10 MOVIES TO WATCH ON NETFLIX WITH EMPOWERING FEMALE LEADS

“Tangerine”. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Not sure of what to watch on Netflix? Want to feel inspired after watching a movie? Netflix recently compiled a list of movies with strong female leads. Check out some of our favorites from the list below!

Seeing Allred (2018)

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“Seeing Allred” is a documentary about the life of feminist attorney Gloria Allred. The film discusses her struggles and accomplishments as she takes on cases like Bill Cosby and Donald Trump.

Iris (2014)

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This “Iris” documentary is about fashion icon Iris Apfel, the beloved 93-year-old interior designer who is best known for strutting her eclectic fashion style down the streets of New York. In the colorful film, she talks about her free-spirited philosophy, fashion vision and style tips.

Tangerine (2015)

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Filmed on an iPhone 5s, “Tangerine” tells the story of two trans women who are trying to survive in Los Angeles. Although the film reveals their harsh reality, the two women’s vibrant and comical personalities make the film inspiring.

Girlhood (2014)

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Marieme (Karidja Touré) joins a young, all-girl gang in Paris hoping that this will change her life. She soon discovers that the violent and illegal behaviors that the girls engage in are not for her. Marieme ultimately has to decide whether she wants to continue with them or not.

Queen of Katwe (2016)

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10-year-old Phiona lives in Kampala, Uganda. One day she encounters a missionary named Robert who teaches her how to play chess. She quickly becomes very skilled at the game and a top player in competitions. She realizes that her dream of playing chess can lead her and her family to a bright future.

Carol (2015)

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In a 1950s Manhattan store, clerk Therese meets Carol, an older woman who is depressed in her current marriage. It is love at first sight for these two, but as their connection deepens, it becomes evident that their relationship will be more complicated than expected as Carol’s husband questions her ability to be a mother and discovers she has been having an affair.

Frances Ha (2013)

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“Frances Ha,” tells the story of a young woman in New York who is struggling to find an apartment, become a dancer and maintain her friendship with her best friend all at the same time. The film focuses on her triumphs and failures as she follows her dreams and tries to navigate the streets of New York.

Amélie (2001)

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This French film takes you on a journey through Paris as Amelie (Audrey Tautou), a young woman who grew up in seclusion but who has a vast imagination, tries to improve the lives of strangers. The movie begins at the 1997 Princess Diana car accident, which inspires the young heroine to do kind acts for those around her.

Big Eyes (2014)

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Tim Burton’s film “Big Eyes,” tells the story of Walter Keane, who in the 1950s and 1960s was passing his wife Margaret (Amy Adams)’s work as his own. The real artist behind the famous “big-eyed” paintings did not speak up about what was happening until after her marriage with Walter ended and she pursued him legally for his crimes.

Boys on the Side (1995)

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A real estate agent with AIDS (Mary-Louise Parker) seeks a cross-country travel partner for her New York to Los Angeles trip. A nightclub singer (Whoopi Goldberg) joins her and brings along her friend Holly (Drew Barrymore), who is trying to leave an abusive relationship. The three ladies hit the road and on the way, end up helping each other and becoming best friends.

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