50 FURIOUS FEMALES: Hell Hath No Fury!

From smokin’ hot sex bombs to super tough female empowerment icons to twisted psycho broads (and sometimes combinations of all three!). Join us as we pay tribute to some of cinema’s most furious female film characters! NOTE TO READERS: This list is not in best to worst order, these are random choices.

Elsa Lanchester

1. Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester)

Elizabeth Taylor

2. Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 1966: “Look, sweetheart, I can drink you under any goddamn table you want, so don’t worry about me.”

Raquel Welch

3. Hannie Caulder (Raquel Welch) – 1971: “Like the man said, there aren’t any hard women, only soft men.”

The Bride

4. The Bride (Uma Thurman) – Kill Bill (2003-04): “Bitch, you can stop right there. Just because I have no wish to murder you in front of your daughter doesn’t mean that parading her around in front of me will inspire sympathy.”

Holly Body

5. Holly Body (Melanie Griffith) – Body Double (1984): “I do not do animal acts. I do not do S&M or any variations of that particular bent, no water sports either.”

Susan and Geena

6. Thelma & Louise (Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis): Thelma: I feel really awake. I don’t recall ever feeling this awake. You know? Everything looks different now. You feel like that? You feel like you got something to live for now? Louise: We’ll be drinking margaritas by the sea, mamacita.


7. Kelly (Constance Towers) The Naked Kiss: “I saw a broken down piece of machinery. Nothing but the buck, the bed and the bottle for the rest of my life. That’s what I saw.”

Michelle Rodriguez

8. Luz/She (Michelle Rodriguez) – Machete: “If I were Shé, do you think I’d be operating a taco truck? Shé brings hope. Shé rights the wrongs. Unfortunately, Shé is a myth.”


9. Pris (Daryl Hannah) – Blade Runner: “I think, Sebastian, therefore I am.”

Sissy Spacek

10. Carrie (Sissy Spacek): “Breasts, Mama. They’re called breasts, and every woman has them.”

Ann Savage

11. Vera (Ann Savage) – Detour: “Say who do you think you’re talking to – a hick? Listen Mister, I been around, and I know a wrong guy when I see one. What’d you do, kiss him with a wrench?”

Glenn Close

12. Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) – Fatal Attraction: “You play fair with me, I’ll play fair with you.”

Clarice Starling

13. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) – The Silence of The Lambs: “You see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don’t you – Why don’t you – why don’t you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you’re afraid to.”

E Johnson

14. E Johnson (Melanie Griffith) – Cherry 2000

Angela Mao

15. Sue Lin (Angela Mao) – Enter the Dragon


16. Marge (Frances McDormand) – Fargo: “There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.”

Bridget Fonda

17. Maggie (Bridget Fonda) – Point of No Return: “I just blew up a hotel. How the hell do you think I am? “

Zhang Ziyi

18. Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi) – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: “And suddenly I cannot hold back my sword hand’s anger!”


19. Alabama (Patricia Arquette) – True Romance: “I’m gonna go jump in the tub and get all slippery and soapy and then hop in that waterbed and watch X-rated movies ’till you get your ass back in my lovin’ arms.”

Lori Petty

20. Tank Girl (Lori Petty) : “Oh, I’m gonna hit you so hard, your children will be born bruised!”

Ellen Ripley

21. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) – Aliens: “You know, Burke, I don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.”


22. Alice (Ellen Burstyn) – Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: “If you open your mouth, once more, I swear to God, I’m gonna nail it shut.”

Sally Field

23. Norma Rae (Sally Field): “I’m stayin’ right where I am. It’s gonna take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here!”


24. Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) – The Fifth Element: “I don’t know love. I was built to protect not to love, so there is no use for me other than this.”


25. Mathilda (Natalie Portman): Leon The Professional: “Bonnie and Clyde didn’t work alone. Thelma and Louise didn’t work alone. And they were the best.”

