Dressed to kill, not to seduce, Here is a clan of feisty women who have take on the world of action and sci-fi which is mostly dominated by men.
Jennifer Lawrence: As the bow wielding Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, 21 year old Jennifer is now the highest grossing action heroine of all time.
Dressed to kill, not to seduce, Jennifer is a part of a clan of feisty women who have blazed a trail through the mostly male world of action and sci-fi cinema.
Angelina Jolie: Angie's resume includes a wide range of movies in which she is sassy, sexy and lethal – Lara Croft raiding tombs in her signature shorts, a deadly assassin in Mr And Mrs Smith, a Russian spy in Salt, and a bullet bending futuristic killer in Wanted.
The Charlie's Angels: They're fit, funny and fabulous – just don't mess with the Angels because they will kick you're a**. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu updated the Charlie's Angels franchise with equal parts of combat skill, sex appeal and comic relief.
Priyanka Chopra: If PC's rigorous training in the Sikh martial art form, Gatka, for her bodyguard role in Drona passed you by, you couldn't have failed to notice her turn as the vengeful Roma in the remake of Don. And she was back, this time as a legit crime fighter, in Don 2.
Michelle Rodriguez: This relatively low profile actress has carved a niche playing tough girls after her searing debut as a boxer in Girlfight. Since then, she's played a special forces member in S.W.A.T, a commando in Resident Evil and a gutsy pilot in Avatar.
Sigourney Weaver: Possibly the lady who started it all, Sigourney's character Ellen Ripley from the Alien series upended the stereotype of women as damsels in distress.
Uma Thurman: Uma's yellow tracksuited Bride out for revenge stunned cinegoers with swordplay and utter disdain for blood-spilling in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2. Like her character in Pulp Fiction, this too gained almost instant cult status.
Milla Jovovich: Milla's most famous screen identity remains the gun toting Alice battling a dystopian world of zombies in the Resident Evil series, but she also played a member of in underground resistance in Ultraviolet, the warlike Joan Of Arc in The Messenger, and a decidedly active Milady Winter in the steampunk version of The Three Musketeers.
Carrie Ann Moss: There was nothing about The Matrix that did not take one's breath away – not least, Carrie Ann Moss' black leather clad Trinity. Skilled at computer hacking, operating vehicles and in the martial arts.
Paula Patton: Few heroines have been able to pull a punch as convincingly as Paula Patton did in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol - heck, make that few heroes. As the formidable Jane Carter, Paula has both brain and brawn enough to match the resourceful Ethan Hunt's.