Photo: WENN.comWith news rumbling of an all-female take on The Expendables formula in the works, Hollywood is abuzz with potential A$$-kicking candidates to star in the film. With that in mind, here is a list of actresses that make onscreen A$$-kicking look good.
Photo: Starbux/WENN.comActress/model Milla Jovovich is best known for busting heads in The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and The Resident Evil series (2002-2012).
Photo: FayesVision/WENN.comThough not typically considered an action star by mainstream moviegoers, Angela Bassett played a hard edged, hot mercenary convincingly in Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days (1995).
Photo: Brian To/WENN.comKate Beckinsale legitimized gun-toting, black leather clad vampires in the Underworld series (2003-2012).
Photo: FayesVision/WENN.comThanks to Stephen Soderbergh’s Haywife, UFC athlete Gina Carano made audiences truly believe a woman could take specimens like Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender. She’ll next be seen in Fast and the Furious 6.
Photo: WENN.comMichelle Rodriguez has more action credits to her name than almost anyone on this list, ranging from The Fast and the Furious series (2001-2013) to Resident Evil (2002) and Avatar (2009). This is understandable since Girlfight (2000) announced her to the world as a badass to be reckoned with early in her career. She’ll also next be seen in The Fast and the Furious 6.
Photo: HRC/ WENN.comAngelina Jolie first took a stab at action films with Cyborg 2 (1993), taking over the franchise from Jean-Claude Van Damme himself. As a Hollywood star, she wielded dual pistols in the Tomb Raider films (2001-2003), fought partner Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), and bent bullets with mind powers in Wanted (2008). She may next kickass in the rumored Salt (2010) sequel…
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Photo: Flashpoint / WENNWhile she hardly has the action credits of many of the ladies on this list, Sarah Michelle Gellar is infamous for balancing teenage drama with undead battles in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003).
Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.comAnother Buffy (1996-2003) alum, Eliza Dushku continued her tradition of A$$-kicking on Doll House (2009-2010). She also got her own blood-and-bullets filled video game, Wet (2009), which is currently available on X-Box 360 and PlayStation 3.
Photo: C.M. Wiggins/WENN.comPam Grier’s career of kicking A$$ spans several decades. She started her career playing a no-nonsense inmate of a Philippine's women prison in Roger Corman’s The Big Doll House (1971). She would become an icon later with Coffy (1973), a Blaxploitation classic that has Grier’s character using her looks, brains, and braun to get revenge on the mafia. Foxy Brown (1974), Friday Foster (1975), and Sheba, Baby (1975) would continue this formula through the 70s. Her status as a hot, B movie action icon continued until 1997, when Grier was given her own vehicle by Quentin Tarantino-- the Academy Award nominated crime-drama Jackie Brown.
Photo: WENN.com/FayesVisionZoe Saldana broke out as an onscreen A$$ kicker in 2009 with the one-two punch of Star Trek and Avatar. She strayed from sci-fi action by playing gritty, mercenary characters in The Losers (2010) and Columbiana (2011) but will be turning to the world of pulse rifles and phaser blasts in Star Trek Into Darkness next year and Avatar 2 in 2015.
Photo: Brian To/WENN.comA relative action newcomer on this list, Paula Patton stole Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) from Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise with equal amounts of gun shots and glamour.
Photo: Apega/WENNThough she’s never been properly trained in martial arts, Michelle Yeoh has utilized her dance skills to become an international action superstar. Known for doing most of her own stunts, Yeoh turned North American heads with Supercop series (1992-1993), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000).
Photo: HRC/WENN.comThough it's known as a science fiction/horror series, Alien (1979) franchise star Sigourney Weaver redefined the survivalist female archetype four times in the series (1979-1997). Her transformation from blue collar space worker to flame thrower wielding warrior woman in Aliens (1986) earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.comDramatic actress Uma Thurman was also transformed by Quentin Tarantino into a ninja-like assassin in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003-2004). Among other feats, the film series saw her slash her way through 88 henchmen at once in one blood soaked sequence.
Photo: Nikki Nelson / WENNLinda Hamilton is an actress whose performance as the tough-as-nails Sarah Connor in The Terminator and its sequel (1984-1991) more or less defined her career. Lena Heady would also distinguish herself as the iconic character in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009).