18 Action Movies with Kick-Ass Women Front and Center

'Wonder Woman' is just the beginning.

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Like countless other women (and hopefully men), we saw Wonder 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 the fact that many of the movies with female leads are written/directed by men with a penchant for stereotypes), women are strong as hell. And they've been slaying action movies for a while now. Ahead, 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 "me time" 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. It has General Leia.

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'Rogue One'

Spoiler alert number two: No really, it doesn't. It has Jyn Erso.

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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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'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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'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Two words: Imperator. Furiosa.

One more word: YES.

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'Alien'

In 1979, Sigourney Weaver set the standard for badass women in film with her character, Ripley, who managed to survive an encounter with one of the scariest movie monsters of all time.

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'Edge of Tomorrow'

If you think Tom Cruise is the star of Edge of Tomorrow, you clearly haven't seen the movie. Emily Blunt's badass Sergeant Rita Vrataski is the flick's real hero and a goddamn inspiration, to boot.

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'Terminator 2: Judgement Day'

Sure, the killer robots are scary, but the person you really don't want to piss off? Linda Hamilton's ripped AF and mad as hell Sarah Connor.

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