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The Greatest Movie Superheroines

We present the 10 greatest cinematic female warriors with comic book origins – ranked by their amazingness and the amazingness of their movies.

By Jesse Conner

Gal Gadot and Amazonians in "Wonder Woman."

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    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 superheroine, 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.

    Wonder Woman

    Action / 2017

    Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

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    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 Marvel Cinematic Universe usually comes from either superpowers or technology, but all she needs is a handgun and her expert martial arts skills.

    Marvel's the Avengers

    Action / 2012 / PG-13

    Synopsis: When Thor's evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury's "dream team" are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

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    Captain Marvel

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    Captain Marvel - She's legitimately the strongest hero, male or female, in the Marvel universe, and 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 (with Jackson in particular leaning quite nicely into the comic bits), it's a perfect set-up for Larson's arrival as the strongest of all in "Avengers: Endgame."

    Captain Marvel

    Action / 2019 / PG-13

    Synopsis: Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

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    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, and although the advanced equipment and resources warrant praise, it’s really the people behind those gadgets, and the ones utilizing said devices on the battlefield, that get the job done. Highly-intelligent warriors Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Shuri (Lupita Nyong’o) bring the heat when push comes to shove.

    Black Panther

    Action / 2018 / PG-13

    Synopsis: After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

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    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.

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Action / 2014 / PG-13

    Synopsis: Convinced that mutants pose a threat to humanity, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) develops the Sentinels, enormous robotic weapons that can detect a mutant gene and zero in on that person. In the 21st century, the Sentinels have evolved into highly efficient killing machines. With mutants now facing extinction, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) volunteers to go back in time and rally the X-Men of the past to help change a pivotal moment in history and thereby save their future.

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    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 and have hypothesized that she may be the one to take down Thanos in the long-awaited “Avengers: Endgame” coming out in late April. 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.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Action / 2015 / PG-13

    Synopsis: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

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    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.

    X2: X-Men United

    Action / 2003 / PG-13

    Synopsis: Stryker (Brian Cox), a villianous former Army commander, holds the key to Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) past and the future of the X-Men. This threat re-ignites the call for a mutant registration act. Stryker starts a full-out assault on Professor Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) mansion and school. After escaping his plastic cell, Magneto (Ian McKellen) proposes a partnership with Xavier and the X-Men to combat this new formidable enemy they both have in common.

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    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.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Action / 2018 / PG-13

    Synopsis: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

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    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.

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Action / 2014 / PG-13

    Synopsis: Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb's true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.

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    X-Men

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    Rogue - There are some superheroines 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.

    X-Men

    Action / 2000 / PG-13

    Synopsis: They are children of the atom, homo superior, the next link in the chain of evolution. Each was born with a unique genetic mutation, which at puberty manifested itself in extraordinary powers. In a world filled with hate and prejudice, they are feared by those who cannot accept their differences. Led by Xavier the X-Men fight to protect a world that fears them. They are locked in a battle with former colleague and friend, Magneto who believes humans and mutants should never co-exist.

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