[Don't miss Part I. – (H)ning]
11. Jamie Lee Curtis vs Tia Carrere (True Lies, 1994)
Slap fight in an out-of-control limo. Another Arnie flick.
12. Charlize Theron vs Teri Hatcher (2 Days in the Valley, 1996)
NEVER provoke a woman wearing a skin-tight white spandex.
13. Ziyi Zhang vs Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, 2000)
Fast and furious display of youthful, experienced, and skillful assault with deadly intent. All this and not a single naked skin is shown.
14. Rachel Weisz vs Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy Returns, 2001)
Academics duking it out with the fate of the world at stake. Who would’ve thought?
15. Denise Richards vs Aunjanue Ellis (Undercover Brother, 2002)
Tough hombres stopped their barroom brawl to watch these fine ladies tearing each other apart. Classic!
16. Rosamund Pike vs Halle Berry (Die Another Day, 2002)
Chicks trying to skewer each other (I didn’t mean that in a sexual way). Naturally, it’s another James Bond flick. Last word: “I broke her heart.” Ouch!
17. Cameron Diaz vs Demi Moore (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, 2003)
Blonde vs brunette. To the death. You KNOW you’ve had dreams about this!
18. Uma Thurman vs Vivica A. Fox, Uma Thurman vs Chiaki Kuriyama, Uma Thurman vs Lucy Liu, and Uma Thurman vs Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, 2003-2004) (Oh, just dig it up yourself! – H)
Quentin Tarantino sure loves catfights. All four exquisitely brutal rumble in one movie! (albeit split into 2 parts)
19. Holly Valance and Sarah Carter (DOA: Dead Or Alive, 2006)
Fighting. Bare-knuckled. In the rain. In bikinis. ‘Nuff said!
20. Sienna Miller vs Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe, 2009)
Two leather-clad women duking it out in a military bunker. Sure, it’s a bit cartoon-ish, but so is the toy-based-movie
Honorable mentions: Sigourney Weaver vs the Alien Queen (Aliens, 1984). She didn’t make the cut because her opponent is, well, not exactly human.
Best quote: “Bitch, you don’t have a future” (Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol.2, 2004) That’s harsh!Footnotes:
- Battles between inmates in women prisons are out, unfortunately, due to the fact that there are too many and none of them stand out.
- Bollywood movies are also out for similar reasons, but hey, send me a note if you think you’ve seen something worthy (preferably one NOT involving a song-dance routine).
- No doubt, the list will be contested. Personally, I am HOPING that the list will grow due to moviemakers’ ever increasing creativity for presenting female violence in the most, uh, stimulating ways.