Let 'er Ripley: 5 film greats
Character: Ellen Ripley
Played by: Sigourney Weaver
Seen in: Four Alien movies
The original and the best, Ripley turned traditional notions of movie heroism totally on their head.
Character: Sarah Connor
Played by: Linda Hamilton
Seen in: Terminator, T2
Another wonderful mother who's one "bad mother", Sarah fought off two generations of cyborgs to protect her son.
Character: The Bride (inset left)
Played by: Uma Thurman
Seen in: Kill Bill 1&2
Any woman who can kill 90 mobsters with a sword, and make a yellow tracksuit look good, is OK by us.
Character: Yu Shu Lien
Played by: Michelle Yeoh
Seen in: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
An enlightened warrior-monk who only fights as a last resort - but when she does, it's spectacular.
Character: Mallory Kane
Played by: Gina Carano
Seen in: Haywire
Because she really did look like she had the muscle and skill to knock seven shades out of Channing Tatum.