrere
Quick is a 1993 action film written by Frederick Bailey and directed by Rick King.
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Kirot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Olga Kurylenko, Liron Levo, Ninet Tayeb
Kirot, released in the United States as The Assassin Next Door, is an Israeli action-drama film directed by Danny Lerner in 2009. The primary language is English with many scenes in Russian and ...more
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Prizzi's Honor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston
Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 American film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, the director's daughter ...more
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Azumi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri, Joe Odagiri
Azumi is a manga series created by Yū Koyama in 1994. Its story concerns the title character, a young woman brought up as part of a team of assassins, charged with killing the warlords that ...more
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XX: Beautiful Beast is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
XX: Beautiful Beast Hakuryu, Kaori Shimamura
XX: Beautiful Beast is a 1995 Japanese film directed by Toshiharu Ikeda. The film was licensed in the US by Central Park Media and was released on DVD and VHS under their Asia Pulp Cinema
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Out of Sight is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Out of Sight Deanna Lund, Wende Wagner, Robert Pine
Out of Sight is a 1966 beach party film with elements of the spy spoof. It is the third and last of a series of films geared at teenagers by director Lennie Weinrib and producer Bart Patton for ...more
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Joyride is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Joyride Tobey Maguire, Benicio del Toro, Adam West
Joyride is a 1996 American film directed by Quinton Peeples.
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Thriller: A Cruel Picture is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Christina Lindberg, Per-Axel Arosenius, Bo Arne Vibenius
Thriller – A Cruel Picture is a 1973 Swedish exploitation film in the "rape and revenge" genre written and directed by Bo Arne Vibenius under the name Alex Fridolinski. It tells the ...more
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Black Cat 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Black Cat II Robin Shou, Jade Leung