It's a shame that it's a little harder to call up a list of kickass leading women in action movies than it is for their male counterparts, because they've been doing it forever. While we can concede that Scarlett Johansson playing the Major in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation is a step in the right direction for the modern cinema landscape (even if it's also problematic in equal measure), we shouldn't sit here and pretend we've forgotten about Ellen Ripley. Or Sarah Connor. Or Trinity. Or River Tam. Or the Bride. Or Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Mystique. Or just about every role Michelle Rodriguez plays because she's awesome.
Video editor Clara Darko just came out with a supercut of the most epic swordfights in film, but we'd be remiss if we didn't make mention of her equally amazing supercut of killer women in action movie history. You'll cringe while watching this, but in a good, satisfying, flying-kick-to-the-face sort of way. Enjoy.