Top Girl Power Movies
There are days when you need to watch a movie that does not show the main woman character to be weak, whiny, or just a hot gal on the arm of the latest muscled hottie. (Though I have absolutely nothing against muscled hotties)
Julia Roberts played the role of the title character in this tour de force performance that garnered her an Oscar win for her portrayal of a working Mom/Environmental activist who didn’t let her lack of a legal degree stop her from going against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Just goes to show what an fired- up woman can accomplish when she puts her mind to something.
In this 1988 Romantic comedy, Melanie Griffith played Tess McGill, a secretary at a Wall Street investment bank who has higher aspirations than just getting coffee and sending faxes for her Superiors. A must-see for any female in the workplace who wants the corner office and doesn’t want to settle for the front desk.
Thelma and Louise-
This infamous 1991 Girl Power movie stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as women who go on the run from the cops after killing a rapist and throughout the Academy Award winning film, the women learn about friendship, love, and the reality that life actually is filled with shades of gray. Oh, and this actor who you might know had his first major role in the film. His name is Brad Pitt.
Based off the premise of the 1970′s TV show that starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith, the 2000 cinematic remake starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu as Charlie’s newest Angels who worked as private investigators for the unseen “Charlie Townsend.” Though there are gratuitous body shots for the male audience, this film showed strong, sexy women who were “Independent Women,” and had a whole lotta fun while doing so. And having the fabulous “Independent Woman,” song by Destiny’s Child on the soundtrack didn’t exactly hurt the film either.
This beautifully retold animated Disney film based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan is about a girl who pretends to be a male soldier when the Chinese Emperor demands that each family must have a family member join in the war against the Huns. Instead of having her older Father join the army, Mulan decides to go in his place. Showing that strength has nothing to do with whether you’re a girl or boy, the title character in this film shows boundless strength and sacrifice. Not bad for a Disney film.
This delightful 2001 French film, directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet and starring the lithe Audrey Tatou, is about love and quiet strength. Girl power isn’t always about high flying kicks and outbursts, and this film shows just that. Audrey Tatou portrays the quiet and shy Amelie who hides from the world and hardly ever speaks. But it takes a spark of love to get this girl to find her inner strength and have the courage to pursue the most difficult quest of all…true love.