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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In this week's Wanted, Angelina Jolie returns to heat-packing form as an assassin named Fox, but how does she measure up against the likes of fellow fatal femmes like Sigourney Weaver (Aliens), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and Pam Grier (Foxy Brown)? We count down through 25 of the baddest chicks in movie history and name the number one best action heroine of all time.

Our criteria: each lethal lady should make you think twice before challenging her to a fight. (Which is why two of three Charlie's Angels didn't make the cut. Sorry, Drew and Cameron.) Kicking many butts in multiple action films improves a nominee's stock, but so too can a single, iconic performance. We think you'll agree that our #1 Best Action Heroine of All Time (by unanimous decision) can best the rest of the list in our fantasy showdown, but start here and see for yourself! Our list begins with...

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25. Famke Janssen

Before starring as telepathic super heroine Jean Grey in the X-Men franchise (and shredding the world to bits as the destructive Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand), Famke Janssen scored the coup of every aspiring femme fatale in Hollywood when she landed the role of Xenia Onatopp in 1995's GoldenEye. Not your regular Bond girl, Onatopp earned a special place in the already-cheeky history of James Bond for her unique signature move: death by thighs. The pleasure, Ms. Janssen, is all ours.

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24. Demi Moore

While she provided a fabulous foil to the 21st century Charlie's Angels in McG's second flick, we know there's tougher stuff within Demi Moore than a deranged gymnastic villainess with a fetish for gold plated guns. Hark back to 1997's G.I. Jane, when Moore embodied toughness by shaving her head, becoming a NAVY Seal, and withstanding a brutal beat down by Viggo Mortensen while landing a few of her own blows to boot. Femine brawn never looked hotter.

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