It’s easy for the action film industry to be dominated by male machismo and the advent of descriptives like ‘testosterone-fueled’ speaks for the point that women action cinematic outings are few and far between. I personally don’t apply gender issues in the black-and-white way that has seen ham handed projects like ‘Ghostbusters’ take root but thankfully the demand for empowerment and representation (as well as just plain-old creativity) has also led to some fine films. Here is the list of top female action movies ever. You can some of these best action movies with female leads on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
Zoe Saldana is an actress forced into supporting the majority of the time and it’s fantastic to see a throttled performer allowed to flex the best of their abilities in a stand-alone work, particularly someone as enigmatic in their power to perform as Saldana. Her work in the recent ‘Columbiana’ is by no means transformative, though it’s always refreshing to see a star afforded an opportunity like this and the film itself does well in holding our attention.
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9. The Quick & the Dead
A shamefully underseen western from the ‘90s, fun, fast and quite honestly more worth your time than the languid repetitions that plague Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ — the Quick & the Dead has been shrouded by time but its intriguing take on the genre with a woman’s touch (this time resting behind the barrel of a gun, rather than at the mercy of it like in Once Upon a Time in the West).
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