Top 50 Female Action Movie ICONS

In a genre dominated by testosterone, these ladies have proven to hold their own. And are also extremely just as "Bad Ass" as their male peers.
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1.
Michelle Yeoh
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, she moved to London...
“ Hands down the Undisputed Queen of Action Movie Cinema.

Action Movie Credentials:

-Police Story 3: Supercop.
-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
-Tai Chi Master.
-Wing Chun.
-Reign of Assassins.
-Dynamite Fighters. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
2.
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-The Alien Trilogy.
-Avatar.
-Galaxy Quest. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
3.
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Tomb Raider 1 & 2.
-Wanted.
-Gone in Sixty Seconds. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
4.
Linda Hamilton
Born in Salisbury, Maryland, USA, following high school Linda studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, before moving on to acting studies in New York. In New York she attended acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg. Her first parts where small parts in TV series, with her biggest break coming with her role in The Terminator...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Terminator 1 & 2.
-Dante's Peak.
-King Kong Lives. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
5.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-House of Flying Daggers
-My Wife Is a Gangster 2
-Rush Hour 2 ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
6.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Righting Wrongs.
-In the Line of Duty 2.
-Undefeatable. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
7.
Meiko Kaji
Meiko Kaji was born on March 24, 1947 in the Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan. Following graduation from the Yakumo Academy High School in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan in 1965, Kaji first began acting in films in the mid-1960's under her real name of Masako Ota. She was given the stage name Meiko Kaji by director Masahiro Makino...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Lady Snowblood.
-Female Prisoner701 Scorpion.
-The Tattooed Swordswoman. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
8.
Kara Hui
Actress, Dragon
Born Kara Hui Ying-Hung on in Shandong, China. Her Family moved to Hong Kong in 1966 and she started working at night clubs at fourteen. Her family lost their savings from her father's business acquaintances. Being left penniless, Hui's mother, herself and her siblings were forced to peddle goods on the streets of Hong Kong...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-My Young Auntie
-Legendary Assassin
-Kung Fu Wing Chun ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
9.
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and the Resident Evil franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-The Resident Evil Series.
-Ultraviolet.
-The Fifth Element. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
10.
Lucy Lawless
New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless, is most famously known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a daughter, Daisy Lawless, from her first marriage to Garth Lawless...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Xena (TV)
-Hercules (TV)
-Spartacus. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
11.
JeeJa Yanin
Actress, Chocolate
Yanin "Jeeja" pronounced "ChiCha" Vismitananda was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mother is Prasita Vismitananda and her father, Pawadol Borirak, was a businessman who died when his daughter was 17, she has an older brother, Nantapong "Jeed" Vismitananda. She is mainly of Thai descent with some English and Burmese ancestry...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Chocolate.
-Raging Phoenix. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
12.
Angela Mao
She had a successful career as a Chinesa Opera actress, where her flexibility and martial arts first developed. Then, she trained in hapkido, and felt attracted to the new kung fu style, on demand by Hong Kong producers. Her career, if not long, was impressive, as she was one of the first women to make that sort of break-through in the film industry...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Dance of Death
-Hapkido
-The Invincible Kung Fu Trio ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
13.
Summer Glau
Actress, Serenity
Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel. She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly as well as its follow-up movie Serenity and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Fire Fly (TV)
-Serenity
-Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
14.
Kate Beckinsale
Actress, Underworld
Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-The Underworld Series.
-Van Helsing. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
15.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Kickboxer's Tears
-The Avenging Quartet
-Beauty Investigator ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
16.
Pam Grier
Actress, Jackie Brown
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Coffy.
-Foxy Brown.
-Jackie Brown. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
17.
Maggie Q
Actress, Nikita
Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family moved to Hawaii and settled in Mililani...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Live Free or Die Hard
-Naked Weapon
-Nikita (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
18.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Come Drink With Me
-Wing Chun
-Golden Swallow ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
19.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-TMNT
-Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
20.
Rhona Mitra
Actress, Shooter
Mitra was born in Paddington, London, England, the daughter of Nora Downey and Anthony Mitra, a cosmetic surgeon. She has an older and a younger brother. Her father is of Bengali Indian and English descent, and her mother is Irish. In 1984, when Mitra was eight, her parents divorced, and she was sent to boarding school...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Underworld
-Skinwalkers
-Doomsday ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
21.
Yukari Ôshima
Daughter of a Chinese woman, who spent her childhood in Nishi Ku (Fukuoka City). When she was in elementary school, her parents divorced and she went to live with her mother, who ran a little restaurant. Being a child she practiced karate in junior high school, represented Kyushu in several competitions and finally won the woman national karate championship...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Kickboxer's Tears
-The Avenging Quartet
-Lethal Panther 1 & 2 ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
22.
Wei Zhao
Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher. After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was inspired by Li Gong's performance and deter-minded to be an actor...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Hua Mulan.
-So Close. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
23.
Anne Parillaud
Anne Parillaud was born in Paris, France on May 6, 1960 and even though all her travels took her to many lands, is still a Paris resident. Anne studied ballet in school, and her first appearance was in the film Un amour de sable where she played "La jeune fille avec un petit chat" ("The girl with a kitten")...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-La Femme Nikita
-Innocent Blood ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
