Top Ten Females Not to Mess With

With the release of Charlize Theron’s newest action-flick, Atomic  Blonde, we here at Cinema 35 think that the most badass girls never get their dues. With more and more woman-led films in the past few years and the near future, we hope that there will be a plethora of ladies who will continue to bend the gender-norm. Make sure not to underestimate these women as we rank the Top Ten Female Characters You Don’t Want to Mess With:

10. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) – Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is not only the highest grossing box office success ever directed by a woman, but it is also the highest rated D.C. film after The Dark Knight. It’s able to preserve the compassion and empathy that woman have proven to be more subjective to; watching Wonder Woman run through “no man’s land” is a sight to be seen. Her job isn’t to destroy or conquer, but to save and protect.

9. Mulan (Ming-Na Yen) – Mulan

Mulan is one of the first female characters to come to mind when hearing the word determined. Not only does she not cower away from a fight, she runs towards it. Not only does she build the strength to achieve, but she helps those around her follow suit. In ’98 gender-equality was still nowhere near having a solution, but Mulan showed how important it was to have self-worth and purpose; objectively speaking, she is Disney Animations most influential protagonist.

8. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) – The Silence of the Lambs

Few people have ever been more stoic and unwavering than Clarice Sterling when confronting true evil. Agent Starling not only has the tenacity to endure an appalling cannibal but also has the wit to stop one of the most iconic serial killers in film history. In her first meeting with the doctor, she doesn’t allow verbal atrocities nor men slinging reproductive fluid to detour her from her mission. Being a woman didn’t assist nor hurt her professional career, but being an astonishing FBI member sure helped.

7. The Bride (Uma Thurman) – Kill Bill:  Vol 1. & 2.

If we were going off body count, The Bride would be far and away number one. When Bill and gang decided to ruin her wedding, and ultimately, her life they weren’t aware just what lengths she was willing to go to too see all of them dead. Throughout Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, The Bride proves that if Bill had to brutally destroy a marriage again, he would make sure he didn’t leave a Katana wielding woman alive.

6. Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Speaking of revenge, not much is more brutal than the one Slander inflicts on her rapist. Lisbeth is a peculiar person who has a knack for detective work, computer hacking, and placing objects in places where you don’t want them and then kicking them repeatedly. She might not be the most aggressive, but her ink, hair, demeanor, and inconceivable motorcycle talents make her more badass than most on this list.

5. Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) – Gone Girl

How well do you know your significant other? If you’re Nick Dunne, not well enough. Wickedly brilliant and maliciously devious; Amy Dunne committed murder, faked years of diary entries, emptied pints of her own blood, and then sexually assaulted herself. Maybe she may not be the most heroric, but indomitable for sure. Relentless, Dunne won’t just make to get what she wants, she’ll make sure to take you down in the process.

4. Hayley Stark (Ellen Page) – Hard Candy

Hard Candy’s Stark would be seen as one of the most heartless villains, if her victim wasn’t a monster himself. 15-year-old Hayley gives no pity to her captive as she tortures and psychologically terrorizes a man who was planning on molesting her. One of the greatest ambiguous endings in modern film, Hayley verifies that brain will always overcome brawn.

3. Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) – Carrie

I don’t think explanation is in order for what makes Carrie a woman who you wouldn’t want to mess with. Telekinesis has always seemed like a neat power that could be used for good, but not the way Ms. White uses it. With a body count of 10, including her own mother, Carrie is a disturbed and bullied girl who finally breaks, and what a break it was. What’s worse than prom? A blood-soaked, telekinetic, sufferer taking vengeance on her fellow students during it.

2. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) – Alien

In 1979, a female protagonist was still a fresh concept. Even in the first half of Alien, Ripley was never seen as the hero. Not till wit was needed did we realize that she was always the best fit to survive. Ridley Scott has always been known for putting women in the forefront, and it all started with Alien. Messing with a female is never a good idea, messing with one who’s killed extra-terrestrial beings, that’s a different story.

1. Furiosa (Charlize Theron) – Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most badass films of all time, and it had a memorable leading lady to say the least. Furiosa is seen as Immortan Joe’s greatest warriors, and her rebellion towards him makes it that much sweeter. She’s able to do more with one arm than most people could do with three. Tough, strong, vigorous, and gritty; Furiosa achieved what she fought for and it seems as her story is complete as Theron isn’t signed on for the sequel, Mad Max: The Wasteland. For decades to come, Furiosa will be a tent pole other people can look towards for strength and resilience.

Honorable Mentions: Evey (Natalie Portman) from V for Vendetta;  Thelma and/or Louise (Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon) from Thelma & Louise;  Ofelia (Ivana Bawuero) from Pan’s LabyrinthMa (Brie Larson) from RoomMaggie (Hilary Swank) from Million Dollar BabyBonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) Bonnie & ClydeMaya (Jessica Chastain) from Zero Dark Thirty; Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) from The Hunger Games;  and Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) from Winter’s Bone.

Any that we may have forgotten about? Any we got wrong? Any that you want to show your support for? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our other Top Ten‘s.

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Mark A. Silba

Mark is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cinema 35. He currently has his BA in Film and Media studies from Arizona State University. He currently lives in Gilbert, AZ where he spends most of his time seeing the latest theatrical releases.

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