Strong woman: 10 films

10 tapes that will tell about strong and enterprising women. The heroines of these films will rule states, fight the mafia, write outstanding novels, and also establish justice in society.

Not so long ago, women became the main characters in mostly melodramas and rom-coms. And now the fair sex is increasingly appearing in action films, thrillers and political dramas.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

The film continues the story of David Fincher’s Oscar-winning thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. At the center of the new tape is hacker Lisbeth Salander, who takes revenge on men who abuse women. One day, strangers begin to hunt her. Thanks to her partner in the previous mission, Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth learns that her own sister has become her opponent this time.

The main role in the film was played by Claire Foy, who played Elizabeth II in the series “The Crown” and the wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong in “First Man”.


The thriller follows four women whose thieving husbands die in a botched robbery. Soon after the funeral, criminals and the police begin to put pressure on widows. The women decide on their own to complete the work begun by their husbands, and take up the planning of a new robbery. In parallel, they are trying to find out who framed their late spouses.

The tape was directed by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”, “Shame”, “Hunger”). And her screenwriter was Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”, series “Sharp Objects“). It stars Viola Davis (“Suicide Squad”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”), Liam Neeson (“The Passenger”), Michelle Rodriguez (“Furious Eight”), Colin Farrell (“Fatal Temptation”) and others.

“Being Astrid Lindgren”

The tape is dedicated to the youth of the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. She became famous all over the world thanks to her books for children about Carlson, who lives on the roof, and Pippi Longstocking. The future writer spent all her childhood with a single mother who constantly needed money. To engage in creativity, the girl had to break the foundations of society and step over a strict religious upbringing.


Another biographical drama about the famous writer is dedicated to the Frenchwoman Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, played by Keira Knightley (“Atonement”, “The Imitation Game”). Initially, Colette helped her husband Henri Gauthier-Villars write his novels. Over time, she began to perform the main work on these works. Later it turned out that it was precisely those novels that Colette herself wrote that became the most popular in the work of Gauthier-Villars. However, the husband of the writer did not want to share his fame with her. This forced her to start fighting for her copyrights and for the equality of men and women in society. Years later, Colette became famous as an activist in the feminist movement.

“Second Act”

The romantic comedy is about a middle-aged woman named Maya (Jennifer Lopez). She works as a sales assistant in a supermarket and dreams of starting a new, more prosperous life. To do this, the woman quits her job and starts fake social media profiles. It contains information about her non-existent higher education and influential connections. However, she manages to achieve real success not thanks to a fictional image, but a creative approach to her work, which turns out to be much more valuable than any diplomas of education.


In the center of the plot of this horror film is a talented dancer from the United States named Susie. She goes to Germany to study at the Berlin dance school, where a famous choreographer teaches. Soon the girl notices that mystical rituals are being carried out in the secret rooms of this educational institution. Susie is trying to unravel the terrible secret of this school, because the next victim of evil forces can be exactly her.

The film stars Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey). The soundtrack for this horror film was composed by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”).

“Mortal Engines”

The action takes the viewer into a post-apocalyptic future. Mankind lives according to new rules, according to which giant cities do not stand in one place, but move through scorched wastelands. In the center of the plot is the rebel Esther Shaw, who opposes the laws of the ruler of great London. She is trying to restore justice in a world where large cities in search of resources absorb everything in their path.

“Alita: Battle Angel”

The events of the film take place in the distant future. Dr. Ido finds the remains of a cyborg girl named Alita in a landfill. After a difficult recovery operation, she gets the opportunity to use her fighting techniques again. At the same time, Alita remembers absolutely nothing about her past. Soon, the corrupt officials who control the city will find out about its existence. They want the cyborg girl to use her unique combat abilities for their benefit.

Dr. Ido was played by two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and produced by James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Terminator).

“On the Basis of Sex”

The film is dedicated to the events of the 1970s in the United States, when lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for gender equality. The woman tried to eradicate sexism in various areas of life. However, to achieve her goal, she had to overcome the resistance of both colleagues and relatives. As a result of her long struggle, Ruth Bader became the second woman in history to win a seat on the US Supreme Court.

The film stars Felicity Jones (Stephen Hawking Universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name).


The tragicomedy shows life at the court of the British Queen Anne, who ruled in the 18th century. The film is dedicated to political intrigues, conspiracies, gossip, as well as insidious conspiracies surrounded by the monarch. The plot takes place during the war between the British and the French. Against the backdrop of hostilities, the Duchess of Marlborough Sarah Churchill and court lady Abigail Masham are fighting for the title of favorite of the Queen of England.

Olivia Colman (Murder on the Orient Express) stars as the Queen, Rachel Weisz (The Light Between Oceans) stars as Sarah Churchill, and Emma Stone (La La Land) stars as Abigail Masham, all directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. (“Lobster”, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”).This tape received the Grand Prix of the Venice Film Festival (the second most important prize at the film screening).