Action movies starring girls

A special place on the shelf with tapes in the action genre is occupied by pictures about strong women. We have prepared a selection of wonderful films where girls are excellent at martial arts and even save the world.

Agent Eve (2020)

The fact that beauty kills will be known firsthand by the victims of a beautiful assassin named Eva. But after meeting with the girl, they can no longer tell this to anyone – the killer trained by the legendary instructor has one hundred percent efficiency. When fulfilling the next order, Eve is substituted by her own people and the woman is on the verge of failure. The mercenary manages to get out, but the trust of a stern boss named Simon is lost and the mafia begins to hunt for Eva and loved ones.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Ava

Actors:
Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Jess Weixler, Colin Farrell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Birds of Prey: The Fabulous Tale of Harley Quinn (2020)

The list of films with tough girls continues with an enchanting action comedy about a crazy comic book villain. After ending her relationship with the Joker, Harley Quinn is forging her own path in a villainous world. True, bandits who dream of avenging old grievances interfere with building a new life a little. But Harley, as always with a smile on her face, finds like-minded people to show the underworld what free women are capable of.

Original title:
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Actors:
Margot Robbie, Jurney Smollett, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
18+


Close (2019)

Under the mask of a fragile and charming girl, one can hardly see a soldier who has been in more than one hot spot. Now Sam is an experienced bodyguard, and she provides services to wealthy people.

At first glance, the next task does not portend danger – the protection of the daughter of an influential businessman. However, the situation changes dramatically in a matter of seconds. The heroine of the film not only struggles with the stubbornness of the spoiled girl entrusted to her, but also finds herself drawn into a real war. The stakes in this battle are too high – survive or die.

Original title:
Close

Actor :
Noomi Rapace, Olivia Jewison, Abdellatif Chauki…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age limit:
16+


Captain Marvel (2019)

A childhood dream of becoming a pilot led young Carol to join the air force. Soon the patriotic spirit of the girl and her dedication were rewarded – they began to entrust her with sorties.

One day, while testing an experimental engine, the heroine’s plane crashes, but she manages to survive. After that, Carol felt superpowers in herself and realized that she had become invulnerable. Now she will be able to successfully fight alien invaders and prove that a fragile girl pilot fights enemies no worse than men.

Original title:
Captain Marvel

Actors:
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Lara Croft (2018)

Richard Croft, who worked as an archaeologist, disappears without a trace under strange circumstances on the last expedition. After a while, his daughter receives a notice that she has become the heiress of her parental fortune. But Lara is in no hurry to enter into inheritance rights, because she still believes that her father is alive.

Soon, the girl gets a video in which Richard Croft reports his possible death and a relic that can destroy the whole world. Without thinking twice, Lara goes in search of her father. The girl does not even guess with whom she will have to clash in an unequal battle.

Original title:
Tomb Raider

Actors:
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Red Sparrow (2018)

The next task of Veronica is to figure out the “mole” that transmits secret government information to the CIA. During the investigation, the girl learns that in the battle of wits, strength and cunning, she competed with her lover. Now she faces a choice on which her fate depends: love or duty to the Fatherland.

Original title:
Red Sparrow

Actors:
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mattias Schoenaerts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana was born on an island remote from civilization. She is an Amazon princess, born to fight. From a young age, the girl comprehended the art of war. It is it that will help her fulfill her destiny in the future: to save the world from a terrible threat.

Once on the island where the Amazons live, the British intelligence officer Trevor gets. Diana helps him escape from the pursuing German soldiers. The Englishman says that the fire of the world war is blazing on the planet, and the Nazis are striving to enslave the world. Diana, without hesitation, decides to leave her native island and goes with Trevor to the rescue of mankind.

Original title:
Wonder Woman

Actors:
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen…

Country:
USA, China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Acceleration (2015)

The first-class swindler Alex was going to end her thieving career and finally break the big jackpot. However, the carefully crafted plan from the very beginning began to fall apart. The girl is not used to retreat, which she has to regret, because the failed theft caused a whole string of problems.

As it turns out later, the heroine of the action movie crossed the road to a secret syndicate, and these people do not intend to forgive this. Realizing what happened, the girl has no choice but to run, and as quickly as possible.

Original title:
Momentum

Actors:
Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, James Purefoy…

Country:
South Africa, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Everly (2014)

Everly is a beautiful girl with a difficult fate. By chance, she became involved in the cruel world of yakuza bandits, becoming the mistress of the leader of the clan.

