This post contains the best inspiring movies that every woman should watch. From women shattering the stereotypes to taking over the world, this list contains some of the best inspiring movies for every woman.
Some movies are so inspiring that they move us. They make blood rush through our veins. They give our shattered souls the strength they seek. They make us get up and fight back for our dreams. They make us give our best until there’s nothing more to give. We have compiled one such beautiful list of movies that every woman must watch to ensure that our girls become strong women. As they say, movies mimic life, and life mimics movies.
30 Inspiring Movies That Every Woman Should Watch
1. Million Dollar Baby
This inspiring story shattered every stereotype about girls. This movie also tells us that our age is just a number. The age might slow us down physically, but it can’t slow down our spirit. This movie is a reminder that dreams know no limits.
2. The Devil Wears Prada
On the surface, the film may seem to be about pop culture, glitz, glam, and fashion. But, with its iconic dialogues and an ensemble cast, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is also a minefield of career lessons for every woman! While Miranda Priestly rules in a man’s world, Andrea Sachs is perfect in her own sense!
Queen is a powerful movie that highlights a woman’s journey of discovering herself. Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is proof that “when things go wrong, cry not, gather your guts and fly away.” A soul-stirring movie in which an abandoned bride, instead of falling apart, chose to travel on her honeymoon alone and rediscover herself.
Elsa and Anna are role models not just for kids but also for adults. They taught us how not to give up on anyone, especially sisters. Watching the unconditional support these two female characters have for each other, makes you realize how the world would be a better place if women start supporting women.
5. Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham is all about girl power. The movie is a lesson on how one should be ready to do whatever it takes to turn the dream into a reality.
6. Gone With The Wind
Based on the ultimate will to survive and prosper, Gone With The World is the story of a woman, Scarlett O’Hara versus the swiftly-changing world. Scarlett wins. And how!
Paying the price to get the much-wanted freedom in her life, this movie is a perfect lesson for every woman on freedom and the free spirit.
On an outer space mission, Dr. Ryan Stone, an engineer, and Matt Kowalski, an astronaut, are hit by high-speed space debris. As the situation gets dire, Stone, the lone survivor, rises to the occasion. Gravity is a story that flawlessly portrays the indomitable spirit of mankind.
9. Easy A
In the face of the righteous school bullies, Olive embraces her reputation as a “dirty skank”. Easy A is essentially an urge to young women to not let others’ perspectives change or affect one’s true self.
10. Little Miss Sunshine
This movie can give any girl confidence goals. The protagonist of the movie is a chubby, bespectacled, and fabulous girl. Olive might doubt it, but there is no one like her.
11. Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)
Society has always been against opinionated women – women who are not ashamed of saying and doing what they want. But one should not stop being yourself because of society. Learn how to enjoy and live life to the fullest from Frieda, Mad, Pammy, Su, Jo, and Nargis as they kill it out there, literally, because we all have the right to freedom and justice.
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12. Thelma and Louise
Showcasing the power of female friendship and support, Thelma and Louise is the story of two women who take a break from their usual lives and go on a road trip. But soon things take an unexpected turn as they are pitted against the entire world for their survival.
13. English Vinglish
Far away from the conventional film-making English Vinglish was the story of a woman, who was struggling not only with a language but also with her dignity and pride. The movie based on a real-life problem of how people treat someone who doesn’t know English won so many hearts and turned out to be a winner. This story reflects how there is no age to fall in love with yourself and achieve your goals.
Blind and deaf Michelle McNally’s story is a lesson of undying courage and persistence. Stuck in a world of blackness, McNally did not let that deter her from achieving a degree. Debraj, her teacher, breaks her free from the world of darkness and brings joy to her life..
15. Coco Before Chanel
From a singer at a bar to the owner of a business empire, Coco Chanel’s journey is an inspiring one. This French movie does, what Chanel herself would have approved – not over-sentimentalize her struggling years.
This movie is a strong punch in the face of a society that promotes patriarchy. A movie that shows how our society treats women and perceives their dignity. Marrying a woman doesn’t mean that the man owns her. Thappad shows a woman standing for her dignity not just against her husband but her parents, friends, and entire society!
17. Mother India
One of the classics – Mother India is the story of a poverty-stricken single mother who battles all odds to raise her sons. She fights society and an evil moneylender to make a life for her family. The climax shows her killing her criminal son for the greater good – and gives us an ideal to follow.
Starring Tabu, the film showcases how patriarchal norms treat women differently when it comes to infidelity. It forgives a man for infidelity but punishes the woman. Other than an extra-marital affair, this movie is about a woman’s struggle to find her own identity.
Mulan is a Disney princess who is neither frail nor delicate. Mulan breaks the stereotype and turns into a fierce heroine who fought along with men to save the kingdom from the Huns.
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20. Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich is based on the life of a single mother who turns into a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Her fight shows us not to back away from a fight if it is for the right reasons. (Also Read:15 Best Julia Roberts Quotes That Will Inspire Every Woman)
21. Lipstick Under My Burkha
A hard-hitting movie that focuses on women’s quest for freedom. It highlights how women in various strata of society are still struggling for the freedom that they deserve, the freedom of expressing their views, the freedom of choosing their careers, and whatnot. This movie beautifully focuses on how women stand for their rights irrespective of their caste or religion. Hence, you can’t simply miss how these women liberate themselves!
A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles. She dreams of the next generation of women not only seeking education for fetching a prized groom. Watson’s liberalism versus the institution’s conservatism makes Mona Lisa Smile a must-watch.
Focusing on the patriarchal society prevalent in rural India, director Leena Yadav narrates the story of four women in a small village in Rajasthan. This movie touches on some very critical issues like marital rape, child marriage, dowry, and domestic abuse. It is a just reflection of the social evils that affect India.
24. Pitch Perfect
Packed with a whole lot of girl power, the movie is about how an unlikely group of girls bands together in an acapella group to compete against their university’s all-male rival group at the national championships. You can also binge on the sequels Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).
The character of Damini is a symbol of justice. How Damini fights against her own family to give justice to her maid who was raped by her brother-in-law inspires us to take a stand against society.
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26. Legally Blonde
It is definitely one of the most heart-warming films to watch this International Woman’s Day as it teaches us that it isn’t stupid to dream big. Watch Elle Woods defy all stereotypes as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery while attending Harvard Law School. It is one of the most popular Reese Witherspoon movies. (Also Read:20 Reese Witherspoon Quotes To Empower You On Difficult Days)
The movie revolves around Cheryl, who after a recent divorce, goes on a hiking expedition in an attempt to heal and for self-discovery.
This story is about two women who come from different backgrounds – Meera (Ayesha Takia), a young woman who becomes a widow shortly after marriage, and Zeenat (Gul Panag) who faces the daunting task of saving the life of her husband, who is on trial for murder. The companionship that develops between Meera and Zeenat results in something magical.
29. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures is the inspiring story of three female mathematicians who shaped American history, and at the same time talks about the struggles African-American women faced while working at NASA in the 1960s.
30. Wonder Woman
A female-superhero movie starring Gal Gadot as an Amazonian warrior princess. WW fights for truth and justice and makes us fall in love with her!
Here’s to more great movies! Don’t forget to tell us which one is your favorite!
*All images are either stills or posters of respective movies