In Honor of Lisbeth Salander, 9 Other Movie Heroines Not to F*** With
If Rooney Mara's fearless turn as Stieg Larsson's goth-punk hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander teaches us anything, it's that you should never, ever cross a woman with fire in her heart and vengeance on her mind. But the titular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is just the latest in a long history of utterly human movie heroines who remind us how ferocious and unrelenting a woman wronged can be. Celebrate the fictional ladies who have helped teach society not to fuck with the so-called "fairer" sex, and let their righteous fury be a lesson to us all during this warm and fuzzy holiday season.
9. Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
The name says it all -- hell hath no fury like a young mother forced by a loathsome killer to confess to a murder she didn't commit. Out of the clink, Geum-ja (Lee Young Ae) follows in the footsteps the great cinematic female convicts who've come before, setting laser sights on getting her daughter back and exacting revenge on the enemy who ruined her life.
8. Brenda, Savage Streets
Linda Blair may have earned a Razzie nomination for her turn in 1984's Death Wish knockoff Savage Streets, but her girl gang leader Brenda was a force to be reckoned with: Mess with her deaf sister and her BFF and expect a one-woman, crossbow-wielding teen angel of death.
7. Sarah Connor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The first time SkyNet messed with Sarah Connor, the unassuming young lady ran for her life in unfortunate totally '80s wear. Years of militia training and push-ups later, she was ready for her brush with the latest Terminator model, having undergone a total mental and physical transformation. A storm's coming... and her name is Sarah Fucking Connor, you robot scum!
6. Shoshanna, Inglourious Basterds
Some Nazi hunters take a more direct approach (see: First Lieutenant Aldo Raine), others sit and seethe in quiet fury, take employ of a Parisian cinema, and plot to kill Hitler and his minions as they sit unawares in the coziness of a movie palace. Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent) may not have a collection of scalps to display in victory, but she gets her revenge... and how!
5. Madeleine, They Call Her One Eye AKA Thriller - A Cruel Picture
Abused, traumatized into muteness, forcibly hooked on drugs and coerced into prostitution, her eye cut out for disobeying orders, the petite antiheroine of Thriller (Christina Lindberg) doesn't fare much differently from countless other victims in the annals of rape and revenge exploitation cinema... until, one day, she starts amassing weapons and taking assorted lessons in the lethal arts. Clad in a black trenchcoat with a sawed off shotgun at her side, One Eye exacts her own justice on her violators, one at a time.
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