My Top 30 Favorite Female Movie Bad-Asses.
2961 7.8 8.41. Aliens (1986)
Pvt. Jenette Vasquez
Yeah, sure, Ripley can certainly handle a big gun & kick enough ass to help contribute to making this movie one of my favorite sci-fi flicks of all time. But Vasquez, when she carries a fire-arm, any fire-arm, no matter how big or small, she wields it as though it were a natural extension of who she is.
And when it comes to xenomorphs,
she just needs to know one thing:
and don't even think about mistaking her for a man
5880 7.6 82. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
"Here comes the Bride,
all dressed in white,
dum dee dee da dum,
here comes the Bride...."
You wanna know just how bad-ass Beatrice Kiddo, the Bride really is?
At her wedding, not only does she show up looking like she's late into her trimester of pregnancy, but also at the same time, she has enough balls to wear a wedding dress that is white, the traditional color that is supposed to symbolize virginancy.
So then, the question arises,
how does one stop such an act of blatant aborition towards such an long-standing & endeared nuptial tradition?
Try sending her a Bill.
2945 7.4 7.73. Kick-Ass (2010)
While it is the title of this film adaptation of the comicbook series that makes it truly "kick-ass",
it is the energy & charisma of the character Hit Girl that elevates this movie into the realm of a high level, hardcore badd-ass superhero flick.
Robin may have started the whole sidekick thing as the "Boy Wonder", but this little foul-mouthed "Baby Doll" is the show-stealer that will put an end to the whole idea of having a partner simply as a tag-along second stringer.
And yeah, she's just a kid,
but you try telling her that while she's shoving your teeth thru your brain.
65 6.4 6.64. The Heroic Trio (1993)
Ching, Tung & Chat
With a fighting style that combines epic wuxia-themed battle moves & cheesy yet energetically fun kung-fu camp, these are 3 high-flying colorful female warriors whose chemistry made it impossible for me not to fall in love with each one of them when I first saw this movie.
This trio of hot asian super-heroines who fight crime with such cool moves & kick-ass sultry outfits is so sexy, that it makes my hairy pimp-ass want to do sumthin villainous just for the spanking they'd give me.
388 6.6 6.75. Heavy Metal (1981)
217 7.1 76. Chocolate (2008)
It's been said that many people suffering from austism tend to develope some kind of focused talent to make for the lack of awareness. Like being able to do complex mathematical problems instantly or sculpt exquisite works of art from memory.
Zen is a young, autistic tweener-aged girl whose photographic memory allows her to copy advanced fighting techniques by watching television or by observing the students in a Muay Thai school next to her home.
An ability that helps in ensuring that Zen gets an entry high up in the upper echelons of female badassery.
4618 7.7 8.57. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
5834 7.5 8.18. Sin City (2005)
853 7 7.49. La Femme Nikita (1990)
8 8 010. Aliens
2953 6.7 711. Underworld (2003)
1746 7.5 812. Serenity (2005)
185 7.1 6.913. Coffy (1973)
Now here's one for those of you who like your women like you like your coffee;
black and bitter.
Or better yet, with an extra couple of lumps of brown sugar.
See, that's the thing about blaxploitation films,
the more puns the better.
Pam Greer stars in this one as a foxy lady carrying around a caffeine-themed name & a big ass gun aimed right at your percolator.
Stickin' it to the man with a load of camp & a shot to the groin.
277 7.7 7.714. Lady Snowblood (1973)
Before there was Beatrice Kiddo, the Bride, waking up after her supposed death & staining the snow with blood in Kill Bill vol. 1 ,
there was Yuki Kashima, aka Lady Snowblood, doing the same thing, but as the originator of the theme of this movie list.
An early entry into the field of female film bad-asses.
5727 6.4 7.215. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
83 5.3 5.616. The Ice Pirates (1984)
2865 7.3 7.917. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
2055 7.8 818. Let the Right One In (2008)
2297 6.4 6.419. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
3020 7.3 7.620. Watchmen (2009)
1519 7.1 7.621. House of Flying Daggers (2004)
1958 7 7.222. Planet Terror (2007)
4745 7.2 7.923. Avatar (2009)
1156 6.8 6.824. Hanna (2011)
First, it was Leon The Professional training a 12 year old Mathilda how to become a "cleaner".
Then it was Big Daddy training a 11 year old Hit-Girl to become a hit girl.
Now it's former CIA agent Erik Heller training 16-year-old Hanna how to become an assassin.
I guess when you consider that not that long ago, in most action thrillers, females, particularly young girls, were reduced to the role of a damsel in distress,
the old Virginia Slim tagline poignantly now applies:
"You've come a long way, baby."
4587 7.3 7.625. The Fifth Element (1997)
2963 6.7 7.126. Iron Man 2 (2010)
As a big comicbook fan, I often get frustrated with the aimless changes that Hollywood likes to make with characters just for the sake of change (as opposed to the changes made for the sake of practicality... those are okay). In this one thought they did a great job at keeping the Black Widow close the comicbook version & making it work. Natasha Romanov almost fell short of making this list just because, due to the lack of room in the film, she didn't really get to portray the kiss-assibilty that she is truly capable of. But that's cool. With the success of the Marvel film franchise, it's pretty sure bet we'll be seeing more of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s prima spy/field agent in the near furure.
1883 7.3 7.927. Hero (2002)
2900 7.8 8.528. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
I don't want anyone to get me wrong, I liked the Dark Knight trilogy... I just didn't love it to the extent that everyone else did. One of the reasons why is b'cuz we never really got to see the Batman's high level of expertise in physical combat. In the first film, battle scenes were so jumbled, there was no clear shots of the Caped Crusader's League Of Assassins trained technique. In the second film, the Joker was never much of a physical challenge for BM to really do his thing. And in the third movie, the battle between Bane (another trainee from the League Of Assasins) & ol' Bats, both combatants were just trying to outpunch each other.
The only true cool fight techniques came from the small spurts of violence that Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman was involved with. And if a female sneak-thief in stiletto heels can outshine the Dark Knight Detective in his own series with her brief battle scenes,
then it quickly becomes quite obvious that, when it comes to holding her own in a brawl, although she may dress as a cat,
she ain't no pussy.
143 7.7 7.329. Wonder Woman (2009)
When I first decided to come up with this list, I was determined not to include any cartoon characters. However, I made an exception with Taarna because one: Heavy Metal might be animated, but it's theme is totally adult.
And two: Taarna is just so bad-ass, I couldn't not include her.
So now, here's Princess Diana.
While it may seem that she should be a staple in any list dealing with femme female ass-kickers,
IMO, she had never been fully depicted as a bad-ass at the level which she had the potential to be.
Then, I picked up this recent straight to DVD feature, & came to the conclusion, that even though it may not yet be at the point that I'd like to see her at, it is a huge step in the right direction.
The Double W may still be in the form of a cartoon,
but in this latest interpretation of the Amazonian wunder, she is finally approaching the bad-ass broad with balls that she should've always been.
4692 7.9 8.430. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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