11 Hollywood Movies Featuring A Strong Female Lead

Movies portraying a typical male protagonist and his life issues are common now. There are not many movies that show a strong female lead. But when we watch such films we start relating to them, whether they make a good collection at the box office or not. We watch them over and over again and soon that female becomes our role model. The ladies portray such powerful and strong character on-screen that we all wish we could be more like them. They are never afraid to express their views and are never dependent on a male to solve their issues. They are independent and emotionally strong.

Here is a list of 11 Hollywood movies with females in lead. This list is not only about women kicking butts just like the men, but life journey of ordinary women as well.


The movie is about a girl named Merida who is the daughter of a King. She is a skilled archer and determined to choose her own path in life, defying the age-old customs of Scottish clans and their leaders. While on her journey, she goes to a recluse for advice but instead of helping, the recluse imposes a dangerous spell on the girl. Now Merida has to rely on her own powers and bravery to undo the curse before it’s too late.


Released in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of a lonely, struggling writer who is charmed with his neighbor. His neighbor is a strong, independent, young woman who is free-spirited and quite different from the culture at the time. Hepburn has gracefully portrayed the role, making every man wish to have such a woman in his life.


Kill Bill is about a bad-ass woman named Black Mamba who is shot at her wedding ceremony. The bullet hits her head but doesn’t kill her. Black Mamba is also an assassin and is betrayed by a man named Bill. She wakes after 4 years in the coma and determined to kill everyone who betrayed her.


The story is about a woman clerk who helped win the largest settlement ever paid in a direction-action lawsuit. Julia Roberts nailed the role of a single mother of three who, after losing a personal injury lawsuit, begins working as a file clerk. She ends up discovering that a systematic California power company is polluting city waters which will threaten the health of the entire community. Her Oscar-winning performance makes us believe that even women can do better in a field dominated by men.


Thanks to Orange Is The New Black for making women’s prison narratives popular. But how can we forget the original, Chicago- the hit Broadway musical showing a group of women who find themselves behind bars after committing cold-blooded murders? The story revolves around Roxy and Velma who have committed crimes. Both soon realize that their poor story could bring them fame and by the end of the movie, we see them battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines.


Inspired by true events, Changeling is the story of a woman who is driven to challenge Prohibition-era Los Angeles police force at every turn, after her son is abducted, and retrieved. She suspects that the boy who has returned is not her son and is unable to accept the injustice pushed upon her. When the grief-stricken mother seeks helps, she finds herself put in the asylum. The movie portrays a very strong woman character who challenges the whole system.


The multiple Oscar-winning movie stars Jodie Foster as an FBI agent. She is given an investigation work on a murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jodie is brought into work with Dr. Hannibal a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath and serving his life behind the bars. The movie is worth watching if you have a strong heart.


Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games shows Jennifer Lawrence as a super talented and ambitious person. According to the movie, Hunger Games is an ongoing Government intimidation tactic where tributes must fight each other until one survivor remains. The film tells the story of a woman whose happy and easy-going life soon turns into a struggle for survival.


She is smart, brave and stunning. Lara Croft is a British aristocrat who is living a dual life, as an acquirer of lost antiquities and groomer at schools for the children of the elite. Angelina Jolie has very well played the role of a highly trained combat skill person. A video game was also launched based on this big budget adventure-drama starring Angelina Jolie as a buxom heroine recalling equal parts Indiana Jones and James Bond.


Golden globe nominee Sandra Bullock stars in this comedy movie as Gracie, an FBI agent. Duty bound Gracie goes undercover as a beauty contestant to put an end to the efforts of a serial killer, threatening to blow up the Miss USA Pageant. He is expected to appear in the contest and now Gracie has to learn to be a lady, to go undercover as a contestant.


Many women-boxing oriented movies have been released in the past few years. Million Dollar Baby is one of them. The story revolves around a veteran boxing trainer named Frankie Dunn who has devoted his life to boxing. One day a woman enters his life, determined to fight. But he refuses to train her because he thinks boxing is not fit for women. It is interesting to see how the story moves forward and Frankie helps the woman achieve her goal.

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