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Rating the Practicality of Female-Action-Hero Fashion, From Alien to Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth movie in the franchise, comes out this weekend, and, in it, Milla Jovovich kills undead beings as happily as ever, except now she's got her outfit figured out. Remember in the first Resident Evil, when she wore that bizarre red half-severed prom dress? It was just one of the many memorable and sometimes hilarious ensembles worn by female action heroes in the movies. Because they can't just wear grubby combat boots and greasy machine-gun vests like the action men — no, the action women must wear their violence attire alluringly. So, in the pantheon of female action heroes, who strikes the best balance of sexy and utilitarian? We take a look. And please let us know who we left out.

Photo: Paramount Pictures, Screen Gems, 20th Century Fox