14 Action Movies with Kick-Ass Women Front and Center

'Wonder Woman' is just the beginning.

Like countless other women (and hopefully men), we sawWonder Woman and left the theater with tears of pride in our eyes. Women kick butt. But it's not just Diana Prince. Despite Hollywood being a men's club (and many of the movies with women leads being written/directed by men with a penchant for stereotypes), females are strong as hell. And they've been slaying action movies for a while now.

Here, the wonder women keeping Diana company.

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'Wonder Woman'

Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman redefined women in the superhero genre, defied stereotypes, and absolutely dominated at the box office. A dream come true.

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'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'

Who can forget how badass Angelina was as Lara Croft? No one, that's who.

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'The Hunger Games'

The importance of the YA genre embracing a strong female protagonist as a hero cannot be overstated. She saved herself, the men around her, and—oh yeah—everyone else. 

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'G.I. Jane'

If you haven't watched Demi Moore in G.I. Jane, please schedule "Netflix and chill" into your calendar and rectify the situation. Let's just say she's better than your faves—at least if one of your faves is G.I. Joe.

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'The Heat'

Pay attention, sexists: women can be funny, beautiful, and kick-ass!

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'Charlie's Angels'

What do you get when you hire Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz to star in Charlie's Angels? Box office gold. Though side note: these women would be just as cool without Charlie.

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'Star Wars: the Force Awakens'

Spoiler alert: the galaxy doesn't need a man to save it.

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'Rogue One'

Spoiler alert number two: no really, it doesn't.

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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

The stunts in this movie are so cool they will make you want to drop everything and enroll in a martial arts class. 

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'Kill Bill'

Otherwise known as one woman's magnificent journey twirling on her haters.

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'Atomic Blonde'

It's not out quite yet (mark your calendar for July 28), but Charlize Theron's new spy film Atomic Blonde looks atomic levels of spectacular (ha ha ha), so we obviously had to include it here. 

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'La Femme Nikita'

Nikita should be on every list of action movies—no matter whether said list is focusing on women or not. The '90s gem (about a trained assassin) is truly iconic, so much so that it was made into a TV show. 

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'Hanna'

File under: that feeling when your father raises you in the woods as an assassin and you turn out completely epic, and then go on a very successful vigilante mission at the age of 15. 

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'Resident Evil'

Proof that not only can women carry an action movie, we can carry a whole freaking franchise.

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