Miss Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), a former school teacher who, at 72 years old, crashes her car and is forced to hire a driver in the form of Hoke Coleburn (Morgan Freeman).
Why She's A Bad-Ass:
Miss Daisy is a strong, independent woman, which is why she begrudges having a driver at first.
However, when she finally warms to Hoke, she proves pivotal in his education. Discovering he's illiterate, she becomes his teacher - and soon becomes a pioneer in race relationships, refusing to hire a new maid when hers dies, instead taking care of her home herself.