Kicking down gender roles and taking names at the box office, these women put the cookie-cutter roles of old Hollywood’s cinema back to the drawing board by proving how they are damsels certainly out of distress. – CASA BIANCA
The Bride from Kill Bill 1 & 2
A woman can be a warrior, as well as a mother – and in this film, Black Mamba AKA Beatrix Kiddo proves how she is more than just a straw character that can wield a sword. Being a hardened assassin doesn’t blind her from being compassionate to those who deserve it, and her unparalleled resolve keeps her grounded despite having an amalgamation of physical strength and sharp wit that never fails to help her out of hopeless situations.
Eowyn from Lord Of The Rings
Breaking from the shackles of her world and the cage she’s in, Eowyn takes the mantle of representing one of the most prevailing moments in the film, Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King, and single-handedly defeats the all-powerful Witch King that boasts of how no man could possible kill him, to which she bites back, “I am no man.”
Elle Wood from Legally Blonde
Legally kicking ass at the court, pitch perfect Elle Woods was always ahead of her time in all her sun-splashed, daisy-chained narrative on how women can do anything they put their heart into, be amazing all while still looking completely gorgeous. Putting the case at the forefront of our attention, Elle proves how strength can come in waves of rainbow glitter that brings a fleshed-out, three-dimensional woman with an enviable onscreen energy to the silver screen rather than your femme fatale trope.
Imperator Furiosa and The Wives from Mad Max
There’s no doubt how Furiosa jumps off the pages as one of the most trustworthy leader anyone could have – strong yet just, she knows how to ram head-on against men and stay ahead of the track. Of course, like the wind beneath her wings, she wouldn’t soar as high as she did without the help of The Wives (and vice versa), who are as equally as admirable as their strength shines through the muck that accumulated after unimaginable years of abuse, growing up in an environment where they are seen as property. With a stupefying flurry of dynamic action and explosions, these women show how they can win the race despite the odds being against them.
Zoe Bell from Deathproof
Zooming out of the streets at top speed with a psychotic killer at your trail, Zoe Bell defies all odds as she gets whipped around on the hood of a Dodger Challenger and proving to beat death himself with her unparalleled dedication, skill and focus.