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The 50 Hottest Women Sword Fighters

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30. Miranda Otto

Looks: 3
Acting: 4
Swordplay: 3

After eight fantastic hours of "Lord of the Rings", we finally see a chick wield a sword.

Miranda Otto does the deed as Eowyn in the final act of "Return of the King". It's worth the wait, though, as she first decapitates a vicious giant bat-lizard and then strikes down a Witch King with a poke between the eyes. In between, she mostly just looks terrified, but who can really blame her?

Miranda's career has otherwise been a series of supporting roles, but she's been received awards for her acting. Couple that with her sword skills and she's a winner. Oh, and her looks ain't so bad either.

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29. Ingrid Bergman

Looks: 4
Acting: 5
Swordplay: 1

No doubt Ingrid Bergman was beautiful. No doubt she could act as well -- witness her two "Best Actress" Oscars. So anticipation must've been high when she signed on to play the ultimate medieval sword fighting babe -- Joan of Arc -- in 1948.

The only problem was that her portrayal of Joan left something to be desired. In particular, she barely used her sword. She mostly stood in the middle of the action, arrows flying around her, and spouted off religious mumbo jumbo. Sure, it's the most dangerous cheerleading job of all time but you'll be left yelling "C'mon, Ingrid, get in there and mix it up!

Ingrid was one of Hollywood's biggest name leading ladies for decades and yet, sadly, never again had the chance to distinguish herself as a sword fighter.

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid BergmanIngrid Bergman

28. Piper Perabo

Looks: 4
Acting: 3
Swordplay: 3

Piper Perabo starred in "Lost and Delirious", a classic tale of girl meets girl, girl dumps girl, girl freaks out in fencing class.

It's actually a pretty good movie. The boys take a back seat, though, so be ready for a chick flick before settling down with the popcorn. It does feature fencing and Piper's quite the looker, so I'm not complaining.

Piper's been in "Coyote Ugly", "The Prestige" and some other Hollywood big-budget movies, but I don't think she's fenced in any of them.

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27. Rhona Mitra

Looks: 4
Acting: 3
Swordplay: 3

Too bad "Boston Legal" didn't feature more blood and gore. The writers didn't know what they had in Rhona Mitra, but she seems to have it all figured out now.

She started slinging blood as Major Eden Sinclair in the recent movie "Doomsday" and will continue it with a leading role in the next chapter of the "Underworld" series.

In "Doomsday", she fights convincingly in a deadly matchup with another sword fighting babe. The movie's not bad -- sort of a mashup between "28 Days Later" and "Escape From New York". But it's worth it if only to see Rhona.

Rhona Mitra

26. Nichole Hiltz

Looks: 4
Acting: 2
Swordplay: 4

Nichole Hiltz rises up to become Queen of the Amazons in "Amazons and Gladiators".

Too bad the movie never rises up much beyond the scrap heap. Don't worry too much if you've signed up to watch it -- it's one of those so-bad-it's-good movies. And Nichole muddles through, looking fantastic the whole time. She does a LOT of sword fighting, too, and some of it's even pretty good.

Nichole is still plugging away as a TV actress so you might see her around. With any luck, she'll make a smart career move and avoid "Amazons and Gladiators II".


25. Alex Kingston

Looks: 3
Acting: 4
Swordplay: 4

I kept waiting to see Alex go all medieval on us in "Warrior Queen". She spends most of the movie looking terrible but doing a pretty convincing job of preparing her troops for battle.

Then, in the last fifteen minutes of this movie, Alex gets nasty. She beats down a handful of bad guys, gets blood all over herself and then comes back for more. I bet her training as a doctor on "E.R." helped her in this one.

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24. Sophie Marceau

Looks: 3
Acting: 4
Swordplay: 4

Sophie is best known to American filmgoers for her roles in "The World is Not Enough" and "Braveheart". They were decent roles, but she didn't parlay them into a major Hollywood acting career. Instead, she's been quite successful in French movies, including the 1994 flick "Revenge of the Musketeers".

It's not a bad show as far as Musketeer movies go and Sophie does a convincing job as a swashbuckler.

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23. Catherine McCormack

Looks: 3
Acting: 4
Swordplay: 4

"Dangerous Beauty" is another of those hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold-and-mad-fencing-skills movies (see Hari, Mata). If there were an Oscar for that category, this would be the winner.

That's a testament to Catherine McCormack. She picks the movie up and carries it on her back from start to finish.

Her swordplay is light-hearted and just a bit over the top, but still believable.

McCormack is a British-born actress known for her stage work as much as her films. She recently had a leading role in "28 Weeks Later", but she looks a lot better without all that blood and gore!

Catherine McCormackDangerous Beauty

22. Vicki Zhao

Looks: 3
Acting: 3
Swordplay: 5

Can a trained martial arts expert also be a computer geek? That's what Vicky's flick "So Close" tries to pull off, a movie that's probably most notable for its action sequence set to cheesy Carpenters music.

Vicky puts on quite a show, along with several other supporting swordfighting babes. The frenetic sword fight near the end of the film is not to be missed.

