Best Action Films Directed By Women, Ranked

Actions films are a universe on their own and fans just cannot get enough of the genre. Over the years, we have seen many movies redefining the very core of action movies and leaving us mesmerised. But in recent years, we have seen a rise in female directors who have rocked the industry with their actions films. So, today, we will rank some of the best action movies directed by women. Of course, the ranking can vary and you may shuffle the list here and there. Check it out!

1. Patty Jenkins: Wonder Woman (2017)

Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman

Directed by Patty Jenkins, fans believe that it is one of the most well-defined movies of the DCEU. The duo, Gal Gadot and Jenkins, teamed up once again and are currently working on the third instalment as well. Speaking of box office success, the movie did not fail at all. It delivered on every front – success, story, acting, and director’s vision.

2. Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker (2008)

Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker

A very close competition to Jenkin’s Wonder Woman is Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker which holds an impressive 97% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. If we were to compare their box office collections, Bigelow’s flick is not even in the picture. But don’t let the numbers fool you. The movie gives you a close-up of the raw tension that is present in a war. The movie is based during the Iraq war and follows a bomb squad unit. A very interesting picture you must watch.

3. Gina Prince-Blythewood: The Old Guard (2020)

Gina Prince-Blythewood's The Old Guard
Gina Prince-Blythewood’s The Old Guard

Gina decided to adapt Greg Rucka’s comic, The Old Guard and did a pretty job honestly. Gina teams up with Charlize Theron and the story follows a group of immortal mercenaries who are trying to protect their secret. The Old Guard went straight to Netflix and harnessed some really great reviews. A movie you should definitely watch.

4. Cathy Yan: Birds of Prey (2020)

Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey
Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey

DC once again decided to go with a female director for the next Harley Quinn film and she did a fairly good job. Margot Robbie’s Harley is now no longer dating the Joker and is leading her solo adventures. But along the way, she makes some new friends. Talking about the box office performance, it was a little underwhelming. But on the contrary, the critics gave an adequate response which was surprising.

5. Kathryn Bigelow: Blue Steel (1989)

Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel (1989)
Kathryn Bigelow’s Blue Steel (1989)

The movie dates back to 1989 and Bigelow is still relevant. Did you know that Blue Steel was the first action movie she directed? The movie was produced by Oliver Stone and co-written by Bigelow herself. Talking about the Rotten Tomatoes rating that people find reliable, the movie is at a comfortable 75%. In the movie, we see Jamie Lee Curtis as a young cop who kills a robber. But somebody steals the robber’s gun and it looks like he killed an innocent man. Now, the gun is being used for various crimes and he must find the culprit. Even though the movie was not a commercial success, the critics really praised Curtis’ performance and complimented Bigelow’s vision.

Deepak Vasisht
Deepak Vasisht

From being a Marvel fan to a DC enthusiast, I'm all about appreciating the art and the creativity.

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