Staff Picks: Female Action Stars

Our Staff Picks column takes you back to a time when video stores reigned supreme and the "Staff Picks" section was the place to find out what films were worthy of one's time. Of course, our version of Staff Picks has a decidedly skintillating angle, as we suss out which films from a particular subgenre are the best to find great nudity. This week let's cover one of the absolute BEST years in moviemaking: female action stars.

The action genre isn't just for men to kick bad guys in the face and save the day. Women can do it, too. The best part? These women looks sooooo hot doing it. Here are some of the hottest female action stars in their sexiest roles.

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is a total badass who can do everything. She can transform for a role whether it is a drama like Monster, a comedy like Arrest Development, or even a villain in the Fast the Furious franchise. What can't she do? I don't have an answer to that question because she stunned us all in Atomic Blond. It turns out she's a hot action star, too.

Staff Picks: Female Action Stars

In this film, she played a bisexual secret agent who had steamy lesbian sex with Sofia Boutella. It looks like her secret mission was actually to get between the sheets with hot women! That's a mission that I would love to accept.

Staff Picks: Female Action Stars

Zhang Ziyi in Legend of the Black Scorpion

Martial artist Zhang Ziyi has been a superstar in Asia, especially in the 90s and 2000s when she was the star of several impressive martial arts films. She is also absolutely stunning! It is a shame that she never crossed over with success in the United States, but her starring role in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon helped that.

The Chinese actress has gone nude! She showed her ass in Legend of the Black Scorpion. More like Legend of Zhang Ziyi's seat!

Staff Picks: Female Action Stars

Cynthia Rothrock in Sworn to Justice

Cynthia Rothrock deserves more respect. She appeared in 40 films between 1985 and 1997 and held her own as an action hero due to her martial arts background. She was a trained weapons specialist and World Champion Martial Artist, so she knows what she is doing. This hottie kicked ass in a lot of productions. She found success in the Asian film market especially. She went nude in Sworn to Justice with breasts that certainly know justice.

Pam Grier in Coffy

Blaxploitation is a genre credited with featuring what were perhaps the first female action stars with Pam Grier becoming a household name for her many badass blaxploitation flicks. This 1973 flick is one of our favorite looks at Pam Grier's rear.

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Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element

Is anyone hotter in an action film than Milla Jovovich? Whether she is wearing hardly anything at all like in The Fifth Element as she goes on the run in an alien future world or she is kicking zombie ass in Resident Evil, Jovovich knows how to use her body to fight. She looks good doing it, too. The Ukrainian-born hottie is best known for her striking looks and long legs that she shows off with high kicks through the air.

Staff Picks: Female Action Stars

Staff Picks: Female Action Stars

Linda Hamilton in The Terminator

Thanks to her bevy of 1980s movies, Linda Hamilton is the mother of all action stars. Due to her kickass role in Terminator, she became everyone's human crush. She got naked and had a hot sex scene with Michael Biehn and then took up arms in the rest of the franchise to kick more ass and take names. Her original sex scene is the hottest scene that she filmed in those action flicks. In case you forgot about it, here it is: