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25 of the Best Female Empowerment Movies With Strong Inspiring Women

Author Mai Atef
Time 12/21/23, 1:00 PM
25 of the Best Female Empowerment Movies With Strong Inspiring Women
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Supporting and empowering women is one of the things that we really value and believe in. And because most of us find a lot of inspiration in movies we thought we’d bring you some feminist movies and some of the top strong female characters in movies. Many of these female empowerment movies tell real stories about women who faced difficulties but powered through to their goals and paths to success. Many novelists and writers have been passionate throughout time in depicting women's freedom and rights through their work, including many Arab and foreign films around the world…

 

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25 Female Empowering Movies Featuring Strong Female Characters:

 

1- Barbie

 

 

The Barbie movie is highly empowering for women and girls as it showcases strong, independent, and adventurous female characters. The movies promote positive messages about self-confidence, friendship, and embracing one's unique qualities. The Barbie movie also aims for gender equality and strives to inspire and empower young girls to believe in their potential and capabilities.

 

 

2- Joy 

 

 

 Jennifer Lawrence portrays Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, in a story of perseverance and entrepreneurship.

 

 

3- Mona Lisa Smile

 

 

"Mona Lisa Smile" follows art history professor Katherine Ann Watson, as she employs unconventional teaching methods to inspire her students at Wellesley College to question societal expectations for women in the 1950s.  Encouraging reflection on women's evolving roles, the movie underscores the significance of pursuing passions and ambitions despite societal norms. 

 

 

4- Women Talking

 

Women Talking, tells the powerful story of women in a religious colony who faced drugging and rape by the men in their village. Post-abuse, the women come together to decide their future, forming a council to discuss options, whether to stay and fight for their rights or leave the village. The film's inspiring essence lies in their collective reclamation of agency over their lives, breaking the silence around abuse. The clear message is that, despite adversity, women retain power when they choose not to surrender it.

 

 

5- Thelma & Louise

 

 

A classic feminist film, it follows two friends who embark on a road trip, challenging societal norms and standing up against injustice. 

 

 

6- The Glorias

 

 

It is a Biopic of the feminist leader Gloria Steinem, who had a difficult childhood, she full-throated defense of the feminist movement through one of its most legendary figures. After freeing herself from conventionalisms, she becomes one of the main leaders of the feminist movement in the United States. 

 

 

7- Naura's Dream

 

 

Naura's Dream is a great movie starring Hend Sabry as a working-class woman named Noura who is raising three children while her husband is in jail. She is not satisfied in her marital life as her husband is irresponsible and bandits. However, after his repetitive imprisonment, she loses her excitement, and she decides to get divorced so she can build a better future for herself as well as her children. And she dreams of a better life with her lover Lasaad. The movie tackles the theme of women’s right to freedom and choice in dire circumstances.

 

 

8- The Color Purple

 

 

 The Color Purple movie is about a woman who believes that she has no power because of how she was treated by men around her. So, she gives up her power, but the women around her help her reclaim that power again. However, this is a very serious point to be tackled. It's very important that females empower each other when they feel humiliated or inferior. 

 

 

9- Nawara

 

 

Nawara is an iconic movie that depicts a real story about a woman who faces difficulties but is powered through her goal and path to success. it perfectly shows how Egyptian women will go in order to endure hardships, despite being utterly devastating.

 

 

10- Million Dollar Baby

 

It's a movie revolving around a female boxer whose name is Maggie. she requests Frankie, a trainer who runs a gym, to train her, but he refuses at the beginning as she is a girl. But then he was convinced to train her to be a champion because of her seriousness. Although everyone around her suspects her vision to become a boxer, however, she proved people wrong by working hard on herself and achieving her dream.

 

 

11- Legally Blonde

 

 

Basically, this movie is about a woman whose boyfriend tells her she’s not serious enough to be his wife as he sees that she can't do anything because of her gender. She finds that she would rather fulfill her potential and build her dream career and she started to focus her drive and confidence on herself. This movie is very inspiring and re-watchable. 

 

 

12- Bombs Shell

 

 

Bombshell a movie based on actual events, tells the story of a group of women banding together to expose Fox News CEO for sexual harassment. Knowing it might cost them their career. However, all they cared about is end this.

 

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13- Wonder Woman

 

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Wonder Woman is an iconic character for many girls, for being a strong female superhero. It’s about Diana who lives on an island before meeting a pilot who tells her about the World War and she leaves home to fight and discover her superpowers. 

 

14- Frida

 

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Of course, there’s Frida Kahlo, the feminist icon and artist who is known for her support for women's rights issues activism. The movie focuses on how she expressed her struggles with marriage and her injury through art.

 

 

15- Mulan 

 

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Mulan is one of the best and most inspiring animated films. Mulan defies all rules to go and fight instead of her father, because he’s ill. She fights to prove everyone wrong and help save her country.

 

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16-Meraty Modeer A'am

 

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This is a lot of people’s favorite movies. The rom-com tackled what would happen at the time to a married couple if the woman was her husband’s manager, something that was shocking at the time. Marati's film, General Manager, reviews the idea of ​​supporting women's work and their potential to reach the highest ranks, but in a romantic comedic manner. In fact, it is one of our favorite movies. Which tells what would happen in the life of a married couple if the woman became the manager over her husband at work.

 

 

17- He Named Me Malala

 

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He Named Me Malala is a documentary about Malala Yousafzai, who is the youngest woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 because she advocated for women's rights in education. She is known for her activism for women's rights in Pakistan, and the film narrates her entire experience as well as the incident that she was subjected to that could have killed her.

 

 

18- The Stoning of Soraya M.

 

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Many women around the world ho are subjected to violence, and it can even amount to murder. The Stoning of Soraya M tells the true story of a woman in Iran who was stoned and killed because of her husband, but a journalist helps reveal to the whole world what happened to her.

 

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19- Suffragette

 

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In 20th-century Britain a group of women fight for their right to vote. Their fight for equality puts them in danger and at risks. The story is inspired by the women's suffrage movement that happened and uses original testimonies.

 

 

20-Al Bab Al Maftooh

 

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Man’s oppression over women using fear as a vessel is horrific and unacceptable. This movie shows us what a woman can be capable of when given the same rights and freedom as a man in society.

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21- Hidden Figures movie

 

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This is a wonderful film about 3 genius African American women who worked for NASA as mathematicians. They dealt with discrimination and rasicm at work, but had a crucial role in John Glenn's launch into orbit. This movie tells the untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson.

 

22- Wild

 

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One of the most famous feminist films is Wild, which tells the story of a woman who decides to walk a distance of 1,100 miles, after going through a lot of problems in her life, from divorce to the death of her mother. Her mental health struggled, but she decided to record what happens on her journey on foot in order to regain strength and self-confidence again.

 

 

23- Shey Min El Khouf

 

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This was one of the most controversial films at the time of its release. It talks about Fu’ada who stands up to injustice and oppression caused in a rural village by Atris, who’s interested in her. This film is also based on a short story by Tharwat Abaza. 

 

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24- Little Women

 

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An iconic novel that has been adapted more than once. It talks about 4 young sisters with a lot of dreams and ambitions. The story highlights their different characters and struggles with love, money and family.

 

 

25- Cairo 678 

 

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Cairo 678 talks about the horrors of sexual harassment in Egyptian society. In my opinion, this film is important for any woman to inspire her not to succumb and to stand up for her rights.

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Mai Atef

Mai Atef

At a young age, she fell in love with fashion and writing, it was her favorite way of expressing herself. As soon as she finished her studies, she started working in journalism, writing about everythi...

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