While men still get the majority of attention in action movies, women continue to have prominent roles in major Hollywood action films. Some franchises such as Underworld and Resident Evil are led by kick ass actresses, and movies such as Salt and Lucy that feature female action heroines in the main roles continue to do well at the box office. There are also a number of female superheroes on both the big and small screens—including Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and Supergirl. So, with women continuing to take names within the action genre, we look at the top 10 female movie heroines of all time.
10. Foxy Brown – Foxy Brown
A cross between Death Wish and female Blaxploitation movies, 1974’s Foxy Brown stars actress Pam Grier as a sexy black woman who takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to exact revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend. And exact revenge she does—kicking ass and taking names along the way. Pam Grier is one bad mama in this slice of 1970s cinema. And at a time when women were not often seen pointing guns at people, Foxy Brown burst onto the screen and turned heads as an unapologetic aggressor. This character proved popular with audiences and left an impression on people—one of them being director Quentin Tarantino, who later cast Pam Grier in his 1998 movie Jackie Brown as a kind of older, wiser Foxy Brown.