Females Fighting


AKA: Girls With Guns, Skirts Of Fury, Battling Babes, Butt-Kicking Babes, Ass-Kicking Chicks, Action Chicks, Action Heroines, Female Assassin, Female Killer, Female Warrior, Female Martial Artist, Girl Fighter, Chick Fight, Female-Female Fight, Female-Male Fight, Femmes Fatales

This list is for the movies, TV, and anime I recommend that have females fighting (not exclusively females fighting each other) as a central theme. I'm including series with fights using magical or psychic powers but will try to note the ones that are exclusively that. There's a fairly wide range (except for extreme horror/gore like Elfen Lied, The Machine Girl, etc., which I avoid). Sorted by my rating (those toward the bottom of the list are borderline and could be skipped without missing much). A better version of this list with images and trailers is here.
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1.
So Close (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A conflict of interest between two high-kicking assassin sisters is complicated as they're pursued by the criminals who hired them and an equally high-kicking female cop. (111 mins.)
Director: Cory Yuen
“ Shu Qi, Zhao Wei, Karen Mok

Stars' real voices are in Mandarin audio track. ” - Hyomil
 
2.
Naked Killer (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A young woman is trained by a martial arts specialist to become a professional assassin. (100 mins.)
“ Chingmy Yau, Carrie Ng

UK DVD is uncut and has original Cantonese audio and director commentary. ” - Hyomil
 
3.
Mo lu kuang hua (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(98 mins.)
“ Moon Lee, Cynthia Khan

Available on VCD only or there was a fan restored version I haven't tried. ” - Hyomil
 
4.
Yo-Yo Girl Cop (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Recruited by a clandestine police organization, "K" must stop a plot by student radicals to create anarchy in Japan... (98 mins.)
Director: Kenta Fukasaku
“ Aya Matsuura

UK DVD has extra bonus features. ” - Hyomil
 
5.
The White Dragon (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A teenage girl is given the martial arts skills of The White Dragon. When she discovers that the famed assassin, Chicken Feathers, is planning to kill her beloved prince, she seeks to prevent him. (93 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ Cecilia Cheung ” - Hyomil
 
6.
Bat sei ching mai (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Sam, a Hong Kong cop, has busted crime lord Night. Ann, Sam's girlfriend, is the prosecuting witness... (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau
“ Asaka Seto ” - Hyomil
 
7.
Crossfire (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman with the power to start fires with her mind searches for revenge for the murder of her friend by men above the law. (115 mins.)
Director: Shûsuke Kaneko
“ Akiko Yada

Psychic-power-centric ” - Hyomil
 
8.
House of Fury (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Teddy Yu is a former secret agent turned chiropractor who thought he left his past behind. He teaches martial arts to his two kids... (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Fung
“ Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi

Blu-ray ” - Hyomil
 
9.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi

Blu-ray ” - Hyomil
 
10.
Chocolate (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money. (110 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ Jeeja Yanin

UK Blu-ray and DVD have more subtitled extras than US versions. ” - Hyomil
 
11.
Supercop (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
“ Michelle Yeoh ” - Hyomil
 
12.
Ba hai hong ying (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting. (96 mins.)
Director: Wai Siu
“ Moon Lee, Cynthia Khan, Yukari Oshima, Michiko Nishiwaki ” - Hyomil
 
13.
Fighting Madam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A crimefighting organization called the Angels goes up against a drug-smuggling ring headed by a female kung-fu killer. (93 mins.)
“ Moon Lee, Elaine Lui

aka "Iron Angels" in US ” - Hyomil
 
14.
Noir (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two beautiful female assassins travel the world accepting assignments to kill various culprits, and at the same time, having deadly traps set against them by their own employer. (25 mins.)
 
15.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of two brainwashed assassins, Ein and Zwei, who struggle to regain their memories as they work for the Inferno crime syndicate. (25 mins.)
 
16.
Mai-HiME (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A group a school girls discover that they have been given the ability to materialize weapons and control robotic beasts called Children to stop an evil organization from their plans of domination. Meanwhile, a darker plot thickens. (25 mins.)
Director: Masakazu Kohara
 
17.
Mai otome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
My-Otome's story takes place in the distant future on the planet Earl, colonized by immigrants from Earth centuries ago...
 
