The Best Female Lead Action Moviesby jefaud | created - 29 Oct 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
I love action movies. Manly action movies. There are also some action movies with female heroes. I threw this together quickly, any suggestions?
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1. Peppermint (2018)
R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.
Votes: 18,702 | Gross: $35.42M
2. Red Sparrow (2018)
R | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
Votes: 116,274 | Gross: $46.87M
3. Atomic Blonde (2017)
R | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Votes: 140,066 | Gross: $51.57M
4. Wonder Woman (2017)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Votes: 452,354 | Gross: $412.56M
5. Lucy (I) (2014)
R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Votes: 390,852 | Gross: $126.66M
6. Wanted (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.
Votes: 333,816 | Gross: $134.51M
It seems like lately we could put all of Angelina Jolie's movies on here. The Tourist is not on the list, but could have been.
7. Proud Mary (2018)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Votes: 5,651 | Gross: $20.87M
8. Widows (2018)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Votes: 22,699 | Gross: $40.88M
10. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the near future, Major Mila Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Votes: 165,784 | Gross: $40.53M
11. Divergent (2014)
PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.
Votes: 390,906 | Gross: $150.95M
12. Allegiant (2016)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.
Votes: 90,100 | Gross: $66.18M
13. Insurgent (2015)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Votes: 193,336 | Gross: $130.18M
14. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 780,510 | Gross: $408.01M
My teenage daughter is obsessed!
15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Votes: 562,932 | Gross: $424.67M
Now both of my daughter's are obsessed!
16. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
Votes: 367,324 | Gross: $337.14M
17. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the future of Panem.
Votes: 240,208 | Gross: $281.72M
19. The Call (II) (2013)
R | 94 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Votes: 101,571 | Gross: $51.87M
On my watch list. Haven't seen it yet.
20. Hanna (2011)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Votes: 174,408 | Gross: $40.26M
With a lifetime of training, maybe...
21. Salt (2010)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.
Votes: 272,685 | Gross: $118.31M
They asked Angelina if she wanted to be a Bond girl and she replied, "I want to be Bond"...The result...SALT!
22. Haywire (2011)
R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
Votes: 77,824 | Gross: $18.94M
They left her no choice.
23. Colombiana (2011)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.
Votes: 85,708 | Gross: $36.67M
It's about time a Columbian Drug lord movie was made.
24. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.
Votes: 66,393 | Gross: $33.33M
Gina Davis pulled this off fantastically.
25. The Brave One (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 54,580 | Gross: $36.79M
Jody Foster as a vigilante. If you like Jody, you may also like Panic Room or Flight Plan.
26. The River Wild (1994)
PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.
Votes: 37,421 | Gross: $46.82M
A very exciting adventure with a flawless female lead.
27. Point of No Return (1993)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.
Votes: 22,825 | Gross: $30.04M
The American version of Le Femme Nikita. Which should be on this list but why put the same movie twice. Bridgitte Fonda did a great job.
28. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.
Votes: 879,188 | Gross: $204.84M
Linda Hamilton BROUGHT IT!!!
29. Tomb Raider (2018)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared.
Votes: 142,209 | Gross: $57.42M
30. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.
Votes: 181,600 | Gross: $131.14M
Fun Movie and it's sequel.
31. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Adventurer Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box, before an evil scientist finds it, and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.
Votes: 119,229 | Gross: $65.66M
Sequel gone wrong. Talks of another remake starring Olivia Wilde.
32. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
Votes: 876,536 | Gross: $70.10M
Uma meet Oprah. Bloody violent movie with a rumor of a 3rd.
33. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 594,698 | Gross: $66.21M
Quentin doing what he does.
Action, Crime, Thriller | Announced
The plot is unknown at this time.
Is it going to happen?
35. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
R | 88 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
Votes: 179,322 | Gross: $55.70M
36. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Votes: 254,374 | Gross: $155.33M
Not really a genre that I enjoy, but I watched it...twice.
37. One for the Money (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
Votes: 37,914 | Gross: $26.41M
Katherine Heigl did a good job in this mediocre flick.
38. Charlie's Angels (2000)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.
Votes: 160,050 | Gross: $125.31M
Cheesy but fun.
39. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.
Votes: 110,731 | Gross: $100.83M
40. Miss Congeniality (2000)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An F.B.I. Agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.
Votes: 163,181 | Gross: $106.81M
Plus the sequel. Comedy with Action.
41. The Net (1995)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.
Votes: 54,860 | Gross: $50.73M
Sandra Bullock could have had a few on this list. Speed 1 & 2 and others. But this is my favorite.
42. The Heat (I) (2013)
R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.
Votes: 150,388 | Gross: $159.58M
I can't wait to see this one.
43. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Tasked with destroying each other, an FBI agent and a rogue DIA agent soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work.
Votes: 17,935 | Gross: $14.29M
Lucy Liu could have several movies on this list. I don't really like horror movies, but, "Rise" could have made the list.
44. Momentum (I) (2015)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between... See full summary »
45. G.I. Jane (1997)
R | 125 min | Action, Drama, War
A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.
Votes: 67,698 | Gross: $48.17M
Demi Moore as a bald dude. The Juror could have also made the list.
46. Elektra (2005)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
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.
Votes: 80,300 | Gross: $24.41M
Sequel to Daredevil. If you like Jennifer Garner, remember her TV show, "Alias"
47. Bandidas (2006)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.
How about Bandidas 2 starring Eva Longoria and Roselyn Sanchez? or Bandidas 3 with Jennifer Esposito and Eva Mendes?
48. Bad Girls (1994)
R | 99 min | Romance, Western
Four prostitutes join together to travel the Old West.
Votes: 10,715 | Gross: $15.24M
It's hard to watch some of these actresses trying to be tough, kind of like watching Mary Steenburgen try to be mean.
49. The Real McCoy (1993)
PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller