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* Alice in Creator/TimBurton's 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''.
%%* ''Film/AngelsRevenge''
* Ahn Ok Yun (Jun Ji-Hyeon), the sole female assassin in the 2015 South Korean film ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_(2015_film) Assassination]]''.
* Leigh (Laurie Zimmer) in John Carpenter's original ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976''. She starts out as just a secretary in a police station but becomes an action girl when the nearly-abandoned station is under siege by a street gang during the night and fights them off along with the lone policeman and two convicts. She keeps her cool especially in comparison to the other secretary who panics.
* MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in ''Film/AtomicBlonde'', who stands out as a very physical and realistic example more similar to [[Film/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]] or Film/JohnWick than some of the more SheFu-y examples out there. She fights well with fists, guns, and really [[CombatPragmatist anything that's not nailed down.]]
%%* Emma Peel of ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.
%%* The title character from ''Film/{{Azumi}}'' and ''[[Film/{{Azumi}} Azumi 2]]''.
* ''Film/BarelyLethal'' revolves around Megan, a teenage girl assassin who fakes her own death so she can go to high school.
%%* Gilraen and Elgarain in ''Film/TheLordofTheRings''-inspired movie ''Film/BornOfHope''.
* Francesca Bruni in 2005's ''Film/{{Casanova}}''. Your brother is a poor swordsman who's got himself into a duel? No problem, just take his place and kick ass!
* Zen, [[IdiotSavant autistic teenage]] [[DisabilitySuperpower martial arts savant]] of the Thai film ''Film/{{Chocolate}}''.
* Kyra has developed into one by ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', beating up various men larger than she is, evading an alien helldog, and even holding out against the Necromongers for a while.
* [[Creator/PamGrier Pam Grier's]] title character in ''Film/{{Coffy}}'' from 1973 was one of the first full-fledged examples, and probably the first black one.
* Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) from ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. Took lessons from master Kiyoshi Yamazaki who worked with Schwarzenegger and Lopez. Swung a sword, looked good doing it.
* Lynn Redgrave's character Mary O'Donnell in ''Film/DontTurnTheOtherCheek'' single-handedly comes to Russian conman Dmitri and Mexican bandido Max's rescue by beating down about ten or twenty of Huerta's soldiers with her bare hands.
* Rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' proves herself to be highly capable over the course of the movie. Not only does she [[spoiler: [[PsychicPowers ment]][[GuileHeroine ally]] kick [[TheDragon Kay's]] butt multiple times, but she [[DamselOutOfDistress rescues herself]] when she gets captured, saves Dredd from the corrupt Judge and even stands up to Dredd with regards to the fate of the Clan Techie]]. It's no wonder that [[spoiler: Dredd gives her a pass at the end of the film.]]
%%* ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive'' TheMovie! Christie, Helena, Ayane, Katsumi, and of course Tina.
* Maya from ''Film/EightBelow''. Only female dog ''and'' the leader of the pack.
* Despite ''Film/TheExpendables'' being RatedMForManly, CIA agent Maggie Chan is every bit as badass as the male expendables in [[Film/TheExpendables2 the first sequel]].
* Veronica from ''Film/FinalGirl'' has trained most of her life in armed and unarmed combat. She is extremely good in either case.
%%* ''Film/FoxyBrown'' featured Creator/PamGrier as the Action Girl title character.
%%* Desiree from the 1974 exploitation film ''Film/GatorBait''.
%%* Scarlet from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''
%%** Lady Jaye and Jinx from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
%%* Skylar Lewis of ''Film/GirlVsMonster''.
%%* Creator/RoseMcGowan's role in ''Film/PlanetTerror'' redefined the ActionGirl for the next few years at least.
* Laurie Strode became one of these in ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater''. Not only did she spend most of the movie protecting the other characters from Michael Myers, she also ends up [[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted turning the tables]] on Myers and hunting him down with an axe.
%%* The titular character from ''Film/{{Hanna}}''.
%%* Sarah Ashburn and Shannon Mullins from ''Film/TheHeat''.
