From “Atomic Blonde” to “Widows,” there’s been an influx of women-led action movies over the last decade. But women have been acing in this genre long before we finally got our first woman-led Marvel superhero film in 2019. The late ’90s and early aughts were a breakthrough for women in the action film space: women were finally leading action movies, rather than being relegated to the overlooked sidekick or love-interest role.
Of course, there’ve been some pretty badass women leading superhero movies lately, including “Captain Marvel,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “Black Widow.” While female superheroes have always been around, these titles prove that women belong in the driver’s seat and send a powerful message — especially to the younger generation.
If you’ve been looking for a fast-paced, action-packed movie featuring a kick-ass woman front and center, this list is for you. Browse this guide of women-led action movies and add these titles to your to-watch list.