I have spoken of my love for Aliens in this blog on intuitive eating (Aliens and intuitive eating? YES!)
Sigourney Weaver plays the central character Ellen Ripley, a leader and a warrior. To get a taste of Ripley, watch the clip below where she is about to enter the alien hive in order to find and rescue her adoptive daughter, just as the colony is minutes away from exploding. It's pure badass.
Aliens is one of the rare movies where a female is the lead role heroine AND she is not hyper-sexualised.
I mean, Wonder Woman and Tomb Raider are OK and maybe make small inroads in the eternal quest for equal gender representation in action movies, but who seriously fights villians in high heeled boots whilst maintaining deep cleavage, and a full face of make up? Practicality and believability factor: zero.
Ripley is also a mother.