I want to welcome you to another Geek Exchange with the Guys over at BabbleOn 5. This week, we discussed our favorite movie heroes and heroines. Today, we had the gentlemen give us their opinions on the ladies of the cinema, and we were quite impressed with their choices, most of them even pass the Bechdel Test. Let’s let them explain their choices:

Lucy and Uma Ready to Rumble

So the gals at Girls Are Geeks asked us to come up with our Top 5 Movie Heroines of all time and of course, we were happy to oblige. So after much debating and arguing that at one point even led to a Klingon blood feud, we finally decided on these five. So we proudly present to you the Babbleon5 Top 5 Movie Heroines of all time. In no particular order, except for number one.

5. The Bride from Kill Bill – This nameless character is easily recognizable as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2. She kicked ass, took names and kept body parts. All in the name of revenge and maternal instinct. We couldn’t think of ANY other heroines who could wield a blade like she did or look as hot in the process.

4. Ripley from the Alien movies –  Ripley’s, believe it or not, one of our favorite and most original heroines. She’s smart, tough, knows how to use a gun and has great survival instincts. She fought against both hordes of aliens and corporate greed. Who can argue against that?

3.  Trinity from The Matrix –  While she isn’t the “one” she definitely makes our list of top heroines. Chic black leather, hip shades, and an impossibly cool demeanor. Plus, anyone who can act with Keenu Reeves deserves some credit.

Trinity doesn't like you

2. Sarah Conner from the Terminator series – Maternal instinct in overdrive. She is smart, thinks fast, and knows how to disassemble and clean a shot gun.. She accepts the truth no matter how horrific it may be and is determined to do everything she can to ensure her son, and humanity, survives.

And that leads us to our number one over all greatest heroine of all time …

Bella from Twilight.

Okay, seriously, we’re kidding. How about …

Buns and Guns in all their glory

1. Princess Leia – Rebel leader, freedom fighter, and princess, she was smart, tough, witty, and sexy. She endured torture, shot Stormtroopers, rode speeder bikes, and watched her home planet be destroyed, yet still she fought on.  From her iconic hair braids in Star Wars to her sizzling slave girl outfit in Return of the Jedi, no one has been copied, imitated, or  emulated as much as her. We all had crushes on her as kids and she is one of the few female action figures that graced our toy boxes. And so it is, we sing her praise, “Leia, you got us on our knees. Leia, we beg ya darlin’ please, Leia, darlin’ won‘t you ease our worries now.” She even made the phrase, “may the force be with you,” sound cool. She is, without a doubt, our top movie heroine of all time.

So there you go gang, our top five list, complete for your amusement and disagreement. Let us know what you think!



  • Excellent list! Although Leeloo from The Fifth Element will always be my number one favorite leading lady.

    mishimoore 17.Jan.2011 11:44 am
  • Leeloo, is an interesting choice, I also love Marion from Indiana Jones, but we felt the 5 we picked were the most iconic and independant. Thanks for reading!

    Jeff Jordan 18.Jan.2011 6:08 pm
  • I almost had a heart attach when I read “Bella.” That was funny.

    Of the list, I find Ripley the most interesting. Rarely does a role in an action/sci fi film earn an actor an Oscar nomination. And for an actress to earn this is especially telling of Sigorney Weaver’s talents. Gonna have to go back and watch these, especially Aliens3. I haven’t seen it since the 90s and now that Fincher has found such a unique voice, I think it’ll be interesting to go back and watch this film, even if he has tried to distance himself from it.

    Billy 17.Jan.2011 6:55 pm
  • The Bechdel test huh? Well, while these characters all talk about things other then men, in fact, most don’t talk about men at all, how many talk to other women? Does Mon Motha count for Princess Leia?

    At least this list didn’t offend everyone. 🙂

    Jeff Jordan 18.Jan.2011 6:06 pm
  • I was gonna have to hurt someone if Bella actually made the list! lol

    My favorite is from a series that, while good, is not my favorite series, but has a character that epitomizes I think a woman *should* be: Delenn from Babylon 5. Gentle but knows when to kick ass, gracious, wise, and always does the right thing. I love her. If I were a guy, I’d be in love WITH her.

    Spring 28.Jan.2011 9:16 pm
  • Yeah, Delenn is a favorite character of mine as well, and B5 was rocking the ass-kicking women with her and Ivanova (Ivanova is God!) and Lyta Alexander. B5 is my favorite series of all time, so I’m sure when we get to television, it will show up somewhere!

    GirlsAreGeeks 28.Jan.2011 9:42 pm

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