So, Entertainment Weekly has put out a list of The 25 Greatest Action Films Ever! (Yes, the exclamation point is theirs.)
Five films with heroine content made their list:
20 – Kill Bill Volume 1
16 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
10 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Grace’s review is here)
5 – The Matrix
2 – Aliens
I found their description of T2 a little odd, since they don’t mention Linda Hamilton. Then when I got to their description of Aliens, I found this (emphasis mine):
In all of action herodom, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is unique. She’s a woman, which makes her part of an elite club. And writer-director James Cameron miraculously found a way to treat her gender as both a nonissue and the core of her character. Ripley isn’t a vixen like Lara Croft or Charlie’s Angels. Yet Weaver wasn’t forced to turn Ripley into a man, either. (Remember Linda Hamilton in T2?) Aliens — a relentless Swiss watch of a war film — is a movie about women, about the matriarchs of two tribes fighting to protect their young.
Stop this train, I want to get off! Linda Hamilton was a MAN?
This post was originally published on Heroine Content, a feminist and anti-racist movie blog that ran from July 2006 to May 2012.