Here is the next installment of my compilation of lists of movies and shows prominently featuring kick-ass women. (The first two have more of my all-time favorites, but this list still has a bunch of great movies where the women have great kick-ass roles.)
9 more kick-ass women movies
- Peking Opera Blues/Do ma daan (1986)
Brigitte Lin, Cherie Chung, Sally Yeh in 1920’s China. I don’t actually remember too much about this movie just now, but I do remember that I enjoyed it. (An added bonus was the entertaining subtitles, with lines like “you see the uppest window…”) I look forward to watching this one again.
- Batman Returns (1992)
Even though she’s no Eartha Kitt, I actually really like Michelle Pfeiffer in her role as Catwoman. (The rest of the movie is so-so, though I appreciate Tim Burton’s style.)
- Bride with White Hair/Bai fa mo nu zhuan (1993)
Brigitte Lin stars in this beautiful Hong Kong fantasy. Lots of swordplay.
- Heroic Trio/Dung fong saam hap (1993) Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui, Michelle Yeoh kick ass in gloriously dark Hong Kong style.
- The Replacement Killers (1998)
Mira Sorvino was great in this movie. Too bad she doesn’t do more action movie roles.
- Hero/Ying xiong (2002)
Maggie Cheung and Ziyi Zhang show some impressive martial arts skills in this interesting, complex, and beautifully made film.
- X2/X-men 2 (2003)
While the first X-men movie will make it onto a list at some point, I actually thought the women made a better showing in the second movie. Halle Berry (Storm) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) do a decent job of kicking ass. Rebecca Romijn (Mystique) does a better one.
- Kill Bill, Volume 2 (2004)
The first one is already on an earlier list, but this one deserves mention also. Uma kicks ass reasonably well in this one, too. There is not quite so much action as in the first, but I do like the homage to the Hong Kong cinema martial arts training tradition. (Hmm. Hong Kong cinema martial arts training tradition. There’s a long compound for you.)
- The Incredibles (2004)
Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) makes a decent show of it in this fun Pixar production.