Every year should be the Year of the Woman, but 2020 feels especially so, given all the BS we’ve been putting up with the past few yeas...and centuries. If the state of the world has you feeling down, we want to help. Get inspired by these powerful stories of even more powerful women, from Erin Brockovich to the ladies who inspired Hustlers. (Of course a J. Lo-led film made this list.)
Obviously. Whether you want to watch the 2019 Greta Gerwig rendition (still in theaters, btw) with Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet (minus the goatee) — or the 1994 Winona Ryder classic, both films tell the same story of four sisters living out their very different dreams and coming together to be there for each other when they need it most.
It’s Julia Roberts playing a badass single mother working as a legal assistant who single-handedly takes down a corrupt energy company who had been contaminating water in a California community and [almost] successfully covering it up. Oh, and it’s a true story. Nothing like IRL women doing Big Things.
Hidden Figures tells the story of the three African American female NASA employees who were the mathematicians behind John Glenn’s launch into space (oh, and his safe return) in the 1960s. And did we mention the women are played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae? You’re going to want to stream this.
A League of Their Own
Another obvious choice. An absolute classic from 1992, where women form their own baseball league after all the men are deployed in WWII. Not only is it a story of real-women-doing-things-people-thought-only-men-could, it also gave us the iconic line: “There’s no crying in baseball.” Which, honestly, is debatable. There’s crying in everything.
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Or Volume 2. You literally cannot go wrong here. Uma Thurman sets out to straight up MURDER her ex (named Bill, in case you didn’t figure that one out), who tried to kill her first. Deadly revenge on an ex? Here. For. It.
The Hunger Games
Katniss is the female lead fantasy movies have been missing. (Give Hermione her own film for the love of gawd.) Watch as JLaw saves her sister’s life (and many others’) by volunteering to take her place in her f’d up country’s Fight to the Death. And wins. Of course.
I’m about to yeet on over to that exotic island solely made up of female warriors that Diana originates from. Even a washed-up Chris Pine couldn't make me leave that paradise.
Gonna have to stan an all-female take on a classic film. Sandra Bullock leads her army of goddesses to carry out the Heist of all Heists. I, too, would risk prison for that $150 million necklace.
This movie is my own form of fan fic — except it’s based on a true story, which makes it all the more amazing. Four exotic dancers come together to take money from their sleazy Wall Street clients. Female solidarity, my friends.
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