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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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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Salt is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more
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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Anna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans
Anna is a 2019 English-language French crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Beneath Anna Poliatova's (Sasha Luss) striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible ...more
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Ms. 45 is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Wanted is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Colombiana is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Lady Snowblood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Meiko Kaji, Kō Nishimura, Miyoko Akaza
Lady Snowblood is a 1973 Japanese film directed by Toshiya Fujita and starring Meiko Kaji. It is based on a manga called Shurayukihime. It is the story of Yuki, a woman who seeks vengeance upon ...more
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First Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
First Love Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani
First Love (a.k.a. Hatsukoi) is a 2019 British-Japanese drama film directed by Takashi Miike. A young boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota) and a call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi) meet one night in ...more
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Zero Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Kane Kosugi, Tomomi Miyauchi, Hiromitsu Kiho
Zero Woman is a Japanese film and video exploitation series with ten entries dating from 1974 to 2007. The series chronicles the adventures of a woman Rei, who, working for a fictional Tokyo ...more
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Proud Mary is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 22 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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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 25 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