Sat. Nov 27th, 2021
 
5 Movies With Strong Female Leads

5 Movies With Strong Female Leads

Let’s face it. The entertainment industry often fails miserably to portray women authentically. In most of the movies we see on TV, the women in the plot always revolve around the “HERO” or the male lead. They are either damsels in distress, waiting to be rescued by the men, or are outrageously vile to other women and always try to sabotage their lives. It is not very often that we see layered characters of real women, who are not just vulnerable, but also strong and defiant, not only a love interest but also complex and humane with all the imperfections. Unfortunately, the movies which are successful in the portrayal of real and relatable women characters, do not get the much-needed spotlight. So if you, like me, are also tired of the same bandwagon of men saving women on the screens, here are 5 women-centric movies for you to binge on this weekend.

5 Movies With Strong Female Leads

5 Movies With Strong Female Leads
5 Movies With Strong Female Leads
  1. Moana (2016): This Disney film does away with the classic white fairy tale formula. Moana is a determined, diligent, go-getting heroine with bigger fish to fry than finding her prince charming. She’s out there doing it for herself, speaking her mind and setting sail on a great voyage of self-discovery, not for a man but for the sake of her family and her people.

 

  1. Legally Blonde (2001): Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) single-handedly flipped the dumb blonde stereotype on its head, proving women can wear whatever the hell they want and get things done. A woman who likes pink AND slays in the courtroom – it was a wild idea for 2001.

 

  1. Hidden Figures (2016): Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s non-fiction book of the same title, Hidden Figures tells the untold story of three pioneering African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the ‘60s. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. But this isn’t a film about the man who made it to the moon, it’s about the brilliant black woman who helped get him there in the first place.

 

  1. Harriet (2019): “I will see every last drop of blood in my veins until this monster called slavery is dead.” This is the extraordinary true story of the heroic freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman played by Cynthia Erivo. After fleeing the Maryland farm where she spent her life enslaved, she changed the course of history by joining the abolitionist movement and making the perilous journey back to the plantation. Her fight led to the liberation of hundreds of enslaved black people.

 

  1. Erin Brockovich (2000): Julia Roberts stars in this legal drama based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, a single mother of three who becomes a legal assistant at a law firm. When she stumbles across suspicious medical records from a little-known case filed against Pacific Gas and Electric, she does some digging and discovers the company is poisoning a city’s water supply which threatens the health of an entire community. So she takes on the big dogs and brings them to their knees. She who dares wins.

 

Subhangee Guha

Break the Newz.

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