5 headstrong heroines we all want to be

As part of the Wonder Women season on BT TV Store, watch some of the greatest female characters in film history and find out why they kick ass.

Last updated: 07 March 2017 - 04.17pm

Catwoman, Elektra, Lavagirl… Women have had a raw deal when it comes to female leads. But these larger-than-life heroines define empowerment and fearlessness. We kind of want to be them. And before you Google it, Lavagirl really did happen… in 3D.

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

The Hunger Games’ bad-ass lead justifiably joins the ranks of this fearless line-up as a truly memorable and inspirational female figure in a movie. Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is prepared to put her life on the line to save her sister, lead a revolution and stick it to ‘the man’. Go, sister.

Watch Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games series, available to rent from BT TV Store

2. Erin Brockovich (Erin Brockovich)

An unemployed single mother who somehow finds the courage to take on a mammoth legal case on behalf of the local community, Erin Brockovich is your regular superwoman. And she exists. A story of the underdog winning against all odds, the film shows how real-life Erin uncovered the dirty secrets of a power corporation and brought it to justice, despite being judged, undermined and dismissed every step of the way.

Watch Erin Brockovich, available to buy and own from BT TV Store

3. Princess Leia (Star Wars)

Yes, she has great hair, but Carrie Fisher's rebel princess-turned-general is more than just a style icon or damsel in distress: she fights her way through the film, rescuing Han Solo and Luke Skywalker from the Death Star, ruthlessly using her blaster, and strangling Jabba for her freedom. Leia transcends the Star Wars world, even popping up on posters with the slogan, “A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance.” You don’t mess with this princess.

Watch Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available to buy and own from BT TV Store

4. Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)

The Bride, aka Beatrix Kiddo, aka Black Mamba (aka Uma Thurman), is one of Quentin Tarantino’s most fearless heroines-cum-hardened assassins. After surviving a brutal murder attempt during her wedding, she wakes from a four-year-long coma on a quest for vengeance. Kiddo goes on to kill an entire assassination squad, including her nemesis, Bill, who she murders using the ‘Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique’. We don’t blame the woman.

Watch Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, available to buy and own from BT TV Store

5. Cheryl Strayed (Wild)

It’s usually men braving the unknown and leading the way in Hollywood’s expedition movies – whether they’re male hobbits or an adventurous mountain climber trapped in a canyon. But Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon) finds her own path, beats her own demons and conquers an unforgiving two-month solo hike filled with brutal blood and blisters. Thanks to Cheryl, there’s been a huge surge in women following in her footsteps and taking on the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Respect.

Watch Cheryl Strayed in Wild, available to buy and rent from BT TV Store

To watch these wonder women (and more) in action, press the BT Player or BT Vision button on your remote control, scroll down to Library/Film/WonderWomen and browse now. Alternatively, press the blue button to search for the film you want.

Image credit: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 © 2014, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ™ & © 2015 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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