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Female Warriors in the movies

post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for movies that feature women warriors. You know, a$$-kicking, funny, hard women or girls who know how to take care of problems. Bonus points if the movies have good music and swords.

Some of my favorites are:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
anything with Pam Grier
Red Sonya
Kill Bill

What about you?
post #2 of 46
Laura Croft

Shoot, there is more but I can't think of them right now. My dd loves movies where the gilr kicks some booty.

I will be back when I think of more.

How about Cat Woman : just kidding
post #3 of 46
Long Kiss Goodnight (Geena Davis)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Thelma and Louise

Hmm, thats two Geena Davis movies - maybe its the red hair and height? She also did a pirate one that wasn't very good (in about 1996 maybe), but since I always wanted to be a pirate, I dug it.
post #4 of 46
Wonder Woman is coming!
post #5 of 46
Yeah for WW, but just a word of caution - don't try to go back and watch to old ones. I did. Oh boy!
post #6 of 46
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Originally Posted by journeymom
Wonder Woman is coming!
Yeah, and whedon's doing it. I just might pay $ to see it!
post #7 of 46
My faves are:

Million Dollar baby
Girlfight (I love this movie)
Sin City (lowertown is run by some serious warrior women!)
Walk the Line (June carter cash could hold her own even if she didn't do it physically)
House of Flying Daggers

More in the morning...now it's time for bed.
post #8 of 46
Yes, totally agree about House of Flying Daggers. And that first fight in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, between the two women running across roof tops, that was fantastic in the theater.
post #9 of 46
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by nicole lisa
My faves are:

Million Dollar baby
Girlfight (I love this movie)
Sin City (lowertown is run by some serious warrior women!)
Walk the Line (June carter cash could hold her own even if she didn't do it physically)
House of Flying Daggers

More in the morning...now it's time for bed.
I've never seen Walk the Line, but I've wanted to. Time to hunt it downin our library system.

And I love HoFD too, I just forgot about it!

But my favorites so far are Crouching Tiger.. and Kill Bill. Music. Swords. Great choreographed martial arts.

Any others??
post #10 of 46
No CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR love?
post #11 of 46
Electria
post #12 of 46
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by candipooh
Electria
OK, I admit to living in a cave... can you find a link or something that tells me more about this one? I couldn't find it through google.
post #13 of 46

Not for the squeamish...

Try They Call Her One Eye

From Amazon.com:

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Plot Synopsis: A mute girl is savagely gang-raped and is left at a brothel, after having been forced into drugs and lost an eye. Her parents kill themselves in grief. She trains herself in the use of weapons and car driving, then seeks out her enemies for a silent but cruel revenge.
Kill Bill's Elle Driver was inspired by this character.
post #14 of 46
Heroic Trio with Michelle Yeoh .
post #15 of 46
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Originally Posted by Skim
OK, I admit to living in a cave... can you find a link or something that tells me more about this one? I couldn't find it through google.
That's because the title is spelled Elektra: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0357277/

An OK movie, imo, but not overly fantastic. Still, probably not as bad as Catwoman is purported to be (haven't seen it, won't see it).

To add to the list:

Hero has some pretty fantastic women warrior scenes in it. I love that movie more than House of Flying Daggers (and maybe -- maybe -- more than CTHD, but I'm waiting a few years to make that judgement! ) Tho nothing really beats the drum/ dancing/warding off daggers scene from HoFD for sheer costume brilliance! And nothing will ever beat the bamboo scene in CTHD for sheer beauty, imo.

Zoe, the female warrior of Firefly/ Serenity kicks major butt! (So does River, in some episodes, and definitely in the movie!)

I think the Matrix has some great women warriors. I'm really a huge fan of the whole trilogy, not just the first one.

Eowyn killing the Raith King in LotR: Return of the King is a major woman warrior moment for me (what makes it even better for me, as a geek, is that Peter Jackson allows that scene to be taken pretty much straight from the page.) Though I would not say those movies (or the books) are high on the woman warrior list in general.

I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting...
post #16 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hilary Briss
Try They Call Her One Eye

From Amazon.com:



Kill Bill's Elle Driver was inspired by this character.
Ooooh.

I looked it up in our library system and in wiscat, but it's not there. Maybe when I do my free trial of netflix I'll see if they have it.
post #17 of 46
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Originally Posted by alexisyael
That's because the title is spelled Elektra: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0357277/

An OK movie, imo, but not overly fantastic. Still, probably not as bad as Catwoman is purported to be (haven't seen it, won't see it).

To add to the list:

Hero has some pretty fantastic women warrior scenes in it. I love that movie more than House of Flying Daggers (and maybe -- maybe -- more than CTHD, but I'm waiting a few years to make that judgement! ) Tho nothing really beats the drum/ dancing/warding off daggers scene from HoFD for sheer costume brilliance! And nothing will ever beat the bamboo scene in CTHD for sheer beauty, imo.

Zoe, the female warrior of Firefly/ Serenity kicks major butt! (So does River, in some episodes, and definitely in the movie!)

I think the Matrix has some great women warriors. I'm really a huge fan of the whole trilogy, not just the first one.

Eowyn killing the Raith King in LotR: Return of the King is a major woman warrior moment for me (what makes it even better for me, as a geek, is that Peter Jackson allows that scene to be taken pretty much straight from the page.) Though I would not say those movies (or the books) are high on the woman warrior list in general.

I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting...
Well, CTHD is one of my all-time favorite movies, so Hero has some pretty tough work to do, imo. I just requested it, and I'll let you know.

I like that moment in LoTR, too! and the few scenes in the first matrix with Trinity. But... I really hated the other two movies in that series.

I'll probably check out elektra, too. Thanks for the clarification.

One day I'll see Serenity, too.

Thanks for the continued recs!
post #18 of 46
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Originally Posted by alexisyael
That's because the title is spelled Elektra:
Uh yah sorry about that yet another spelling mistake from candipooh
post #19 of 46
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Originally Posted by candipooh
Uh yah sorry about that yet another spelling mistake from candipooh
It's OK, candipooh, Electra is normally spelled with a "c" -- the comic book/ movie is a deviation from the norm

Hero is just a gorgeous movie, but I think the plot is what really differentiates it from CTHD: it is not what you'd normally expect, and it is groundbreaking in some ways. Not sure if it's as good (character developement is a little shaky, mostly because of the plot device they use) but it is AS good, imo.

I am a HUGE fan of the Matrix trilogy - the amazing philosophical/ religious implications of the last two movies, especially. I highly recommend watching the movies (all three) with the commentary by "The Philosophers" -- they echo most of what I think about the movies. (Their best advice is this: the first Matrix sets you up. The second movie tears the world of the first Matrix apart. The last movie shows you exactly what the W brothers meant the Matrix to mean in the first place.)

Also, watching the Animatrix helps somewhat, but I still know many geeks who hate the second two movies.

Of course, I'm a Post-Modernist and a non-dualist, and I think that helps a lot in my enjoyment, because those last two movies are really philosophic treaties in those two belief systems, imo.
post #20 of 46
As soon as I saw the thread title I thought of Serenity. Zoe is awesome in the series (Firefly) and River and Zoe both kick major butt in the movie.

I'm blanking on any others right now, besides what has already been mentioned.

Kathryn
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