Whether they’re fighting monsters, aliens, intruders or big, bad corporations, these very capable moms will do anything to protect themselves and their offspring. Join us as we take a look at the most butt-kicking muthas in film.
Terri in 'NO GOOD DEED' (2014)
Taraji P. Henson’s mama bear instincts kick into high gear when a dangerous escaped convict invades her home and threatens her family.
Eva in 'THE PURGE: ANARCHY' (2014)
What’s a mom to do when it’s the night of the annual Purge and suddenly – when you thought you were safe – there are mask-wearing freaks coming your way? Here’s a thought – grab a gun and keep your kid safe!
Sarah Connor in 'TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY' (1991)
Cyborg assassins -- sent from the future to kill her son -- are no match for this former waitress-turned-warrior, played by Linda Hamilton.
Beatrix Kiddo in 'KILL BILL' (2003)
Don’t even think of messing with Uma Thurman’s newly-pregnant Beatrix Kiddo. She’s got a sword and she knows how to use it!
Ellen Ripley in 'ALIENS' (1986)
Her own daughter may have died, but her maternal instincts didn’t. Armed with a machine gun, she’s there to protect a little girl from the big bad Alien Queen.
Samantha Cain in 'THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT' (1996)
She’s a suburban homemaker, mom, teacher and member of the PTA. But once upon a time, she had a career – as an assassin.
Elastagirl in 'THE INCREDIBLES' (2004)
She’s settled into suburban life quite nicely... until her superhero past requires her to don the tights once again to protect her husband and family. Not a problem when you’re Elastagirl.
Tutti Bomowski in 'STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT' (1992)
Sylvester Stallone may be a tough, macho detective with muscles to spare, but he’s no match for his 4’11”, gun-wielding mother.
Erin Brockovich in 'ERIN BROCKOVICH' (2000)
A big energy corporation didn’t see Erin Brockovich as a threat – after all, she was just some unemployed single mom. Bet they looked at her differently when she single-handedly took them down for their unethical practices.
Marissa Wilson in 'SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD' (2011)
Retrieving a weapon of mass destruction while going into labor? Hey, moms know how to multi-task.
Lorna Cole in 'LETHAL WEAPON 4' (1998)
Pregnant super cop Lorna Cole doesn’t let a little thing like morning sickness stop her from joining in on the action. Why should Mel and Danny have all the fun?
Grendel’s Mother in 'BEOWULF' (2007)
We’ve seen Angelina Jolie play strong women before, but in this role, as the mother of a monster, she’s hellbent on killing when Beowulf murders her beloved son.
Meg Altman in 'PANIC ROOM' (2002)
Armed robbers suddenly break into your home? No need to panic. Not when you have a secret room to hide in – and Jodie Foster as your mom.
Kyle Pratt in 'FLIGHTPLAN' (2005)
This role may have been originally written for a man, but you can’t imagine anyone but Jodie Foster playing a parent who'll do whatever it takes to find her missing child.
Jenna Hunterson in 'WAITRESS' (2007)
She may have been a reluctant mom-to-be, but when her baby was born, she kicked out that nasty husband of hers, dumped the doctor who was cheating on his wife, and went into business on her own.