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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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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau, Anne Parillaud
Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Nikita is a teen who robs a pharmacy and takes out a policeman. She is ...more
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The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Colombiana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp
Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, starring the Marvel Comics character Elektra Natchios. The story follows ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller
Æon Flux is a 2005 American science fiction spy action film directed by Karyn Kusama. The film is a loose adaptation of the animated science fiction television series of the same name, ...more
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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
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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored upper-middle class married coupleJohn (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) learn that they are ...more
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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Salt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. ...more
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Wanted is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy
Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar. The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars James McAvoy, Morgan ...more
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Proud Mary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover
Proud Mary is a 2018 American action-thriller directed by Babak Najafi. Successful hitwoman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong, ...more
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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench
GoldenEye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the ...more
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Ms. 45 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Zoë Tamerlis Lund, Jack Thibeau, Peter Yellen
Ms. 45, also known as Angel of Vengeance, is a 1981 American low-budget exploitation film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Zoë Tamerlis Lund. Inspired by films such as 1973's Thriller ...more
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Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more
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House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
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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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Villainess is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon
The Villainess is a 2017 South Korean action film directed by Jung Byung-gil. A female assassin (Kim Ok-bin) leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.
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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 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