Vicky hasn't done much outside of the Hong Kong martial arts movie scene but stay tuned to see if she breaks out into Western stardom.

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21. Susie Amy

Looks: 4
Acting: 3
Swordplay: 4

Note to Hollywood executives: give Susie Amy her big break! Didn't her swordwork in "La Femme Musketeer" at least earn her that? What about her turn as a key player in "Footballer's Wives"? Does she not deserve better than a two-bit role in the upcoming "Lesbian Vampire Killers"?

She's certainly got the looks, now all she needs is a great script. Maybe I'll start a petition.

Until then, enjoy her in one of the better Musketeer movies.

Susie Amy

64 Responses

  1. Darren Says:

    Uma Thurman was way too high on the list. She has giant man-hands.

  2. xenafan Says:

    Where’s Lucy Lawless, one of the sexiest sword fighters on TV, ever.

  3. admin Says:

    Movies only for now. TV swordswomen coming soon. The intro mentions that, but it’s not in bold or anything ;)

    Update: now it is in bold. Sorry it wasn’t clearer earlier!

  4. G Says:

    Meiko Kaji, star of Lady Snowblood. Noteworthy for doing her own swordwork plus starring in two sequels, but also famous as the character the world’s highest paid plagerist, Quentin Whatanassho, stole when he “made” Kill Bill.

  5. Yoyo Says:

    I prefer Uma Thurman to the rest! Beautiful but great in action (using swords).

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  7. Karsten Says:

    Well done list, mate. Now go over it and give us the best swordfighting scene of each girl as a Youtube vid…

    (Thanks for the great work)

  8. Chuckie Says:

    Where’s Maureen O’Hara? (At Sword’s Point – 1951)

  9. Mike in Ambler, PA Says:

    Where’s Summer Glau?

    She was crazy-hot in Serenity.

  10. Baz Says:

    You Kate Beckinsale ranked lower than some absolute mongrels. Should be at least top 20. Some of them have faces like a bag of hammers.

  11. Tim Says:

    Kate Beckinsale should be way higher. She’s hotter than Uma by far.

  12. Ironman Says:

    Maybe because it was a show it wasnt considered, but Xena Maybe?

  13. Ian Says:

    lucy lawless…as xena?

  14. Bozjam Says:

    Having Kate Beckinsale #38 is a crime. Way too low.

  15. Mdans Says:

    LUCY LAWLESS?! PSSH! You suck for not including her in the list.

  16. Danny Says:

    regarding Shu qi: The picture in the middle is actually Vicky Zhao Wei holding the sword, not Shu Qi :-)
    Shu Qi didnt do any swordfighting in So Close, for reasons i wont spoil here.
    Zhao Wei did all of it, and shes way hotter. So maybe she should be number 22 instead :<

    Author’s Note: Great catch, Danny, thanks! And nice call on Vicky. I’ve updated number 22.

  17. D4v3 Says:

    Elizabeth Gracen, from Highlander the series (for your TV list, of course).

  18. Holodeck Says:

    When you compiled this list and proclaimed that these were the top 50 hottest women sword fighters, I assumed you would have sword fighters. A sai is not a sword, so say goodbye to Rachael Weiss and Jennifer Garner, both of whom are using sais. And where the hell is Cynthia Rothrock, Cat Sasoon, and Karen Sheperd ??

  19. TsuKata Says:

    This list is a rip-off. This is the 50 hottest actresses who happen to have held a sword in a movie once…this has nothing to do with being a hot sword-fighting female character. Blech.

    1) It should have been by character, not by actress.
    2) If you held a sword for less then ten seconds of film time, IT DOESN’T COUNT!

  20. Buh Says:

    I have nothing but scorn for this obvious “I-love-somewhat-ugly-brunettes-only” list. I mean really. Every good-looking blond or brunette is rated lower than those actresses who are generally acknowledged to be “okay-looking”.
    Since the author is obviously playing extreme favorites within his/her narrow experience, the list is a waste of time for all those people who really wanted to see a good, definitive list.

  21. dawn Says:

    Thanks for the tip :)
    But according to Google I’m more of a Slayer not a sword woman!!!

  22. >.> Says:

    Aya Ueto as the title character in Azumi. Amazing sword fighting by a super-hottie. How did you miss this one?

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  24. lisa_mynx Says:

    Where’s Kelly Hu??? She’s hotter than at least 45 gals on this list and is quite skilled with a sword…

  25. Brian Says:

    Great list. You’re not going to EVER please everyone, though.
    Gotta throw another vote for Summer Glau in Serenity, though. Now THAT was an awesome scene…

  26. Devin Says:

    You have done a good job in making a list of something that was very hard to do.
    No doubt you will have others complaining about who they want on the list but if they were to really think about their choice and place them against the ones on your list. They should realize their choice was a bad one.
    With Uma and Catherine, I would move them further down the list and move Ziyi,Yeoh, Cheung and the others further up the list. Mind you Ziyi is beautiful but her swordplay would put her below Yeoh.
    Otherwise you did a kick ass job with a very hard subject.
    P.S. Rai is hot as hell, no wonder she won the Miss World contest at the age of 19 back in 1994.

