1. Alex Owens — Flashdance
Alex Owens’ exotic dancing abilities can’t hold a candle to her STEEL-WELDING job. Except for when she douses herself in water on stage. That’s pretty badass too.
2. Rose-Johnny — Powder Blue
Rose-Johnny is yet another beautiful exotic dancer just looking to get some dough to save her comatose child.
3. Dakota Moss — I Know Who Killed Me
Dakota Moss has it rougher than most exotic dancers: she’s the living victim of a serial killer, a crack addict’s baby, and a missing twin.
4. Barbara “Barb Wire” Kopetski — Barb Wire
We’re pretty sure that Barb is the best-looking bounty hunter to date.
5. Cherry Darling — Planet Terror
Cherry’s transition from sexy exotic dancer to zombie killer with a machine-gun leg is at least marginally more epic than most people’s lives.
6. Erin Grant — Striptease
Is there anything more admirable than a former FBI secretary exotic dancing to fund her child custody battle?
7. Cassidy — The Wrestler
Cassidy proves you can be a good exotic dancer and an even better mom.
8. Polly Ann Costello — Showgirls
Polly Ann won’t settle for just being a former-prostitute exotic dancer — she wants to be the BEST former-prostitute exotic dancer in all of Vegas.
9. Nancy Callahan — Sin City
Nancy is the dancer worth dying for.
10. Jane Jones — Closer
Jane delivers one of the best lines of all time: “Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off.”
11. Blaze Starr — Blaze
Nothing like a love affair with an exotic dancer to crack into important civil rights issues.
12. Kat — Zombie Strippers
Turns out a key component of exotic dancing success is being a zombie. Cool!
13. Santánico Pandemónium — From Dusk Till Dawn
Sure, Santánico Pandemónium is a mega babe, but she’s also the Queen Vampire at the Titty Twister. So, basically she’s everything you could want in a woman.