->'''Sonja:''' No man may have me, unless he's beaten me in a fair fight.
->'''Kalidor:''' So, the only man that can have you, is one who's trying to kill you. That's logic.

''Red Sonja'' is a 1985 film based on [[Comicbook/RedSonja the Marvel comic book series]], starring Brigitte Nielsen. Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger also stars as Prince Kalidor (a Conan clone)[[note]] Indeed, it was originally supposed to have been a third Conan movie (following ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' and ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''), but things happened...[[/note]]. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer. It performed poorly at the box office and was also widely panned by critics but gained a cult following throughout the years from its VHS release.

After her family is slaughtered by the evil Queen Gedren and she is raped by Gedren's men, a young woman named Sonja is empowered by a mysterious being so that she can seek revenge. She gets her chance when the Queen steals a powerful object named the Talisman, and she is tasked to destroy it. She is joined in her journey by Lord Kalidor and Prince Tarn and his aide Falkon, the remnants of a fallen kingdom.

A remake of Red Sonja is reportedly in the works. It was to be produced by Creator/RobertRodriguez, directed by Creator/DouglasAarniokoski, and actress Creator/RoseMcGowan would have portrayed Red Sonja. Recent developments, however, indicate that the project is [[DevelopmentHell on ice]].

There is also an animated film ''Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues'', released in 2016.
!!This film has the examples of:

* ActionGirl: Sonja and Gedren
* ArtifactOfDoom: the talisman
* AsYouKnow: The movie starts out with the title character laying barely conscious in a field as a mysterious spirit grants her the power to get her revenge, but first it explains Sonja's own backstory to her in great detail. It's especially awkward because it presumably all happened to her moments before the movie started, and involves her [[RapeAsBackstory being raped]] and having her family killed off, which are things you'd think she wouldn't need (or want) to be reminded about.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Queen Gedren doesn't shy away from combat, as she takes on Sonja herself in the climax.
* BadWithTheBone: Falkon's weapon of choice is a bone club.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Brytag:''' I will tell the future in your entrails, Red Woman!
-->'''Sonja:''' I know my future. You have none.
* BattleButler: Falkon.
* BestHerToBedHer: The character is the former TropeNamer. The film provides the page quote.
* BigBad: Queen Gedren, who threatens various kingdoms with her powers, and is Sonja's personal enemy.
* CaptainErsatz: Kalidor to [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan]], to the point where he's played by the same actor as Conan.
* CaptainObvious: Sonja is weeping over her sister, who's just died. Kalidor leans down, touches her lightly on the shoulder and says, "She's dead."
* CollapsingLair: Gedren's castle
* DisneyVillainDeath: Gedren falls into a river of lava after she is stabbed by Sonja.
* EightiesHair: Sonja's waist-length mullet certainly qualifies.
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: The spirit that grants Sonja's strength in the opening.
* {{Flynning}}: Subverted; Sonja shows the prince why this wouldn't really work in a real fight.
* GirlPowered: The McGuffin can only be handled by women. Men who touched it are instantly killed.
* HandsOnApproach: Sonja with young prince Tarn.
* HarmfulToTouch: The Talisman can only be touched by women. If a man touches it, he will instantly disintegrate.
* InventionalWisdom: The TrapDoor through which Falkon falls leads to the Gedren's mooks' mess hall, for some reason.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Gedren
* LadyOfWar: Sonja
* LargeHam: With this sort of film it's arguably inevitable, but Sonja and the boy prince in particular can get quite dramatic with their lines. It really says something when, in the famous scene with the page quote, ''Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger'' seems quite subtle and nuanced compared to Brigitte Nielson.
* MechanicalMonster: Sonja and co. fight an aquatic one on their journey to Gedren's castle.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: When Sonja accuses Gedren of slaughtering her family, she dismisses the accusations as from her point of view, the victims' lives are nothing in comparison with a minor scar Sonja made on her cheek.
* MookLieutenant: Ikol is in chrage of Gedren's men.
* MsFanservice: While Sonja's outfit in the film is not ''quite'' as revealing as her ChainmailBikini in the comics...it's still quite {{Stripperific}}.
* OffWithHisHead: Sonja decapitates Gedren's court wizard after he tries to kill her.
* ProtagonistTitle: Red Sonja is the protagonist.
* PsychoLesbian: Gedren doesn't take rejection too well, as Sonja's dead family can attest to.
* RapeAndRevenge: Half of Sonja's motivation. The other half is her dead family.
* RibcageRidge: Used as a bridge over a river of lava.
* ShootTheMageFirst: In the climax of the film, Sonja is fighting Queen Gedren. Every time she gets close enough to attack, a {{Mook}} teleports Gedren away and Sonja has to chase her down again, while the mage uses Voodoo-like magic to cut Sonja with a dagger. After this happens two or three times, Sonja has enough and chops the guy's head off.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Arnold's ''Conan'' films. More exactly, it is a spiritual successor to ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''.
* StatuesqueStunner: Brigitte Nielsen, aside from being a looker, is 6'1 and it shows.
* TakeOverTheWorld: What Gedren plans to do with the Talisman.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Gedren's offer to Sonja...or ''would'' have been, if not for the whole "scar" thing.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The final fate of Gedren's handmaiden (''i.e. her younger teenage consort'') remains unknown (out of the rest of the cast), though she is shown running away after being forced by Gedren to serve as bait in order to catch the prince.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was to reprise his role as the Hyborian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian. Instead, Schwarzenegger plays the OriginalCharacter Kalidor.
* YoureInsane: Ikol reacts this way when Gedren rejects his plea to stop using the talisman before it's too late. Sonja shoots this at her, too.