Regardless of skin color, age, or weight, every woman has the capacity to be sexy, even if she doesn’t fit on that scale of beauty American society has created: you know, the scale of one to ten with Kim Kardashian on the top and pregnant Kim Kardashian on the bottom. But sexy sometimes needs to fit within a context, as it does in the case of science fiction.
If you watch a romance movie or a comedy, maybe casting a sexy female lead involves noticing how voluptuous her lips are, or how ample her bosom appears in her shirt. If you watch a fantasy movie, maybe casting a sexy female lead involves noticing how ethereal she appears, or how regal her bosom seems in her tunic. But science fiction, with its tendency to embrace action, the unknown dangers of space, and dystopian ideas of society, requires a little more. Here the female lead needs to be beautiful but also strong, with an attitude that allows the audience to believe she can be a bad ass when she needs to be. This strength is part of the sex appeal that an actress in science fiction must bring to the role, and the women on this list have plenty of strength.
This list will focus only on movies, so some very sexy actresses, like Gina Torres, Summer Glau, and Jessica Alba did not make the list because their contributions to science fiction have been primarily on television. Also, I am looking at actresses that have made important career contributions to the genre, so while Jane Fonda, Daryl Hannah, and Linda Hamilton have had some very sexy Science Fiction roles, they don’t make the list because they aren’t really actors associated with the form. Each actress comes with her own science fiction resume. Here are The 12 Sexiest Women Of Science Fiction Movies.
12. Olivia Wilde
When Olivia Wilde was born in 1984, God must have been mad at women. That is the only explanation I can come up with why women every where are now forced to compare themselves to her. When Wilde started making science fiction films, geeks everywhere rejoiced. I don’t buy her as being very dangerous, certainly not capable of the levels of violence other actors on this list have portrayed, but she exudes sexiness in every scene. She doesn’t have as big of a science fiction resume as others, but look at her! Just not too long because you might burn out your retinas.
Science fiction resume: Tron Legacy (2010), Cowboys and Aliens (2011), In Time (2011), The Lazarus Effect (2015).
11. Scarlett Johansson
Of the women on this list, Scarlett Johansson comes the closest to being as attractive as my wife, and that’s saying something. Incredibly beautiful, and with a body that literally stuns, Johansson has brought a level of sexiness and credibility to many movies, inside and outside of the science fiction genre. She is so cute, but then when she speaks her voice is half an octave deeper than you expect, making it believable that she could also be quite dangerous when she needs to be. This is the kind of voice that, if recorded and played back on your smartphone, would make you fall in love with it.
Science fiction resume: Eight legged Freaks (2002), The Island (2005), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Under the Skin (2013), Lucy (2014), The Avengers Age of Ultron (2015).
10. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is a little young for me personally, but I can certainly see why many men find her incredibly sexy. She has a great smile with sexy lips, seems very funny and personable, and has a knockout body. It’s easy to see why both Peeta and Gale would fall for her Katniss Everdeen. As evidenced by her film roles, I also believe that she could be tough. She plays a reluctant warrior well, with the aura of wanting to be friends, but the attitude of being willing to fight for what she believes in. She is one of the most critically acclaimed actors in the world at this point, and a long career probably still lies in front of her. She embodies what a sexy science fiction actress should be.
Science fiction resume: The Hunger Games (2012), Catching Fire (2013), MockingJay 1 and 2 (2014 and 2015), X-Men First Class (2011), X-men Days of Future Past (2014).
9. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is a very attractive young lady. She has a weird, yet incredibly sexy smile, is super intelligent, and has a really defined physique. She was great in the Star Wars movies, delivering terrible lines with zero signs of discomfort. The performances of Portman, Ewan McGregor, and Samuel Jackson were probably the best thing about the prequels. Portman was just a child when she filmed Phantom Menace, and brought a weight to the role that, to be polite, far surpassed the other child who acted in that movie. She did enter into a franchise so devoid of women that any female would have been drooled over, but Portman earned her sexiness. When she climbs to the top of the sacrificial column in Attack of the Clones while the Jedi are deciding how to escape, I totally bought that she could, and was about to, kick some serious alien ass.
Science fiction resume: Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005), Mars Attacks! (1996) Thor (2011), Thor 2 (2013).
8. Zoe Saldana
How did Zoe Saldana manage to get main roles in three major science fiction franchises (Star Trek, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy)? By being as sexy as hell. Saldana is effortlessly radiant and dangerous, slipping from funny one liners about Kevin Bacon to unloading a pulse rifle into the gut of an alien commando with ease. She is such an astounding actress that one never stops believing in her characters, and all the make up/CG effects she has had to put up with have completely failed to obfuscate her amazing beauty. Also, her role as the new Uhura in Star Trek adds one additional layer of sexiness.