24.
Kelly Hu
Actress, X2
On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan and Italy for several months before deciding to relocate to L.A...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-X2
-The Scorpion King
-The Tournament ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
25.
Carrie-Anne Moss
Actress, The Matrix
Carrie-Anne Moss was born on August 21, 1967, in Vancouver, British Columbia, as youngest of two children of Barbara and Melvyn Moss. At age 20, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling; in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice, which was produced in Barcelona for its first season...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-The Matrix
-F/X (TV)
-Dark Justice (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
26.
Qiu Yuen
Qiu Yuen apprenticed Chinese martial arts and Beijing-opera skills with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung as well as Kam-Bo under the same master, Yu Jim-yuen, whilst at the Beijing Opera School (part of the Chinese Drama Academy). Early in her career, Cheung Cheun Nam (aka Qiu Yuen) worked briefly as a female stunt artist and as a night club performer during the late 60s 'til the early 70s...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Kung Fu Mahjong
-Kung Fu Hustle
-Kung Fu Sweetheart ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
27.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-V for Vendetta
-Star Wars
-Thor ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
28.
Michelle Rodriguez
Actress, Avatar
Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in Bexar County, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. Army and was originally from Puerto Rico...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Fast and the Furious
-S.W.A.T.
-Lost (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
29.
Lena Headey
Actress, 300
Lena Headey is a British actress. She was born in Bermuda to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter John Headey, a police officer, and his wife Sue. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011-present) and The Brothers Grimm, Possession...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV)
-300
-Game of Thrones (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
30.
Rose McGowan
Actress, Charmed
Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Planet Terror
-Red Sonja (2011)
-Conan the Barbarian (2011) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
31.
Anita Mui
With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called the "Madonna of Hong Kong")...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
-The Enforcer
-The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
32.
Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Kill Bill
-My Super Ex-Girlfriend ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
33.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-High Kick Girl!
-Karate Girl
-The Kunoichi: Ninja Girl ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
34.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-House of Fury
-The Vampire Effect ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
35.
Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung Yun Tung is a Hong Kong pop singer and actress. She resides in the affluent Midlevels district in Hong Kong with her younger sister. Standing at just over five feet tall, Chung is a graduate of the Kowloon True Light Middle School and attended RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. While at RMIT, she also worked as a part-time model...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-House of Fury
-The Vampire Effect ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
36.
Salma Hayek
Producer, Frida
One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her opera-singing mother...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Desperado
-Bandidas
-Wild Wild West ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
37.
Lucy Liu
Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Charlie's Angels.
-Kill Bill. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
38.
Halle Berry
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-The X-Men Trilogy.
-Die Another Day. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
39.
Kristanna Loken
Kristanna Sommer Loken was born in Ghent, New York, to Rande (Porath) and Merlin "Chris" Loken. She is of half Norwegian and half German descent. She began her modeling career at the early age of 15. Encouraged by her mother, who was a model prior to her daughter's birth, Kristanna's modeling career...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-BloodRayne.
-Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
-Battlestar Galactica. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
40.
Jessica Alba
Actress, Sin City
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican and distant Sephardic Jewish...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Machete
-Fantastic Four
-Dark Angel (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
41.
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Pirates of the Caribbean
-Princess of Thieves
-King Arthur ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
42.
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Alias (TV)
-Elektra ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
43.
Eliza Dushku
Actress, Bring It On
Eliza Dushku was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Judith (Rasmussen), a political science professor, and Philip R. Dushku, a teacher and administrator. Her father is Albanian and her mother is American (of Danish, Irish, English, and German descent). She was discovered at the end of a five-month search...
“ -True Lies
-Dollhouse (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
44.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-High Voltage (1997)
-Martial Law (TV)
-Gwan geun see dam ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
45.
Aya Ueto
Actress, Azumi
Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1985, Aya Ueto received her first break in August 1997 when, at the age of 11, she won the Special Jury Prize at the 7th All-Japan Bishoujo Contest. After this initial success, she tried her hand at both acting and singing, appearing in various minor TV drama roles, as well as a low budget action movie...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Azumi 1 & 2. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
46.
Yvonne Strahovski
Actress, Dexter
Yvonne was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. Shortly afterwards, she landed her first role on television in an episode of Fear Factory...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

Chuck (TV)
The Canyon
Mass Effect 2 (Video Game) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
47.
Ji-hyun Jun
Actress, My Sassy Girl
Jeon Ji-hyun (born 30 October 1981) is a South Korean actress and model famous for her role in My Sassy Girl. Jeon was born in Seoul, and studied in the Department of Theater and Film at Dongguk University. She began her career as a model in 1997, and after appearing in a number of TV sitcoms, her movie debut came in White Valentine (1999)...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Blood the Last Vampire
-Windtruck ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
48.
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Aeon Flux
-Hancock ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
49.
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Wonder Woman. (TV) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
 
50.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ Action Movie Credentials:

-Get Smart
-The Dark Knight Rises ” - Eric-Scissorhands