female action heroes

Yes, I'm aware a large proportion of the films on this list are considered crummy. Still, the same thing could be said of a vast number of movies with male action heroes.
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1.
Æon Flux (2005)
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Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found. (93 mins.)
Director: Karyn Kusama
 
2.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
3.
Alien³ (1992)
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After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
4.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
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Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
 
5.
Aliens (1986)
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The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
6.
Amazons and Gladiators (2001)
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A slave dancer is freed from her Roman masters by an Amazon warrior and is trained as an Amazon warrior and seeks vengeance on the ambitious corrupt Roman general who attacked her village and slain her family. (94 mins.)
 
7.
Azumi (2003)
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Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart. (128 mins.)
 
8.
Top Squad (1988)
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Madame Wu (Sibelle Hu) has been assigned to the Hong Kong Police Academy to train female Banshee Squad Members... (91 mins.)
Director: Wellson Chin
 
9.
Barb Wire (1996)
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Post-apocalyptic remake of Casablanca set in a sleazy nightclub. (98 mins.)
Director: David Hogan
 
10.
Barbarella (1968)
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In the distant future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
 
11.
BloodRayne (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
In the 18th century, a vampire escapes from the freak show she once participated in and teams up with a group of vampire slayers to kill the man who raped her mother. (95 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
 
12.
The Brave One (2007)
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A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge. (122 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
13.
Catwoman (2004)
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A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas. (104 mins.)
Director: Pitof
 
14.
Charlie's Angels (1976 TV Series)
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The adventures of three sexy female private eyes. (60 mins.)
 
15.
Charlie's Angels (2000)
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Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal. (98 mins.)
Director: McG
 
16.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
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The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database. (106 mins.)
Director: McG
 
17.
Coffy (1973)
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A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Jack Hill
 
18.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
19.
Cutthroat Island (1995)
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A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
20.
Domino (2005)
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A recounting of Domino Harvey's life story. The daughter of actor Laurence Harvey turned away from her career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter. (127 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
21.
Doomsday (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race. (108 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
22.
Elektra (2005)
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Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins. (97 mins.)
Director: Rob Bowman
 
23.
The Fifth Element (1997)
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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
 
24.
Foxy Brown (1974)
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A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend. (92 mins.)
Director: Jack Hill
 
25.
G.I. Jane (1997)
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A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
26.
Hundra (1983)
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Born in a tribe of fierce warrior women, Hundra has been raised to despise the influence of men. An archer... (90 mins.)
Director: Matt Cimber
 
27.
In Her Line of Fire (2006)
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When the Vice President's plane goes down near a remote Pacific island, he is kidnapped by rebel forces and held for ransom. It is up to his female Secret Service agent and a press secretary to infiltrate the camp and save him. (88 mins.)
 
28.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors. (148 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
29.
Kick-Ass (2010)
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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
30.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
31.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
32.
Kite (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
She may be cute. She may be young. She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be fooled. She's a cold-blooded killer... (50 mins.)
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu
 
33.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
34.
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan. (89 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
35.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. (100 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
36.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
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Adventuress Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box before an evil scientist and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her. (117 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
 
37.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
38.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
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A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again. (121 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
39.
The Machine Girl (2008)
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Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever. (96 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
 
40.
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
 
41.
Mulan (1998)
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To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. (88 mins.)
 
42.
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure (2004)
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When her surrogate father who owns the casino she works in gets murdered, Modesty Blaise takes on those that killed him and are now at the casino to rob it. It turns out she is more than just a modest worker. (78 mins.)
Director: Scott Spiegel
 
43.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
44.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
45.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
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Lady avenger returns to western town owned by a ruthless gunslinger hosting an elimination tournament. (107 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
46.
Red Sonja (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her. (89 mins.)
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia. (97 mins.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp. (94 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
51.
RoboGeisha (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
After receiving robotic implants, two sisters compete as assassins. (102 mins.)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
 
52.
Run Lola Run (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
53.
Salt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
54.
Phoenix the Warrior (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Big hair, big guns, big personalities, and a serious lack of wardrobe. She-Wolves of the Wasteland,... (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Hayes
 
55.
Sucker Punch (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. (110 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
56.
Supergirl (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch. (105 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
57.
Tank Girl (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Based on the British cult comic-strip, our tank-riding anti-heroine fights a mega-corporation, which controls the world's water supply. (104 mins.)
Director: Rachel Talalay
 
58.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
59.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
60.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird. (130 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
61.
Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute. (104 mins.)
 
62.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers. (110 mins.)
 
63.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
64.
Ultraviolet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A beautiful hemophage infected with a virus that gives her superhuman powers has to protect a boy in a futuristic world, who is thought to be carrying antigens that would destroy all hemophages. (88 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
 
65.
Underworld (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Selene, a beautiful warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons. (121 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
 
66.
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them. (106 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
 
67.
Wonder Woman (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes. (60 mins.)
 
68.
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods. (45 mins.)