100 Empowering Movies For Women

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A few weeks ago, we reached out to our followers on social media about movies that empower women. This was all inspired by a recent viewing of The First Wives Club, so it’s fitting that it is our number one pick. After taking your responses, along with suggestions from the Sass team (and a long discussion on how to rank them), we have compiled 100 empowering movies that inspire us.

  • Lemonade (2016)**
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1997)
  • Enough (2002)
  • Winter’s Bone (2010)
  • Princess Diaries (2001)
  • The Post (2017)
  • Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • The Witch (2015)
  • Precious (2009)
  • Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Practical Magic (1998)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991)
  • Joy (2015)
  • Amélie (2001)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Brooklyn (2015)
  • Orlando (1992)
  • Hairspray (2007)
  • Now And Then
  • Easy A (2010)
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  • The Dutchess (2008)
  • Real Women Have Curves (2002)
  • GI Jane (1997)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • The Runaways (2010)
  • Lilo and Stitch (2002)
  • Persepolis (2007)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • Gravity (2013)
  • Divergent (2014)
  • Girl Interrupted (1999)
  • She’s The Man (2006)
  • Spice World (1997)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  • Monster (2003)
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • The Queen of Katwe (2016)
  • Cold Mountain (2003)
  • Whale Rider (2002)
  • Wrinkle in Time (2017)
  • Iron Lady (2011)
  • Evita (1996)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • North Country (2005)
  • Stepmom (1998)
  • Atomic Blonde (2017)
  • Secret Life of Bees (2008)
  • Gone With the Wind (1939)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Suffragette (2015)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants (2005)
  • Selena (1997)
  • Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • Arrival (2016)
  • The Intern (2015)
  • Elizabeth (1998)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
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  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • The Queen (2006)
  • Boys on the Side (1995)
  • Working Girl (1988)
  • Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • The Banger Sisters (2002)
  • Brave (2012)
  • Thelma and Louise (1991)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Zoo Keeper’s Wife (2017)
  • League of Their Own (1992)
  • Hunger Games (2012)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • Wild (2014)
  • Black Panther (2017)
  • Terminator 2 (1991)
  • 9 to 5 (1980)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • The Help (2011)
  • Erin Brockovich (2000)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
  • Steel Magnolias (1989)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • First Wives Club (1996)

** While Lemonade is technically not a “movie,” the Queen B’s video opus is so amazing and empowering, that the Sass Crew came to a conclusion that it would be remiss of us to not have it on this list.

What do you think? Did we miss anything? Or maybe you think a movie should be higher or lower on our list? Let us know in the comments!

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Kim is the owner and publisher of Sass Magazine, as well as the owner of Sass Studios, a boutique graphic design studio in Frederick, MD. When not in the office, Kim can be found doing some of her favorite hobbies—reading a book, dancing, traveling, or playing with her rescued pitbull.

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