Hitmen are one of the great character types in all of fiction. But are there any good movies with female assassins? around? Well, although they are rarer than men, there are still quite a lot of badass women in the business of professional murder. The movies in the following list consist of the deadliest women who will probably disagree with the notion that you can’t put a price on human life.
Movies with Female Assassins
9 / 9 Kate (2021)
Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Movie Duration: 106 min
The plot is rather mediocre, centering on Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstood), a female assassin who unfortunately finds herself poisoned with radioactive material, shortly after she decides to retire from the assassination business, following a particularly traumatic assassination.
When she realizes that her time is limited, she decides to make a U-turn and locate the person who did it and repay him. On her way, she commits massacres of anyone who happens to be on her way with bloody graphics.
This journey is also accompanied by a girl named Annie, who was previously a witness to her father’s assassination by Kate, and this time she is annexed to it as the last snooze in her carnage and bloody journeys.
The film is rhythmic and abundant at times, and differs favorably thanks to its visuals and excellent style, and especially to the streets of Japan that are shot great. It could have worked well in cinema as well mainly due to its cinematography and frenzy shots, but the film’s tropes and lack of original plot make it a mediocre film at best.
8 / 9 Wanted (2008)
Genre: Action. Thriller. Comics.
Movie Duration: 110 min.
Wesley Gibson, a 25-year-old man, is one of the least successful people on the planet. He works at a dead-end desk job with an annoying boss, takes medication for panic attacks, and has a live-in girlfriend who cheats on him with his co-worker and best friend. Then one evening, a secret club of assassins contacts him and informs him that his recently murdered father was a covert assassin, and the killer, named Cross, is now hunting him. With the help of the secret society of assassins (the Fraternity) and under the cruel tutelage of the beautiful and sexy assassin Fox (Angelina Jolie) Wes learns endurance, knife fighting, and hand-to-hand combat. He soon taps into his supernatural assassin abilities in order to replace his father.
Wanted provides a sweeping, sexy cinematic experience with never a dull moment. The action scenes are entertaining and there are quite a lot of successful comedic situations too.
7 / 8. Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller.
Movie Duration: 108 min.
Cataleya is a nine-year-old girl in Bogota, Colombia, who witnesses the death of her parents by a drug lord, Don Luis Sandoval. She finds refuge in the US Embassy and from there she moves to Chicago and asks her uncle to train her as a killer.
Fifteen years later, Cataleya has become one of the world’s most formidable assassins, with one thing on her mind: to eliminate Don Luis who took her parents’ life. With each contract murder she commits, she leaves her signature, the Cattleya flower, hoping to one day attract the attention of Don Luis so she can take her revenge. Don Luis learns that Cataleya is still alive and organizes his men to kill her. Can Cataleya fight his entire gang and manage to exact her revenge?
Colombiana is a well-made film that provides fast, fun, and sparkling entertainment for fans of the genre.
6 / 8. La Femme Nikita (1990)
Genre: Action. Thriller.
Movie Duration: 117 min.
Another entry for Luc Besson to this list of best movies with female assassins. The film tells the story of Nikita, a teenage junkie criminal who is handed a life sentence for murdering policemen during an armed robbery. She is allegedly executed and re-created as a professional assassin for the French security services. After intense training, she starts a career as a talented killer, where she struggles to balance her work with her personal life. Her career progresses until a mission in an embassy goes awry.
La Femme Nikita is a praiseworthy action movie, which also manages to excite the viewer while depicting, somewhat melancholy, the non-glamorous life of a female secret agent.
5 / 8. Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action. Thriller.
Movie Duration: 110 min.
When her entire family is murdered by a corrupt DEA agent, 12-year-old Mathilda Lando takes refuge with her neighbor Leon, who hesitantly gives her shelter. Leon is a professional hitman, and at Mathilda’s urging, he teaches her his skills, as she wants to avenge the murder of her four-year-old brother. Mathilda slowly transforms into a deadly assassin, trained in the use of various weapons. In exchange, she runs Leon’s errands, cleans his apartment, and teaches him how to read. Will Mathilda be able to exact her revenge on the corrupt Agent who destroyed her life?
