10 Best Female Assassin Movies

Thursday, July 21 by Karen Murdock

If you like girls with guns, sexy secret agents and women who kick butt, these 10 best female assassin movies deliver the goods. Whether these female assassins have a personal ax to grind or they become assassins against their will, every one of these lethal leading ladies will win your respect.

  1. “Elektra” (2005) – If you thought Jennifer Garner was hot as a CIA operative in “Alias,” wait until you see her as a female assassin in “Elektra.” Better yet, get ready for female-assassin-on-female-assassin action, when the evil Typhoid Mary tries to kill Elektra with a toxic kiss. The deadly smooch scored an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Kiss.
  2. “Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003) – There is a long history in female assassin movies of a heroine seeking revenge for wrongs perpetrated by an ex-lover. Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” continues that tradition while upping the ante considerably. Uma Thurman stars as a female assassin who seeks revenge against an entire assassination squad that tried to kill her—the same squad she used to count as friends.
  3. “Le Femme Nikita” (1990) – This female assassin movie won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, but do not let the subtitles intimidate you. After all, a female assassin is even sexier in French.  
  4. “Point of No Return” (1993) – They say the original is always best, but this American remake of “Le Femme Nikita” has a secret weapon: Bridget Fonda. Fonda takes the archetype of the sexy female assassin to a new level, showing her softer side as she develops a conscience.
  5. "Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005) – Imagine a female assassin movie that combines two fantasies in one: marrying Angelina Jolie and steamy romps in the sack with a female assassin. That is exactly what Brad Pitt gets to enjoy. Pitt plays Mr. Smith, a professional assassin who has no idea that his wife—played by Jolie—is an assassin, too. If you cannot be Brad Pitt, at least you can live vicariously by watching this sexy, hilarious female assassin movie.
  6. “The Long Kiss Goodnight” (1996) – Geena Davis plays Samantha Caine, a suburban mom who suffers a bump on her head and suddenly remembers bits and pieces of her previous life as a female assassin. But this is not just a run-of-the-mill female assassin film. Davis scored a Best Actress nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
  7. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1992) – A cute, blond cheerleader destined to become a vampire assassin? Is there anything that could make that premise better?
  8. “Girl with Gun” (2006) – If you ever wondered how hard it would be to live a double life, see this female assassin movie. After a brush with death on an assassination assignment, Gwen Hunter wrestles with the choice to keep living her secret life as a female assassin or settle down with her lover.
  9. “The Lady Assassin” (1983) – This female assassin movie might include the word “lady” in its title, but do not expect Si Niang to act lady-like as she battles for the proper succession of the Ching Dynasty throne. Unlike other female assassin movies, leading lady Si Niang never intended to become an assassin, but with four female fighters, the movie will not disappoint female assassin fans.
  10. “Femme Fontaine: Killer Babe for the CIA” (1994) – When someone kills her Buddhist mentor, female assassin Drew Fontaine sets out to get revenge. As if a sexy CIA female assassin is not enough to intrigue you, the movie throws in a lesbian Nazi leader and a porn king.