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What are the best movies with strong female leads?

If you think only men can do cool stunts and superhero roles, then you clearly haven’t seen how bad-ass female leads give good fights just to battle injustice. Women are often stereotyped. Most often than not, women in movies are being depicted as incapable of going on wars and weak enough to fight the enemies. This is why men are always expected to do such roles since doing so is more acceptable to society. Little did we know that there are strong female characters proving the world that they can also do what men can do. Interestingly, movies with strong female leads are also capable of breaking box office records. From Wonder Woman to Captain Marvel, women’s empowerment is becoming a norm as seen on many popular motion pictures. For instance, Eowyn, Lady of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is an example of a female warrior who made a name for herself after killing the Witch King. Before being stabbed, the Witch King told Eowyn that no man can kill him, in which Eowyn replied, “I am no man” before stabbing him on the face. Arya Stark in Game of Thrones was also admired by fans for killing the Night King. These are just examples that women can also save the world from one villain at a time.

On this page, we’ve listed down the best films that feature strong female leads. To help you choose the best ones, the answers are ranked based on the number of upvotes. Get to know these bad-ass women taking on the lead roles and find out how brave women can be by checking out the films below! 

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  1. 1[TRAILER] Avengers: Infinity War

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    Avengers: Infinity War is an American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. In this movie, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Black Panther to defeat the powerful Thanos.

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  1. 2Black Panther

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    Black Panther is a superhero movie directed by Ryan Coogler. It is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was released in 2018. It starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira.

    Black Panther has received numerous awards and nominations. Have a look at the list of online sources to watch Black Panther now.

  2. 3The Hunger Games

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    Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes her sister's place in the Hunger Games, a competition organised by the government in which many teenagers from the districts of Panem fight to death until only one is left standing. 



  1. 4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

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    The war between Voldemort and Harry Potter is coming to its end, but in order to defeat Voldemort, Harry has to destroy all the horrcruxes, which contain Voldemort's soul. While looking for them, Harry finds out about the three most powerful weapons in the magic world, the Deathly Hallows. 

  2. 5The Invitation

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    While attending a pretty strange dinner party at his former house, Will (Logan Marshall-Green) starts to believe that his ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband (Michiel Huisman) have sinister plans for the guests.

  3. 6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 crime mystery movie starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

  4. 7Ghostbusters

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    Ghostbusters is a supernatural comedy movie in 2016 directed by Paul Feig starring Melissa Mccarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. It is the third feature film in the Ghostbusters franchise. 

  5. 8The Matrix

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    The Matrix is a 1999 sci-fi action movie written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. In one of the most iconic sci-film films ever, Keanu Reeves stars as Neo,  a computer hacker who learns something about his true nature.

  6. 9Frozen

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    Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film. In "Frozen," fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey.

  7. 10Alien

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    Alien is a fantasy and mystery motion picture that follows the story of a three-member team's encounter with an alien. This science-fiction movie is based on O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett's story.

  8. 11Hidden Figures

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    Hidden Figures is a dramatic historical biography motion picture that stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. It was written and directed by Theodore Melfi and premiered on December 25, 2016, in the United States.

  9. 12Arrival

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    Arrival is a drama and mystery film that follows the story of Louise Banks, who led a team to investigate the appearance of spaceships in different locations around the world. The film was released in 2016 and was directed by Denis Villeneuve.

  10. 13Doctor Strange

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    Doctor Strange is a superhero and fantasy film directed by Scott Derrickson. It was released in 2016 as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams.

  11. 14Aliens

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    Aliens is a sci-fi action and thriller motion picture directed by James Cameron. This film was released on July 18, 1986, and was starred by Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, and more.

  12. 15Ocean's 8

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    Ocean's 8 is a comedy movie directed by Gary Ross and features Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway. It is part of the Ocean's movie franchise and tells of 8 women doing a heist.

  13. 16Captain Marvel

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    Captain Marvel is a 2019 action-adventure film starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson and is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows Carol Danvers and her quest to unravel the truth of her past with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D agent Nick Fury.

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The first female film director was Alice Guy-Blaché? The first film she ever directed was La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) in 1896. Women have been part of Holywood since it started but their roles have always been rocky. There were more women working in the business compared to today. Guy-Blache challenged the notion that film directing is a man's role. She inspired countless other aspiring women to follow in her footsteps. In 1915, the Motion Picture Supplement published an article relating to this. It had the headline, "Women's conquest in filmdom". A snippet goes, “One may not name a single vocation in either the artistic or business side of its progress in which women are not conspicuously engaged. In the theatres, in the studios and even in the exchanges where film productions are marketed and released to exhibitors, the fair sex is represented as in no other calling.”

