Just because The Hunger Games isn’t in theaters any more doesn’t mean that you can’t see it. If you missed Katniss — the fierce and rebellious protagonist of The Hunger Games Trilogy — Peeta, Gale and the rest of the Panem crew at the theater, now’s your chance to watch. Starting at midnight on August 18th, DIRECTV CINEMA™ will bring all of The Hunger Games excitement right into your living room! Watch as the Capitol forces Katniss and twenty-three other teenagers from the districts to battle to the death in the film version of the blockbuster novel.
But Katniss Everdeen is only one of many female heroes that have graced the silver screen. Here are some memorable lady-warriors whose general bad-assery is the stuff of legend. (NOTE: We strongly advise against picking a fight with any of them.)
Film: Hunger Games
Character: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
Memorable quote: “I volunteer as tribute!”
Weapon of choice: Bow and arrow
Why we admire her: Katniss is a skilled archer, hunter, and trapper who isn’t afraid of breaking the rules. She constantly risks her own life to save her family.
Character: Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez)
Memorable quote: “You still like me with my black eye?”
Weapon of choice: Her fists
Why we admire her: After surviving a tough childhood, Diana finds in boxing a way to let go of her anger. In spite of several injuries and an incredulous trainer, she never gives up.
Film: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Character: Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh)
Memorable quote: “Whatever path you decide to take in this life, be true to yourself.”
Weapon of choice: Swords
Why we admire her: She complements a flawless fighting technique with gracious movements, words of wisdom, and a great sense of honor.
Film: The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Character: Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara)
Memorable quote: “Lie still. I’ve never done this before, and there will be blood.”
Weapon of choice: Her brains
Why we admire her: She is fearless and always acts with reason. Her mental toughness and tech skills have no comparison.
Film: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Character: Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)
Memorable quote: “There are 215 bones in the human body. That’s one. Now don’t move!”
Weapon of choice: Batons, guns, syringes, and her muscular arms
Why we admire her: Who knew such a strong woman could be so motherly?