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Top 10 Hollywood Actresses Best Suited for Action-packed Roles

Published on 20 July, 2013 at 6:10 am By

Sadly there aren’t many female centric action movies and it doesn’t seem likely that there would be any increase in their numbers in the near future. Nevertheless, Hollywood has had a couple of highly successful action adventures; with femme fatales performing some audacious action sequences on screen. Not all actresses though are capable of carrying action oriented roles on their shoulders. However there are some who are adept in it and have done it extremely well. Here’s a list of a few Hollywood actresses who are best suited for action-packed roles.

10. Carrie-Anne Moss:

Best known for her role as Trinity in The Matrix trilogy, Carrie is another Hollywood diva who fits well into the shoes of an action star. She is one of those actresses who could actually carry the role of an action star with ease and appear believable. Any list of Hollywood actresses suitable for action packed roles cannot be complete without her.

Carrie-Anne Moss

9. Demi Moore:


You would be wandering why the innocent and fragile heroine of one of Hollywood’s highest grossing movies Ghost appears in this list. The explanation would be evident if you watched Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She played the villain in this installment of the Charlie’s Angels and surprisingly looked every part of a female villain. So there you go, Demi Moore is the next in this list.

Demi Moore

8. Lucy Liu:

She first rose to prominence through her role in the hit television series Ally McBeal. But then came her action packed role as one of the heroines in Charlie’s Angels  that cemented her place as an actress who could seriously do an action packed role. She also appeared as one of the enemies of The Bride in Kill Bill. Lucy Liu thus certainly deserves a place in this list.

Lucy Liu

7. Linda Hamilton:

She played the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator and also appeared in its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She then starred as a CIA agent in NBC’s Chuck. Another of her action outings on screen was Black Moon Rising with Tommy Lee Jones. With so many successfully action packed roles in her resume, it is but natural for her to be considered as one of Hollywood’s most suitable actresses for action packed roles.

Linda Hamilton

6. Michelle Yeoh:

She is one of Hollywood’s action icons. She belongs to Malaysia and first garnered fame for performing her own stunts in Hong Kong action films. In Hollywood, she is best known for her roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and Academy award winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. So another certain entry in this list of action packed female stars!

Michelle Yeoh

5. Sarah Michelle Gellar:

Who can forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer? This petit actress appeared in one of television’s cult shows as a Vampire killing teenager. If you talk about actresses in Bollywood who fit well into an action packed role then she is definitely one of them. This Emmy Award-winning actress is definitely one of the most feisty action stars of Hollywood.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

4. Milla Jovovich:

Having appeared in a number of science fiction and action-themed films; she was given the moniker of “reigning queen of kick-butt”.  In 2002 she starred in the film adaptation of the video game Resident Evil and went on to act in four of its sequels. This zombie killing and gun hauling heroine is certainly one of the best female action stars of Hollywood.

Milla Jovovich

3. Michelle Rodriguez:


She is known to play the roles of tough girls in Hollywood. In her career, she has appeared in a host of action films donning one action packed role after another. The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, S.W.A.T., Avatar, Fast & Furious, Machete, Resident Evil: Retribution, Fast & Furious 6, and Machete Kills are the long list of her action adventures in Hollywood. Hence, a list of Hollywood female action stars cannot be compiled without including her in it.

Michelle Rodriguez

2. Uma Thurman:

The first thing that probably comes to your mind when you think of Uma Thurman is her action packed role in Tarantino’s two Kill Bill films. She played the role of assassin named Beatrix Kiddo and played it extremely well. Her career was resurrected by the Kill Bill series which also made her an action star. Trained in martial arts and swordsmanship she truly is a great choice for action packed roles.

Uma Thurman

1. Angelina Jolie:


Well she needs no introduction, does she? The one who made the video game heroine Lara Croft a raging sensation, Angelina Jolie is perhaps the most suitable for action packed roles. She starred in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and from there went on to star in several action packed movies. In movies like Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Salt she displayed her action star prowess.

Angelina Jolie


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