January 20, 2013

10 of the Best: Damsels in Distress

We’ve seen it over and over again in action film:  a young, beautiful woman needs rescuing and our hero comes to her aid.  These “Damsels in Distress” serve as vital parts of the plot and sometimes as motivation for the action hero.  Although there are many more of these “Damsels” in action film, here are 10 of the Best:





1.  Holly Gennero (Bonnie Bedelia)

Die Hard (1988)

Her marriage is on the rocks but in the end she trusts her husband knowing all he has done to try to save her.







2.  Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)

The Terminator (1984)

She’s a waitress who can’t even balance her checkbook, but when she meets Kyle Reese and he tells her what her future is really like, she comes to trust him and fall in love with him in the span of a night.







3.  Lois Lane (Margot Kidder)

Superman (1978)

Her desire is for a great career as a writer but when she meets Superman she realizes there are greater ideals at stake.






4.  Julia (Michelle Monaghan)

Mission Impossible III (2006)

Ok, we know she is a Katie Holmes look-alike but we don’t care.  She is a timid girl but gains inner strength with Ethan Hunt around.  Her loyalty to him is rewarded when he gives up his dangerous job for her.







5.  Kim (Maggie Grace)

Taken (2008)

She is about to be “taken” and yet she is able to compose herself and listen to her Dad’s instructions which ultimately help save her life.







6.  Melissa (Mia Sara)

TimeCop (1994)

Her love for her husband is the most important thing to her.  She has important news for him but chooses not to tell him so he won’t worry about her.  Her decision will affect him on several levels later in the film and will cause him to do anything necessary to save her life.






7.  Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) 

The Dark Knight (2008)

Strapped to a chair and knowing her life is surely about to end, she uses her last moments to try to comfort Harvey Dent and encourage him to save himself.








8.  Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst)

Spiderman (2002)

She is the girl next door who has a chance to marry wealthy but sacrifices financial security to be with a man who lays his life on the line for her.







9.  Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)

Thor (2011)

She’s a dedicated scientist searching for information to prove her theories.  When she meets a mysterious man who falls from the sky she realizes he holds the key to her dreams and eventually her heart.








10.  Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams)

Eraser (1996)

In her first acting role, the former Miss America gives a good performance as an intelligent woman who can stand toe to toe with the great Arnold Schwarzenegger.

About the Author

I'm just a girl who would rather watch stuff get blown up, shot up, or jacked up than sit in a theatre and cry. Action movies are my passion and I want to see this genre thrive again.



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