It's no secret that the film industry isn't the most female friendly industry the world has to offer; the income disparity, the scarcity of female lead roles in general other than romantic comedy all which are a telling indicator of Hollywood’s conventional attitudes towards women, their abilities and their values - with leading roles staying predominantly within the romantic comedy genre, other films genres like action are not usually synonymous with the female gender.
It's not that we don't enjoy a film that's a bit action packed, that makes us sit on the edge of our seat but because there are so few films that we can relate to, as we usually have nothing in common with the protagonist who is more concerned with breaking hearts and driving cars than saving lives.
However, with a new area and awakening of the women hero in films we have seen a drastic change in the roles that women are taking on, one that encompasses a female character who is strong, independent and an all-round bad-ass, who would give Bond and Bourne a run for their money.
This revolutionary change in film where we are seeing women take on the role of the hero opposed to the role of damsel in distress its huge and empowering for women and young girls across the globe because when you don't expect to see yourself as the hero you don't usually forget what it looks like.
With women characters at the heart of films now shouting, fighting, competing for justice or seeking revenge they are showing that they are totally equipped for completing their missions just like men. To celebrate this pendulum swing in the empowerment of women we look back at our favorite action films starring beautiful bad-ass women who show us that we don't need a man to save us, we’re totally capable of saving ourselves.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Inspired by one of the world’s most interactive video game and one of the most successful characters in video game history ‘Tomb Raider’ the Game series comes to the big screen with Lara Croft ( Angelina Jolie) who is beautiful and brainy. Croft find a mysterious clock behind a wall in her British family home which contains a timepiece - one that is counting down the alignment of nine planets.
When Croft gets the clock analyses she finds that she is not the only one who is interested in this timepiece but in fact the illuminati has been waiting for it for thousands of years the race begins, and we follow croft through Cambodia and Ice-land and she races against time and the enemies in her attempts to save the world.
The Motto: “This is where I start to have fun”
The Anthem: Galaxy Bounce - The Chemical Brothers
The Takeaway: Nothing is impossible with a million dollars, a killer body and a killer attitude - quite literally.
Girl Power Rating: 70%
Raised in the Finnish wilderness by her father (Eric Bana) teenage Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) has trained her whole life to be nothing other than the perfect assassin. When Hanna’s father sends her on a mission in which she makes her way across Europe, however as she draws closer to her target she faces startling revelations about her humanity and begins to question her existence.
The Motto: “Adapt or die”
The Anthem: Hanna’s Theme - The Chemical Brothers
The Takeaway: The surreal and grimy fairytale leads itself to only one thought; man even when we’re young there's nothing we can't do - okay being a trained killer may help.
Girl Power Rating: 83%
Kill Bill Vol:1
From the murder and mayhem that is Quentin Tarantino we present you one of the most epic action ‘chick flicks’ of all time; Kill Bill Vol: 1. “There was a blonde one ( Daryl Hannah), she was the leader, the Japanese fox (Lucy Liu) was a kung Fu master, the black girl (Vivica A. Fox) was a demolition expert, the French fox’s (Julie Dreyfus) specialty was a sex and the character I played - The Bride (Uma Thurman) was the deadliest women in the world with a knife.”
A former assassin ‘The Bride’ wakes from a four-year coma after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) tries to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by revenge she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of the last four years of her life, she sets off on her quest enduring an unspeakable journey.
The Motto: “That woman deserves her revenge and we deserve to die.”
The Anthem: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra
The Takeaway: Nothing is more epic than a scorned woman in the world of Tarentino.
Girl Power Rating: 88%
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on hidden island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who informs her of a massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars she finally fulfills her destiny and becomes a woman worrier to save all men and women.
The Motto: “Who will I be if I stay?”
The Anthem: Wonder Woman's Wrath - Rupert Gregson-Williams
The Takeaway: Who run the world? Girls.
Girl Power Rating: 93%