10 Movies Every Woman Should Watch
From moving biographies to riveting historical dramas, this list contains ten essential movies every woman should watch. Please keep in mind that this is in no way the definitive list.
1) Lady Bird (2017)
Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, this movie follows a mother-daughter relationship through the daughter’s senior year in high school. Both women are equally headstrong and opinionated, and this movie will move you in completely new ways.
2) Frida (2002)
Directed by Julie Taymor, this biographical film depicts true story of Frida Kahlo, a world-renown artist, bold activist and revolutionary. The film portrays Frida’s private life -- mostly the passionate but dysfunctional relationship with her eccentric husband -- along with her professional life and outstanding achievements.
3) Wild (2014)
Strongly moving biographical story of a woman who, after the loss of her mother, the end of her marriage and a cycle of self-destructive behavior, decides to set off on a 1,770-kilometer long solo trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Without any outdoor survival skills and with a heavy backpack she forges ahead through immerse pain, fear and frustration.
4) Wonder Woman (2017)
Directed by Patty Jenkins, the first woman to helm a major studio superhero blockbuster, this movie is a must-watch even if you are not really into superhero movies. Wonder Woman made a killing at the box office in a male-dominated genre and it brought a long-needed superhero that young girls can look up to.
5) Fried Green Tomatoes (1992)
Evelyn is a housewife dissatisfied with her marriage. She encounters Ninny, an eccentric old woman in a nursing home, and through listening to her stories she slowly starts to find courage and strength within herself to take her life into her own hands.
6) The Runaways (2010)
The Runaways tells the story of the first popular all-girl rock band of the same name. It explores the band’s beginnings and their unexpected glory as well as the rocky relationships between individual members, which eventually led to the break-up of the group.
7) Wanda (1970)
Written and directed by Barbara Loden, this indie film is a compassionate yet poignant portrait of a female protagonist suffering an existential crisis.
8) Persepolis (2007)
This autobiographical film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi follows her childhood and adolescence in Iran during the Iranian Revolution. It is a powerful and moving story about a rebellious young girl who refuses to remain silent at the injustice she is witnessing.
9) Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Katja von Garnier’s historical drama follows two suffragette leaders -- Alice Paul and Lucy Burns -- who were willing to face torture and risked their own lives to grant women the right to vote.
10) Špína (2017)
Directed by Tereza Novotová, this film examines an issue that needs to be addressed. Lena is nothing but an ordinary seventeen-year-old, until she gets raped and her whole world shatters. Follow Lena as she learns that she isn’t the one who deserves punishment.
As I mentioned before, this is in no way the definitive list. But it’s a good start. Now we would love to hear from you! Is there a movie we haven’t mentioned that you think should be included on this list? What were some of your reactions to these films? Please share with us in the comments.