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 female 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 are the 10 best female action movies.
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.
9. The Quick & the Dead