25 Movies That Absolutely Nailed The “Strong Female” Trope, According To People
When the Hunger Games movies came out and Jennifer Lawrence was the only thing everyone could talk about, we realised that it had been a while since a movie was successful under a female titular character. This may be due to writers needing to learn how to portray strong women in a way that resonates with audiences. It could also be because most often female characters serve the love interest role.
However, there are some occasions where strong female characters have their own thoughts, agendas and character arcs that inspire other women with their problem-solving methods. Redditors recently got together to discuss such “strong female leads” that were successful in movies and we’ve shared some of the top replies in the gallery below.
#2 X files. I can’t believe I haven’t seen that yet. She was highly intelligent with a strong confidence that couldn’t be beaten down by the sexists in the early seasons nor the crushing but invisible power of the Syndicate.
#3 Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It set the foundation for the TV series which did a strong female lead that didn’t have to take being a strong woman so seriously to make the point. Not a movie, but Xena and Gabrielle deserve an honorable mention.
#4 Harry Potter. Hermione, Ginny and Luna are all completely different, but I would describe them all as strong female characters.
#6 Terminator 2
#7 Hidden Figures. Wonderful movie about the women working for Nasa in the 60’s who were human computers; they calculated the numbers by hand for the first flight to the moon. Furiousa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Danielle in Ever After.
#8 Brave. As a young girl it was very validating to seeing a princess who was competing as well as winning against men. I also really like the movie because Merida isn’t perfect, and you can definitely tell that she’s a 16 year old girl, especially watching it while I’m older. She’s a teen girl who’s doing her best to prove to her parents that she is strong and can take care of herself. I also really like this movie because Merida isn’t afraid to yell and strongly state her opinion. The women in my life are often very strong people as well as outspoken, and I really love seeing that represented in media, and Brave is really the “strong female” trope done right.
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