5 Action Movies Starring Strong Female Protagonists

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Action movies used to be a territory for male actors, but over the years, women have explored the genre and started making waves in the movie industry. It is true that what men can do, women can do better – even if it means kicking butts and performing dangerous stunts!


There are a lot of female protagonists in action movies that symbolize strength and hope. Many of them inspire the younger generation to shatter gender stereotypes. Whether they play as a superhero, a rebel, or an adventuress, fans can expect that there will be a lot of female protagonists in movies in the future.

Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman


Wonder Woman is the epitome of girl power. She represents the very core of badass women fighting men and monsters. For decades, the character has been the symbol of strength and courage that women of all ages are trying to embody.

There are only very few superhero movies where women hold the reins. Wonder Woman may not be the first movie to feature a heroine, but at least, it became a catalyst for others to follow. Now, we can totally see the improvement of representation as new female heroes emerge on our screens.

Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel female protagonists


Carol Danvers is said to be the most powerful superhero in the entire MCU, and we absolutely know why. She has cosmic powers, and indeed, she can take Thanos by herself. This is why the Russo brothers wrote her out, or she will end up finishing the movie in 10 minutes.

The promotional marketing of Captain Marvel had a strong hold on women’s empowerment. Not only that it was released on Women’s Month, but they also wanted to send a message to the people that women are celebrated all over the world.

Tomb Raider (2001)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider


This video game-based adaptation was the peak of action movies during the early 2000s. Angelina Jolie plays the role of Lara Croft, an archaeologist who seeks the truth by exploring hidden lands and sacred chambers.

This is one of Jolie’s most remarkable movies, and it is no wonder why she became an exemplar of badass women action stars in Hollywood. While many fans believe that the 2018 reboot was better, we cannot deny that this one established the foundation.

Underworld (2003)

Underworld Selene female protagonists


There aren’t a lot of horror action movies that exhibit women the way they did with Selene from Underworld. In a world where humans get caught in the centuries-long feud between vampires and lycanthropes, Selene chooses to fight for the mortals.

The movie is full of suspense, gore, and badassery that you will wish you can fight as well as Selene. She truly demonstrates the characteristics of a female vampire!

The Hunger Games (2012)

Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games female protagonists


In the dystopian world of Panem, one girl stood up against the Capitol, and that was Katniss Everdeen. She defied all rules from the beginning and never let anyone push her around.

The moment she was announced as the victor, we all know the Capitol is going down to hell. Katniss proves that women can change the system, and they have to firmly believe in themselves that they can.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.