18.
Grenadier: Hohoemi no senshi (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(25 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Kôjina
 
19.
Witch Hunter Robin (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Witches exist, and it is the mysterious organization STNJ's job to hunt them down. Robin is a recent trainee who joins up, and begins unravelling the secrets of both the witches and STNJ... (25 mins.)
“ Magical-power-centric ” - Hyomil
 
20.
Ikki tousen (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Seven schools are constantly "at war" with each other, and the students have become skilled fighters and constantly battle with rival schools... (325 mins.)
 
21.
Mezzo Forte (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman and her mercenary for hire team run afoul of a violent mob boss and his sociopath daughter. (80 mins.)
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu
“ Followed by TV series Mezzo DSA (2003) ” - Hyomil
 
22.
Mezzo DSA (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Mikura and her friends are back for more danger then ever in these 13 action packed episodes. (22 mins.)
 
23.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Set after the events in Terminator 2, Sarah Connor and her son, John, try to stay under-the-radar from the government, as they plot to destroy the computer network, Skynet, in hopes of preventing Armageddon. (60 mins.)
“ Summer Glau ” - Hyomil
 
24.
Najica: Blitz Tactics (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Najica Hiragi spends her days dreaming up the most alluring scents known to man... and her nights fighting the world's criminal element as special agent for CRI. (25 mins.)
 
25.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Live-action series which is an original re-telling of the original Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon manga and anime series. (30 mins.)
 
26.
Painted Skin (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers. (103 mins.)
“ Betty Sun, Zhou Xun

Blu-ray ” - Hyomil
 
27.
Burst Angel (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a chaotic future Tokyo, a young aspiring chef is employed by four beautiful mercenaries. (24 mins.)
Director: Kôichi Ôhata
 
28.
My Wife Is a Gangster 3 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When Aryong, the daughter of a triad boss from Hong Kong is accused of killing the boss of a competing triad, she is goes into hiding in Korea. Upon arriving, she is guided by a nimble but loyal Gi-chul and his motley crew, who are assigned to protect her until her return. (115 mins.)
Director: Jin-gyu Cho
“ Shu Qi

No need to have seen parts 1 and 2.

1080i Blu-ray ” - Hyomil
 
29.
La Femme Nikita (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and... (60 mins.)
“ Peta Wilson ” - Hyomil
 
30.
Dollhouse (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A futuristic laboratory has erased the identities of lost young people, and now imprints them with the temporary identities they need to fulfill assignments for clients. (44 mins.)
“ Eliza Dushku, Dichen Lachman

Fighting is intermittent in this uneven series.

Blu-ray ” - Hyomil
 
31.
The Brave One (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fiancé and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City. (122 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
32.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Milla Jovovich ” - Hyomil
 
33.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama. (44 mins.)
“ First 2 seasons were good and had Drusilla (Juliet Landau) ” - Hyomil
 
34.
The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Ching
“ Eva Huang, Charlene Choi ” - Hyomil
 
35.
Beyond Hypothermia (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mysterious and highly skilled hitwoman in Hong Kong is paid to assassinate top-level crime bosses... (85 mins.)
Director: Patrick Leung
“ Chien-lien Wu

US release is English audio only. Look for the subtitled one with Cantonese audio. ” - Hyomil
 
36.
Shadowless Sword (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
So-ha, a deadly female warrior, is sent to find a exiled prince after the Killer Blade Army killed the royal family. (117 mins.)
Director: Kim Young Jun
“ So-yi Yoon ” - Hyomil
 
37.
My Kung Fu Sweetheart (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
“ Cecilia Cheung

Mostly of comedic value, though there's a fair amount of action. ” - Hyomil
 
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39.
In the Line of Duty (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Michelle Yip of the Hong Kong police is a mild-mannered Kung Fu expert; Michael Wong from air security is happy-go-lucky... (96 mins.)
Director: David Chung
 
40.
Burn Up W (1996 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Team Warrior is a band of highly-skilled and completely crazy female cops. Featuring loose cannon Rio, trigger happy Maya and ace hacker Lilica, Team Warrior will get the job done, regardless of the budget of the mission. (120 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Negishi
 
41.
Burn Up! (1991 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of young police officers infiltrate a sleazy night club in an attempt to apprehend a man named McCoy... (47 mins.)
Director: Yasunori Ide
“ Followed by Burn Up W (1996) ” - Hyomil
 
42.
Silver Hawk (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Lulu Wong lives a double life - part urban social butterfly, part vigilante superhero. (99 mins.)
Director: Jingle Ma
“ Michelle Yeoh ” - Hyomil
 
43.
Deadly Melody (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young security man must prove himself worthy by defending the one object wanted by all the masters of the Martials Arts world - the Magic Lyre! (91 mins.)
Director: Min Kan Ng
“ Brigette Lin ” - Hyomil
 
44.
Kiddy Grade (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two women carry out missions and fight crime across the galaxy. (25 mins.)
Director: Keiji Gotoh
 
45.
Madlax (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A very beautiful and sensuous blonde assassin with supernatural gunfighting skills, accepts killing contracts, and fights against a brutal oppressive army. (30 mins.)
 