* Mallory Kane in ''Film/{{Haywire}}'', played by Creator/GinaCarano no less. Notably, due to Carano's extensive background in mixed-martial arts this makes Mallory a much more physical ActionGirl than most examples, with her fight scenes being comparable to something you'd see in a [[Film/TheBourneSeries Bourne]] film.
* Park Nam-joo in ''Film/TheHost'' is an Olympic bronze medal archer. At one point she goes to look for her niece on her own. She survives being hurled into a wall by the creature and [[spoiler: sets it on fire by successfully shooting an arrow into its eye]]
* Marion Ravenwood gradually TookALevelInBadass in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and helps out in Indy's battles whenever she get a chance. She goes from screaming and panicking at the snakes and the skeletons in the tomb to gunning down Nazis in an airplane cockpit. She's definitely one in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
* "The Mountain Girl" from D.W. Griffith's ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'' is one of the earliest, if not the first, film example. She is a Babylonian who isn't particularly interested in romance but likes eating onions and killing Persians. When the Persians attack and she takes to the walls with the rest of the army to fire arrows, she enjoys herself.
* Only comes up rarely in the franchise, but not all [[Film/JamesBond Bond girls]] just sit around waiting to be rescued:
** Wai Lin (Creator/MichelleYeoh) from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Chinese government agent, ColonelBadass, martial artist and fan of [[MoreDakka submachine]]-GunsAkimbo.
** May Day (Grace Jones) from ''Film/AViewToAKill''. TheBrute to [[BigBad Zorin]] and gender-flipped variation of ScaryBlackMan, a tall and tough AmazonianBeauty who can lift a man clean over her head and set up as a woman who could take Bond himself to the cleaners. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[VasquezAlwaysDies she doesn't]] [[HeroicSacrifice make it]] to the end.]]
** Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet), the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge vengeful]] [[ArcherArchetype crossbow-toting]] daughter of murdered marine archeologists from ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
** Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) from ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Arguably the best example in the whole series. Tough-as-nails, sultry and CrazyPrepared to the extreme, Pam goes through her film without ever once really needing Bond's assistance; more than a few times ''she'' saves ''him''.
** Eve [[spoiler:or should we say Moneypenny]] (Naomie Harris) from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. A BadassDriver, capable field agent and no stranger at all to firearms. [[NeverLiveItDown Though she could perhaps work on her aim a bit]].
%%* We have (arguably) yet to have a true ''Film/JamesBond'' ActionGirl, though Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' and Giacinta/Jinx (Creator/HalleBerry) from ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' come close.
%%** Some other girls ''do'' have their ActionGirl moments, though: May Day (Grace Jones) from ''Film/AViewToAKill'', archer Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) from ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Countess Teresa "Tracy" [=DiVincezo=] (Diana Rigg a.k.a. Emma Peel from ''Series/TheAvengers'') from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Japanese spy Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi) from ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', CIA agent Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', and Bambi (Lola Larson) and Thumper (Trina Parks) from ''Film/DiamondsAreForever.''
%%** Aren't we forgetting Camilla Montes from ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''?
%%** To avoid spoilers Eve, from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is a clear cut action girl-a badass driver, a sniper,and in the middle of a gun battle graps a pistol and takes on a team of assassins led by the BigBad, all without breaking a sweat.
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' has Jane, a female cyborg bodyguard. She's not as badass as Molly Millions in the original story, but this was probably due to the limits of cinema at the time.
* Judge Hershey in ''Film/JudgeDredd''. She gets into a CatFight with Dr. Ilsa Hayden.
* Claire from ''Film/JurassicWorld'' is this trope played in a rather interesting way. As she's the park operations manager, she's hardly an athlete or a trained fighter, but she ''is'' a very intelligent and determined survivor, so when she gets a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, it comes from her wits rather than any physical prowess or training. Despite this, she still saves Owen's life from a ''Dimorphodon'' which was attacking him by clubbing it with Owen's tranquilizer rifle and then shooting the pterosaur with it, and [[spoiler:she manages to outrun a ''Tyrannosaurus Rex'' while ''in high heels'']]. On top of her, of those sent to try recapture the Indominus Rex, one of the very few survivors of that resulting massacre was also a woman.