Written and directed by Luc Besson, Leon is the ‘Bambi’ of adult men, one of the few movies that allow them to shed tears without questioning their masculinity. It is also one of the all-time best movies about the assassination trade.
4 / 8. Salt (2010)
Genre: Action. Thriller.
Movie Duration: 104 min.
We already had Angelina Jolie on this list, but how could we possibly leave Wanted out of the list?
Angelina Jolie has portrayed ultra-skilled assassins several times in her career (Both in Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005 and in Wanted in 2008), but her latest role as a hitwoman was in the 2010 film Salt.
Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent who lives with her husband in New York. Out of the blue, she is accused of being a double agent for the KGB, part of a Russian program in which many children underwent special training in Russia that taught them to assimilate senior positions in American politics and security. The plan was for the dormant agents to continue in office until the day came when they would be asked to cooperate in the assassination of the President of the US and the President of Russia in order to create a war between the countries. Salt tries to convince her colleagues of her innocence, but she runs away from them and the acts she commits during the chase make them even more suspicious. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?
The fast pace and classic style of Salt make it a well-made action movie with the taste of yesteryear.
3 / 8. Hanna (2011)
Genre: Action. Adventure. Thriller.
Movie Duration: 111 min.
Hannah is a teenaged girl who was raised in the wilderness of northern Finland by her father Erik, an ex-CIA operative, who trains her to become a cold-blooded assassin. As a result, Hanna has almost superhuman skills in fighting, using weapons, and subduing enemies. In addition to a proven ability to eliminate any number of mature men with bare hands, Hannah also knows how to speak German, Italian, French, and Arabic, and sounds like she understands what she is saying in each language. Erik knows a secret that cannot become public and Marissa, a senior CIA officer, searches for him in order to eliminate him. Erik has trained Hanna with the intent that she will kill Marissa. One night, Hanna tells Erik that she is ready to face their enemies. Erik sends Hanna on a journey across Europe. As Hanna keeps a low profile while on a collision course with Marissa, she begins to reexamine her upbringing and question her role in the world.
If what you’re looking for is pure action – you got it. If you want an exercise in breathtaking and sophisticated cinema, you got it also.
2 / 8. Elektra (2005)
Genre: Action. Superhero. Comics. Crime.
Country: Canada, USA.
Movie Duration: 97 min.
Elektra Natchios is a deadly ninja assassin, who is also endowed with precognition as well as the ability to resurrect the dead. Following her death in Daredevil’s (2003) film, Elektra is revived by blind martial arts master Stick and becomes an assassin-for-hire. Years later, she receives an unusually large offer from an anonymous client wishing to hire her. After a long preparation for the hit, she finds out the job is to take down a single father and his young daughter. Electra chooses to protect them instead and soon finds herself at war with the Order of the Hand, a ninja collective of assassins.
Elektra is a refreshing breeze in the plethora of hero films and one of the most interesting comic films.
1 / 9. Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 (2003)
Genre: Material arts, Vengeance, Action.
Movie Duration: Vol.1 -111 min. Vol 2 – 136 min
Give it up for Beatrix Kiddo! Code name Black Mamba is a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, the romantic partner of Bill, leader of the squad, and the most deadly female assassin in the world. Upon becoming pregnant, Beatrix leaves the squad to escape the life of an assassin and start a new one for her unborn daughter. However, on the day of her marriage to another man, Bill and the other members of the squad murder her friends, her fiancé, and even the organ player. Bill personally shoots the bride in the head and presumes her dead but he only puts her into a four-year coma. This mistake will cost him and his partners dearly. Once The Bride wakes up she embarks on a deadly vengeance campaign against all members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, including Bill himself, killing them all one-by-one and killing anyone who stands in her way.
Kill Bill is a song of praise for the movies that director Quentin Tarantino grew up on and he does it brilliantly, as usual.