  27. SGT Mac in Iraq Says:

    Hatge to diappoint the creator of this list, but Kate Garner did NOT weild a bladed weapon in Daredevil or Elektra. They were sai. Sai are daggers, not swords, plus they don’t have an edge for cutting, they’re for stabbing. She did look hot in Daredevil, though, I will agree.

  28. SGT Mac in Iraq Says:

    Oops, I should have read the whole list first. Those weapons in Rachel Weisz’s hands in The Mummy Returns? They look an awflu lot like sai daggers like the ones Kate Garner weilded. And, as I satated before, sai daggers are thrusting weapons,not blades.

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  32. cjpt Says:

    Asummpta Serna (“Wild Orchid”; Theresa in BBC “Sharpe” series; a ton of Spanish stuff) stared in the 1992 Spanish film “The Fencing Master” (“El Maestro De Esgrima”); her sword work was incredible and she is stunning;

  33. devakar Says:

    michelle yeoh is the best swords performer, if we observe in crouching tiger and hidden dragon she plays with every kind of sword and instrument. that proves her skill in swords play

  34. DJ Rick Says:

    Where’s Lucy Lawless?

  35. Jim Shoe Says:

    Sarah Carter is very underrated in this list. Probably not so much with the acting, but her cuteness deserves her 5 stars in looks, and her moves in DOA is 5 stars in swords or all around fighting

  36. Queen of swords Says:

    Where is Tessie Santiago? She is the best!

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  39. attitude Says:

    Great list but need an update. There are some girls on this list who just touch a sword for a moment. I missed some really sword role women. What about Elizabeth Gracen? Amanda from Highlander.

  40. priest Says:

    soooo, where’s Aya Ueto .. After two great Azumi pictures she should be in!

  41. Charley Says:

    Aya Ueto really should be on this list.

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  43. jill Says:

    why are they all white and blonde?

    this list sucks.

  44. some guy Says:

    Sarah Carter was hotter than most of the girls on that list… why such a low rank?

  45. Roy Says:

    Geena Davis above Kate Beckinsale!!!!? Are you NUTS??

  46. Cass1dy Says:

    @ jill
    Aishwarya Rai is not white
    9/50 Asians are not white
    18/50 blondes is not “all” (and most of them are dyed)

    sorry to be picky
    this is a good list

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  48. angela Says:

    No Lucy Lawless/Xena? I don’t care if she wasn’t in a film, she still has to be on the list!

    And Jennifer Garner/Elektra uses sais, not a sword.

  49. Cobrastyle Says:

    im new at this
    anybody from mexico??

    Uma Thurman is the best with her yellow outfitt

  50. Nepenthos Says:

    No way did you leave out Xena! Lucy Lawless is the sexiest sword-wielding, scantily-dressed woman out there. I expected her to be in the Top 10.

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    Cool collection of top 50 women sword fighters… :)

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  53. Johan Says:

    Kate Beckinsale should be much higher, and the actress from Azumi should definately be on the list.
    Likewise I think you missed Kristanna Loken in “Curse of the Ring: Ring of the Nibelungs” where she plays the Warrior Queen Brunnhilde (although she doesn’t fight that much). In that movie she’s good enough to earn one more star for her acting, and move into the top 10.

    But it was still a great list, and I’ve found many movies that I want to see =)

  54. Em Says:

    Previously mentioned, but I’ll add my own observation also – Tessie Santiago DIDN’T make this list?
    (gimme a break)

  55. wingsofshadow Says:

    I know t.v. is supposed to be another list and I know the series kinda sucked, but Yancy Butler in “witchblade” should be on there somewhere.

  56. Chris R Says:

    I know I’m late to this thread, but, what about Devon Aoki, the sword-wielding assasin-enforcer Miho for the prostitutes in Sin City.

  57. Dan R Says:

    Well, Bridget Regan has been in a few flicks, but I guess her fineness only swings her Legend of the Seeker sword on the tube.

  58. CherieO Says:

    Lucy Lawless, Xena by far!!!!!!

  59. Reggie Says:

    bull! Lucy Lawless is so f***** hot! you should’ve added her in the list!

  60. Kauai Tom Says:

    Serenity and The Sarah Conner Chronicles, and more to come we pray…

  61. Anonamous Says:

    What about Summer Glau? Her role in Serenity, I believe, earns her a spot on the list.

  62. JuciyJJ..xox Says:

    i think tht swordfighting woman in a film would be a strong character to play and show tht woman dont necessarily need men in their lives ! girl power all the way ! xxx <3 xxxx

  63. billiam Says:

    I agree….no Yancy Butler bad form and also no LeeLee Sobieski? come on….. the best Joan of Arc next to Ingrid. No Liv Tyler???

  64. M.T. "Bull" Jones Says:

    Great work on a tough list to build. My only complaint is that that you missed one that should have been fitted in there somewhere… Chiaki Kuriyama.