Total Recall: The 25 Best Action Heroines of All Time

Who?s the toughest of them all? We count down to the best rock ?em, sock ?em lady of all time.

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03. Angelina Jolie
Now here's a woman who was born to be a femme fatale. She's played cop (The Bone Collector) and criminal (Gone in 60 Seconds), sociopath (Girl, Interrupted) and scammer (Original Sin), but the world didn't really know what it was in for until Jolie took on the iconic role of video game adventurer Lara Croft. Clad in those signature short shorts, a pair of pistols on her hips, Jolie shot and tumbled her way through two Tomb Raider films; a few years later, she would maximize that firearms-plus-sex appeal formula opposite Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In this week's Wanted, she's bending bullets as a sultry killer named, appropriately, The Fox.

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02. Pam Grier

Before the 1970s, prominent roles for African-American women were distressingly rare -- and, when they were available, were often passive or demeaning. Pam Grier was having none of that. With the one-two combo of Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), Grier established one of American cinema's baddest on-screen personas. If her peak years were brief, her impact is undeniable; she re-emerged in 1998 in Jackie Brown, as an older and wiser -- but still tough-as-nails -- variation on her early Blaxploitation triumphs.

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