Action films

28 action films with female protagonists

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Hello, do you like watching strong women kick ass and take names? Same, which is why, especially whenever patriarchy gets me down, I turn to feminist action movies for a healthy dose of “female empowerment.” in hand – and the world in which women are still relegated to the role of damsel in distress or sexy sidekick is OVER. (Yes, Bond girls are hot and even have agency at times, but I like my female action stars with a little more dimension, mmkay?)

Whether you’re in the mood for a movie about female assassins, agents, vigilantes, villains, spies, superheroes, or anything in between, I’ve got the perfect pick for you. And while, admittedly, many of these female-led action movies involve spandex ensembles and pointy high heels, they thankfully aren’t ALL based solely on all of the typical tropes of female action stars. The best female action movies say 🖕 male gaze and misogyny, and if you’re in the mood for some badassery, then these fun, feminist movies are for you. Plus, as a bonus, many of these films were also directed by women!

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The old guard (2020)

Starring Charlize Theron, this superhero film tells the story of four age-old immortals secretly working to protect humanity, who, just when they discover another immortal, realize their secret powers have been revealed. Hey, Netflix, how about this sequel?

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kate (2021)

What happens when a trained assassin realizes he only has 24 hours left to live after being poisoned? She goes on an epic mission through the streets of Tokyo to defeat her enemies, of course, and that’s exactly what happens in this action-thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Gunpowder milkshake (2021)

With Lena Headey and Karen Gillan (hi, Cersei and Nebula!), Gunpowder milkshake follows an assassin who must team up with his estranged mother in order to take on a powerful crime syndicate.

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Black Widow (2020)

Even if you haven’t seen all the MCU movies yet (seriously, WYD?), it’s worth watching Black Widow just to see ScarJo team up with Florence Pugh and confront her dark pre-Avengers past.

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Captain Marvel (2018)

And while we’re on the subject of the Marvel movies, let’s not forget Brie Larson’s epic role as a former Air Force pilot turned MCU MCU’s Mightiest Hero (yes, I said what I did). said).

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The protected (2021)

Maggie Q (aka Nikita) stars in this one as Anna, who earned a reputation as the world’s most skilled hitman after being rescued by a legendary assassin as a child. And when her mentor is brutally murdered, you better believe she’s going to get revenge.

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Colombian (2011)

K, full disclosure – this movie has a lot of haters. However! Critics all agree that Zoe Saldana’s performance as Cataleya – a woman who seeks revenge on a Colombian drug lord for killing her family – is *the boss’s kiss*.

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Miss Bala (2018)

Again, this one didn’t exactly get favorable reviews, but IMO watching Gina Rodriguez train to take down a Mexican drug cartel after her friend is kidnapped is a good time. You can also stream the 2011 original movie of Mexico with Stephanie Sigman.

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Atomic Blonde (2017)

You didn’t think I would include a single Charlize Theron movie, did you?? Located just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Atomic Blonde stars Theron as an elite MI6 spy tasked with taking down a spy ring in Berlin, though the mission turns out to be more dangerous than she initially thought.

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The murderer (2015)

Located in China during the last years of the Tang Dynasty, The murderer revolves around a general’s daughter who has been kidnapped and trained to be a professional killer…although things get complicated when she’s tasked with killing a man from her past.

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mary proud (2018)

If you’re a fan of 70s Blaxploitation movies, then you’ll love it Proud Mary. This one stars Taraji P. Henson as a ruthless assassin whose life is turned upside down when she meets a 12-year-old boy whom she will do anything to protect.

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V for Vendetta (2005)

Natalie Portman is truly unrecognizable in V for Vendetta as Evey, a young woman who teams up with a masked vigilante known only as V in order to overthrow the fascist government that rules England.

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14

whack (2011)

This action-packed film follows a highly skilled black ops agent (Gina Carano) who must set a trap and learn the truth behind a double cross after being betrayed by her employers and targeted for assassination. Fun fact: Carano performs all of his own stunts in this one.

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charlie’s angels (2019)

It may not have won big at the box office, but the latest installment of the charlie’s angels The franchise (featuring the trio of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska) is undeniably fierce, fun, and empowering.

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Salt (2010)

Angelina Jolie stars in this one as Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who must go on the run trying to clear her name after being accused of being a KGB double agent.

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grave robber (2018)

Speaking of Angelina Jolie! While I loved her as Lara Croft, I can also confirm that the 2018 remake starring Alicia Vikander is definitely worth watching…especially before the sequel drops.

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18

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

Released nearly 30 years later Terminator 2: Judgment Day (and disregarding the events of all the terrible terminator movies that followed), this latest installment gives Sarah Connor a starring role as she tries to stop an advanced liquid Terminator from tracking down a special young girl.

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

An oldie but a goodie, this masterpiece stars Michelle Yeoh as a young rebel warrior tasked with protecting a legendary 400-year-old sword for her lover – and when it’s inevitably stolen, she must go to great lengths to get it back.

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wonder woman (2017)

Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of the Amazons is everything, and that’s all I have to say about it (and yes, while the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984isn’t it *quite* as good as the original, you should still watch it, k?)

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Birds of prey (2020)

While we’re talking about the DCEU movies, can we also talk about the fabulous Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in this fun, female-filled film suicide squad spin off?

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Hana (2011)

Before becoming an Amazon Prime series, Hana was a film starring Saoirse Ronan as the titular Hanna, a teenage assassin tasked with killing the senior intelligence agent who was after her father, a former CIA agent from Germany.

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The hunger Games (2012)

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without The hunger Gameswhich stars JLaw as Katniss Everdeen, a fierce coal district archer who volunteers to take her little sister’s place in a deadly competition.

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Another great female-led franchise: Kill Billwhich stars Uma Thurman as The Bride, a former assassin who, after waking up from a four-year coma, is out for blood.

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25

Assassination (2015)

Set in 1911 during Japan’s rule over Korea, this epic spy film follows a group of Korean resistance fighters (all led by a badass woman) as they attempt to assassinate a high-ranking Japanese officer.

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Breaking in (2018)

What happens when a woman finds herself captive with her two children as she visits her late father’s remote country home? She taps into her inner badass, obv, and Gabrielle Union is scary in that role.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Sure, Tom Hardy plays the titular Max Rockatansky, but everyone knows that the real star of this film is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the fierce war captain who turns against Immortan Joe in order to free his captive concubines.

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Wanted to (2008)

Finally and especially: Wanted to, which stars Angelina Jolie as a member of a secret society of assassins who takes a gentle young man under her wing as a mentee. What’s not to like?

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