They’re rough, tough, gritty, can kick anyone’s butt and are stunning beauties. No, not Sylvester Stallone. Action movies have generally been dominated by men. Movies, such as, Rambo and The Terminator have been big money makers and turns its actors into mega-stars. However, they’re not the only ones that can beat people up and blow up historical sites. There have been several action movies that reverses the gender roles typically seen in films. The women is the strong and skilled warrior that has to take the man by the hand, such as, Emily Blunt’s character in the science fiction action film, Edge Of Tomorrow. The women on this list have not appeared exclusively in action movies. Often, high levels of action, violence and fighting appears in multiple genres, such as, horror, science fiction, adventure, martial arts, superhero and more. Regardless of the specific genre, they are still tough, gritty and violent. Here is a look at 10 of the Richest Female Action Stars who have kicked some serious butt.
10) Jessica Alba – Net Worth: $20 Million
For some people, it’s not easy to be tough and a sex symbol at the same time, but Jessica Alba has no problems pulling it off. Jessica Alba has shown great depth in her acting skills. From drama to comedy, but her speciality seems to be anything that involves her beating someone up. She first gained widespread fame appearing in James Cameron’s TV series Dark Angel. She has appeared in a number of action films including, Sin City, Fantastic Four and Into The Blue.
9) Milla Jovovich – Net Worth: $36 Million
Milla Jovovich made her first feature film appearance in the 1991 romantic adventure, The Return To The Blue Lagoon. She had her big breakthrough when she was cast in the 1997 film, The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis. She also played the starring role in the 1999 film, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. She is perhaps best known for her starring role as Alice in the science fiction horror, Resident Evil. The movie is based on the hit video game of the same name. Her character is a former agent of the Umbrella Corporation, that is responsible for the outbreak of a zombie virus. Alice gets revenge on the corporation in the most violent way possible. She displays superhuman abilities and is skilled in martial arts. She has appeared in four sequels and is expected to reprise her role for a fifth and final film.
8) Sigourney Weaver – Net Worth: $40 Million
Sigourney Weaver is best known for playing the lead role of Ellen Ripley in the tremendously successful science-fiction horror franchise, Alien. The first film was released May 25, 1979, and was a major success both critically and commercially. Her role and subsequent nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards is considered an important moment in cinema history. It was the first time an actress had been nominated for an Oscar based on her work in science-fiction/action. The film saw a gender reversal and instead of Ellen Ripley being the damsel in distress, she was the one blowing up all the Aliens. She reprised her role in Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. She also appeared in, Ghostbusters 1 & 2, Avatar and Cabin in the Woods.
7) Uma Thurman – Net Worth: $45 Million
Uma Thurman is a versatile actress that has appeared in a number of different genres, from comedy to science fiction. She first rose to prominence with her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, released October 14, 1994. In the early 2000’s, her career saw a revitalization with her starring role in the critically acclaimed martial arts/spaghetti western, Kill Vol. 1 and 2. Thurman played The Bride, Beatrix Kiddo. The Bride spent a majority of both movies beating up and slicing her enemies apart. The creation of the character was actually a joint effort between Uma Thurman and Tarantino. Her character was once a deadly assassin who is skilled in martial arts, especially Kung-Fu.
6) Jennifer Lawrence – Net Worth: $53.9 Million
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the fastest rising and hottest stars in Hollywood. She has appeared in a wide variety of films and has shown great depth in her acting and comedic skills. She received wide spread critical acclaim for her roles in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. However, she has made a major impact in several action/thriller films. She received wide spread fame for her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the hugely successful and popular The Hunger Games Series. She also played the role of Mystique in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
5) Scarlett Johansson – Net Worth: $55 Million
Scarlett Johansson has appeared in a number of great films including, The Horse Whisperer, The Island, The Black Dahlia and The Prestige. However, recently she took on the role of skilled SHEILD Agent, The Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her character first appeared in Iron Man 2. Her character had a larger role in The Avengers which was released, May 4, 2012. She subsequently appeared in Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Winter Solider. Her character will return in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
4) Linda Hamilton – Net Worth: $70 Million
Linda Hamilton is well known for playing the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator franchise. Her big breakthrough came when she was cast in the first Terminator, along with Michael Biehn and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film was a surprise hit and was released October 26,1984. Prior to the sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, she underwent an intense physical regime to show the change in her character from the first film. Although she was tough and strong in the first film, in the second, she was kicking butt and taking names. The sequel co-starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and was released July 3,1991. The sequel was a massive success both critically and commercially.
3) Halle Berry – Net Worth: $70 Million
Halle Berry is one of the most versatile celebrities in Hollywood. She’s appeared in everything from thrillers to comedies, such as her first feature film Boomerang. She’s also appeared in intense dramas, and she is the first and so far, only female African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. However, she has always been very well known for branching out and kicking butt. She played the role of Storm in the X-Men Film Series. She’s also appeared in Swordfish with John Travolta and played a Bond girl in Die Another Day.
2) Sandra Bullock Net Worth: $125 Million
Doesn’t matter if it’s fighting bad guys way in the future, driving a bus with a bomb on it or floating in space. The incredibly talented Sandra Bullock can do it all. She’s been in several very successful movies, such as, A Time to Kill, Crash, The Proposal and The Blind Side. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side. However, she is equally well known for taking on many different roles. She’s appeared in a number of highly successful action films such as, Demolition Man, Speed and The Net. She also starred in Miss. Congeniality, as an FBI agent who is not feminine at all and way more interested in beating up bad guys. She also starred in the sequel, Miss. Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous. Her most successful film financially is the 2013 thriller Gravity. She gained universal critical acclaim for her role in that film.
1) Angelina Jolie Net Worth: $145 Million
Being the daughter of one of the most well known and respected actors in Hollywood, could be hard to live up to. Angelina Jolie certainly didn’t need anyone opening doors for her because she easily kicked them down, both figuratively and literally. She started her career at the young age of 7, but it wouldn’t be until much later that she would have a major impact. She’s appeared in a number of films from intense drama to comedy. She gained widespread fame with her starring role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. She also starred in action thrillers, such as, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Salt. She kicked butt, blew things up and looked incredibly gorgeous while doing it.