Female action heroes are a hot topic of debate among cinephiles. A number have argued that a female-led film won’t do good in the box office, while others have argued that the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence have proven these critics wrong. In all honesty, female action heroes deserve the same credit as their male counterparts. Without their contribution, the film would be nothing but a typical hour-long testosterone rush.
To prove how important these women are, ExploreTalent has put together a list of the best female action heroes of the new generation:
7 Greatest Female Action Heroes in Cinemas
7. Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt in Salt (2010)
Even though Angelina Jolie played the more popular action movie icon Lara Croft for Tomb Raider, no one can deny that she stepped up her game for the spy-action thriller Salt. Jolie proved that she can jump through buildings, run away from CIA agents, and deal her character’s whirlwind of emotions throughout the movie.
6. Uma Thurman as The Bride in Kill Bill (2003–2004)
Uma Thurman is a versatile actress. You can cast her in any role and expect that she’ll deliver a great performance. This can be proven true by Thurman’s portrayal as the The Bride in Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill series. As a woman out for revenge, she is absolutely ruthless and entertaining at the same time in the film.
5. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012)
You might be wondering why only The Hunger Games was mentioned above. Well, it is safe to say that Lawrence lost her touch as the film series went on, and Katniss Everdeen became more of a background character compared to the brave young girl from District 12 that audiences first fell in love with. Nonetheless, Katniss is still regarded as one of the most iconic female action heroes of all time and she is definitely on a par with the other women on this list.
4. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
It is high time that Black Widow gets her standalone movie because nobody has embodied her better than Scarlett Johansson did. As the Roman spy turned Avengers ally, Johansson’s character is quick-thinking, slick, and admirable, even without any special powers of her own!
3. Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld (2003–2017)
With three Underworld movies and a new installment coming this 2017, Kate Beckinsale‘s Selene stands as one of the greatest female action heroes of the new generation. The best thing about Selene is that she has her eyes set out on destroying monsters and stops at nothing in doing so.
2. Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil (2002–2017)
Not everyone is a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, but the portrayal of Milla Jovovich as Rogue Umbrella agent Alice makes the film worth watching. The best thing about her character is that Alice is fearless, calculated, and compassionate at the same time. Jovovich is ready to hang the curtain for the said role as the franchise is set to deliver its final movie in January 2017.
1. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977–1983, 2016–2017)
Princess Leia is a feminist icon, and she simply represents women empowerment in every way possible. She maintains being on the same level with Luke and Han Solo without the need to sacrifice her femininity, which makes her someone whom all young girls can look up to. After being introduced to audiences, Fisher has reprised her role as Princess Leia for the newest Star Wars movies and she still is a force to be reckoned with onscreen.