25 Iconic Women With Guns in Movies

by neonscreen | created - 05 Sep 2012 | updated - 05 Sep 2012 | Public

WIth movies like the Expendables, guy action flix with strong male characters are a dime a dozen. LipstickandLead.com's webmaster decided to take a look a some Iconic films where women are locked and loaded. This isn't a commentary on their stories, or guns in movies, just a look at women holding their own in a male dominated genre. Movie's with sequels, only have one movie representing the series.

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1. Bad Girls (1994)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Four prostitutes join together to travel the Old West.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore

Votes: 11,639 | Gross: $15.24M

Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore

2. G.I. Jane (1997)

R | 125 min | Action, Drama, War

62 Metascore

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe

Votes: 73,016 | Gross: $48.17M

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Navy SEALS training where everyone expects her to fail. (125 mins.)

Stars: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe

3. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 651,354 | Gross: $85.16M

4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 997,772 | Gross: $70.10M

5. Point of No Return (1993)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 24,999 | Gross: $30.04M

hardened criminal Maggie Hayward's consistence violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber... (109 mins.)

Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer

6. Charlie's Angels (2000)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.

Director: McG | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray

Votes: 176,011 | Gross: $125.31M

7. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 197,584 | Gross: $131.14M

8. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 1,031,922 | Gross: $19.50M

9. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,671,131 | Gross: $171.48M

10. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 252,530 | Gross: $51.97M

11. The Brave One (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt

Votes: 58,328 | Gross: $36.79M

12. Hannie Caulder (1971)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Western

48 Metascore

After she is raped and her husband murdered, a woman hires a bounty hunter to instruct her in the use of a gun so she can get her revenge on the three outlaws responsible.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam

Votes: 2,860 | Gross: $0.46M

13. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

86 Metascore

Bored waitress Bonnie Parker falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 102,114

14. The Quick and the Dead (1995)

R | 107 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

49 Metascore

A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio

Votes: 85,406 | Gross: $18.64M

15. Æon Flux (2005)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sophie Okonedo, Marton Csokas

Votes: 123,859 | Gross: $25.86M

16. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A machine from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a man and a woman from an advanced robotic assassin to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes

Votes: 376,848 | Gross: $150.37M

17. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

A movie that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 737,937 | Gross: $74.10M

18. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

19 Metascore

Tasked with destroying each other, an FBI agent and a rogue DIA agent soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work.

Director: Wych Kaosayananda | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Talisa Soto, Gregg Henry

Votes: 19,174 | Gross: $14.29M

19. Resident Evil (2002)

R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce

Votes: 247,089 | Gross: $40.12M

20. Point of No Return (1993)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 24,999 | Gross: $30.04M

21. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

Samantha Caine lives in a small town with her daughter. Eight years ago she emerged, two months pregnant, from a nearby river with no memory of her past or who she is. However, she's getting closer to finding out about her past.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko

Votes: 73,344 | Gross: $33.33M

22. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 189,989 | Gross: $40.26M

23. Charlie's Angels (2000)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.

Director: McG | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray

Votes: 176,011 | Gross: $125.31M

24. Wanted (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp

Votes: 359,457 | Gross: $134.51M

25. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 449,227 | Gross: $186.34M



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