That's not to say these fictional fighters are always on equal footing with their male colleagues. In some films the military heroines spend as much time battling gender barriers as they do fighting the enemy, like
Some silver-screen servicewomen are even forced to hide their sex from their fellow soliders — think Chinese army enlistee Mulan, the title character in the 1998 Disney animated film, or Rohan cavalry warrior Eowyn from
"You fool," the wraith rasps to the disguised Eowyn. "No man can kill me. Die now."
"I am no man!" she replies before casting the death blow.
Sing it, sister.
In the realm of science fiction, however, there are plenty of films in which nobody bats an eye at women in combat. Take tough-as-nails Pvt. Jenette Vasquez of the Colonial Marines, played by Jenette Goldstein, in
From "Joan of Arc" to "G.I. Jane," click through the gallery above for a look at some of the trailblazing warrior women of the big screen.