Hollywood has been awash with scandal over the past year with numerous sexual allegations brought against some of the biggest names in the industry. Following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and many others, Hollywood females are stepping up and we are not disappointed. Here are 12 movies with strong female leads that will leave you with ultimate #girlsquad goals.
Release date: June 8, 2018
The highly anticipated Ocean’s 8 consists of the ultimate dream team. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, just to name a few, this installment of the Ocean’s franchise follows the story of Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie. Debbie Ocean (Bullock) is planning the heist of the year targeting the Met Gala after recently being released from prison and is gathering a team to pull it off.
Release date: June 15, 2018
The Incredibles 2 couldn’t come at a better time for female empowerment. Though the movie will pick up where the first left of, this time, Elastagirl will be out saving the day while Mr. Incredible stays home to play Mr. Mom.
Release date: February 23, 2018
Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, Annihilation follows Portman’s character, Lena, and a team of other badass women into an environment where the laws of nature do not apply. Get ready for some seriously badass action skills.
Release date: January 12, 2018
Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson, follows the life a female assassin who kicks some serious ass until she suddenly finds herself in custody of a young boy after a hit gone wrong.
Release date: February 16, 2018
If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, stop reading this article, go see it, and then come back and finish reading this.
Though Black Panther isn’t primarily female based, they do not shove their female warriors to the wayside. Stellar actresses such as Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett grace the screen with their dominating presence delivering a performance that will leave you wanting more.
Release date: March 2, 2018
J Law can now add “the next James Bond” to her resume. Portraying a ballerina turned deadly spy, manipulator and master of seduction, J Law’s character will do pretty much anything to protect her mother. Wouldn’t we all?
A Wrinkle In Time
Release date: March 9, 2018
You’ll see many familiar faces in A Wrinkle In Time, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. Following the journey of a young brother and sister accompanied by a classmate, searching for their father, guided by the astral travelers, Winfrey, Witherspoon and Kaling, A Wrinkle In Time takes you on the journey of a lifetime through the universe.
Release date: March 16, 2018
Alicia Vikander absolutely slays in the reboot of Tomb Raider. Steering away from the overly sexualized Lara Croft of the past, Vikander portrays a young Croft as she grows into the iconic Lara Croft we already know and love.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release date: February 14, 2019
Sophie Turner. You may know her from her role as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, but if not, it’s time you get to know her. Turner will reprise her role as a young Jean Grey in this installment of the X-Men. We’ll see Turner’s character grapple with being both heroine and villain as a “malevolent, power-hungry new force” is awoken inside her, showing us a new side of the character we know and love.
Release date: June 29, 2018
Though renamed, The Hustle is actually another reboot of a fan favorite, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Starring Rebel Wilson (my fave) and Anne Hathaway (another fave), Nasty Women follows the two competing con artists as they participate in a winner-takes-all bet which involves the loser leaving town. For good. There have been several instances recently where old cult classics have been remade into movies with strong female leads… we’re talking about you Ghost Busters.
I Feel Pretty
Release date: April 20, 2018
Schumer is well known for her self-deprecating humor and I Feel Pretty is no different. Schumer plays Renee Barrett, a young woman who struggles with her looks, as most of us do these days, until suddenly she sees herself as the most beautiful woman in the world following a head injury from falling off a SoulCyle bike. With her newfound confidence, Barrett takes her life into her own hands and lives a life of empowerment.
Crazy Rich Asians
Release date: August 17, 2018
Constance Wu won our hearts with her role as Jessica Huang on the hit show Fresh Off The Boat. Now she tackles the big screen with her starring role in the movie based on the novel with the same title, Crazy Rich Asians. Wu’s character, Rachel Chu, an economics professor who suddenly finds herself in the midst of great wealth when she attends her boyfriends best friends wedding in Singapore.
Movies with strong female leads are taking over the big screens, and honestly, we aren’t complaining.
What are some of your favorite movies with strong female leads? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jackie graduated from Merrimack College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Public and Professional Writing. With a wide range of experiences including an internship with Seventeen and Cosmopolitan Magazines along with running her own business, Jackie is well versed in the professional world of media and publishing. You can find her in the corner eating pizza.