It's no secret that as guys, we like action movies. The explosions, the car chases, the guns, the mindless violence – we love it all. And sometimes, it's nice to see an action movie that features a hot chick doing these things. And sure, the greats hold a special place in our heart, like Stallone as Rambo or Schwarzenegger as the Terminator before he suddenly became a politician. Those guys were great. But sometimes there's just too much beefcake in action flicks, and from time to time, seeing a smoking hot woman kick a little ass can be entertaining as hell.
This, of course, requires you to have the ability to suspend your disbelief. It is a bit of a crack up when you see these slender, delicate women beating the hell out of a 250 pound man on the big screen – sorry ladies, but in real life, the odds of that happening are slim to none. This applies to all of the women on this list except for one. You'll know why.
You might know her from... The Fifth Element, Resident Evil, tons of other movies where she doesn't play a genetically modified badass
Milla Jovovich has had one hell of a career. She's done a lot of movies – some better than others. No doubt many of us were first introduced (and attracted) to her in The Fifth Element, which is a movie that real men love. Critics tend to get their collective panties in a pretentious little bunch whenever a new Resident Evil movie comes out, crying through bitter tears that the movies have an incoherent storyline, poor acting, and serve only as a vehicle for the action sequences.
Well, they're kind of right.
So why, pray tell, are these movies so successful that we're now anticipating the release of the fifth in the series? Because they're awesome, mostly in part due to the hearty spoonfuls of ass-whoop that Milla serves up. Nobody goes to see a Resident Evil movie for the engaging dialogue or how closely the movies pay homage to the lore of the video game series (they don't, at all). They go because watching a hot women kill hordes of zombies and monsters is fun.
You might know her from... The Devil's Advocate, Aeon Flux, her awesome role as a mentally handicapped girl in Arrested Development
If Charlize continues to take roles such as her latest in the much anticipated film Prometheus, she just might enter the ranks of science fiction princesses like Milla. You might remember her starring role in box-office flop Aeon Flux, because it's yet another prime example of the “movies that are bad but incredibly fun to watch” category.
The movie was based on an animated show that was on in the early 90s on MTV and was only watched by stoners who were at home in the middle of the day. Charlize played the titular character Aeon Flux, who is a freedom fighting rebel against an oppressive government. Plot holes and overly-stylized direction aside, the movie is a great showcase of her chops as an action hero.
You might know her from... Underworld, a lot of movies that, unfortunately, were not Underworld
There was once a world before the abortion that is Twilight came out. It was a world where vampires and werewolves were badass and entertaining, not spank bank material for overweight women. It was a wonderful time, and Kate Beckinsale was part of it – and indeed she still is, with the latest installment of the Underworld series having been released earlier in 2012.
There's something enchanting about watching an incredibly beautiful woman play an action-heavy role, and Kate Beckinsale delivers on all fronts. Her talents aren't just limited to the Underworld series either, as she can be seen in films like Van Helsing and the thriller Whiteout.
You might know her from... Sucker Punch, absolutely nothing else
Sucker Punch was not a good movie by most people's standards – it didn't do very well in the box office, and critics panned it as an unsatisfying film with misogynistic undertones. That being said, if you're in the mood for a mindless action movie that features a cast of entirely attractive women with gorgeous visuals (the special effects, that is), this movie is worth seeing. What, are you too “dignified” to watch a movie featuring a hot blonde in a schoolgirl outfit fighting Nazi zombies with a samurai sword?
You might know her from... The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, S.W.A.T, Avatar, Machete, Lost
This is the actress that was mentioned above. You know what? This girl probably could kick a man's ass, or at least she sure puts on a convincing act. Even though she looks constantly angry and dissatisfied, she still manages to be incredibly sexy, possibly as a result of it. You just want to say, “Oh, Michelle. Be mean to me! Yes!” It takes a special woman to look like she's constipated with a huge dump all the time and yet can still provide excellent private time material in the pages of Maxim and similar magazines.
The only problem dedicated fans of Michelle Rodriguez tend to encounter is that she pretty much plays the same character in every single movie she does – she's a hardass with a chip on her shoulder, but ends up doing the right thing anyway. Yawn. But hey, we're not here for the stellar writing, are we? Her performances in movies like Machete are a blast to watch. Speaking of which, she wore an eye patch in that movie and still looked crazy hot. Maybe even hotter. Could we hope for a future in which Michelle plays an angry pirate? She could plunder my treasures anytime. Wait, that didn't come out right.