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The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins 

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Updated September 27, 2019 933 votes 127 voters 8.7k views 51 items

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 1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Salt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2010

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller

Released: 2003

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau, Anne Parillaud

Released: 1990

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison

Released: 2005

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

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Anna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans

Released: 2019

Directed by: Luc Besson

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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Colombiana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Graham McTavish

Released: 2011

Directed by: Olivier Megaton

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Wright

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Wanted is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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The Long Kiss Goodnight ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 2005

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

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Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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Léon: The Profess... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Badham

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Sucker Punch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino

Released: 2011

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Terminator 3: Rise of th... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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Proud Mary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover

Released: 2018

Directed by: Babak Najafi

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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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The Villainess is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins
Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon

Released: 2017

Directed by: Jung Byung-gil

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