Hollywood is finally moving closer to equality. The past few years have seen a growing number of films starring, written by and directed by women. There's still a lot of progress yet to be made, of course. But there's one area where women have been kicking butt and taking names for decades: action films. Ironically, action films are stereotyped as the launching pad of the manliest of manly men: Schwarzenegger, The Rock, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and so on. But some of the biggest action hits, both critically and commercially, are led by women.

If you're looking to expand your home video library for the holidays or just searching for a great holiday playlist while taking out some healthy aggression, here are 12 of our all-time favorite films featuring strong women front and center.

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Over 200,000 people have signed up to storm Area 51 and get the truth about aliens.

People have been speculating about Area 51 for seven decades.

In the mid-50s, during the height of the Cold War, the United States government began testing ultra-high altitude U-2 jets in the desert of Southern Nevada at an airbase known as Area 51.

These jets flew in ways that were shocking to most local residents and many began reporting UFO sightings. The U.S. Air Force kept mum about the U-2 and explained the sightings away as "natural phenomena" or "high-altitude weather research."

These events have led to decades of speculation and conspiracies about what actually has been going down at Area 51 and why the government is intensely secret about the base.

The government didn't even publicly acknowledge its existence until a 2005 freedom of information act request was released in 2013.

Some believe that Area 51 is where aliens and their spacecraft were taken after the 1947 Roswell incident.

Others claim that Area 51 is a meeting ground where the government holds secret communications with extraterrestrials.

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For centuries, human beings have looked at the night sky, hoping to see aliens.

Now, a group of scientists is trying to find out where aliens would have to be in order to see us.

Researchers from universities in the U.K. and Germany have identified nine planets that are "ideally placed" for their resident astronomers to detect Earth using the same methods Earth stargazers use to detect them, according to a new paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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