46.
Gunslinger Girl (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Social Welfare agency, a government sponsored corporation is in the business for saving orphaned...
 
47.
Agent Aika (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
From the creator of Project A-Ko! She's sexy, suave and sophisticated, but she's no bimbo. She's a martial arts expert and a jet fighter pilot with the body of a supermodel. (210 mins.)
 
48.
Cutie Honey: Live Action (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The adventure of Cutie Honey, a super heroine who can transform into anything using her necklace to switch on and say "Honey Flash!". (94 mins.)
Director: Hideaki Anno
“ Eriko Sato ” - Hyomil
 
49.
Serenity (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Summer Glau ” - Hyomil
 
50.
Charlie's Angels (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal. (98 mins.)
Director: McG
 
51.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database. (106 mins.)
Director: McG
 
52.
Fatal Termination (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A Hong Kong police officer's wife seeks revenge when a ruthless munitions smuggler kidnaps her daughter. (89 mins.)
Director: Andrew Kam
“ Moon Lee ” - Hyomil
 
53.
Twins Mission (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Kong Tao Hoi
“ Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi ” - Hyomil
 
54.
Jin san jiao qun ying hui (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two agents are assigned to break up a gang involved in counterfeiting, white slavery and drug smuggling. (85 mins.)
Director: Chun-Yeung Wong
“ Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima ” - Hyomil
 
55.
King of Triads (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
When the boss of a ruling Hong Kong triad is arrested and executed in China for counterfeiting money, mayhem ensues as the mob's leading contenders circle the throne. (91 mins.)
Director: Dennis Law
“ Bernice Liu, Jiang Luxia ” - Hyomil
 
56.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 25-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack. (109 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
57.
Fighting Madam 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Action movie about a group of female renegades stopping a fascist psychopath who has formed a guerrilla army in his jungle hideaway (90 mins.)
Director: Teresa Woo
“ Moon Lee ” - Hyomil
 
58.
Chuet sik san tau (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Cat (Shu Qui) works as secretary on a big software company, but she remember her past, stealing precious stones on a high class disco... (86 mins.)
Director: Clarence Ford
“ Shu Qi ” - Hyomil
 
59.
Mor gwai tin si (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Wai-Man Cheng
“ Cherrie Ying ” - Hyomil
 
60.
An Na yu wu lin (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
(Cantonese with English subtitles) An advertising executive revamps a defunct martial arts tournament... (97 mins.)
Director: Wai Man Yip
“ Miriam Yeung ” - Hyomil
 
61.
My Wife Is a Gangster 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Former Scissor Gang leader Eun-jin (Shin Eun-kyung), who now suffers from amnesia, nevertheless defends Jae-cheol (Jun Gyu Park), a restaurateur who employs her, from a gangster who wants his business. (110 mins.)
Director: Heung-sun Jeong
 
62.
Butterfly and Sword (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Dynamo Michelle Yeoh stars as a loyalist who attempts to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Mak
“ Michelle Yeoh, Joey Wang ” - Hyomil
 
63.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Zhang Ziyi ” - Hyomil
 
64.
Vampire Effect (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
It's a high-kicking battle on the dark side when an ace vampire slayer and his beautiful sidekicks wage the ultimate martial-arts showdown with one of the most dangerous of the undead. (107 mins.)
Director: Dante Lam
“ Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung ” - Hyomil
 
65.
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam. (90 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ Zhang Ziyi ” - Hyomil
 
66.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile. (94 mins.)
Director: Alexander Witt
“ Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory ” - Hyomil
 
67.
Resident Evil (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
“ Milla Jovovich ” - Hyomil
 
68.
Underworld (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons. (121 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
“ Kate Beckinsale ” - Hyomil
 
69.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Sigourney Weaver ” - Hyomil
 
70.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An all-out war looms when the discovery of a cure for mutations draws a line between the followers of Charles Xavier and those of Magneto. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
71.
Alias (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, and trained for espionage and self-defense. (42 mins.)