10 Best Action Movies With Female Leads That Are Empowering

Who doesn’t like women in power? Seeing women not only take the toke of authority but also being a total badass during action sequences gives an adrenaline rush to almost everyone. So if you want to see an action film that centres around women, here’s a list of the 10 Best Action Movies With Female Leads! 


1. Underworld

Underworld is a 2003 action horror film with its main focus on the secret history of vampires and Lycans. It follows vampire Death Dealer Selene, who gets caught in a fierce battle between opposing forces and to much of her surprise, falls in love with a human that the Lycans are waiting to capture with bated breath. This film is a total treat to watch! 

2. Birds of Prey 

This film is a part of the DC Extended Universe and centres around the chaotic, cheerful and somewhat unhinged character of Harley Quin after she breaks up with the Joker. She ends up being targeted by Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis and unwillingly teams up with superheroines Black Canary, and Huntress detective Renee Montoya to save a young girl from the wrath of Sionis. Starring Margot Robbie in the lead role, this film is surely going to take you for a ride! 

3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon follows a young rebellious warrior who has been assigned the task of protecting a prestigious 400-year-old sword for her lover. Adding to much of her dismay, the sword gets stolen and she has to bend over backward to retrieve it. This film is unanimously hailed as a masterpiece and was the highest grossing foreign language film produced overseas in U.S. Box office history. 

4. V For Vendetta 

V For Vendetta was adapted from Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name. Starring Natalie Portman in the lead role, this film is based in an alternative, fascist Great Britain where Evey, a young woman joins hands with a masked mercenary called V, to take down the authoritarian government. 

5. Proud Mary 

This film centres around a ruthless assassin named Mary whose life makes a 180-degree shift after she encounters a 12-year-old boy and she would go to any length to protect him. Starring Taraji Henderson in the lead role, you’re going to love it. 

6. Gunpowder Milkshake 

Gunpowder Milkshake is a bold and badass story starring Lena Headey and Karen Gillan. It follows an assassin who, in order to save an 8-year-old girl, has to reluctantly team up with her estranged mother and her dangerous associates to take on a merciless crime syndicate. 

7. Atomic Blonde

Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, Atomic Blonde revolves around MI6 Spy Lorraine Broughton, who is assigned the task of finding a list of double agents which is being smuggled to the West on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Charlize Theron essays the lead role and is badass as ever! 

8. The Old Guard 

Another Charlize Theron gem, The Old Guard revolves around a group of mercenaries who are four centuries old immortals and have the ability to heal themselves. They are secretly saving humanity when they discover another immortal and realize their secret has been exposed.

9. Salt

Angelina Jolie headlines the titular role of Evelyn Salt, a CIA operative, whose life takes a shocking turn when she’s accused of being a double agent for the KGB. However, she goes on the run to clear her name and prove her innocence. 

10. Wonder Woman 1984

This film truly redefined the superhero film genre. Wonder Woman battles enemies in this film, a cunning entrepreneur and an ex-friend, and also bumps into her love interest in the meanwhile. 

Also read: 15 Best Indian Female Centric Movies That You Must Watch

This was our collection of 10 Best Action Movies With Female Leads that are empowering, defy gender-based stereotypes and just redefine the role of women in all spheres of life. 

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