%%* Hit-Girl in the 2010 movie ''Film/KickAss'', she is also a total badass.
* Beatrix Kiddo in ''Film/KillBill''. Trained by one of the greatest warriors to ever live, she was a professional assassin and is considered the deadliest woman in the world. She single-handedly cuts her way through almost 88 sword-wielding bodyguards before going on to dispatch an entire team of highly-trained assassins in her RoaringRampageOfRevenge. The other major females fall into DarkActionGirl territory.
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', Slater's daughter is one of these, and at first it's played for laughs by subverting the DistressedDamsel -- she's screaming mock-hysterically as she kills the mook sent to take care of her. But it's also deconstructed a bit when Slater mentions that she spent her prom night alone in her room, field-stripping an AK-47.
* Éowyn from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. "[[SamusIsAGirl I]] [[PreMortemOneLiner AM]] [[NoManOfWomanBorn NO MAN]]!"
** In the first film, Arwen Evenstar carries a wounded Frodo from Weathertop to Rivendell, outrunning the Black Riders.
* Imperator Furiosa from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. Even in a series where being an Action Girl is practically a survival requirement, she's still at the top of the pile. She's a BadassDriver who leads several of Immortan Joe's Wives to keep them out of a constant life of sex slavery. She's also an incredibly good shot and physical fighter, even handing Max his ass several times. A number of critics and fans have begun to call her this generation's Ellen Ripley.
%%* Trinity from ''Franchise/TheMatrix''.
%%* The leads of ''Film/{{Mercenaries}}'', all females and all ass-kickers.
* Alex from ''Film/{{Momentum|2015}}'', a hi-tech thief with espionage training. In addition to being an expert combatant, she's also skilled in deception and spycraft. Essentially the female version of [[Film/{{Taken}} Bryan Mills]].
* Miss Piggy turns into an Action Pig in numerous ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]]'' movies. You mess with the frog, you will get hurt.
* Saga in ''Mitt liv som hund'' (''Film/MyLifeAsADog''). She beats all the boys at boxing and is the best on her all-boys' football (soccer) team.
%%* Mallory in ''Film/NaturalBornKillers''
%%* The Belmont sisters from ''Film/NightOfTheComet'', who are basically Action {{Valley Girl}}s.
* DeconstructedTrope in the French action film ''Film/{{Nikita}}''. Nikita is a [[BoxedCrook junkie turned cop killer turned government agent]] who doesn't particularly want to be where she is. She's no badass and it shows by how she barely scrapes through many of her assignments.
%%* Mako Mori and Sasha Kaidonovsky from ''Film/PacificRim''.
%%** Arguably, Gipsy Danger. Gipsy has only been referred to with feminine pronouns, "she" and "her". Not to mention Pentecost at one point referred to her as "the lady". Her form is also more feminine with a large chest and a thin waist widening to thick thigh muscles, compared to the other Jaegers (Striker Eureka being a male brawler, Crimson Typhoon an artful dodging basketball player and Cherno Alpha a walking tank).
%%* Nadia from ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' and is a bit of a DarkActionGirl in the earlier part of the film.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
%%** Elizabeth Swann quickly evolves from a DistressedDamsel to an ActionGirl over the course of the three films.
%%** Angelica from the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film]] can also be considered an Action Girl.
* RobinHood's daughter Gwyn in ''Film/PrincessOfThieves'', played by Creator/KeiraKnightley. This was the role where she learned the archery skills that she later used in ''Film/KingArthur''.
%%* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' (1995) with the unnamed "The Lady" played by Sharon Stone.
%%* Creator/HelenMirren's character in ''Film/{{RED}}'' is ActionGirl at retirement age. [[RetiredBadass She still kicks ass.]]
* ''Film/RedDawn1984''. Teenaged girls Toni and Erica, who subvert the usual trope by being too rugged up in the Colorado winter to be much fanservice. After the RagtagBunchOfMisfits kill their first DirtyCommunists, they state flat out that the guys can do their own washing up. We later see them blasting away in ambushes and using their feminine wiles to get bombs into places where the Russians really don't want them going off.
