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Who would win in a fight, Mulan or Merida? Hermione Granger or Wonder Woman? … That’s just the beginning of the kind of unanswerable questions we’re rooting for. We know it can be hard finding good representation, so we’ve boiled it down to our favourites – for your viewing pleasure, here are the best films where women are bomb AF. Because James Bond gets old after a while.

Hidden Figures

hidden figures

Plot:

You thought you knew, but you didn’t. Meet the women who helped fake the moon landing. Uh – we mean – this powerful retelling of #HERstory highlights what’s really wrong with the world, women not getting the recognition they deserve. NOW you know.

Female power?

All the way. Who run the world?!

Best quote?

“Every time we get a chance to get ahead they move the finish line. Every time.”

Legally Blonde

legally blonde

Plot:

She gets into Harvard (what, like it’s hard?) and tears sh*t UP. She gets a case and blows it super wide open. Girls who love pink and feeling pretty are valid and smart too, ‘kay? Kay. Her ex-boyfriend is a total drag but she loves him so she tries to get him back by going to law school – but then she realises she actually is better than him in every way? Also, like, did you know that you have to wait to have a shower after getting a perm?

Female power?

Stereotypically ‘feminine’ women can be powerful too.

Best quote?

“Oh, I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a frigid b*tch, I try not to look so constipated.”

Wonder Woman

wonder woman

Plot:

Chosen as one of the BEST films from 2017, Diana, Amazonian princess, becomes Wonder Woman… ‘cause she realises that you can’t leave the saving of the world to the men. She meets Chris Pine (that one Chris who hasn’t been in a Marvel movie) and, like basically anyone would, becomes mesmerised by those blue eyes. The rest is too emotional, so just stop the movie at that point and go be happy while you still can.

Female power?

Uh, hello? She’s literally the epitome of #GirlPower – and you don’t need to tie us up with the Lasso of Truth to make us say it.

Best quote?

“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.”

Girls Trip

girls trip

Plot:

Try to find a funnier film with a more flawless cast. We’ll wait. Waiting. STILL WAITING. Ya can’t. A group of gal pals have been missing each other for, like, 1000 years and are finally reuniting to revitalise their souls and save them from the terrible things in their lives. *I Don’t Need A Man by The Pussycat Dolls starts playing in the background*

Female power?

If you don’t leave convinced your every step brings flowers back to life, you need to watch it again.

Best quote?

“I am strong. I am powerful. I am beautiful.”

Lady Bird

lady bird

Plot:

Sacramento, California is apparently the worst place in the entire world and one girl is desperate to spread her Lady-Bird wings and fly. She’s a mess of emotions and suffocated big time by her surroundings, so off she goes, in an attempt to seek happiness and freedom. Also, her mother is convinced that she’s gonna end up in jail. So there’s that.

Female power?

Hell to the Yeah. She will be having exactly 0% of your shit and will absolutely NOT go quietly, thx.

Best quote?

“Different things can be sad…it’s not all war.”

Mulan

mulan

Plot:

They gotta defeat the Huns. She gotta make a man outta herself. She gotta protect her father. She gotta NEVER see another naked man ever again (unless it’s Li Shang, in which case, would you like to stay forever?) AND she gotta make her ancestors proud, which, spoiler alert, she DOES.

Female power?

All the way to Timbuktu. You don’t meet a girl like this every dynasty.

Best quote?

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

Suffragette

Suffragette 2015

Plot:

When you have to risk literally everything just for the right to vote, something is definitely wrong. (Seriously, what the heck?) These are the women we have to thank. They’re our #WCW EVERY week.

Female power?

It’s the origin of female power, sista.

Best quote?

“And reason, said to her, “Silence. What do you hear?” And she said, “I hear the sound of feet. A thousand times, ten thousands of thousands of thousands and they beat this way.” They are the feet of those that shall follow you. Lead on.”

Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise

Plot:

Nothing says women are powerful more than women blowing stuff up, robbing people, murdering… basic stuff. Thelma and Louise hit the road, but dangerous event after dangerous event makes them question their morals and sends them running from police.

Female power?

Okay, so, maybe go a bit TOO far and shift from feminism to… terrorism. Still. They’re a little confused but they’ve got the spirit.

Best quote?

“Where do you get off behaving that way with women you don’t even know, huh? How’d you feel if someone did that to your mother or your sister or your wife?”

Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

Plot:

Based off of the kickass true story, Billie Jean King teaches err’bady what it really means to play tennis Like A Girl (spoiler alert, it means winning). The tennis world is gross and unequal, and she isn’t going to sit back and take it.

Female power?

Power to ANYONE who is driven and determined.

Best quote?

“I’m going to be the best, that way I can really change things. That way I can have a voice.”

Brave

brave

Plot:

If you could change your fate… you better be prepared. Y’know what’s more bomb than a woman fighting for her own hand? Nothing. Na-da. Zilch. Zip. None. She doesn’t want to get married ‘cause some dude who can’t even shoot an arrow doesn’t DESERVE her.

Female power?

Four for you Merida. Show all those guys how it’s done. #BoysHaveCooties

Best quote?

“But every once in a while, there’s a day when I don’t have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day I can change my fate.”

Miss Congeniality

miss congeniality

Plot:

Something is going down at a beauty pageant and Sandra Bullock is coming to save the day (that’s how you know everyone will be fine). She goes undercover as a contestant and learns the life of a beauty queen, and how NOT to walk like something out of Jurassic Park.

Female power?

You can be glamorous and take down bad guys. You can also NOT be glamorous and take down bad guys. You can also do neither. It doesn’t matter when Sandra Bullock is around.

Best quote?

“Please describe your idea of a perfect date.”

“That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.”

The King and I

the king and i

Plot:

An English teacher is brought in to… uh… teach English… to the palace in Siam. She sees all their outdated rules and is like “Whaaat” and literally only wants everyone to be happy. Annoyingly, the King is kind of a whack-job, but he warms up to her eventually.

Female power?

That whole song about how he needs to comme de f*ckdown and stop treating his subjects like toads? She knows her worth, k, and she’ll fight you for it. Also, she beats a gigantic monster by WHISTLING? We’ll have seven of her.

Best quote?

This whole thing.