Science fiction resume: Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Avatar (2009), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
7. Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is a fine actor, not as good as some of her peers maybe, but able to carry a movie if she has a good foundation to work from. What Jovovich really has going is a serious science fiction pedigree and a panache for excessive violence that has become synonymous with her. She has honed herself into an action star: a lean fighting machine always staying sexy and seductive. In The Fifth Element, her breakthrough role, she was all of those things and held her own, acting-wise, alongside some pretty impressive peers. Jovovich is beautiful, and while her movies aren’t going to win Oscars any time soon, they are fun. Sometimes that is all you ask for in the fifth sequel to a zombie apocalypse movie based on a video game.
Science fiction resume: The Fifth Element (1997), Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil Apocolypse (2004), Ultraviolet (2006), The Fourth Kind (2009), Resident Evil Extinction (2007), Resident Evil Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil Retribution (2012).
6. Kate Mara
It took me awhile to warm up to Kate Mara, but her red hair is very sexy, and there is something really sultry about her. She can act, she has a sexy voice, and she looks good doing her job. I don’t know if the science fiction genre is going to be a mainstay for Kate, but I sure don’t mind watching her expand her horizons.
Science fiction resume: Zoom (2006), Transcendence (2014), Iron Man 2 (2010), Fantastic Four (2015), The Martian (2015).
5. Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver is probably my favorite science fiction actress ever, and any time she shows up in a film I know I’ve spent my money well. But no one should forget, distracted by her amazing acting, how sexy Sigourney Weaver can be. In Alien, when she strips to her bra and panties, every man watching that film began to forget about the terror he had just been witnessing, making the appearance of the alien again especially unwelcome. In Galaxy Quest she played the “sexy” actress from a TV show, and by God was she sexy. Weaver is always tough, always believable, and is such an amazing actress she can elevate crap like Alien 4 to a level of watchability. Weaver is one actress who doesn’t need a giant exo-skeletal forklift to kick butt while being sexy, but, of course, it doesn’t hurt to have one.
Science fiction resume: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien 4 (1997), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Wall-E (2008), Chappie (2015), Avatar (2009), Cabin in the Woods (2012), Galaxy Quest (1999).
4. Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez comes across as a real bad ass. To top off her ripped arms and lean body is her super sexy smile, which can either be flirty or disconcerting: is she coming on to you or giving you warning that she’s about to kick you in the neck? I know she could beat me up, and she kind of scares me, which makes her very, very sexy. Rodriguez is also a really good actress. She does what she needs to do for the role, even if it means (which it usually does) her character won’t survive until the credits. Rodriguez is just so fun to watch. Science fiction is a very good fit for her.
Science fiction resume: Resident Evil (2002), The Breed (2006), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Avatar (2009).
3. Halle Berry
Not only is Halle Berry one of the most critically acclaimed actors of our generation, she has one of the best bodies in Hollywood. When Berry does science fiction, she brings a legitimacy to the film, as well as a lot of sex appeal. She can be incredibly strong and able to inflict real damage against those who oppose her, yet also display a tangible, intimate persona that seems so easy to relate to. The fact that she is so gorgeous never diminishes the characters she brings to life, but just serves to force men everywhere to never take their eyes off of her. She can even take terrible material like her “Do you know what happens to a toad…” line from X-men and make it bearable.
Science Fiction resume: Cloud Atlas (2012), Robots (2005), X-men (2000), X-men 2 (2003), X-men 3 (2006), X-men Days of Future Past (2014).
2. Charlize Theron
One of the most beautiful women in the world, Theron exudes talent and sex appeal. She is an Oscar-winning actress and really doesn’t need to do science fiction movies to bolster her career, but she does a lot of them anyway because she is awesome. Theron is the kind of woman who sees a giant spaceship falling on her and thinks, “I bet I can outrun that” instead of thinking “I should just take two steps to the left so it won’t hit me.” That takes courage, real guts, which Theron has plenty of. She can be just as violent as her male counterparts, and seems just as comfortable choking some menace to death as she does making bedroom eyes at a lucky starship captain. Theron is wonderful, and hopefully never takes science fiction off her docket.
Science fiction resume: The Astronaut’s Wife (1999), Aeon Flux (2005), Hancock (2008), Astro Boy (2009), Prometheus (2012), Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
1. Carrie Fisher
I love Carrie Fisher, and I’m sure millions of other geeks love her too, but she hasn’t, let’s say, aged very well. But remember how sexy she was in the original Star Wars movie? Her lipstick was so shiny, and it was surprising the first time that little princess whipped out her blaster and killed a Stormtrooper. She already had us when she so boldly stood up to Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader, and every little boy who identified with Luke was, on a very tangible level, jealous that she might end up with Han, just as every little boy who identified with Han was jealous she might end up with Luke. By the time Return of the Jedi came out in theaters, we were already so enamored of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia that when Jabba the Hutt dressed her in that metal bikini, an entire generation of boys had their first experience with puberty. This iconic moment of sexiness will forever ensure that Carrie Fisher be remembered as the sexiest science fiction actress ever. For her contribution to dozens and dozens of beautiful girls storming Comic-Con every year in bikinis, on behalf of nerds and geeks everywhere, I say thank you.
Science fiction resume: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Force Awakens (2015), The Time Guardian (1987).