The espionage thriller Salt starring Angelina Jolie opened this weekend, and like so many other women out there, I was holding my breath that this time Jolie would show that when it comes to action, it doesn't matter if it's a man or woman, it only matters that they can kick some serious a**. So judging by some of the reviews (you can see Eric's take here), the movie may not be a surefire hit, but sisters, we may be able to stop holding our breath because Jolie could still do the impossible: she could be the head of the first female-led action franchise.

There is nothing more satisfying to me as a female moviegoer than to watch a fellow sister clean house. If movies are wish fulfillment, then growing up in a culture where I've been told I'm not as strong or as my male counterparts, the image of a woman who is smart and resourceful, and doing a little physical damage is a dream come true.

Recently, Wired Magazine put together a list of the 'Female Ass Kickers' that are near and dear to the heart of any geek, and it's a pretty comprehensive list of ladies. But I started to think about some of the other kinds of movies that contain some pretty cool chicks that don't reside (solely) in the 'geek ghetto'. So even though every big-screen tough girl owes a debt to Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley, I looked a little further to find the women who have wowed me by being some of the biggest bad-a**es around -- so let's get started...