7. HELEN MIRREN HANDLES AN UZI IN RED (2010)

If you need any more proof that Dame Helen Mirren is tough as nails, look no further than her performance in 2010’s Red. Mirren plays a retired secret agent looking to add action and adventure back into her life, so she rejoins her former associates for one last fight. The silver haired fox shoots and maims her way through the film with the cold, calculating demeanor of Jason Statham—if Statham got AARP magazines mailed to his house.

Red may not have been a shining example of American cinema, but it surely had many people waking up in a cold sweat after dreaming of getting on Mirren’s bad side. Think about it: Wouldn’t you be afraid of a bitter, postmenopausal thespian chasing you down with a submachine gun? We thought so.

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