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Tue Aug 14, 2012, 10:59 AM

50 Bravest Movie Heroines

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Dorothy Gale (The Wizard Of Oz)

The Heroine: Though sometimes a bit of a damsel in distress, there’s no denying Dorothy’s bravery in the face of some pretty unusual things – not least a talking lion and flying monkeys…

Bravest Moment: It’s done slightly by accident, but Dorothy discovers the key to the Wicked Witch’s undoing when she splashes her with water, causing her to melt.

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Reply 50 Bravest Movie Heroines (Original post)
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 OP
hlthe2b Aug 2012 #1
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #3
bayareaboy Aug 2012 #2
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #4
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #5
riverwalker Aug 2012 #6
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #7
caseymoz Aug 2012 #8
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #11
ellenfl Aug 2012 #27
MgtPA Aug 2012 #9
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #10
MgtPA Aug 2012 #13
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #16
Starry Messenger Aug 2012 #12
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #14
Starry Messenger Aug 2012 #15
missingthebigdog Aug 2012 #17
Starry Messenger Aug 2012 #19
jobycom Aug 2012 #21
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #24
LaydeeBug Aug 2012 #18
missingthebigdog Aug 2012 #20
jobycom Aug 2012 #22
Neoma Aug 2012 #25
jobycom Aug 2012 #23
leveymg Aug 2012 #26
obamanut2012 Aug 2012 #29
ellenfl Aug 2012 #28

Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 11:06 AM

1. Love her or hate her/Love the movie or hate the movie--still got to give a nod to Scarlett O'Hara

From getting Melanie, Prissy & the baby through enemy lines to Tara, sustaining all with meager crops to the end of the war and afterwards, killing the renegade looting Union soldier... Yes, though eye-raising from today's feminist standards, in terms of her manner of manipulating men to do her bidding-- she also had episodes of fierce independence and strong survival instincts as well.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:10 PM

3. I 100% agree -- she was very brave

And resourceful, especially when all her upbringing did was educate her to be pretty and airheaded and marry well.

She also took care of her family, including the Wilkes, and decided friending Yankees and eating was better than starving with honor.

Yes, she was often selfish and "Mean Girl," but at heart she was loyal and brave. I like her, too.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:08 PM

2. Went through the first 15 or so ...

did the movies not exist before about 1990 except for the Wizard of Oz. I can think of many women in all types of movies from the beginning of the first movie who didn't have to wear leather or wield a sword or set spells to be great role models.

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Response to bayareaboy (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:24 PM

4. Many of the first 15 are prior to 1990

And the only real "Xena" character was Catwoman.

I think this says how bad many roles were for women before the 70's.

So glad "Hattie" from "True Grit" made it!

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:29 PM

5. Three Quibbles

I would have Katniss Everdeen higher, and would have added Jennifer Lawrence's character Ree Dolly from "Winter's Bone."

And, I would have taken out GI Jane and added Amy Bradshaw from D.E.B.S. (yes, really).

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:29 PM

6. Beatrix Kiddo

in Kill Bill. I know it's violent, but at a certain time in my life, her vengence was a satisfying release.

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:34 PM

7. She's on the list

Pretty high up, too.

She is pretty badass!!!

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 04:10 PM

8. Discrimination! Total injustice.

Where is Brigitte Fitzgerald from the 2001 Canadian horror movie Ginger Snaps?

Why? Let's see. A fifteen-year-old high school outcast going against a raging werewolf with nothing but a syringe in her hand? She faints doing it, but that was her body surrendering, not her. Then she gets back up and continues, without the syringe.

For bravery, I'd put her up there with Ripley. Whether she surpasses Ripley is a matter of opinion, though you must consider Brigitte was far less equipped and prepared than the Alien(s) protagonist. Omitting Brigitte totally from the list is just fucked.

It's just that the author wasn't going to promote an independent Canadian movie that didn't get US theatrical release next to Hollywood films.

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Response to caseymoz (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 06:15 PM

11. I've actually seen that movie

It's really good.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 07:15 PM

27. that was a good movie. eom

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 04:34 PM

9. What, no Eowyn from LOTR?

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 05:31 PM

10. Yeah, I agree with that, too

"I am no man!" was one of the greatest lines ever, and if it wasn't for her...

I was glad to see Hermione Granger on the list, though.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 07:47 PM

13. "i am no man!" was righteous!

Glad Hermoine made it too.

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #13)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 10:13 PM

16. I gave a nerdy little cheer in the theater when she said it

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 07:00 PM

12. Oh man, I thought I was the only person in the world who remembers "Night of the Comet"



It was nice to see Ripley at #1. There's a couple I would swap out--I think Niobe from the Matrix trilogy should have been included since she's kick-ass in her own right even though not the lead character. Hard to find video of her scenes, but this one is good:

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 08:01 PM

14. I loved that movie

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #14)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 09:15 PM

15. I saw it first run in the theater. Back in the day. :)

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 10:54 PM

17. Samantha: You were born with an asshole, Doris, you don't need Chuck.

Love that movie!!!!

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Response to missingthebigdog (Reply #17)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 11:22 PM

19. You too!

OMG. I feel like I discovered new relatives!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 05:20 AM

21. Daddy would have bought us Uzzies.

Nominee for best line ever.

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Response to jobycom (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 08:36 AM

24. +1!!! And don't forget

DMK

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 11:09 PM

18. You gotta give it up for number one though. Brava. nt

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 11:27 PM

20. No Buffy???

What's more badass than a teenage girl killing vampires with only Donald Sutherland to back her up?

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Response to missingthebigdog (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 05:21 AM

22. Someone is slapping their forehead over that one.

Terrible oversight.

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Response to missingthebigdog (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 06:29 PM

25. The message I got from Buffy was...

If you're kicking ass, you have to be stunningly beautiful while at it.

That repetitive message in the media gets really boring after awhile.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 05:33 AM

23. Girlfight. Great call.

The character was brave in all meanings of the word, without special effects or swords or funky martial arts moves.

Also, Helen Parr. One of the best animated characters and best animated voice-acting performances ever, I think.

They could have left out the slasher heroines. They tend to be cookie cutter stereotypes.

I'd have Lisbeth Salander in the top ten. Both actresses who played her were fantastic, so they could put her in the top ten twice, IMHO. Also, Katness Everdeen and Maggie Fitzgerald should be higher.

But fun list Lots of characters I'd half forgotten.

And I agree with the posters who say Scarlet and Buffy should be there. They are top ten material, easily. Scarlet could be number one. I can't quibble with Ripley--in the context of her time, she was freaking awesome.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 06:54 PM

26. Ripley gets my vote for #1. Good choice.

But, where's Karen Silkwood?

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Response to leveymg (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 08:38 PM

29. I was going to say she was a real person, so maybe that's why

But Erin Brochavich (sic) is on there.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 07:18 PM

28. gotta agree with #1. eom

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