One day, the heroine of an action movie decided to quit the world of the mafia and started by turning in her boyfriend to the police. But the Japanese crime syndicate does not forgive mistakes and betrayal, and you can only get out of it feet first. The life of Everly and her family instantly depreciated, and the punishing sword of the yakuza hung over them invisibly.

Original title:
Everly

Actors:
Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Laura Cepeda…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Lucy (2014)

Charming Lucy’s cavalier framed her friend, as a result of which she fell into the clutches of the Korean mafia syndicate. The bandits forcibly sewed a bag of drugs into the girl’s abdomen and sent it to another country as a courier. On the way, the obstinate heroine of the film tried to escape, but she was caught and severely beaten.

As a result of the execution, the bag with the substance broke, and the drug began to be gradually absorbed into the blood. From that moment on, Lucy felt in herself the superpowers and strength to fight the cruel bandit octopus.

Original title:
Lucy

Actors:
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Blood Vengeance (2013)

Ava and Derek are happy newlyweds. The couple decides to spend their honeymoon in the Caribbean. A pleasant extreme vacation ends in misfortune – during the descent from the top, the safety cable breaks, and Derek falls into the abyss.

When a long search leads nowhere, Ava realizes that her beloved has been kidnapped. After conducting her own investigation, the heroine of the film determines the circle of suspects and begins to pursue them one by one. The kidnappers do not even imagine what the angry woman is ready for.

Original title:
In the Blood

Actors:
Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Ismael Cruz…

Country:
Great Britain, Puerto Rico, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Kite (2013)

The next in our list of action movies about desperate girls will be an interesting movie about what a person is ready to go to if he has lost the most precious thing in his life. Kite’s father served as a police officer . He went against the mafia and refused to follow her instructions, for which he paid with his life. The orphaned girl decided to devote herself to avenging her father.

From a young age, Kite stubbornly comprehended the wisdom of a hired killer. Having matured and felt enough strength in herself, the heroine of the film decided to enter into an open battle with the mafia.

Original title:
USA, South Africa

Actors:
India Eisley, Jacko Muller, Annabel Linder …

Country:
USA, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.7, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Colombiana (2011)

This film is about an ordinary girl who has become a tough hitman-assassin. Kat was still small when the bandits killed her parents. After that, her uncle took up the upbringing of the girl.

Having matured, the heroine of the film decides to take revenge on the killers of her relatives. The chain of investigation leads her to the drug lord Don Luis. However, getting close to the powerful leader of the crime family is not easy. At the same time, the girl has to simultaneously carry out orders for murder from her uncle, who is involved in the criminal world, and not forget about her personal life.

Original title:
Colombiana

Actors:
Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lenny James …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Hanna. Perfect Weapon (2011)

Hanna grew up far from civilization and was raised by her father, Eric. For many years, the man prepared the girl for the only task – the murder of CIA agent Marissa Wigler. At one time, this woman was instructed to eliminate all employees working on a secret project, including Eric.

Prepared by her father for the task, Hannah goes to a meeting to destroy the main target. However, Marissa is not so simple – instead of herself, she sends another woman to certain death. Having found out about Hannah’s plans, Wigler tracks down the heroine of the action movie and opens her eyes to the truth.

Original title:
Hanna

Actors:
Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana…

Country:
USA, UK, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is not only a beautiful woman, but also an experienced CIA agent. Working with the Russian defector Orlov, she gains important intelligence. Allegedly, during the Cold War, there was a secret center that trained and introduced agents into the secret services of Western countries.

The “highlight” of the interrogation was Orlov’s statement that Evelyn herself was a “mole” of the KGB. At this moment, the heroine of the film realizes that she has fallen into a trap.

Original title:
Salt

Actors:
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Aeon Flux (2005)

Our selection of films with girls in the lead role is completed by a fantastic action movie about a female superhero. The 21st century is a time of rapid technological development, one of which leads to disaster. A deadly virus escaped from a secret laboratory, destroying everything around.

The only protective tool that people could build was a huge dome. Under it gathered all the survivors of the pandemic. Tyranny reigns on the planet. Aeon Flux is a member of the resistance. The heroine of the action movie receives a special task – to kill one of the representatives of the ruling dynasty, which the rebels consider illegitimate.

Original title:
Æon Flux

Actors:
Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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