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Top 5 ass-kicking Pam Grier roles

Don't mess with Pam Grier. The Colorado-residing actress is known for her bad-ass roles in blaxploitation films like

Foxy Brown

and

Coffy

, which are both

screening tonight

as part of the Crest Film Series at

Crossroads Theater

. In advance of the screening, we took a look at the top five ass-kicking roles from Pam Grier's vast and colorful acting career.

The role:

Nurse "Coffy" Coffin in

CoffyThe ass-kicking:

As a nurse named Coffin, Grier sends many to theirs in this revenge flick. Avenging her drug-addict sister, Grier goes after the drug lords of her town, shooting a crooked city councillor in the groin and killing men with a hairpin plucked from her Afro.

The role:

Lisa Fortier in

Scream Blacula ScreamThe ass-kicking:

As the successor to a voodoo queen in this horror movie, Grier is no weak

final girl

. Instead, she kicks the ass of Blacula (billed in the trailer as "Dracula's soul brother") using the magic of voodoo.

The role:

Blossom in

The Big Bird CageThe ass-kicking:

This trashy prison flick has Pam Grier as the ringleader of the female inmate rebellion, leading scantily clad jail babes to fight back against tyrannical guards. Grier wields a knife, threatens castration and sets off explosives.

The role:

Jackie Brown in

Jackie BrownThe ass-kicking:

While Grier's Jackie Brown in this Quentin Tarantino film starts out as a beaten-down flight attendant arrested for drug-smuggling, through the course of the story she becomes a gun-wielding mastermind whose plans outsmart drug smugglers Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro and eventually get them killed, leaving her with a whole lot of stolen money.

The role:

Foxy Brown in

Foxy BrownThe ass-kicking:

In this 1974 Jack Hill joint, Grier plays a sexy lady seeking revenge for her boyfriend's murder. While she kicks an unprecedented amount of ass throughout the film (the litany includes

starting a lesbian bar fight

and setting her rapist on fire) the height of the ass-kicking comes as Grier castrates her enemy and then delivers the genitals to his girlfriend in a pickle jar.

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