There’s nothing better than discovering a new show or movie on Netflix, and if you can watch something with a strong female lead, that’s even better. Finding movies that feature fabulous heroines isn’t always easy, which is why we’ve chosen a collection of empowering movies featuring some amazing ladies.
One of the greatest living feminist icons, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an 86-year- old superhero. From her work as a lawyer and her service on the Supreme Court, to her health struggles and her amazing marriage, this documentary covers it all.
Hidden Figures (2016)
File this under things you should have definitely learned in school, but didn’t. The stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson are shining examples of the important roles women of color played in getting US astronauts to the moon.
When it comes to empowering movies for women and girls, Disney is usually not the first outlet you think of, especially when it comes to princess stories. But, Moana is the exception. She is an adventurous young woman who wants to save her people and prove herself as a leader. No love story, no prince, no evil parents.
The Hunting Ground (2015)
This documentary is terrifying, but also truly inspiring. Along with harrowing stories from sexual assault survivors on university campuses, it also features the founding of organizations created to fight for the protection of young women on campus under Title IX.
In a World… (2013)
Remember the classic “In a world…” intro from movie trailers? This movie follows Carol, a voiceover actress and accent coach, whose father was the originator of the “In a world…” tagline. A studio is planning to revive the tagline, and Carol is competing for the job.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
With four friends, one magical pair of jeans, and a summer filled with drama, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a feel-good movie about friendships, love, loss, and family. With their signature Spice Girls vibe, it’s easy to find your favorite in the group.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
If you’re looking for something with a vintage feel that’ll make you nostalgic and slightly nauseated (for the rampant sexism), Mona Lisa Smile is a powerful and sweeping choice. Set in Wellesley College in 1953, Julia Roberts plays an art history professor who takes it upon herself to help her students find themselves through art.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Even if you aren’t a sports fan, Bend It Like Beckham is still a great movie. This story of a young Indian woman balancing her family’s cultural beliefs and her passion for soccer is an undeniably compelling story. You also get to see a young Keira Knightley playing a supporting role, which is always a good thing.
If feminist art is your jam, Frida is the movie you need to watch ASAP. Salma Hayek portrays the breathtaking feminist artist Frida Kahlo. Frida’s life was filled with tragedy and romance, and these left their mark on her work.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin Brockovich is a mom, environmental crusader, and all-around empowering figure. This movie focuses on her early life and her essential role in the case against the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Erin’s tenacious quest for truth and justice make her the role model we need right now.
Natasha Davis, Pill Club Copywriter