Hollywood has made leaps and bounds in their treatment of female characters, even if in many cases there’s still a long way to go. We’re far from the era of women being reduced to distressed damsels, seductive temptresses and cheering girlfriends who never leave the sidelines.
The muscle-bound action guy with perma-stubble and really big machine guns isn’t going away any time soon, but at least now there are scores of female characters who can do the exact same thing. Most recently, Charlize Theron proved that she could ride with boys by taking on a bonafide ’80s action legend in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Here are just a few women from live-action films who can stand on their own and get things done without a man in sight.