The Best Female Superheroes to Hit the Big Screen

As we near the end of Women's History Month, we're honoring 10 of the best female superheroes to hit theaters, brought to life by these amazing actresses.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Gal Gadot and Amazonians in "Wonder Woman."

© Warner Bros. Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

These last couple years have been so exciting as we continue to see more and more female superheroes gracing the big screen. Between the MCU and the DCEU, there are strong female role models to look up to on both sides.

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / courtesy Everett Collection

In celebration of Women's History Month, we picked out 10 of our favorite female superheroes and ranked them based on their amazingness and the amazingness of the movie surrounding them. Enjoy!

  • 1Wonder Woman
    Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman."

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    Wonder Woman - To be a true heroine, you must have strength and empathy. “I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” These are the words of our number one pick in this list of female superheroes, Princess Diana (Gal Gadot), better known as “Wonder Woman.” She’s the strongest female in the DC Universe, so make sure you’re on her team…or else fill the wrath when she claps those indestructible bracelets together.

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    Wonder Woman

    Action / 2017 / PG-13

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  • 2Marvel's the Avengers
    Scarlett Johansson in "Marvel's The Avengers."

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    Black Widow - This character could also be argued as the most incredible heroine of all, and why? She has no real powers, yet she’s killing it in a universe where basically all her foes do have them. The pure strength and confidence required to survive in the MCU usually comes from either superpowers or technology. Yet, all she has is a handgun and her expert martial arts skills.

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    Marvel's the Avengers

    Action / 2012 / PG-13

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  • 3Captain Marvel
    Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel."

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    Captain Marvel - She's legitimately the strongest hero, male or female, in the Marvel universe. She's introduced in grand, fun fashion in this MCU tale that travels to those grungy days in the '90s where video tape stores were actually a thing. Besides being a great origin story that finds lead Brie Larson and her co-star Samuel L. Jackson finding a groovy chemistry together, it's a perfect set-up for Larson's arrival as the strongest of all in "Avengers: Endgame."

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    Captain Marvel

    Action / 2019 / PG-13

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  • 4Black Panther
    Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright in "Black Panther."

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    Okoye & Shuri - It’s hard to choose between the two leading women here, so we decided to give them both some well-deserved recognition. In “Black Panther,” we’re introduced to a technological goldmine in a magical place called Wakanda. Although the advanced equipment and resources warrant praise, it’s really the people behind those gadgets that get the job done. Highly intelligent warriors Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Shuri (Lupita Nyong’o) bring the heat when push comes to shove.

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    Black Panther

    Action / 2018 / PG-13

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  • 5X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Jennifer Lawrence in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

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    Mystique/Raven - The next heroine on the list has one of the most interesting powers of our leading ladies. When she goes incognito, she’s able to adapt to any environment by transforming to look 100% identical to someone else. Her name? To some, she’s known as Raven, to others she’s called Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). To us, she’s just awesome.

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Action / 2014 / PG-13

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  • 6Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Elizabeth Olson in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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    Scarlet Witch - Some fans of the Marvel franchise believe this superheroine may be the strongest of all. Many thought that she would be the one to take down Thanos in the “Avengers: Endgame” prior to its release. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is her name, and she has quite the arsenal of powers at her disposal. Although her full range of telekinetic powers isn’t 100% clear, that just makes her harder to define, and more dangerous to behold.

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    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Action / 2015 / PG-13

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  • 7X2: X-Men United
    Halle Berry in "X2: X-Men United."

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    Storm - Ever seen a storm and thought, “wow, that looks dangerous.” Now, imagine someone who could control it and then electrocute you with it. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe that someone exists, and her name is Storm (Halle Berry). She’s one of the most powerful heroines from the X-Men franchise. Whenever trouble arises, she’s the first one to light up the room…with actual lightning.

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    X2: X-Men United

    Action / 2003 / PG-13

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  • 8Ant-Man and the Wasp
    Evangeline Lilly in "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

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    The Wasp - Sometimes the name of a heroine doesn’t necessarily do them justice. It may sound silly that you’d be afraid of something like an insect, but the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) is not to be trifled with. Some people assume that when she’s small you could just squish her and be done with it…but that’s when she’s at her most terrifying. Good things come in small packages.

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    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Action / 2018 / PG-13

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  • 9Guardians of the Galaxy
    Zoe Saldana in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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    Gamora - This character is green and can really pack a punch, and no, it’s not the Hulk. There’s another green character in the MCU and that's Gamora (Zoe Saldana). No matter how hardcore or detached she tries to appear, she still ends up being the heroine at the end of the day. With her super strength and agility, we would recommend not making her mad or getting into a boxing ring with her.

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Action / 2014 / PG-13

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  • 10X-Men
    Anna Paquin and Hugh Jackman in "X-Men."

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    Rogue - There are some female superheroes that do not understand the full extent of their power and may even wish that they were born without their abilities. That’s certainly the case for the member of the X-Men called Rogue (Anna Paquin). She has the ability to drain the life force of any person she touches…which is definitely something that could kill you and your mood if you try to hold her hand.

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    X-Men

    Action / 2000 / PG-13

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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