* Interesting little semi-subversion in ''Film/RedEye''. Rachel [=McAdams=]' character is manipulated, abused, and (metaphorically) raped by Creator/CillianMurphy's MagnificentBastard, and eventually [[spoiler: she decides to man up (for want of a better term) and brutalize him with a pen, a shoe, and a field hockey stick. She does pretty well (or at least, well enough not to be a FauxActionGirl), but she ''still'' needs the help of Daddy Brian Cox, who also mans up just in time.]]
* In the third ''Film/{{Riddick}}'' movie, Dahl (Creator/KateeSackhoff) is a seasoned mercenary and sniper, and beats up an attempted rapist.
%%* So-Ha from ''Film/TheShadowlessSword''.
* The women of Old Town in ''Film/SinCity'', as they have to rely on each other for protection from rowdy customers.
%%* Smurfette, normally the DistressedDamsel in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon show, is promoted to this in [[Film/TheSmurfs the live-action movie]].
%%* Trixie (played by Creator/ChristinaRicci) from the ''Film/SpeedRacer'' movie.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Princess Leia Organa from ''Franchise/StarWars'' often switches in and out of the ActionGirl role. She must have got it from her mother, [[LadyOfWar Padme Amidala]], who is, incidentally, the best shot with a blaster in the entire series.
** Rey, first introduced in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', and TheHero of the Sequel Trilogy is a self-sufficient scavenger-turned-Jedi who is ''extremely'' strong in the Force and pretty much the galaxy's last hope against the First Order and Kylo Ren. Notably, she seems to have learned all of her skill in combat ''by herself'', receiving no formal training other than a brief visit to Master Luke on Ahch-To. Growing up on [[ScavengerWorld Jakku]] means one needs to learn to take care of themselves after all.
** Jyn Erso, TheHero of ''Film/RogueOne'', is a Rebel soldier trained [[ChildSoldier from childhood]] by a particularly violent sect of anti-Imperial militants called the Partisans, and is also the person responsible for [[spoiler:securing the Death Star plans that allowed the Rebellion to claim victory in ''Film/ANewHope'']].
* Emma in ''Film/StepsTroddenBlack'' carries around a switchblade and benches more than her male friends. Her first reaction upon seeing the films monstrous antagonist is to attack it with a hatchet.
Babydoll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie, and Amber from ''Film/SuckerPunch''. They go up against robot zombies, medieval knights, a furious dragon mother and army of robots with barely any protection, and leave scores of bodies behind every single time.
* Williams from ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' is a clear example of this trope.
* ''Film/TheyLookLikePeople'': Mara playfully demonstrates judo throws and submissions during a date with Christian. Later, when she's AloneWithThePsycho, she confidently threatens to knock Wyatt on his ass unless he gets out of her way. Still later, when he's following her to apologize, she pops him in the nose.
* Quorra of ''Film/TronLegacy'' can do just about anything, from showing kickboxing skills and [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving Light Runners]] to piloting [[CoolPlane Light Jets]] and ''[[BoomHeadshot being able to give one of Clu's minions a headshot.]]''
* Selena in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' has this kind of scheme going on. Since ''28 Days Later'' is on the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, she may be badass and violent, but she's still just a rather athletic chemist with a machete. It's therefore understandable when she gets a bit {{Chickifi|cation}}ed toward the end when surrounded by a bunch of soldiers.
* Selene in ''Film/{{Underworld}}'', played by KateBeckinsale. However, this is debatable on whether she's an Action Girl or a DarkActionGirl.
* Fox in ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. So much that some people on this wiki have gone as far to say that every scene she was in was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* All orc women in ''Film/WarCraft2016'', as they go to battle alongside their male counterparts. The two named she-orcs stand out especially - Garona's kill count rivals that of Lothar, while Draka at one point murders another orc with her teeth.
* [[Creator/EmilyBlunt Gwen Conliffe]] from ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' eventually becomes the Victorian equivalent of this when she becomes so motivated by trying to save Lawrence that she totes a gun around while running around in a dark forest in the middle of the night -- certainly breaking the DamselInDistress version of her character from 1941.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
*** Yukio introduces herself in a bar brawl and proves competent enough to protect Logan. She later helps him fight Viper.
