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A trailer for “Lucy”, a Scarlett Johansson-led film created by Luc Besson of “Leon: The Professional”, has come out and impressed people worldwide for a great action/thriller concept led by a female.

“Lucy” is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman.

Big budget action thrillers have usually been dominated by popular male actors like Tom Cruise or Will Smith, so seeing Johansson tackle a feat like this should be encouraged more, but the film isn’t the first of its kind.

Here are some other butt kicking female led films you should check out, if you haven’t already.

“Kill Bill”, starring Uma Thurman

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Quentin Tarantino has usually encouraged more and more female-driven films, by creating some of the best known cult characters in his own movies. He cast his muse Uma Thurman, who had starred in Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”, as the deadly ‘Bride’ with a samurai sword in “Kill Bill” and “Kill Bill Vol. 2”.

The films are also filled with many terrific female characters, and while it can be seen as a movie that exudes girl power, fans usually just see it as a classic Tarantino film known for it’s blood and action sequences.

“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, starring Anjelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie arguably had the perfect aesthetic look for video game character Lara Croft when they made the games into a film. Besides the looks she could also rock the action scenes, the blood and teaching those other male characters not to mess with her.

The film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” went on to make $275 million on a budget of $115 million, and excitedly, they’re also talking about doing a reboot of “Lara Croft”, which shows how successful this female driven action film was.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, starring Rooney Mara

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The David Fincher remake of the original films based on the Steig Larsson novels was an American version to entice more American audiences, as well as more people around the world, to appreciate the stories fronted by one of the most interesting and complicated female characters.

Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lisbeth Salander was Oscar nominated, but Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of the character in the Swedish films should also be noted as a portrayal of a female lead character that would usually be tough to like or get used to at first, but is a hero nonetheless.

“Alien”, starring Sigourney Weaver

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Sigourney Weaver shot to stardom with this space themed horror/action/thriller, as she plays the action lead and does end up kicking some serious alien butt. The female-ledd film was so successful it turned into a franchise, and it even spawned a recent 2012 Ridley Scott film, with, you guessed it, female leads such as Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace.

Weaver’s role as Ellen Ripley is nothing short of iconic, especially with the alien baby shooting out of her belly and that weird robot suit she wore.

“Charlie’s Angels”, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu

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Based on the successful 70s television show, “Charlie’s Angels” was a successful 2000 film starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu as the butt kicking private investigators for an unseen millionaire called ‘Charlie’.

Though it is an action film, it is also an enjoyable comedy which the three actresses could do very well besides the intense action choreography. The film received generally good reviews from critics and earned $264 million at the box office.

“Hanna”, starring Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan is a young actress, but she pulled off deadly so very well in the Joe Wright directed indie action thriller film “Hanna”, which received worldwide recognition even with its limited release. The story is about a girl raised in the wilderness of northern Finland by her father, an ex-CIA operative (Eric Bana), who trains her as an assassin. Cate Blanchett is a senior CIA agent who tries to track down and eliminate the girl and her father.

The film not only had a great amount of action scenes, mostly by Ronan’s character Hanna, but it had an interesting visual feel and element, oozing out fairytale likabilities with violent and dark themes.