While still far from ideal, women's role in Hollywood has improved since. Some of the most popular Hollywood movies feature strong female leads. Movies like Kill Bill, Resident Evil, and Alien. Today's movies further exemplify this, like the high-praised movie, Black Panther. A movie praised for celebrating African American pride, culture, and heritage. It also showcased strong female roles such as Okoye and Shuri. Film is not the only media that has benefited from this trend. There are also plenty of novels that feature female leads. There is a lot of work and progress still needed. Women are gaining the recognition and success that they deserve bit by bit.

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    May 13, 2018
    "In Movie Experience Commentaries Written Introduction by The Wachowski brothers (20 cnt.) Philosophers Commentary by Dr. Cornel West, Ken Wilber Critics Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers, David Thomson Cast and Crew Commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta Composer Commentary by Don Davis with Music Only Track The Matrix Revisited Behind The Matrix Making The Matrix The Dance of the Master: Yuen Wo Ping's Blocking Tapes The Bathroom Fight and Wet Wall The Code of the Red Dress The Old Exit: Wabash and Lake Agent Down But Wait- There's More Take the Red Pills [2 selections] Follow the White Rabbit [9 selections Audio The Music Revisited [41 audio tracks] Marilyn Manson Music Video Rock is Dead Trailers The Matrix Teaser The Matrix Trailer The Matrix TV Spots"
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    Anonymous
    May 19, 2018
    "If you like strong female characters Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part I) does contain them but I wouldn't call Hermoine a the lead. At best she is the second character of the story while Harry Potter himself is a lead. Though Hermoine may be the brains, and the bravest of the bunch, Harry Potter is the star of this book."
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
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    Anonymous
    May 22, 2018
    "I love watching Frozen with my daughter! It has the music and cute animations of a Disney movie, without the female lead depending on a man to save her. Both Anna and Elsa are strong and determined, which is what I want for my daughter. It is one of our favorite animated movies!"
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    Frozen
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    Anonymous
    May 24, 2018
    "Alien is really such a dope movie, and yes the leader character is female. I love any sort of extraterrestrial movies, and this one without a doubt struck home for me. These aliens are more dangerous then the aliens in other movies, so this one is more of a survival type of movie."
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    Alien
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    Anonymous
    June 3, 2018
    "This cast was absolutely amazing! Taraji? Janelle Monae? Talk about a truly strong black female cast. These two and Octavia Spencer did a phenomenal job and I'm excited to watch thus movie again with my husband."
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    Hidden Figures
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    Anonymous
    May 26, 2018
    "The Invitation is the best movie with strong a female lead. This movie was so suspenseful and positively terrifying at times! I'd watch this movie again but only with someone else in the room!"
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    The Invitation
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    Anonymous
    May 14, 2018
    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the greatest movies with a strong female lead. It's very gripping and leaves you wanting more (luckily there's more in the series)."
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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    Anonymous
    May 22, 2018
    "The Hunger Games is most true to the source novel. It's the story that started the teen dystopia boom. Jennifer Lawrence launched her career as Katniss."
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    The Hunger Games
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    Anonymous
    May 28, 2018
    "Tilda Swinton kicks some serious ass in this movie, awesome!!"
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    Doctor Strange
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    Anonymous
    May 25, 2018
    "Funny, entertaining, and with a girl crew that kicks ass"
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    Ghostbusters
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    Anonymous
    May 20, 2018
    "After finishing the movie. I don’t feel so good"
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    [TRAILER] Avengers: Infinity War
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    Anonymous
    May 26, 2018
    "VERY GOOD"
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    Black Panther
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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1[TRAILER] Avengers: Infinity WarVideos 32 Free
2Black PantherMovies 29 Paid
3The Hunger GamesMovies 26 Paid
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1Movies 25 Paid
5The InvitationMovies 24 Paid
6The Girl with the Dragon TattooMovies 20 Paid
7GhostbustersMovies 19 Paid
8The MatrixMovies 14 Paid
9FrozenMovies 14 Paid
10AlienMovies 11 Paid
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