Katniss, the protagonist in the “Hunger Games” series of books, was brought to life by Jennifer Lawrence in the movie adaptations. Her characterization was one of equal parts vulnerability and strength. She was kind hearted, willing to help people who needed it. At the same time, she knew how to survive amidst rather scary scenarios and become an effective killer if needed.
For several years, movies were mainly dominated by men with do-gooder sensibilities, oozing machismo and a ruggedness that qualifies them as badass. Not very many movie studios were willing to put strong female characters into the mix. That is, until recently, with female empowerment being on the rise. Of course, since we’re talking about women here, it would only be appropriate to actually come up with a list of the best and strongest characters in movies that were all female
In Quentin Tarantino’s alternate history movie, “Inglorious Bastards”, you had a character like Shoshana. When not surrounded by oozing machismo from rebels looking to overthrow Hitler’s regime, she is off planning the most intricate ways to exact revenge. Her story is one that seems pretty common in many movies. However, it was the execution of Melanie Laurent that really gave her more than enough dimension to become a highly memorable female lead.