Here is list two of the long-anticipated project on which I’ve finally embarked: to catalog (review, rate, rank and otherwise write about) movies and TV shows that prominently feature kick-ass women.
The following movies are (again) listed in order of appearance (i.e. chronologically) and are not intended to reflect a ranking of my favorites. (Though I would say that my first list contains more of my overall favorites than this list.)
9 more of Alejna’s favorite kick-ass women movies
- Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Everybody knows this one. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) kicks ass by keeping her wits about her.
- Terminator 2 (1991)
I particularly like the transformation of Linda Hamilton’s character from the first movie. Sadly, I can barely stomach watching this now due to my loathing of Arnold. (I’m partial to definition 3 on that link, if you decide to follow it.)
- Wing Chun/Yong Chun (1994)
Michelle Yeoh serves up bean curd and ass-kicking in this historic costume drama.
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Calling Michelle Yeoh a Bond Girl doesn’t do her justice. She could so kick Pierce Brosnan’s skinny ass. (I don’t buy her need of rescuing at the end.)
- Mulan (1998)
Not Disney’s typical I-need-a-man (to borrow a term from a friend) animated fare.
- Run Lola Run/Lola Rennt (1998)
Franka Potente runs to the rescue, and runs and runs.
- The Matrix (1999)
Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) kicks ass through most of the movie, but I have issues with the way she turns into a puddle of goo over Keanu.
- Mystery Men (1999)
Janeane Garofalo doesn’t have as big of role as I’d like, but she kicks ass in so many ways, I had to have her on a list soon. Plus, the movie is just so much fun.
- Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu get extra points for having done intensive martial arts training for this movie, and doing their own stunts. Plus I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek tone.