*** Mariko is proficient in softhanded martial arts and an excellent knife-thrower, helping to [[spoiler:kill Silver Samurai]].
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** Blink's powers make her extremely effective in fighting the Sentinels, both in taking them out herself and assisting the others in fighting them.
*** Mystique is the only mutant back in the past who's been doing ''anything'' for the last few years (Magneto has been incarcerated inside the Pentagon for a decade, and Xavier's been moping around the house since the start of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.) Even when the plot takes off, she's still the most active character.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
*** Mystique knocks out a few guys who are bigger than her in East Berlin. She later becomes the battle commander of the X-Men.
*** Jean Grey [[spoiler:unleashes the full power of the Phoenix and obliterates Apocalypse, who can only [[IncrediblyLamePun marvel]] at her power]].
*** An unarmed Agent Moira [=MacTaggert=], who is covered in a niqab that hinders her movements somewhat, is able to disarm a man larger than she is and render him unconscious.
* Oto Tachibana from ''Film/YamatoTakeru'' is a [[PlayingWithFire fireball-slinging]] KungFuWizard priestess (and KnifeNut) who doesn't hesitate to face down a PhysicalGod.

!!Franchises and creators with large bodies of Action Girl work:

* Action Girls were not common in early movies, as the true form usually requires convincing hand-to-hand combat skills. However, a female character in a Western or Pirate movie could get away with the role. Creator/MaureenOHara is probably the most famous. She had a powerful screen personality, great acting skills, and an ungodly beauty that could carry any part. She also always looked to be having enormous fun whenever she got in a swordfight, most particularly in ''Against All Flags'' (as a PirateGirl) and ''At Sword's Point'' (as the daughter of one of Literature/TheThreeMusketeers!).
* Any movie directed by Andy Sidaris.
* In {{Slasher Movie}}s, the {{Final Girl}} ends up being this half the time, the other half they become a DistressedDamsel instead. It depends on the movie, but many final girls who become Action Girls include:
** Nancy Thompson from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', who drags Freddy Krueger into the real world, booby traps the house, and sets him on fire.
** Laurie Strode in ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', after spending the first two films as the ScreamingWoman, has finally had enough of Michael Myers' bullshit.
** Marybeth from ''{{Film/Hatchet}}'' is a deadly shot with a gun and never backs down from a fight against Victor Crowley.
** Sydney Prescott from the ''{{Franchise/Scream}}'' films always stands up to the killer at the end of each movie, and truly grows into the role in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', where she actively hunts down the killer and fights them with confidence.
** Tina Shepard from ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood'' uses telekinesis to deliver a ridiculously badass beatdown to Jason Voorhees.
** Michelle in ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII'' becomes one at the end of the film, blasting one of the villains with a shotgun after he calls her a "brainless bitch."
** Carly from ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'', who kills ''both'' of the movie's killers.
* Creator/JamesCameron [[AuthorAppeal likes]] writing Action Girls into his films:
** In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Ellen Ripley was slowly converted from a FinalGirl into an early example of the Action Girl. Her performance earned her an oscar nomination and the number 8 spot on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_100_Years...100_Heroes_and_Villains AFI's Greatest Heroes list]]. She frequently appears on lists of the best female Heroes. We also see Vasquez, a butch action girl.
** In the first two ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films, Sarah Connor grows from DistressedDamsel to one of the most badass heroines of all time, perhaps the only other that can truly stand beside Ellen Ripley.
** Mace in ''Film/StrangeDays''. It pretty much takes an entire police [=SWAT=] team to kick her ass. {{Justified|Trope}} in that she's a professional bodyguard, whom you'd reasonably expect to be able to kick someone's ass if necessary.
** Most recently, in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' we have Trudy Chacón who goes out all guns blazing, the Na'vi princess Neytiri and -- while not ''quite'' an ActionGirl in ''this'' film -- Sigourney Weaver's Dr. Grace Augustine, who's still no DistressedDamsel.
