No.10 Keira Knightley
Domino Harvey, Domino (2005)
She is a bounty hunter who just doesn’t give a shit. She’ll even strip to capture her target. It didn’t matter she came from the elite of Hollywood society; she became a natural and reveled in the action. Taught by the best bounty hunter in California, Domino shows she compares equally with the guys in this male-dominated field.
No.9 Lucy Liu
O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
We could have added Liu in a number of entries including the Charlie’s Angels movies where she kicked ass alongside Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. But we thought a girl who had no qualms killing her parents’ murderer and decapitating a Yakuza boss for referring negatively to her mixed heritage would be a better choice.
No.8 Kate Beckinsale
Selene, Underworld (2003)
What’s a girl to do when faced with enemies on every side? If you’re Selene, a death-dealing vampire, you kill every lycan and vampire that stands in your way. Whether with sword or gun, Selene doesn’t stop until she finds out the truth about her past and exact deadly punishment on all guilty parties.
No.7 Rose McGowan
Cherry, Grindhouse – Planet Terror (2007)
If tough chicks are your thing, then how can you not include a girl with a machine gun leg? Cherry adds new meaning to the word tough. By squatting down and spinning she turns her lower limb into a devastating weapon. No one has a chance when she gets the anger going!
No.6 – Milla Jovovich
Alice, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Alice outdoes herself in this sequel as she takes on a hulking monster the size of a small tank. Running down the sides of buildings or jumping motorcycles through plate-glass windows are run-of-the-mill occurrences for our genetically enhanced heroine.
No.5 Carrie-Anne Moss
Trinity, The Matrix (1999)
Using her mind to take on a whole computer world filled with human-like programs that want to kill her and her friends, Trinity jumps off building, smashes through walls and doors, uses every form of martial arts, and shoots every kind of weapon, all in the name of freedom for her species and the love of a man.
No.4 Demi Moore
Lt. Jordan O’Neil, G.I. Jane (1997)
Having to put up with male chauvinism as well as the toughest training program in the American armed forces didn’t stop O’Neil from passing through the Navy SEALS. She is the ultimate tough chick — bald head and all.
No.3 Uma Thurman
The Bride, Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
How could you not include a girl on a rampaging killing spree with a Hattori Hanzo samurai sword? That she dispatches more men in less time then all of our other selections on this list makes her a compulsory addition.
No.2 Linda Hamilton
Sarah Connor, Terminator II (1991)
What a difference a sequel makes! Sarah, through training, exercise and a focused hatred for a male dominated society, changes from a mild mannered waitress in The Terminator to a butt-kicking, face smashing, automatic rifle shooting, warrior for the world in Terminator II.
No.1 Sigourney Weaver
Ellen Ripley, Aliens (1986)
There was no way an alien queen was going to harm her or her surrogate child Newt, Ellen Ripley learned how to use a machine gun, a flame-thrower, and how to make a front loader into a weapon, all in the course of two hours of film. With Ripley and Pvt. Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein), Aliens has two females that show off the new and improved version of the female sex. They started it all.