I saw Hanna
last night, and realised that it was very much part of an ongoing tradition, but one that extends way beyond teen girl assassins. I've only seen a couple of others (Nikita, Mr and Mrs Smith) but have the sense there must be many more.
So I'm looking for other films that feature female assassins, contract killers, etc, maybe also snipers? Happy to accept answers with a female assassin of any age, ethnicity, etc. Films from any country, long or short. Lead roles preferred but not required. I guess the key stipulation is that the assassin character be a "killer" not a clever problem solving spy or anything like that.
Also, if it is a genre, where did it start? Does it have its roots elsewhere, or is it just a film thing? Where would the boundaries of such a genre lie?
On the chance anyone has a whole list, recommendations of particularly good ones would also be great.