Celebrating Women’s History Month is a great way to recognize the accomplishments of women throughout history. One fun way to commemorate women during the month of March is to watch great movies that feature strong female characters. From The Hunger Games to Wonder Woman, Hidden Figures to Erin Brockovich, there are plenty of films that showcase female protagonists who are brave, smart, determined, and downright fierce. Watching these movies can be a great way to honor the women who have come before us and to inspire the next generation of women. So grab some popcorn and celebrate Women’s History Month by watching some of the best movies with strong female characters.
A gut-wrenching sci-fi horror classic released in 1979, Alien follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who are on their way back to Earth when they receive a distress call from a nearby planet. Upon investigating, they discover a derelict alien spacecraft and a mysterious creature that begins to hunt them one by one. The movie stars Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo crew. Alien is a gripping, suspenseful, and terrifying movie that has become a classic in the horror genre. It is a must-see for any fan of science fiction and horror, especially if you’re looking for one of the fiercest women to ever grace the silver screen during your Women’s History Month movie marathon.Read More »
9 to 5 (1980)
9 to 5 is a comedy classic starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. The movie follows three female office workers who are fed up with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical boss and decide to take matters into their own hands. Through a series of hilarious misadventures, they manage to take control of their workplace and prove that women can be just as successful in the business world as men. The movie is a lighthearted look at the struggles of working women in the 1980s — and is still incredibly relevant today. It is a testament to the strength of female friendships and the power of working together to achieve a common goal.
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Working Girl (1988)
Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver. The film follows Tess McGill (Griffith), a working-class woman who is determined to make something of herself despite the odds stacked against her. After landing a job at a prestigious Wall Street firm, Tess is taken advantage of by her boss, Katharine Parker (Weaver). Tess then hatches a plan to take over Katharine’s job and prove her worth. With the help of her love interest Jack Trainer (Ford), Tess is able to make her dreams come true and prove that she is just as capable as any man. Working Girl is a classic story of a woman’s determination to succeed in a male-dominated world, and it remains an inspiring and empowering film to this day.
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Thelma & Louise (1991)
As one of the most iconic female-buddy-road trip movies of all time, Thelma & Louise stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two friends who embark on a road trip with unexpected consequences. The film follows Thelma and Louise as they embark on a weekend getaway to the mountains. Along the way, they encounter a variety of people and experiences that challenge their friendship and ultimately lead them to a life-changing decision (no spoilers here!). A powerful and thought-provoking film that explores themes of female empowerment, friendship, and the consequences of taking a stand against injustice, Thelma & Louise is an important part of feminist cinema and has been praised for its strong female characters and its exploration of gender roles and expectations.
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A League of Their Own (1992)
In another Gina Davis-starring film about a group of exceptional women, A League of Their Own tells the true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. The movie follows Dottie Hinson (Davis) and her team, the Rockford Peaches, as they struggle to make a name for themselves in a male-dominated sport. Through hard work and determination, Dottie leads her team to success and proves that women can be just as strong, talented, and successful as men in any field. With an incredible cast (the movie also stars Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, and Lori Petty, a feel-good story, and an inspiring message at its heart, A League of Their Own is a must-watch for any fan of female empowerment films.
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Disney’s Mulan remains a classic animated movie about female power and determination. The movie follows Fa Mulan, a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army and save China from Shan Yu’s invading Huns. As she faces her many challenges, she is able to prove that she is just as capable as any man and her courage and strength are a testament to the power of women everywhere. With its powerful messages, incredible music, and stunning visuals, Mulan is one of Disney’s most beloved movies and continues to inspire viewers all over the world with its story of female empowerment.
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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin Brockovich is an inspirational biographical film starring Julia Roberts as the real-life Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother who takes on an environmental case against a powerful corporation. Despite facing many obstacles and being dismissed by the law firm she works with, Erin refuses to give up her fight and eventually succeeds in helping the citizens affected by the corporation’s actions. A gripping story of resilience, determination, and female empowerment, Erin Brockovich is an inspiring film that illustrates the power of one person’s fight for justice.
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Legally Blonde (2001)
Legally Blonde is a light-hearted yet empowering film starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. Along the way, she discovers an unexpected talent for law and manages to outsmart her peers and prove that she is just as smart, if not smarter than anyone else. With its message of believing in yourself and following your dreams no matter what, Legally Blonde is a funny and inspiring movie about the power of female ambition.
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Bend It Like Beckham is a 2002 British-Indian romantic comedy-drama film that follows the story of 18-year-old Jess Bhamra, a young Indian girl living in London, as she struggles to follow her dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. Despite her traditional Sikh parents’ objections, Jess joins a local women’s team and quickly becomes a star player. With the help of her teammates and coach, she must overcome cultural differences, family expectations, and her own self-doubt to achieve her goals. The movie stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Anupam Kher. Bend It Like Beckham is a heart-warming story of friendship, family, and following your dreams.
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The Help (2011)
The Help is a memorable 2011 drama film based on the novel of the same name. Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, The Help tells the story of Aibileen Clark, an African-American maid who begins to write a book about her experiences and those of other women working as domestic help in white households. As she works on her book, Aibileen faces discrimination and hostility from both sides of the racial divide, but her courage and determination eventually wins out as she gains an unlikely ally in a white woman who helps to bring her story to light. The Help is a powerful story of friendship, overcoming adversity, and female solidarity in the face of oppression.
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The Hunger Games (2012)
The Hunger Games is a 2012 science fiction adventure film based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman from post-apocalyptic North America who must compete in a battle to the death against other youths in order to save her family and protect her home. Despite impossible odds, Katniss stands up against her oppressive government and fights for freedom and justice. The Hunger Games is an inspiring story of courage, strength, and female empowerment that encourages viewers to stand up for what they believe in.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road is an epic 2015 post-apocalyptic action film starring Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a former captive of the warlord Immortan Joe. When she decides to make a daring escape with his other captives, Furiosa sets out on a treacherous journey across the desert. Along the way, she meets Max Rockatansky, a loner and former survivor of Immortan Joe’s regime. Together they must battle their way through the harsh landscape in order to reach Furiosa’s home and gain freedom for themselves and others. Mad Max: Fury Road is an empowering movie about strength, courage, and female bravery in the face of adversity.
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Hidden Figures (2016)
This Academy Award-winning movie tells the incredible true story of the three African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race in the 1960s. Despite facing discrimination and obstacles due to their race, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson persevered and changed history by providing critical calculations that enabled astronaut John Glenn’s successful mission into orbit. Hidden Figures is a powerful story of courage and achievement that celebrates the accomplishments of these pioneering women.
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Wonder Woman (2017)
Based on the superhero DC Comics character of the same name, 2017’s Wonder Woman is a critically acclaimed movie that stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, an Amazon princess who leaves her home to fight in World War I in order to save mankind and fulfill her destiny. With her superhuman strength, courage, and unwavering faith in humanity, Wonder Woman quickly becomes an iconic hero who stands up against those who threaten peace. This inspiring movie is a story of female strength, bravery, and empowerment that will leave viewers feeling inspired to do what’s right.
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Celebrate Epic Women of the Silver Screen
Women’s History Month is the perfect time to celebrate the epic women of the silver screen. From Aibileen Clark in The Help to Diana Prince in Wonder Woman, these inspiring female characters show that strength and courage can conquer any challenge. So take some time this month to binge-watch one of the epic movies and celebrate how powerful women can be!
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