To celebrate the release of Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation on 23 November, we’re taking a look at 10 of the best films that empower kick-ass females.
Assassination Nation (2018)
Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation follows Lily (Odessa Young) and her three best friends (Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse and Abra) whose crazy lives revolve around social media, selfies and sexts. When their small town of Salem, Massachusetts is suddenly plagued by an anonymous hacker, half of the citizens personal messages and secrets are revealed. What starts off as anger turns into a night of full-blown anarchy where the four girls, donning red leather coats and guns, fight to stay alive against a furious, vicious mob.
Steve McQueen’s modern-day thriller follows the lives of Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Belle (Cynthia) and Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) after their criminal husbands are killed in an explosion during a police shootout. These women have nothing in common, except the debt left by their husbands’ crime. They are determined to build a future for themselves, however to do this, they must finish the job that their husbands started.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)
The second instalment of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web follows Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy), a young computer hacker who teams up with an ex-communicated NSA agent to steal FireWall, a computer program with codes to nuclear weapons worldwide. Caught in a web of spies, Salander must race against time to recover the FireWall codes and save the world from disaster.
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Set during the Cold War, Atomic Blonde revolves around agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), the most elite spy in MI6. When a fellow agent is murdered, and a secret list of double agents goes missing, Lorraine is sent to Berlin to recover the list and avenge her secret lover. Her sensuality and ruthlessness keep her one step ahead as she aims to take down the German espionage ring and we learn that this game of survival and revenge is no match for her lethal skills.
Wonder Woman (2017)
DC’s superhero Wonder Woman is a powerful, athletic, intelligent Amazonian war princess who fights evil and restores good. In Patty Jenkins’ interpretation of the much-loved comic series, Gal Gadot plays Diana the princess of the Amazons and embraces everything it means to be a heroine. Diana must fight in a war to end all wars, and in doing so discovers the full extent of her powers and in turn her true destiny.
Sucker Punch (2011)
In this stylised, fantasy created by Zack Snyder, Babydoll (Emily Browning) uses her imagination to escape the struggles of her life, after she is locked away in an asylum by her abusive stepfather. In the fantasy world that she creates, Babydoll and her partners Rocket, Blondie, Amber and Sweet Pea join forces and fight to escape the dreadful fate that is waiting for them in reality.
Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is raised by her father (Eric Bana) in the Finnish wilderness and has been taught to be the perfect assassin. Now all her years of training must be put to the test as she is sent out on a mission that takes her across Europe, where she escapes the grasps of agents sent after her by Marissa (Cate Blanchett) a merciless spy. Hanna is a stealthy, clever teenage girl with the strength of ten men.
A loyal CIA agent, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is thrown off guard when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. When her fellow agents begin to question her patriotism, she goes on the run to find her husband and prove her innocence. Acting as a fugitive and trying to evade capture, her lethal skillset and will to survive makes her seem more and more guilty.
Kill Bill (2003)
Uma Thurman plays The Bride in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. After waking up from a four-year coma, The Bride sets out to avenger her unborn child, the entire wedding party and the four years of her life that she will never get back. Fuelled by her insatiable desire for revenge The Bride puts together a hit list and does not rest until each person from the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is dead.
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
With a number of different instalments, Charlie’s Angels celebrates all things fierce fem as it follows a trio of the best private investigators equipped with the finest gear, major martial arts skills and a range of disguises. Director McG’s version sees the angels track down the kidnapped billionaire-to-be and keep his newest invention out of deadly hands.