Have you ever noticed how few films exist where women play the lead role, or revolve about something amazing a woman has achieved throughout humanity?I assure you, its minimal compared to male dominating roles.
This interesting fact inspired me to compile a handy list of films where women do take centre stage, and even better, where they portray a character who has changed our world today!
Here are my favourites:
1. Gone With the Wind
Epic movie which traces the survival of Scarlett O’Hara during the tragic Civil War. I am sure you will remember her famous quote: “After all, tomorrow is another day”.
A diverse group of women, starring Meryl Streep and Cary Mulligan, fight for their rights to vote in Britain, during the 20th century, while risking their home, families, jobs and lives.
3. A Little Chaos
Kate Winslet brilliantly plays the role of Sabine de Barra, who was appointed to create a lavish garden in Versailles in 17th-century France.
4. The Colour Purple
An iconic movie which follows the story of Celie who fights hard to build her own life, after years of male domination and sexual abuse by her father and husband. All star cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Laurence Fishbourne, and many more!
5. A League of their own
One of my favourites! During WWII most American men had to join the army, so a professional all women’s baseball league was created. Staring A-listers Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’ Donnell and many more, the movie follows the team on their way to fame!
6. Mona Lisa Smile
An inspirational story about Katherine Watson, played by Julia Roberts, who challenges her students to live a life outside of the society’s expectations during the 1950’s.
7. The Help
Southern belle in the 1960’s returns from college with dreams to become a writer and goes against society by interviewing the black women who served as housekeepers of the community’s prominent families.
8. Under The Tuscan Sun
One of my favourite movies – following a terrible divorce from her cheating husband, Frances impulsively buys a run down villa in Tuscany, during a vacation. The story follows her journey from remodeling her house, to her Italian love interest, and to finally finding her happiness.
A powerful movie portrayed by Salma Hayek, about Frida Kahlo, who experienced multiple traumas and tragedies throughout her life, yet ended up becoming one of the most famous artists of her time, through her vivid paintings.
10. Hidden Figures
This is honestly one of the best movies of 2017 which follows the story of 3 incredible African American women who changed the future of space travel for America in the 1960’s, when women were considered nothing more than housewives. I’m so passionate about this movie, because it really shows how much women struggled to prove their abilities in a man’s world, yet their talents ended up being the key elements in what changed the world today. Go watch it now!
11. The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep brilliantly portrays Margaret Thatcher, who became the UK’s first female prime minister, and remained for 11 consecutive years. The story takes a personal angle as Thatcher battles the loss of her husband, while reflecting on the choices she made in her life.
12. The Blind Side
An incredible story about Michael Oher, who went from homeless teenager to all star football player, thanks to Leigh Anne Tuohy, portrayed by Sandra Bullock, who took him into her family, and fought for his successes, despite his colour.
A terrifying tale, which I hope never parent faces. The story is set in LA, early 1920’s, and follows a single mother, played by Angelina Jolie, who’s son is missing. 5 months later, the police find him, however she quickly discovers that it is not her son. She fights with the law and police to uncover the truth about her son, and with the help of a clergyman, they expose the corruption of the LA police and government.
14. Joan of Arc
An incredible film which portrays the life of the “Maid of Orleans” who led the French army to victory over the English in the early 1400’s through divine guidance, at the young age of 18. Joan went from a peasant girl, to a martyr who was burned at the stake, and 500 years later was canonized as a Saint.
Iconic actress, Cate Blanchett, brilliantly portrays Queen Elizabeth as she rises to power during a divided country in 1558. The dramatic story follows her struggles with council, her love interest, life threats, and duties that come with being a Queen.
This film tells the story of Hypatia, a respected astronomer, mathematician, scientist, philosopher and teacher, when such professions were unheard of for women, and centres around the split between science vs. superstition in 4th century Egypt (Greek empire). Fun fact: Hypatia invented the hydrometer, which is used in the Gulf region to distinguish oil from water 🙂
17. Memoirs of a Geisha
An incredible film, based on a book, the story follows Chiyo, a young Japanese girl who gets sold to a geisha house in 1920’s Japan. It follows her rise and transformation into one of the most beautiful and influential geishas, until WWII changes everyone’s lives.
18. North Country
Charlize Theron takes centre stage in this incredible film, which spotlights sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, in North America.
19. Coco Before Chanel
Two words: fashion icon. The film tells the story of Coco Chanel from her days as a seamstress and cabaret dancer, to her rise as fashion mogul, immortalizing elegant and sophisticated women’s clothing, during a time when flowers, tight corsets and lace were in style.
20. Tea with Mussolini
A charming film which circles around a group of expat British ladies nicknamed “Scorpioni”, living in Florence during Fascist Italy, who raise a young Italian boy and fight to defend the magnificent art of the Uffizi Gallery during WWII. There is everything from comedy, love, tragedy, and they really do have tea with Mussolini!
A film which teaches us to never give up on our dreams! Flashdance is a story about a young woman who works in a steel mill by day and dances in a club by night, until she gets accepted in Juliard to become a professional ballerina. What a feeling! 😉
22. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
This new film is about Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian actress, who fled an abusive marriage to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses in the 1940’s, and invented a radio system which is considered as the basis of Bluetooth technology today.
23. The Post
Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of The Washington Post, and exposes a massive cover up by the government. Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep – you can’t go wrong! In cinemas, now!
And coming soon: Ocean’s 8 – all star girl power cast!
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