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8 Female Movie Heroes Who Kicked Ass In 2014

Watch your back, patriarchy. These bitches are coming for you.

Of the top 20 movies of 2014 (as of Dec. 18), 14 focused on men, while only three — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Maleficent, and Divergent — inarguably feature female protagonists. That is bananas (phallic double entendre intended).

In a sad, women-light landscape, the below eight female characters proved lady action heroes can hang with their male counterparts. They showed courage and conviction, and they reminded us just how stupid it is that people mean "tough and heroic" when they say "manly."

1. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Guardians of the Galaxy

2. Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), Edge of Tomorrow

3. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), Maleficent

4. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America: The Winter Soldier

5. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), Divergent

6. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Mockingjay

7. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), Lucy

8. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), X-Men: Days of Future Past