Badass female lead movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant badass female lead movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, exciting, intense, stylized and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with strong female lead, badass female lead, violence, female fight, murder, female protagonist, chase, dialogue, danger and suspense plots mostly in Action, Thriller and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as badass female lead: The Descent (2005), I Spit on Your Grave (1978), Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Yes, Madam! (1985), Nikita (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Thelma & Louise (1991), The Heroic Trio (1993), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996).

List of badass female lead movies

The Descent (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, suspense, creature, cave, expedition, survival horror, trapped, survival, group of friends, fear, mutant, death ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: north carolina, appalachia
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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
Style: rough, disturbing, psychological, controversial, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, vengeance, rape and revenge, revenge, brutality, sexual abuse, cruelty, sex, psychopath, sadism, suspense, justice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, germany, england, europe, connecticut ...
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Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs ...
Style: scary, futuristic, suspenseful, captivating, frightening ...
Audience: kids
Plot: alien, monster, suspense, space travel, space, female protagonist, space and aliens, deadly creature, fear, creature, spacecraft, evil alien ...
Time: future, 22nd century, distant future
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Aliens (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is ...
Style: scary, futuristic, intense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien, strong female character, survival, space travel, monster, space, space and aliens, female warrior, human versus alien, strong female lead, deadly creature, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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Yes, Madam! (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Asprin (Mang Hoi) and Strepsil (John Shum), two petty thieves who inadvertently become involved in a murder case when they steal items belonging to a murdered man. The man had hidden an important microfilm in his passport, which the thieves pass ...
Style: stylized, rough, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, female martial artist, police investigation, gangsters, police corruption, suspense, police detective, espionage, fish out of water, partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, scotland, asia
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Nikita (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A beautiful felon, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a policeman, is given a second chance - as a secret political assassin controlled by the government.
Style: neo noir, stylized, atmospheric, psychological, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female assassin, spy, female killer, mentor, undercover, impossible love, hitman, suspense, espionage, double life, young woman, assassin ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: paris france, france, venice, europe
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, tense, suspenseful, apocalyptic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, adult
Plot: time travel, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, robot, terminator, apocalypse, cyborgs, androids and robots, technology, violence, end of the world, child in peril ...
Time: future, 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1997 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, north america
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Thelma & Louise (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the ...
Style: road movie, emotional, sexy, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: road trip, friendship, feminism, female friendship, fugitives, rape, escapades, gender, women, female protagonist, waitress, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arizona, southern usa, oklahoma, california, usa ...
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The Heroic Trio (1993)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Tung and Ching were both adopted by the same master. But later Ching was abducted by the eunuch-Chan. Ching grew up and became scientist Li's assistant and Tung married officer Lau. Chat had escaped from Chan at 15 and became a thief-catcher. ...
Style: campy, suspenseful, stylized, surreal, serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, femdom, badass female lead, superhuman powers, gunfight, strong female lead, ghost, rivalry, escapades, master villain, rescue ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong
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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: memory loss, strong female lead, female assassin, amnesia, hitman, spy, suspense, terrorism, cia, chase, christmas, presumed dead ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, pennsylvania, canada, usa, new york ...
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Style: atmospheric, epic, stylized, breathtaking, colourful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, adult
Plot: martial arts, sword fight, fight, kung fu, master warrior, female martial artist, sword, tough girl, warrior, monastery, heroine, unspoken love ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 17th century
Place: china, beijing china, hong kong, india, tokyo ...
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: tense, non-linear, bloody, visually appealing, exciting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, martial arts, mentor, female protagonist, dark hero, fight, mission, sword, violent, katana, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, austin texas, asia, usa ...
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Underworld (2003)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Vampires and werewolves have waged a nocturnal war against each other for centuries. But all bets are off when a female vampire warrior named Selene, who's famous for her strength and werewolf-hunting prowess, becomes smitten with a ...
Style: gothic, dark, dark fantasy, scary, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: vampire, supernatural, werewolf, monster, supernatural romance, goth, female vampire, immortality, supernatural ability, vampire bite, transformation, escapades ...
Time: 2000s, 15th century, 21st century
Place: budapest
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Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As the war between the vampires and the Lycans rages on, Selene, a former member of the Death Dealers (an elite vampire special forces unit that hunts werewolves), and Michael, the werewolf hybrid, work together in an effort to unlock the secrets of ...
Style: stylized, splatter, scary, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: vampire, werewolf, monster, female warrior, supernatural, immortality, female vampire, vampire vs vampire, fight scenes, vampire human love, female protagonist, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 2000s, 21st century
Place: budapest
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Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, Mexico, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Years after the Racoon City catastrophe, survivors travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against hordes of zombies and the evil Umbrella Corp.
