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Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life."

Alice is back, and there isn't a Mad Hatter in sight.

But there are plenty of zombies, so you know we must be talking about the Alice played by former model Milla Jovovich in the "Resident Evil" film series. The movies are based on a popular video game, and the fourth film in the series, "Resident Evil: Afterlife," is playing in 3-D. Once again, Alice is battling the undead and the notorious Umbrella Corporation in a world stricken with a deadly virus.

Here, we bring you a list of the toughest women characters who ever graced the big screen, Alice included. So here is our list of the females you'd least like to meet in a dark alley.

Although she does not appear on the list, we'd like to acknowledge Ida Lupino, who played a prison warden in the 1955 flick "Women's Prison." No special reason, but who doesn't love a good women's prison movie?

1. Lara Croft: We may have been swayed a bit by the outfit, but Angelina Jolie's character could handle herself anywhere.

2. Ellen Ripley: Played by Sigourney Weaver in the "Alien" films, she faced down monsters from outer space.

3. Sarah Connor: Linda Hamilton was so buff in "Terminator 2," she made male journalists looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy.

4. Alice: If you were a zombie, would you really want to mess with her?

5. The Bride: Uma Thurman's Beatrix in "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" is the kind of bloody bride you don't see on top of a wedding cake.

6. Jennifer the Cheerleader: This is not just an excuse to put Megan Fox on this list. She really was quite nasty in "Jennifer's Body."

7. Trinity: Carrie-Anne Moss beat people up in slow motion in "The Matrix."

8. Diana Guzman: When Michelle Rodriguez put up her dukes in "Girlfight," my knees buckled.

9. Nurse Ratched: Louise Fletcher's portrayal in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was so terrifying that it made me think twice about being committed to an insane asylum.

10. Yu Shu Lien: Michelle Yeoh was not only a first-class fighter in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but she defied gravity.

11. Evelyn Salt: In "Salt," Jolie answered the question that women have asked for years: "Am I a Russian spy or not?"

12. Annie Wilkes: I can't even look at Kathy Bates in "Misery" without crying like a little girl.

13. Alex Forrest: The face that launched a thousand monogamous marriages. Glenn Close scared a lot of cheating husbands in "Fatal Attraction."

14. Fatima Blush: Barbara Carrera's villain in "Never Say Never Again" would have been unstoppable if she hadn't been stopped by Bond, James Bond.

15. Maggie Fitzgerald: Hilary Swank was tough as nails in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby."

16. Rosa Klebb: Actress Lotte Lenya in "From Russia With Love" didn't need a gun to overpower people. She also had a deadly shoe.

17. Harriet Bird: Despite the nonthreatening name, Barbara Hershey's mysterious and deadly character in "The Natural" made guys afraid of baseball.

18. Bonnie Parker: Faye Dunaway could handle a machine gun in "Bonnie and Clyde."

19. Wicked Witch of the West: Margaret Hamilton scared everyone in her role in "The Wizard of Oz."

20. Clarice Starling: Jodie Foster's FBI agent In "The Silence of the Lambs" proved that she could get the best of a serial killer in the dark.

21. Wilma: Men of a certain age have a thing for the tough Angie Dickinson in "Big Bad Mama."

22. Thelma & Louise: Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis struck a chord with women, but they also struck a few guys as well.

23. Marge Gunderson: Frances McDormand had a subtle way of disarming people in "Fargo," but she sometimes used a gun.

24. Buffy: Kristy Swanson could drive a stake through your heart in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

25. Scully: Gillian Anderson was all business in "The X-Files." Yeah, that's why geek-boys like her.

26. Jordan O'Neill: Demi Moore cut it a little close in "G.I. Jane."

27. Gracie Hart: Before she became "Miss Congeniality," Sandra Bullock's FBI agent was a tough cookie. And any mention of Sandra Bullock in a story is gold.

28. Bambi and Thumper: Lola Larson and Trina Parks brought gymnastics and martial arts to their tough-girl roles in "Diamonds Are Forever."

29. Aileen Wuornos: Charlize Theron looks great in a slinky Oscar dress, but that look didn't win her an Oscar in "Monster."

30. Dorothy Michaels: Dustin Hoffman was almost a woman in "Tootsie."