When it comes to action-packed sequences and jaw-dropping stunts, don’t underestimate the ladies of the screen. Here’s a look at some of the most daring and awe-inspiring stunts performed by actresses in film history.
Michelle Yeoh in “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997)
Stunt: Motorcycle Jump Between Rooftops
Michelle Yeoh, who has a background in dance and martial arts, performed a daring motorcycle jump between two rooftops in the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Her prowess in stunts has made her one of the most respected action actresses of her generation.
Angelina Jolie in “Salt” (2010)
Stunt: Leaping Off a Bridge onto a Moving Truck
In the spy thriller “Salt,” Angelina Jolie performed most of her own stunts, including a scene where she jumps off a bridge and lands on a moving truck. The level of risk and precision involved in this stunt was sky-high, but Jolie executed it flawlessly.
Zoe Bell in “Death Proof” (2007)
Stunt: Riding the Hood of a Speeding Car
Stuntwoman and actress Zoe Bell not only performed her own stunts but also played herself in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof.” In a standout scene, she clings to the hood of a speeding car, exhibiting extraordinary balance and nerve.
Scarlett Johansson in “Avengers” Series
Stunt: Various Combat and Acrobatic Scenes
While Scarlett Johansson had a stunt double for some of the more dangerous scenes as Black Widow, she performed a lot of her own hand-to-hand combat and wirework. She trained rigorously to pull off these feats in the Marvel franchise.
Milla Jovovich in “Resident Evil” Series
Stunt: Mid-Air Kicks and Complex Combat Sequences
Milla Jovovich, who plays Alice in the “Resident Evil” series, is known for doing many of her own stunts, including complicated fight scenes and mid-air kicks. Her commitment to the physicality of the role has been a highlight of the series.