Bold Women In Film: Women's Day 2017
Is there anything better than watching an inspiring woman do her thing in a great film? Pick any one of these from our list and make your next movie night focused on women doing amazing things. Grab the popcorn, sit back, and watch these films featuring some kickass ladies.
The Golden Girls
This story of female friendship between older ladies who exemplify advanced style in everything they do isn't just a feminist classic, it's a national treasure.
A film about an incredibly strong woman who breaks the glass ceiling and becomes vice president despite an alleged scandal, starring Joan Allen (who received an Academy Award nomination for her performance)? Sounds perfect for IWD.
The polar opposite of bubble-gum teen flicks, the Craft is a little darker, a little edgier, and a lot more magical than most movies starring teenage girls. Even if you didn't identify with the goths or weirdos in high school, it's still pretty endearing - and empowering.
Have you ever really thought about how women are portrayed in the media, and how it affects the way women are treated in real life? This documentary asks the tough questions - it might not be easy to watch, but it will definitely make you think.
Angry Indian Goddesses
Need a little Bollywood in your life? This is a modern feminist classic - it takes the typical "buddy film" and twists it to point out problematic issues in Indian culture, but it remains somewhat lighthearted and fun. And really, that might be one of the best ways to do socio-political commentary!
This tearjerker of a movie is based on the real-life story of Selena Quintanilla, a Mexican-American singer who grew up in Texas and revolutionized the Tejano music scene, essentially creating a new genre that combined American R&B and rock with more traditional Mexican styles like cumbia.
Sadly her life was cut short, but she left us with an English language album and an amazing story - and she made some serious strides for Latinas in the often-sexist music industry.
Daughters Of The Dust
Daughters of the Dust is the first feature film directed by an African American woman to get a theatrical release in the United States; it follows three South Carolina Gullah women through their lives, focusing on their connections to the past and how they deal with modern issues.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Pretty much any version of Buffy is pretty awesome and perfect Women's Day entertainment. She slays vampires, saves the world, and rocks some serious 90s fashion while she does it.
Kill Bill Vols 1 & 2
There's no denying the sheer power and feminine force behind all the women in the Kill Bill movies; however, did you know that they were edited by a woman? Sally Menke was responsible for the highly acclaimed editing of Tarantino's movies until her death in 2010 - so watching and respecting her work as well as cheering on a vengeful Uma Thurman might be the perfect way to spend your IWD evening.
A little international cinema might be in order for International Women's Day! Ju-Dou tackles some universal truths but remains uniquely Chinese in this melodrama set in the 1920s that involves rigid Chinese traditions, a rather evil rich man, his stunning young bride, his nephew, and their son in a film that's complex, passionate, and at times, violent.
The somewhat exasperating but incredibly compelling and complicated main character of Weeds is at times downright unlikeable but always watchable. But Nancy Botwin is pretty undeniably a bold woman; besides, the fact that she protects and provides for her family at all costs - like a mother lion - makes her somewhat of a heroine despite her illegal endeavors.
And she certainly doesn't back down from the many dangerous men that dominate her world - a quality that's both admirable and necessary for so many real life women today.
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