12 Movies We Love With Strong Female Leads


Julia Meslener for Scary Mommy, Netflix and A24

As a single mother by selection, elevating a little bit lady in a world the place it’s nonetheless harmful to be a lady, I’m all about exposing my daughter to as many examples of energy in womanhood as I can. That consists of the films we watch collectively, and those I acquire inspiration from after she’s gone to mattress.

If you’re in search of a reminder of simply how superb ladies actually are, try these films with robust feminine leads at the moment streaming on Netflix:

Starring Jessica Williams as a twenty-something aspiring playwright in Brooklyn, it is a film that rides on its main girl’s shoulders, displaying its viewers what a robust, assured girl seems to be like. And positive, it might be a romantic comedy, with all of the fluff and romance that entails. But none of that distracts from simply how unimaginable Jessica James actually is as she fights the patriarchy and carves out area for her personal happiness on the identical time.

Saoirse Ronan has been working in Hollywood for practically 20 years, however “Lady Bird” is arguably the movie that made her a recognizable identify. In Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Ronan performs a teenage lady chafing towards the constraints of childhood in her senior yr of highschool. She fights along with her mother (who holds her personal within the robust ladies class), laments the dearth of tradition in her dwelling city, and desires of the day she’ll be freed from all of it.

As if a movie starring the likes of Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon might be something however a film about robust ladies, the title of this one says all of it. Fanning performs Ray, a transgender teen preventing for the best to transition as he sees match, working tougher than he ought to need to with a purpose to persuade his single mother, and his grandma, that he is aware of what he wants. It’s a film about household relationships, private id, and acceptance as his Mom and Grandma study to assist him whereas battling their very own demons within the course of.

Juliet is an creator (performed by Lily James) in 1946, trying to find solutions and bristling towards the confines of her present relationship. As she works to unravel a thriller, she befriends a solid of characters who assist her bear in mind her personal value. And in the long run, she’s a greater author (and a happier girl) for it.

There’s no scarcity of robust ladies to admire on this movie about two Mississippi households set within the time of WWII. It’s a film concerning the sluggish tempo change strikes at, concerning the realities of prejudice, and about ladies preventing to maintain their households collectively and alive in a time when neither purpose was assured.

Millie Bobby Brown is unattainable to look away from on this movie about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister. When her mom goes lacking, she realizes it’s time to do some sleuthing of her personal with a purpose to discover her. More than as soon as, Enola manages to outsmart and escape the adults attempting to pressure her right into a life she doesn’t need. It shortly turns into clear she isn’t the one Holmes able to fixing mysteries.

Never underestimate the lengths a mom will go to relating to bringing her youngster dwelling secure. Based on a real story, Amy Ryan performs Mari Gilbert, a mom trying to find her lacking daughter. What she uncovers alongside the way in which is an extended record of murdered intercourse employee instances the police have but to unravel.

Sanaa Lathan stars on this movie about female magnificence beliefs, and Black magnificence specifically, as Violet, a most important character grappling along with her relationship along with her hair—and every thing else. As her seemingly good relationship and profession collapse round her, she begins to embrace the liberty of imperfection, discovering her personal very best of magnificence alongside the way in which.

Following the life and accomplishments of one of the notable feminists of our time, Seeing Allred delves into the general public and private sides of Gloria Allred’s life as she works to make sure the safety of girls’s rights.

Teenage Willowdean has been raised to consider her mom’s normal of magnificence is the gold bar she ought to be aspiring towards—a bar she is consistently reminded she is nowhere close to reaching. As a plus sized lady with curly hair and a complete lot of sass, she decides to enter her mom’s prized magnificence contest to show what actual magnificence seems to be like.

A film concerning the energy and significance of feminine friendships, “Dude” stars Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and Awkwafina as 4 highschool seniors coping with tragedy. Along the way in which to discovering themselves, they face unrelenting pressures on a bond they thought would by no means be damaged.

There is not any denying the goodness and light-weight the three “To All the Boys” films will carry into your life. It’s unattainable to look at these movies and never smile. But it’s additionally unattainable to overlook the energy Lara Jean Covey (performed by Lana Condor) shows as she navigates household, friendships, old flame, and her future over the course of those films. She is aware of who she is, and despite the fact that she stumbles a little bit alongside the way in which, she isn’t afraid of going after what she desires—all whereas being true to herself alongside the way in which.

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