7 Must-Watch Female Action Movies

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Lady Snowblood (1973)

Toshiya Fujita's period drama is a classic example of the Japanese exploitation genre and was an inspiration to Tarantino's Kill Bill. In this samurai film, the titular character is born from death and seeks revenge on those who wronged her family.

La Femme Nikita (1990)

Luc Besson's French action thriller tells the hard-edged story of a young woman who becomes a government assassin, paving the way for future femme fatale flicks.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) & Volume 2 (2004)

Quentin Tarantino's brutally violent ode to samurai cinema and Japanese exploitation films stars Uma Thurman as the formidable 'Bride' with stylized action sequences that are enthralling to watch.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Michelle Yeoh is Yu Shu Lien, a revolutionary female warrior in Ang Lee's wuxia film. This Oscar award winning film features the iconic battle between Shu Lien and Jen Yu, impressive for a male-dominated arena.

Hanna (2011)

Joe Wright's gripping action thriller is filled with twists and turns and adrenaline rushes, starring a young Saoirse Ronan as the titular character on the run from a cutthroat CIA operative played by Cate Blanchett.

Mardaani (2014)

Rani Mukerji plays the bold and brash Shivani Shivaji Roy, SI, Crime branch of the Mumbai police in this action-packed film that paints a disturbingly realistic picture of the underbelly of Mumbai.

Atomic Blonde (2017)

David Leitch's feature directorial debut is a Cold War spy thriller featuring the uber-cool Charlize Theron as a MI6 spy, akin to John Wick, who does not shy away from violence and forms a a romantic relationship with a French female agent.

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