Style: scary, suspenseful, entertaining, exciting, splatter ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, monster, post apocalypse, supernatural, survival, zombie apocalypse, heroine, experiment, genetically altered, one man army, heroic mission ...
Time: future
Place: las vegas, salt lake city utah, utah, alaska
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Wonder Woman (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA, China
Duration: 141 min.
Story: An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.
Style: epic, psychotronic, exciting, slasher, scenic ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, teens, girls' night, adult
Plot: superhero, world war one, superheroine, strong female character, mythology, good versus evil, female warrior, tough girl, fight scenes, sword fight, strong female lead, super strength ...
Time: 1910s, year 1918, future, 2010s
Place: tower bridge london, ancient greece, london, belgium, big ben london ...
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Hanna (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A 16-year-old girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe. Tracked by a ruthless operatives, she faces startling revelations about her existence and questions about her humanity.
Style: fairy tale, tense, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chase, spy, vengeance, teenage girl, female warrior, strong female lead, female protagonist, secret agents, assassin, hitman, martial arts, cia ...
Time: 21st century
Place: finland, berlin germany, africa, germany, europe ...
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish ...
Style: tense, intense, atmospheric, suspenseful, gothic ...
Plot: hacker, investigation, rape, twists and turns, strong female lead, journalist, sexual abuse, age difference, violence against women, missing person, lesbian, serial killer ...
Time: year 1965, year 2002, year 1958, year 1949, year 1950 ...
Place: sweden, scandinavia, stockholm sweden, europe, eastern europe ...
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Chocolate (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An autistic woman with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.
Style: brutal, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, gangsters, fight, vengeance, debt, revenge, women, hitman, sword fight, financial problem, treatment ...
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: thailand, tokyo, hong kong, japan, asia
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The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex ...
Style: sexy, psychological, intense, tense, exciting ...
Plot: investigation, murder, hacker, twists and turns, conspiracy, suspense, journalism, secret service, dishonesty, strong female lead, lesbian, friendship ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, sweden, eastern europe
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Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some ...
Style: exciting, stylized, splatter, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, monster, future dystopia, apocalypse, virus, survival, mutation, infected, zombie survival, female warrior, supernatural ...
Time: future
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california, japan ...
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, ...
Style: intense, tense, suspenseful, talky, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, court, murder, hacker, corruption, hospital, investigation, conspiracy, lawyer, rape, policewoman, suspense ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, family outing, kids
Plot: survival, female protagonist, distopia, death, game of death, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, society, future dystopia, killings, young heroes ...
Time: future
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be ...
Style: road movie, exciting, surreal, stylized, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: post apocalypse, distopia, desert, apocalypse, survival, chase, car chase, on the run, car, tough guy, future dystopia, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: australia, los angeles
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Underworld: Awakening (2012)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After being held in a coma-like state for fifteen years, vampire Selene learns that she has a fourteen-year-old vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter named Nissa, and when she finds her, they must stop BioCom from creating super Lycans that will kill them ...
Style: gothic, scary, exciting, dark fantasy, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: vampire, werewolf, supernatural, tough girl, immortality, monster, survival, female warrior, one woman army, fantasy world, vengeance, post apocalypse ...
Time: future, 2010s
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Haywire (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by ...
Style: intense, brutal, enigmatic, talky, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: one woman army, spy, assassin, espionage, betrayal, rescue, twists and turns, mercenary, revenge, rivalry, dishonesty, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: ireland, washington d.c., europe, usa, mallorca ...
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's ...
Style: futuristic, captivating, entertaining, touching, sad ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, chick flick, family outing
Plot: female protagonist, distopia, survival, post apocalypse, future dystopia, competition, fight, young heroes, fight scenes, anti heroine, dictator, adaptation ...
Time: future, near future
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Atomic Blonde (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Style: surprise ending, exciting, sexy, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: spy, cold war, lgbt, female assassin, female killer, woman fights a man, lesbian, female spy, female agent, rogue agent, femme fatale, female warrior ...
Time: year 1987, 20th century, year 1989, 80s
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, germany, eastern europe, europe ...
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive ...
Style: exciting, splatter, sexy, apocalyptic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, virus, end of the world, pandemic, chaos, monster, supernatural, zombie apocalypse, female warrior, mutant, female fighter ...
Time: future
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Captain Marvel (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, humorous, psychotronic, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: superhero, female protagonist, superheroine, female warrior, super powers, strong female lead, cat, heroine, alien, space wars, supernatural power, training ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1989, year 1995
Place: louisiana, los angeles
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