It’s a classic theme in so many films throughout movie history! The hero of the tale must rescue the damsel in distress who has fallen victim to the foes in the film!
Here is my list of the Top 10 Most Memorable Damsels in Distress!
10. Pita– Man on Fire
In Man on Fire, a young Dakota Fanning plays the kidnapped daughter of an American couple in Mexico City who, after developing a rather unexpected bond with the hired lost soul of a bodyguard (Denzel Washington), becomes the ultimate drive that sets the unconventional friend on a determined mission to set her free! Coming in at #10, the youngest on the list: Pita.
9. Elizabeth Swann– Pirates of the Caribbean
The tough gal of the Pirates franchise who seemed to do as much screaming and teeth-baring as fighting and arguing with Will or Jack! For all the tough talk she did in the movies, she sure did get captured a lot! Thanks for the screams, songs, and stares, Ms. #9!
Really, she is made even more memorable because of her dad’s mission to find her and free her! But she is the reason we got to watch Liam Neeson’s character (Brian Mills) mess up a slough of bad guys! I’ll be interested to see how 2012’s sequel for this action thriller turns out! In at #8 is the kidnapped Kim Mills.
Who doesn’t love Cameron Diaz’s character in the fairytale-laden world of Dreamworks’ Shrek? Somewhat of a blend between Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Trinity from The Matrix, this damsel in distress makes my list at #7!
As much as I disdain this whiny, inconsiderate, wishy-washy, irrational, staring (need I go on?) teenage girl of one of the biggest book franchises in the world, she belongs on this list. If you don’t remember her for her monotone and emotionless wide-eyed stares and dialogue, or for that traumatically scarring birth scene in the recent installment, then maybe you just remember her because you were jealous as she kisses both Edward and Jacob. Either way…she is memorable and comes in at #6.
A great damsel in distress pitting one of the greatest movie villains of all time against the caped crusader of Gotham City! All who see this film will never forget Rachel Dawes and her story. Guaranteed. Her story may not “put a smile on your face”, but it will be memorable! Coming in at #5: The one that got away!
Who doesn’t immediately recognize Princess Leia with that golden bikini top as one of Jabba the Hutt’s slaves? Princess Leia traded in her cinnamon bun that covered her ears for a slave outfit and chains that covered…well…almost nothing! At #4, Princess Leia struts her stuff!
Sam Raimi stayed true to the comics at least with this one: Mary Jane Watson was always being captured in the comics (one of Spider-man’s constant fears), and the movies made sure that played out. Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, and more all made Mary Jane be in the top 3 of this list. (Funny, I can hear Tobey Maguire screaming “MARY JANE!!!” right now as I think about it!)
While, I, personally, was not the biggest fan of Peter Jackson’s long re-imagining of King Kong, Naomi Watts did an amazing job as the object of affection and competition between Adrien Brody’s character and the gargantuan king of the jungle: King Kong. Coming in at #2 is the beautiful Ann Darrow.
INCONCEIVABLE to have a list like this withOUT Princess Buttercup at the top! This classic tale earns Princess Buttercup the #1 spot on this list. When asked if she would like to make an appearance on my site and be at to the top of my list today at #1, Princess Buttercup replied: “As You Wish!” 🙂
- Rose DeWitt Bukater- Titanic
- Story- Lady in the Water
- Mattie Ross- True Grit
- Vesper- Casino Royale
- Princess Peach- Super Mario Bros.
Well, that’s it!! My Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Damsels in Distress! Did I forget your favorite? Let me know your thoughts!
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
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