11 Times Actresses Blurred Actors In Their Action Movies

Although most action movie stars are men, this unpleasant truth hasn't stopped scene-stealing female actors from consistently outperforming the men over time. A lesser actor stealing the show is always a fantastic achievement, but it is much more astounding in an action movie, a genre that puts such a strong emphasis on the talents of its central star. It might be challenging to get a word in and make it count when performers like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and Reaves are vying for the same role on the program.
Regarding women, action movies don't always treat them well. Women in these movies are typically treated as nothing more than things to be saved or battled over. Fortunately, a new breed of action films is emerging, featuring equally fantastic action ladies to rival (and eclipse) the more prevalent male action hero.

1. Emily Blunt In 'Edge of Tomorrow'

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In an unusual role for Cruise, he portrays a character who lacks self-confidence and fundamental fighting skills. Blunt's Vrataski, in comparison, is composed, cold, and definitive.
While acknowledging that Blunt's performance in this part was unusual, Vanity Fair noted that she was "performing her first true action role and proving herself more than up to the challenge." With so much intelligence and charisma, is there anything Emily Blunt can't accomplish?

2. Chloë Grace Moretz In 'Kick-Ass'

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Dave might not be the finest fighter, but Hit-Girl, a little girl who has trained with her father for years, most certainly is. Compared to Dave, who is considerably bigger, older, and less of a fighter than Hit-Girl, Hit-light Girl shines even brighter.
Hit-Girl is mainly responsible for Dave's ability to finally beat Frank D'Amico after her father's death since she kills most of the guys in the high rise. In their review of Kick-Ass, B*tch magazine challenged readers to "find one review that doesn't suggest that Hit-Girl steals the show." This is because Chloe Grace Moretz is so excellent as Hit-Girl.

3. Linda Hamilton In 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'

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It is undeniable that Arnold is super fantastic as the Terminator. But when it comes to Linda Hamilton in the role of a mom trying to protect her son, she is much cooler than the Terminator.
The SlantMagazine claimed, "Hamilton’s doing the heavy lifting in articulating Sarah’s coming to grips with a brutal past, and her monstrous decision for her future that has more to do with making the nightmares stop than with saving humankind." 

4. Charlize Theron In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

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Despite being called after its male lead, Charlize Theron's Furiosa steals the show in Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie follows Max when Immortan Joe, a warlord, takes him prisoner. Furiosa, a commander in Joe's army, escapes from jail with Joe's five wives, freeing them from their captivity and becoming the movie's protagonist.
"Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron with the required curiosity, more or less dominates Fury Road," an NPR journalist said in response to Theron's performance. "However, she allows Tom Hardy's Max and Nick Hoult's war lad to tag along."

5. Karen Gillan In 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'

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The dance-fighting sequence, in which the uncomfortable high schooler controlling the Gillan-avatar body must learn to use her unique power of dance-fighting, is Gillan's outstanding performance in the movie. This is a turning point for a character and a time when plenty of excellent combat happens.

6. Dafne Keen In 'Logan'

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Hugh Jackman puts a lot of effort into playing the film's protagonist, while Keen is forced to play a youngster who is almost entirely wild for the majority of the duration of the movie. And that's without mentioning Laura's superb fighting throughout the film, which saves Logan's life virtually every time a battle of any type breaks out.

7. Rebecca Ferguson In 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

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Rebecca Ferguson joins the cast of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation as Ilsa Faust, an MI6 agent charged with infiltrating the nefarious Syndicate surreptitiously. She becomes friends with Ethan Hunt there and works to clear his record. Towards the end of the movie, Ferguson has an opportunity to showcase her action star skills in a knife fight truly.
It's "to Ferguson's credit that she does both readings whether she is or isn't a double agent conceivable," according to Vox, which also deemed Ferguson the ideal counterpoint to Tom Cruise.

8. Evangeline Lilly In 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'

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The knowledge that Hope van Dyne ought to be the one wearing the suit and the reasons why she didn't become a central theme of Ant-Man. This paved the way for both her father's and her character's journey. The fact that the person who earned the suit was allowed to wear it in the sequel, Ant-Man, and the Wasp, was highly satisfying, even if it made for an intriguing plot.
As the first time someone who genuinely understands how to fight uses Ant-powers, Man's the movie's first significant battle sequence with The Wasp is a delight to see. Wasp was superior to Ant-Man in this sequence, and ideally, a future Avengers roster will reflect this.

9. Zoë Bell In 'Death Proof'

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Kurt Russell plays a stunt-driving serial murderer in the movie Death Proof who uses his automobile to kill his victims. In the movie, after being successful in a couple of his murders, Russell runs into trouble when he tries to kill Zo Bell's character, another stunt driver.
Kurt Russell is Kurt Russell, yet as they pursue and kill Russell's character, Zoe Bell and her team utterly dominate the screen.

10. Tessa Thompson In 'Thor: Ragnarok'

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Tessa portrays Valkyrie, an exiled Asgardian who spends her final years on Sakaar. She is a drinker who hangs out with Hulk and works for The Grandmaster during the day. But later in the movie, when Asgard has to be protected, she steps up to the plate and battles bravely.
As she returns in the Avengers movies and takes over as the ruler of Asgard while Thor departs to chill out in space, Thompson leaves her imprint on Ragnarok. As a result of Tessa's excellent performance, Vulture said in a piece that she has "the comic timing to match Taika Waititi's Thor comedy and the physique to lead the movie's pack of superheroes."
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