10) Playboy Playmate Jordan Tate, Under Siege
She might have started the Steven Segal action flick Under Siege off as a simple stripper, but by the end of the flick about terrorists trying to steal missiles from a submarine, Erika Eleniak's Jordan Tate transforms from ass-shaker to ass-kicker. Heck, we know grown men who wouldn't have the stones to go up against the combined creepiness of Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey. Especially Busey, he haunts our dreams.
9) Flight Attendant Cindy, Commando
Commando's Cindy (Rae Dawn Chong) was just trying to go home after a long flight, but instead wound up as the at-first-unwilling accomplice to John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in his quest to not only reclaim his kidnapped daughter, but also get revenge on the men who took her. While not nearly as brutal or calculating as Matrix, Cindy did help Matrix get away from the cops, flew him to the bad guy's headquarters and called in the cavalry. That makes up for her trying to tell the cops she'd been kidnapped and kicking off a huge action scene in a mall, right? Matrix seemed to think so as he flew off into the sunset with her and his daughter at the end of the flick.
8) Inspector Kate Moore, The Enforcer
Getting partnered with Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan can be a dangerous gig. His partners have a tendency to, well, get murdered and maimed. But, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) persisted even with his reputation and Harry's clear disdain for her as a cop in 1976's The Enforcer. That doesn't stop her from doing her part to help stop not one but two terrorist groups from holding San Francisco hostage. "You laugh at me you bastard and I'll shoot you where you stand," she said towards the end before blowing a guy away and saving the city's kidnapped mayor. Soon after she takes some slugs in the chest trying to save her partner. Moore (and Daly who suggested the script change) gets bonus points for doing her job and not getting romantically involved with Dirty Harry.
7) April O'Neil, TMNT
We all love April O'Neil for being the one human in the world who's not absolutely terrified by walking, talking turtles who carry weapons, know karate and love pizza just a little too much. However, in the movies, she doesn't get a whole lot to do. Sure, she throws a punch every now and then and distracts the occasional Foot Clan member so one of the Turtles can knock them out, but she didn't really get her chance to kick ass until the 2007 computer generated TMNT. Towards the end of the film, she donned a skin tight fighting suit, sword and actually got to help save the world with the fight skills she picked up from knowing the Turtles all those years... and dating Casey Jones.
6) Officer Anne Lewis, Robocop
It takes a certain kind of officer to partner up with an emotionless walking tank who sticks to the exact letter of the law. You've got to be tough and a little crazy, which describes Robocop's partner Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) to the letter. At Robo's side she's taken on rampant street gangs, evil corporations, lethal drug runners, a murderous little kid and her fair share of robots. Officer Anne Lewis wound up giving her life to defend the people she swore to protect, showing exactly how heroic she was, a moment lessened by the goofiness of Robocop 3 as well as the fact that it was spoiled in the trailer.