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The 10 Best Female Action Movie Stars of All Time

Move over, boys, because the girls have come to kick some ass. Although mostly dominated by male superstars, the action genre isn’t without its many incredible female action stars. From the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Milla Jovovich, Charlize Theron, and Linda Hamilton, audiences have been treated to many truly awesome female action stars. So without further ado, here are the best female action stars of all time.

10 Karen Gillan

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Although predominantly starting her career in Doctor Who as his companion Amy Pond, Karen Gillan has more recently taken a shine to the action genre. Over the past decade, Gillan has been a key member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and starred alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas in the two Jumanji movies as the butt-kicking action heroine, Ruby Roundhouse.
2021 allowed Gillan to become the action superstar she was born to be, with Gunpowder Milkshake. Although the movie wasn’t particularly memorable, what stood out was Gillan’s prowess as an action star, performing all her own choreography and the majority of her stunts.
Related: Doctor Who: The Best Companions of the Reboot Series, Ranked

9 Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead has starred in a wide variety of genres. From her very first role in the soap opera Passions, to two fantastic horror movies, Final Destination 3 and 10 Cloverfield Lane, among many others. However, Winstead has predominantly taken the action genre by storm. Starring in Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Birds of Prey, and headlining in the sadly disappointing Netflix original action movie, Kate.
In all her action roles, Winstead delivers powerhouse performances and jaw-dropping choreography that cement her as a female action star to watch out for. We love everything that she does, and we can’t wait for her appearance in the upcoming Ahsoka series.

8 Zoe Saldaña

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Zoe Saldaña has been crushing the box office for as long as we can remember. The action star has headlined two of the best and most successful action franchises of all time, with Avatar and the MCU. If it wasn’t for her spectacular performances as Neytiri or Gamora, the films she starred in wouldn’t be half as good. Outside these gigantic franchises, Saldaña similarly proved her action star prowess, kicking a lot of ass in movies like Colombiana, The Losers, and more recently The Adam Project. She always handles the fight scenes herself and doesn’t require any help from a stunt person. An aspect in action that enhances the action fluidity and authenticity. Something we love to see.

7 Halle Berry

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Halle Berry has delivered spectacular female action roles for decades. From starring in the 2000s’ X-Men franchise, the James Bond flick Die Another Day, and more recently, in perhaps her best action role yet, John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum. Berry is a star who has always shown off her action-hero prowess, however, she went above and beyond in John Wick: Chapter 3.
Before John Wick: Chapter 3 even went into production, Halle Berry expressed her interest in appearing in the franchise. Well, her voice was heard, as the character of Sofia was written solely with Halle Berry in mind. Berry went through extensive gun combat training and trained tirelessly to learn the flawless choreography that inhabits the world of John Wick, and the end result not short of sensational.

6 Zhang Ziyi

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From starring in martial arts classics like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of the Flying Dragons and the underrated The Grandmaster, Zhang Ziyi is without a doubt one of the most impressive and profound female martial artists in the business. Her stunning, fast-paced, and brutal martial arts skill set is deeply impressive, and her power to carry a scene is second to none.

5 Milla Jovovich

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Whether she’s kicking a ton of zombie butt in the Resident Evil franchise, or an alien girl on the run from the authorities in The Fifth Element, Milla Jovovich never disappoints. Sadly, the majority of her movies aren’t great, especially the 2006 movie, Ultraviolet, that heavily relied on its unpolished visual effects. However, Milla Jovovich is always a joy to watch on screen. Thanks to Jovovich, her characters ooze with confidence, charisma, and forces to be reckoned with. She even went toe-to-toe with some gigantic monsters in 2020’s video game adaptation, Monster Hunter.

4 Linda Hamilton

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The great Linda Hamilton cemented her status as one of the best female action stars with just one role. Reprising her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, her character went from being a damsel in distress in the first Terminator movie into one of the most badass action heroines of all time. Armed with an impressive arsenal of weapons, Sarah Connor will do anything to stop Skynet’s uprising. Though, Sarah Connor wouldn’t be as awesome, resourceful or as inspiring without the legendary Linda Hamilton at the helm.

3 Michelle Rodriguez

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Headlining the Fast and Furious franchise as the most badass female character in the franchise, Michelle Rodriguez has been dominating action cinema for quite a while now. Starring in action blockbusters like Avatar, The Machete franchise, SWAT, and of course, the recent Dungeons and Dragons movie, where Rodriguez delivered perhaps her best performance to date, Rodriguez never disappoints.
Rodriguez always goes through rigorous training for her roles. The action superstar has attended numerous gun training courses for her roles, and most notably gained nearly 20 pounds of muscle for her role as Helga in Dungeons and Dragons. Similarly, Rodriguez does a lot of stunt driving, as evident in her role in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Related: Fast and Furious: The Best Characters From the Franchise, Ranked

2 Charlize Theron

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Much like Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron pours her heart and soul into her action roles. For each of her roles, she goes through hours and hours of training in order to master the choreography for all of her scenes. Her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, and The Old Guard are without a doubt her best, and most impressive displays of her action-hero prowess. We really hope she one day joins the John Wick cast.

1 Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once. A24

There is simply no actor in Hollywood quite like Michelle Yeoh. She always delivers the best action possible, with her gorgeous flurry of martial arts strikes. She has starred in some of the best martial arts movies of all time, with Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon at the top of that list.
Although having been one of the best martial artists in history for quite some time, Yeoh more recently took over Hollywood. Thanks to her Oscar-winning performance in the A24 multiversal masterpiece, Everything Everywhere All At Once, as well as starring in the MCU martial arts epic, Shang-Chi, Yeoh has just recently received the respect and praise she deserves.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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