Technically, Melanie Daniels spends the bulk of Alfred Hitchcock's classic nature-gone-amok horror show The Birds being the damsel in distress. To be fair, though, that same description applies to everyone else in Bodega Bay, CA, where hundreds of angry, deranged, and bloodthirsty crows, seagulls, and other flying animals endlessly strike down upon the townsfolk and leave cadavers as crumbs.

But how many of those scared-shitless Bodega Bay residents can also say that they withstood being trapped in a bedroom by dozens of birds at once? For that one harrowing sequence alone, Tippi Hedren's seemingly unkillable character will forever hold a strong place within any badass chick pantheon.