Women are generally underplayed in cinema space all across the world. Well, Hollywood is no exception to the universal rule. Still, there are certain characters played by females in Hollywood movies which have left a solid imprint in the minds of movie lovers all around the globe. The characters not only portray the stronger side of the fairer sex but also bring forth the transition of cinema from largely patriarchal to a balanced one (in terms of female partaking). Let’s have a look at some of the most famous ladies around.
10. Julia Roberts (Pretty Women):
Julia Roberts played the much admired character of a prostitute named Vivian Ward in the flick ‘Pretty Women’. The movie portrays really well how she manages a steady makeover from the brothel girl standing on the roadside waiting for her customers to someone who woos Richard Gere (playing wealthy businessman) finally, at the end.
9. Sigourney Weaver (Aliens):
Playing the role of Ripley in ‘Aliens’, Sigourney Weaver came to be recognized as the best female action here post this release. She played her role to complete aptness in the 1986 release that was the first and the most comprehensive science fiction horror film of the time. The scenes involving her firing a machine gun were fantastic.
8. Helen Mirren (Arthur):
In 2011’s Arthur (the first one was out in 1981) Helen Mirren in her role of nanny was just stupendous; the kind you’d feel related to instantly. Her dead pan face looks made her so very ideal and close to the role. Seeing her onscreen, I think she lived (and not played) the character in actuality.
7. Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct 1):
This 1992 American erotic thriller starring Sharon Stone as beautiful mysterious murder-suspect attracted huge chunks of criticism from all sections of society during that time. The condemnation was for all the wrong reasons but the movie raked enough moolah as negative publicity worked for the picture. Sharon in her role of Catherine Trammel was superb and bold (remember her interrogation scene where she sat cross-legged) to the core.
6. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld):
The ultimate chick got the ball rolling for her eventually; it happened with her character of Selene in ‘Underworld’ – a 2003 release. The blood-thirsty and death-dealing character played by Kate was high on reason and matter. Her tryst with her own destiny is remarkable.
5. Jodie Foster (Fightplan):
The character of Kyle played by Jodie Foster in the movie ‘Fightplan’ is something to watch out for. She played a girl looking out for her father on a plane. The character is still remembered for its fairly balanced emotional treatment. The connection you develop with the character is likely to stay around for a long time to come.
4. Demi Moore (G.I. Jane):
The 1997 movie ‘G.I. Jane’ showcased one of the best female characters ever to take life in Hollywood movies. She played bald headed Lt. Jordon O’Neil who successfully passed through the training program laid down for Navy Seals. The movie was a hit and so was G.I. Jane.
3. Angelina Jolie (Salt):
Angelina, the other half of ‘Brangelina,’ is known for her irresistible beauty (and plushy lips). Although, she had proved her acting prowess before ‘Salt’ many times too, the character of Evelyn (undercover Russian spy) made her an immortal figure in Hollywood. The character was originally written down for a male lead (Tom Cruise) but with her taking up the role, it became alluring and intrepid at the same time.
2. Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich):
The biographical film of 2000, Erin Brockovich not only won many awards (Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild Award & BAFTA for Best Actress) but millions of hearts too. The challenging role of an unemployed single mother (of 3 kids) was played by Julia Roberts really well. The movie is a gem, especially because Julia Roberts did her part perfectly well.
1. Uma Thurman (Kill Bill):
Talented director Quentin Tarantino’s classical project ‘Kill Bill’ showcased Uma Thurman in a whole new avatar. Her character of The Bride in Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2 was indeed KICK-ASS. She plays a former member of an assassination group, later massacred by her own group members. Uma won Best Actress Award at 9th Empire Awards and was also nominated for 57th British Academy Awards. If you have not seen the movie as yet, you really should!