Quite often, all women who get what they want, have an amazing story to tell. That’s why cinema has brought to us some of the most inspirational stories for those who feel lost and lonely. And don’t deny it, everyone falls in love with a great female protagonist; it doesn’t matter how she looks nor her abilities, as long as she’s the winner. So here’s a list of the most feminist films for all those independent women who want to live their life their way.
1. Julie & Julia
The perfect combination of two parallel (but real) stories: an American woman living in France in the 50’s discovers her passion for cooking and a girl living in New York who will try to redirect her life by writing a blog. Nora Ephron brought us here one of her most delicious (never better said) comedies that will make you fall in love with French cuisine, and also, to prove that no matter what you do, if you do it with passion, you’ll succeed. If not, how could Julia Child have become one of the most well-known chefs of all time?
2. Bend It Like Beckham
Who said that football is only for men? Unlike some old-fashioned sports journalists opinions, football is also a girl’s business, like any sport should be. Just watch Jess’ story if you don’t approve; she was just a girl who dreamt of becoming a successful footballer liker her idol: David Beckham. Not only that, this film also tackles the concept of what’s feminine, and how to deal with a family’s traditional thoughts.
3. Devil Wears Prada
Yeah, no one can deal with the most terrifying boss ever: Miranda Priestly. However, give a chance to the young Andy Sachs…she might surprise you after proving that she can actually put up with her boss…even if it’s only whilst working. Of course, women have to do many sacrifices during their lives, but in some cases, there’s the promise of becoming stronger and smarter: like these two women portrayed by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.
4. The Help
There’s nothing but a magnificent display of women here…doing an splendid job together. Whether you prefer Emma Stone or Jessica Chastain, you should definitely watch this film if you’re feeling a little miserable and misunderstood. Skeeter is an aspiring journalist that wants to do something important in her life, and she will by giving voice to black maids in the America of the 50’s. Whatever your ambition is, definitely go for it: even if it’s becoming a writer like Skeeter wants or just cooking good fried chicken like Celia Foote wants.
5. Out Of Africa
Though many people still think that it is one of the classics when talking about cinema’s greatest romances, women have always seen the other side of Karen Blixen, a woman who wanted to live adventures and be free, even knowing that, deep inside her heart, she only wanted to love and be loved in return. After all, her memories of her years in Kenya are a story of self-improvement that every woman should know.
Why can’t we include here an animated film? A legendary Chinese character, whose story arrived to Disney’s world in the late 90’s, even though it has been told in China over and over again. A young girl that had to “become” a man just to join the army in order to save her father- no doubt it’s a story worth retelling time and time again. You don’t need to be a little girl to enjoy a story of this kind; in fact, you need to be an adult to appreciate what’s inside this story…like it usually happens with many other Disney films.
7. Erin Brokovich
A story too good to be true. Well, in fact it’s true: a single mother of three children who had filled for divorce, began to work for her lawyer because she desperately needed a job. And despite of not having the slightest idea about law (nor of manners as well), she became an important environmental activist. This is also one of those miraculous cases in which an actress like Julia Roberts, who we’re used to seeing in romantic comedies, manages to portray an extraordinary character in a extraordinary story, worth of an Oscar.
8. The Color Purple
Celie is a fourteen-year-old black girl that has a dream: to learn to read. Not only for pleasure, but she also needs it so she can know what it is that her sister is writing in the letters that she sends to her, as they’re so far away from each other. But reading was a sin for women in Celie’s time, and what’s more, her despotic father would never approve. A raw, cruel but brilliant film that everyone should watch, at least once. Because no matter how hard life is, there’s always a way out or a way to survive.
9. Real Women Have Curves
Life has never been easy for Mexican girls in California. Even more so if their families are strictly traditional and wouldn’t let them do anything else but cooking meals, sweeping floors and making babies. Well, that was exactly the case of Anna: a young Mexican girl that wanted to go to university despite her mother’s disapproval. What you’ll find here will be a story of rebellion and a special questioning of the female body. Because women are not fat. They’re what they want to be, and that’s it.
10. Gone With The Wind
Finally, one of those all time classics. It’s not unusual to find the name of Scarlett O’Hara (the character which Vivien Leigh plays) in the lists of the most feminist characters ever. A girl who had everything, who was raised in the world of wealth and luxury who suddenly loses everything during the war. But she’ll stand her ground, no matter what happens: because she only wants to survive and get her love back. This is one of Hollywood’s true jewels, and one of those films that will never go out of fashion.