Girl power!

07 June 2023
Skop, skiet, en donder.
women holding weapons

Gone are the days when women in action movies are seen as damsels in distress. They are now part of all the thrills, running with the big boys, breaking jaws, and kicking butt.

Let's look at just a few female-led action movies where sisters are standing on their own and getting things done without the help of a man.

G.I. Jane

When the US Navy creates a programme allowing the inclusion of women into its services, Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, played by Demi Moore, joins. Under the command of John James Urgayle, played by Viggo Mortensen, the training proves intense. Without being shown mercy, O'Neil is pushed until her hard work and discipline prove her male colleagues wrong.

Charlie’s Angels

In this action comedy, a trio of badass women – Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz – defy stereotypes as Charlie's Angels. With the help of advanced gadgets and their butt-kicking skills, they hunt and take down hardcore criminals.

Mad Max: Fury Road

With her long blonde hair shaved off, Charlize Theron brings Furiosa, a fighter on a quest to save enslaved women, to life. South Africa's golden girl becomes one with the warrior and throws a deadly punch.


Sometimes you must stay on the down low and do things undercover, right? Diana, played by Michelle Rodriguez, secretly becomes a boxer. Not only does she excel in what's considered a male sport, but it becomes known that she's more than just a pretty face but a strong woman who can achieve anything.

In your Sunday night movie, Thuso Mbedu, Viola Davis, and the rest of the stars of The Woman King will bring to life a unity of strong and fierce women warriors ready to take on the enemy. Get ready for war!

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