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9 Inspiring Movies That Celebrate Strong Women

Most women take inspiration from strong female characters. Think Wonder Woman and other heroines who showed us how to get things done. Just as these warriors give us the chills, there are also female characters who, even without the superhuman strength, also deserve to be celebrated.

Whether you invite your girlfriends or watch with your daughter or the whole family, here are some movies that put the spotlight on women who bested all odds, making the rest of us truly proud and inspired. Get ready to cry, laugh, and cheer “You go girl!” in between.

Wild

Based on the bestselling memoir of Cheryl Strayed, Wild starring Reese Witherspoon tells the story of a woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail to deal with the grief that comes with losing her mother. Imagine being alone in the woods with nothing but a human-sized backpack and her determination to carry her through. You’d probably think she’d get lost but in the end, she found herself.

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Gravity

Here’s an intense, gripping story showcasing a woman’s grit. Gravity may be set outside of this world but the lesson hits close to heart. Sandra Bullock gave everyone a glimpse of how it feels like to be stranded, you guess where—the outer space! When all seem hopeless and dark, her determination is a reminder that it doesn’t have to be the end. Similarly, when you feel like you’re all alone and lost, know that you can power through and come back to earth—becoming stronger than before.

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Million Dollar Baby

Boxing is a sport dominated by males but protagonist Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby challenges that. Though constantly rejected, Maggie proves she has every right to follow her dream—and has what it takes. Hilary Swank’s feisty character recognises the fighter in each of us, one who knows the value of persistence. The movie bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Morgan Freeman), Best Director (Clint Eastwood), as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and Best Director, among many others. Need we say more?

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Coco Before Chanel

If you’ve ever wondered what was the life of Coco Chanel before she became the woman behind one of the world’s most celebrated fashion brands, here’s your flick. This movie details her journey from being an orphan to a singer at a bar and eventually, a phenomenal fashion designer. Needless to say, this movie prides itself with beautiful costumes and hairstyles. Knowing her story tells us that even the greatest of an industry begins with a small step and a big aspiration.

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Erin Brockovich

To all the single mums out there: this film, based on a true story, will remind you of your power and strength as a woman. When Erin, played by Julia Roberts, landed a job as a file clerk, she discovered a case file against a huge company Pacific Gas and Electric. Erin’s relentless pursuit of the truth is what makes this movie a must-watch. She shows how one’s status in life does not have to stop one from going after the big guys, especially if it’s the right thing to do.

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Joy

If you can’t get enough of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, then here’s a movie that’s sure to spark joy (pun intended) in you. The film is loosely based on the story of inventor-entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who invented the miracle mop and has backed many other inventions. With the many obstacles she overcomes, Joy gives justice to the importance of hard work and resilience to become successful. You might be left looking around your house, waiting for that light bulb moment to solve a pain point or make life more convenient. In this age, what could possibly haven’t been invented yet?

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Hidden Figures

What does it take to put a man on the moon? The answer: three intelligent women like Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Set in the 1960s against a backdrop of racism and sexism, this film proves that mathematics and engineering do not just belong to men. Women can achieve immense success in these subjects too—and they can do it really, really well. With all that they’ve had to face, you’ll be left feeling as if their victory is also for the entire womanhood. The movie made such an impact that in February 2019, NASA renamed one of its buildings as the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility.

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The Help

When Kathryn Stockett’s novel hit the big screen, everyone fell in love with its characters Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. Determined to start their own movement that challenges the norm in their town in Mississippi, this film teaches us how to fight for what we believe in and how to draw the line between what’s right and what’s not. It’s a movie that’s almost filled with women of different characters and will make you think about your own values. Are you just going with the flow or are you willing to step up and make a change?

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The Devil Wears Prada

You will either hate her or love her but Miranda Priestly, played by iconic actress Meryl Streep, is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. Her strong-willed, cold persona in the movie may be what success does to some people but she does it for a reason. In the end, Anne Hathaway’s character Andy had to thank her for being ruthless because it made her become more confident and successful. You might have seen this already but watch it again for a feel-good vibe!

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