Jane Fonda

26. Barbarella (Jane Fonda): “Make love? But no one’s done that for hundreds of centuries!”

Linda Hamilton

27. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) – Terminator 2: Judgement Day: “You don’t know what it’s like to really create something; to create a life; to feel it growing inside you. All you know how to create is death…”

Jamie Lee Curtis

28. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) – Halloween:”Well, kiddo, I thought you outgrew superstition.”

Farrah Fawcett

29. Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett) – Extremities: “No talking to the animal!”


30. Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss) – The Matrix: “I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer.”

Pam Grier

31. Jackie Brown (Pam Grier): “What I care is my ass facing the penitentiary. If you send some hard-headed rock whore up in here…”

Charlize Theron

32. Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) – Monster: “I always wanted to be in the movies…”

Hillary Swank

33. Maggie (Hillary Swank) – Million Dollar Baby: “I saw your last fight, Shawrelle. Spent so much time face down I thought the canvas had titties.”


34. Marie (Anne Parillaud) – Innocent Blood: “I was sad, I was starved. It was time to treat myself. Then I thought – “What about… Italian?!”

Brigitte Nielsen

35. Red Sonja (Brigitte Nielsen): “I don’t need eyes to find you, I can smell you at a hundred paces!”


36. Brenda (Linda Blair) – Savage Streets: “Welcome home… ASSHOLES!”


37. T-X (Kristanna Lokken): – Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: “I like your car”


38. Hedra (Jennifer Jason Leigh) – Single White Female: “Well, he will cheat on you again – that’s a promise. And when he does, don’t come crying to me, because… I’ve had it with you. You’re so FUCKING weak!”

Sondra Locke

39. Jennifer (Sondra Locke) – Sudden Impact : “Need a lift? Good. Then shove a jack up your ass!”


40. Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent) – Inglourious Basterds: “I have a message for Germany….that you are all going to die….and I want you to look deep into the face of the Jew that is going to do it!”

Camille Keaton

41. Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) – I Spit on Your Grave: “Suck it, bitch!”

Rebecca DeMornay

42. Peyton (Rebecca DeMornay) – The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: “Don’t fuck with me, retard. My version of the story will be… better.”

Sharon Stone

43. Catherine (Sharon Stone) – Basic Instinct: “You know I don’t like to wear any underwear, don’t you, Nick?”


44. Nomi (Elizabeth Berkeley) – Showgirls: “Fucker! Fuck off!”

Demi Moore

45. Lt. Jordan O’Neil (Demi Moore) – G.I. Jane: “Listen, you moron! I am here to stay and if you don’t wanna be in my life, you’ve got two choices. Move out or Ring out! That’s it! End of File!”

Susan George

46. Mary (Susan George) – Dirty Mary Crazy Larry: “You know what? I think I’m finally ready to unload.”

Jennifer Lopez

47. Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) – Out of Sight: “You wanted to tussle. We tussled”

Ursula Andress

48. Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) – Dr. No: “I put a black widow spider underneath his mosquito net… a female, they’re the worst. It took him a whole week to die.”

Meryl Streep

49. Gail (Meryl Streep) – The River Wild: “Don’t keep telling me how tough you are, Wade, just show me.”

Kathy Bates

50. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) – Misery: “MISERY IS ALIVE, MISERY IS ALIVE! OH, This whole house is going to be full of romance, OOOH, I AM GOING TO PUT ON MY LIBERACE RECORDS!”



Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database and Furious Cinema. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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9 Responses

  1. Locnar says:

    What about Tura Satana from “Faster Pussycat…Kill Kill?”

  2. sweet virginia says:

    Lena Olin – Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

  3. Fun list. I’d also consider:
    Joan Crawford – Strait Jacket, Queen Bee, Possessed (1947)
    Christina Lindberg – Thriller: A Cruel Picture
    Bette Davis – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

  4. Neil Mitchell says:

    No room for They Call Her One Eye or Ms.45 The Angel of Vengence?

    • mm Peter says:

      this was originally meant to be a non grindhouse gal list (although theres a couple), but if i did it over i’d def add em in.

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