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The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins

Updated September 27, 2019 1.4k votes 158 voters 11.3k 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
    53
    17

    Salt

    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 2
    Kill Bill Volume 1
    54
    21

    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 3
    Anna
    46
    14

    Anna

    Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren

    Released2019

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 4
    Lucy
    49
    18

    Lucy

    Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

    Released2014

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 5
    Underworld
    41
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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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  • 6
    Atomic Blonde
    37
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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  • 7
    Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    44
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Released2005

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 8
    Nikita
    39
    13

    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 9
    Kill Bill Volume 2
    46
    22

    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 10
    Hanna
    34
    10

    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • 11
    Wanted
    32
    9

    Wanted

    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

    Released2008

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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  • 12
    Colombiana
    37
    16

    Colombiana

    Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan

    Released2011

    Directed byOlivier Megaton

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  • 13
    The Long Kiss Goodnight
    30
    11

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 14
    Sin City
    24
    10

    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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  • 15
    Red Sparrow
    26
    12

    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 16
    Point of No Return
    22
    9

    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • 17
    Léon: The Professional
    22
    9

    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 18
    Elektra
    26
    16

    Elektra

    Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Bowman

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  • 19
    Æon Flux
    22
    14

    Æon Flux

    Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand

    Released2005

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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  • 20
    Sucker Punch
    19
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    Sucker Punch

    Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 21
    The Avengers
    21
    15

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 22
    The Villainess
    15
    8

    The Villainess

    Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun

    Released2017

    Directed byJung Byung-gil

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  • 23
    House of Flying Daggers
    13
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    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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  • 24
    Proud Mary
    16
    11

    Proud Mary

    Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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  • 25
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
    16
    11

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

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