Since the beginning of film, female characters in movies seem to have grown and evolved — especially from the sociological point of view — which has made a huge impact on gender apprehension in modern society. Some people say that Hollywood is still cynical about showing women as more powerful characters, but we've recently been introduced to some truly remarkable female movie characters and heroines.
With the massive success of DCEU's #WonderWoman, there is no denying that people can no longer wait for the next movie to feature a female heroine (I'm looking at you, #CaptainMarvel). However, with a long history of action movies in mind, there are far more female characters who have been at the forefront of empowering gender equality. Whether they kill zombies, fight aliens, chase cars or battle for freedom, each of these characters has steel-like willpower and does not want to be defined by typical feminine stereotypes.
10. Letty Ortiz (Fast And Furious Franchise)
A highly skilled street racer and mechanic, this Latina upstart from down the street is not only Dominic Toretto's girlfriend-turned-wife, but also someone who the team can rely on when they need some butt-kicking to be done.
Played by Michelle Rodriguez, this character may have had her fair share of ups and downs throughout the Fast and Furious franchise, but Letty is not only an important part of the family, she's also a team gem, for her skills are a huge contribution to whatever the Fast and Furious family has got coming for them.
9. Selene (Underworld Franchise)
A stubborn and headstrong woman (even to a fault), this character is an addition to the list because she is not willing to back down when she knows something is wrong, and she leaves no stone unturned when looking for justice.
Portrayed by British actress Kate Beckinsale, Selene is a Vampire/Corvinus-Strain Hybrid, which gives her an advantage in fighting her adversaries. With her vampire speed and strength, this Death Dealer is the one that other vampires, werewolves and other hybrids are afraid of.
8. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Franchise)
A volunteer from District 12, this victor of The Hunger Games is not only one of the most kick-ass female heroines in history, but also one of the famous ones. Thanks to her fearlessness and kind heart, Katniss has become a role model for young girls all over the world. Played by #JenniferLawrence, Katniss is an independent survivalist and is good in thinking outside the box.
After using her hunting and archery skills to compete in the annual Hunger Games alongside Peeta Mellark, she became a symbol of rebellion and hope against the oppressive Capitol.
7. Alice (Resident Evil Franchise)
She fights human zombies, zombie dogs, zombie birds, zombie cyborgs and zombie clones — basically any zombie who are out to get her — yet she still manages to make it through every chapter. Alice is a fictional character from the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the video game of the same name.
Portrayed by Milla Jovovich, Alice is a tough and rugged woman who becomes more and more skilled as she progresses. She is an iconic figure of the film series and has always been depicted as a supremely efficient killing machine.
6. Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo (Kill Bill Film Series)
A trained assassin on a one-woman mission for revenge? Badass. A master of samurai, sword and knife fighting as well as hand-to-hand combat? Super Badass. Who could ever forget about this one-of-a-kind female character? Absolutely nobody. Considered as one of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time by Empire Magazine, this list wouldn't be complete without mentioning The Bride.
From the mind of creative genius Quentin Tarantino (and portrayed by Uma Thurman) Beatrix Kiddo, codename Black Mamba, is a formidable and ruthless warrior trained under martial arts to kill all the people responsible for her tragedy.
5. Evelyn Salt (Salt )
Originally written for Tom Cruise, this role was entirely rewritten for Angelina Jolie by Brian Helgeland. Action scenes with practical stunts, computer-generated imagery for creating digital environments — Jolie's performance as Evelyn Salt is truly remarkable. She's a double agent who shows her true colors after being outed, and her colors are black and blue for her enemies. After being accused of being a Russian sleeper agent, she goes on the run to try clear her name. Now that's girl power!
4. Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff (Marvel Cinematic Universe )
An expert marksman skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing, this multilingual spy is one of the best in the world. A part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and member of The Avengers, Scarlett Johansson's performance as Black Widow is another addition to the list of badass female superheroes alongside Wonder Woman and Elektra. Having appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe five times already, ScarJo's portrayal of this Russian spy and assassin keeps getting better; she's truly in a league of her own.
3. Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Not only did Charlize Theron impress the critics and audiences with her impeccable and moving performance as the one-arm mechanic in Mad Max: Fury Road, but it also set a high standard for other female heroines out there. A central protagonist alongside Max (played by Tom Hardy), Furiosa is a soldier under Immortan Joe, whom she betrays in order to free "The Five Wives," Joe's female concubines. A strong-willed and moral leader, she has been credited for being a positive feminist action hero.
2. Ellen Ripley (Alien Franchise)
Apart from Xenomorphs, Sigourney Weaver's character is probably one of the most dangerous in this film series. Considered as Weaver's most famous role, Ellen Ripley is probably the most badass of all the female heroines on our list. Not only a famous alien slayer of our generation, Ripley is one of the finest action heroes in film history. With a combination of bravery, intelligence, combat and strength — while still managing to stay feminine and retain those coveted feminine qualities — Ellen Ripley is often considered as the best female protagonist of all time.
1. Sarah Connor (Terminator Franchise)
Played by the awesome Linda Hamilton, Sarah Connor is probably the most badass mama of our generation. She may not be your typical mother, who has a decent job so she could take care of her children, but she is the type of mother who manages to save all of mankind. Sarah becomes the epitome of human resistance, fights evil robotic hordes and stops the upcoming apocalypse.
So those are the most badass female characters in film history. Talk about girl power! Did I miss someone? Leave a comment and let me know.