* Many Kung Fu movies. In particular, characters played by Creator/ChengPeiPei (60s and 70s), Brigitte Lin, Creator/MichelleYeoh (both 80s and 90s; coincidentally, she played the aforementioned Wai Lin), and now Zhang Ziyi.
** Yeoh, Zhang and Cheng came together as Shu-lien, Jen, and Jade Fox of ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''. The sequence in the bar is FANTASTIC, as well as the fight between Shu and the rebel Jen.
** Thai actress Jeeja Yanin has also made a name for herself in martial arts movies in recent years, starring in films such as ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'' ''Film/RagingPhoenix'', and ''Jukkalan'' (a.k.a. ''This Girl is Badass'')
** In the 1980s, the so-called "girls with guns" subgenre took off in Hong Kong action cinema. Despite its name, the "guns" in question were usually quickly discarded in favor of bareknuckle brawling, thus making more straightforward ActionGirl stars out of Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Khan, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQIwiIszD0 Yukari]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aN1vHRiIiA Oshima]] and Cynthia Rothrock. The latter two were actual martial artists (and Oshima was also a stuntwoman), making this borderline TruthInTelevision.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff. She may not have any powers, but she's one of the biggest badasses in the entire franchise.
** Sif of ''{{Film/Thor}}'' is a notable example, as she became a skilled, prominent female warrior in a patriarchal society.
--> '''Thor:''' And who proved wrong all who scoffed at the idea that a young maiden could be one of the fiercest warriors this realm has ever known?
--> '''Sif:''' I did.
--> '''Thor:''' (Embarrassed) True, but I supported you, Sif.
** Peggy Carter in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', who gets to do quite a bit of [[LadyOfWar ass-kicking]], like [[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting down a Nazi agent from a block away]], and [[spoiler:even [[BigDamnHeroes rescuing Cap]] from a flamethrower-wielding HYDRA mook in the film's climax]].
** ''Film/IronMan3'':
*** Tony assembles the Mark 42 around Pepper in one scene, which she then uses to save Tony. [[spoiler:Pepper also gets injected with Extremis later, allowing her to save Tony from the similarly super-powered Killian.]]
*** The female Extremis soldiers are {{Dark Action Girl}}s.
** From the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' films, Gamora and Nebula, adopted daughters of Thanos who were raised and trained as assassins.
** From ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'': The Ancient One, as well as Tina Minoru and the female Zealots.
** ''Film/BlackPanther'' gives us Okoye, the commander of the [[AmazonBrigade Dora Milaje]], and Nakia, an exceptional Wakandan spy. Even T'Challa's little sister Shuri, whose primary aptitude is in designing Wakanda's incredible technology, proves herself capable of combat in the film's climactic battle.
* Ukrainian model/actress Milla Jovovich frequently plays Action Girls. She has the attractiveness to get by in Hollywood, and the lean, rangy body of a female athlete.
** Alice, ''Film/ResidentEvil''.
** Leeloo, ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
** Violet, ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}''.
** Joan of Arc, ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc''.
* Mothra has been the {{Kaiju}} version of an action girl since her first appearance, and is arguably one of the most successful ones ever, starring in her own film series, and appearing frequently in the Godzilla franchise. In the case of the latter, she's one of the few monsters to ever defeat Godzilla (and did it with no fancy powers), is willing to stand up to [[BigBad King Ghid]][[EldritchAbomination or]][[PsychoForHire ah]] in her ''larva form'', and usually takes on the role of TheSmartGuy and OnlySaneMan during team-ups.
** Akane Yashiro from ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'', the AcePilot of the Millenium Era Mechagodzilla, and one of the few humans with the guts to take on the King of the Monsters one-on-one.
* Pam Grier's film career is made up of {{Sassy|BlackWoman}} {{Action|Girl}} [[HelloNurse Girls]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen has been the breadwinner in her family since her father died, and was a talented hunter even before that. She's lethal with a bow and when she enters the Hunger Games, she puts those skills to use. She quickly proves herself to be formidable, intelligent and determined. [[spoiler:She manages to beat out other competitors that are not only physically stronger and working together, but whom have been training their entire lives to kill.]]