Whoever said women are the weaker sex honestly doesn’t know the power of the ladies. Mankind is so used to leading the way and saving the so-called “damsel in distress” that they just don’t know any better. That also seems to have been Hollywood’s mantra since they first figured out how to capture motion and reproduce it for people to see on the big screen. Too often, we fail to recognize a woman’s courage, determination and the greatness that lies within.
But every now and then the ladies get their moment; that time to shine. Even better, there are movies that feature them not only as leading characters, but the strong protagonist that don’t take no s*** from noooooobody (pardon the bad English, but sometimes, proper grammar just doesn’t cut it).
Anyway, let’s skip past my description and talk about what you all came here for.
Whether these were box office blasts or straight up bombs – flawless or flops, here are 31 movies you can watch throughout the month (or whenever) to get your fix of, yeah, I’m gonna say it proudly, “the better half!” In no particular order.
Movie synopses provided by the Internet Movie Database (Names of male lead characters have been removed from my list for obvious reasons)
Girl Power! 31 Movies To Watch, Where Women Rule (Celebrating Women’s History Month)
- The 355 (2022) Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o
When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, a wild card CIA agent joins forces with three international agents on a lethal mission to retrieve it, while staying a step ahead of a mysterious woman who’s tracking their every move.
- The Woman King (2022) Viola Davis, Thusa Mbedu, Lashana Lynch
A historical epic inspired by the true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Shadow In The Cloud (2020) Chloë Grace Moretz
A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.
- Bandidas (2008) Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek
In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.
- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004) Uma Thurman
Part 1: After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
Part 2: The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
- Prey (2022) Amber Midthunder
The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly evolved Predators to land on Earth.
- Mulan (2020) Liu Yifei
A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father.
- The Descent (2005) Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
- Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae
The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
- Bad Girls (1994) Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore
Four prostitutes join together to travel the Old West.
- Black Widow (2021) Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh
Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.
- Hidden Figures (2016) Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae
The story of a team of female African American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
- Thelma & Louise (1991) Susan Sarandon, Genna Davis
Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.
- Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
- Set It Off (1996) Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A., Fox, Kimberly Elise
Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting each other.
- The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) Geena Davis
Samantha Caine lives in a small town with her daughter. Eight years ago, she emerged, two months pregnant, from a nearby river with no memory of her past or who she is. However, she’s getting closer to finding out about her past.
- Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh
Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.
- Aliens (1986) Sigourney Weaver
Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.
- Foxy Brown (1974) Pam Grier
A sexy black woman, Foxy Brown, seeks revenge when her government agent boyfriend Michael is shot down by gangsters led by the kinky couple of Steve Elias and Miss Katherine.
- Colombiana (2011) Zoe Saldana
A young girl in Bogotá witnesses her parents’ murder and grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.
- Interceptor (2022) Elsa Pataky
One Army captain must use her years of tactical training and military expertise when a simultaneous coordinated attack threatens the remote missile interceptor station she is in command of.
- The Color Purple (1985) Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
- Elektra (2005) Jennifer Garner
Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.
- The Protégé (2021) Maggie Q
Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer. However, when Moody is brutally killed, she vows revenge for the man who taught her everything she knows
- Salt (2010) Angelina Jolie
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.
- A League Of Their Own (1992) Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
- Charlie’s Angels (2000) Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.
- Catwoman (2004) Halle Berry
A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.
- Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
- Trees Of Peace (2017) Eliane Umuhire, Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon, Bola Koleosho
In April of 1994, four women from different backgrounds and beliefs are trapped and hiding during the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Their fight for survival against all odds unites the women in an unbreakable sisterhood.
- The Princess (2022) Joey King, Olga Kurylenko
When a strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must save the kingdom.
And that’s it! Like what you read? Have a “Girl Power” movie you think is worthy of viewing in addition to the titles listed? Yes, there are many more, so feel free to list anything I haven’t mentioned in the comments section below. And be sure to sign up at the bottom for email notification of future posts from Kenny’s Camera, Cooking & Crazy Confessions at ZootsBlogSpot!
KD, I haven’t seen all of these films, but most I have. I plan on checking out “Clouds in the Sky” ASAP! Thank you, my brother for bringing that 🔥 as always!!!
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I meant… “Shadow in the Cloud!” 😆
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It was an enjoyable film for me and I’m sure you’ll like it. Let me know when you watch it! And thanks for reading, GC!
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LOL I knew what you were talking about.