Women’s History Month is observed in March each year, and it is a time to honor extraordinary women, both real and fictitious. Now that we’re in the month of March, it’s the ideal time to reminisce on some of cinema’s most famous action women. There is a vast number of characters to pick from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of the most well-known. They are bold and powerful, and despite the fact that they are fictitious characters, they embody the hero in all of us.
These action females are the finest of the best, from zombie slayers to spies, superheroes to warriors. Life may be difficult, but it is becoming increasingly so. While we anticipate new films and the debuts of new action heroes, it’s also necessary to reflect on the past. Here are a few of the ladies who have gone on to become action stars.
11. Alice from Resident Evil
Whatever you think of the Resident Evil films, Milla Jovovich’s Alice is one of the most well-known action heroines. She was the face of the Resident Evil franchise for 14 years, appearing in six films. The films aren’t Citizen Kane, but they do occupy a significant position in action filmmaking, according to the consensus. Alice devoted her life to taking down the terrible Umbrella Corporation, and she didn’t stop until the job was done.
10. The Bride from Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
The Bride vowed vengeance on the assassins after being attacked by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, a group she used to be a part of. The “deadliest lady in the world” was characterized as the character in Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill Vol. 1 and sequel Kill Bill Vol. 2. She lived up to her reputation, annihilating everybody who stood in her path. Furthermore, The Bride defies many of the expectations about what a strong woman character should be at the time.
9. Storm from X-Men Series
Halle Berry‘s Storm is one of the most powerful members of the X-Men, first debuting in X-Men (2000) and last appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Few mutants can match Storm’s degree of strength, which includes the ability to manipulate the weather. Storm, like other X-Men characters like Professor X, may be able to make an appearance in the MCU in the future. Storm and Black Panther were formerly some of the most renowned couples in the Marvel Comics world.
8. Sarah Connor from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Sarah Connor is arguably one of the finest action heroines of all time, evolving from a damsel-in-distress in The Terminator to a fierce fighter and mother in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sarah Connor had a laser-like focus on preserving the whole human species, even when others believed she was insane. While Sarah did not select the life of a warrior of her own will, it is a call she answers and refuses to ignore.
7. Trinity from The Matrix
In 1999 and the early 2000s, The Matrix trilogy was a big action genre highlight. Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, is at the center of some incredible action moments. The soaring slow-motion kick is one of her most legendary moments. Then there’s The Matrix Reloaded‘s incredible highway motorbike sequence. Trinity reappears in The Matrix Resurrections with Keanu Reeves’ Neo. The film exposes additional information about Trinity‘s importance in the franchise.
6. Alex Munday from Charlie’s Angels
Lucy Liu‘s Alex Munday from Charlie’s Angels excels at everything she sets her mind to a private detective, athlete, explosives expert, and brilliant martial artist. During a time when viewers seldom saw an Asian woman in a Hollywood action film, Alex Munday helped to normalize Asian identity for a mainstream audience. Alex Munday is a delight to see on screen alongside Cameron Diaz‘ Natalie Cook and Drew Barrymore‘s Dylan Sanders.
5. Black Widow from Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Widow is Marvel Studios‘ first female superhero and one of the Infinity Saga’s main protagonists. Natasha Romanoff, a trained assassin, chooses to abandon her previous allegiances in order to serve more benevolent forces. In the Avengers, she finds a family, and her sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame helps Thanos to be vanquished. The long-awaited solo picture Black Widow, starring the beloved heroine, was eventually released in 2021.
4. Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max
In a violent post-apocalyptic world, Imperator Furiosa is a war commander, a soldier, and a leader. One of the best things about Mad Max: Fury Road is that it gave Furiosa‘s handicap a voice. However, the film did not focus on it or utilize it as a defining characteristic of her character. Furiosa‘s prosthetic arm does not empower or disempower her. Furiosa‘s ability to cope with her tragedy and desire to defend other women is very inspirational. In a stand-alone Furiosa prequel film, Anya Taylor-Joy will play a child version of the character.
3. Letty Ortiz from Fast & Furious
Fast and Furious is one of the most successful and long-running action franchises in cinema history. Letty Ortiz, a street racer and technician, is one of the franchise’s key protagonists and Dom’s wife. That implies Letty is not just a conceptual member of the team Dom refers to as “family,” but also an actual member. The Fast and Furious franchise is outrageous, but Letty is there in the middle of it all. In Fast 9, Letty is shown driving a vehicle down a cliff while wrestling with a helicopter.
2. Wonder Woman from DCEU
With Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins became the first woman to helm a major superhero picture. Diana Prince was bold, righteous, and heroic, but she also had a lot of room for improvement. Diana’s transformation into Wonder Woman is shown in the film as a wonderful journey, with Diana realizing both the bright and bad aspects of mankind but still choosing to fight for them. One of DC’s best superheroes is Wonder Woman.
1. Peggy Carter from Marvel Cinematic Universe
Peggy Carter, who made her on-screen debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, was the next action heroine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after the introduction of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2. Peggy Carter was a brilliant and fearless officer in the Strategic Scientific Reserve who was doing everything she could to improve the world. What If…? by Marvel Studios analyzes what might have occurred if she had been given the Super Soldier Serum and demonstrates that she would make an excellent superhero.