Confidence. It’s a great quality to have, but oddly enough, it’s in short supply on the big screen. Most movie characters are seriously flawed in one way or the other, and they’ll spend most of their time trying to overcompensate. Which can make for a great comedy . . . or tragedy.
But here are 7 movies characters that are not lacking in self-esteem one little bit. So if you need a boost, watch them living their best lives and you’ll feel better, I guarantee it:
Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Rooney Mara stars as the notorious (fictional) hacker who is not one to be trifled with. When she’s not exacting her own brutal kind of revenge upon those who’ve crossed her in the past, she’s helping a disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) solve a decades-old murder and making bad guys suffer.
Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep is The Boss in this adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s bestselling novel. She teaches her assistant, played by Anne Hathaway, a thing or two about commanding a room, leading a global fashion magazine, and being an international icon.
Tyler Durden, Fight Club – Ed Norton plays a bored dude who feels empty and unfulfilled with his job — and his life in general. Until he meets Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden, who invites him into an underground world of men who beat the you-know-what out of each other in order to feel more alive. Durden is cocky, brash, and everyone wants to be him. Those who’ve seen the movie will appreciate what I just did there…
Renee Bennett, I Feel Pretty – Amy Schumer stars as a woman who used to be insecure and down on herself … until a freak accident affected her personality, making her fearless and self-assured. She and her friends will soon see just how far a little confidence can go.
Dewey Finn, School of Rock – It takes a lot of guts to fake being an elementary school teacher, does it not? Jack Black does just that as Finn, and is in fact so certain of himself that he goes beyond the classroom and enters his kids into a battle of the bands. Will his uber-confidence pay off … for the students, at least?
Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – If this list was ranked, Ferris would be #1. The guy has no qualms about his ability to skip school, run around having the time of his life in Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend, and not get caught. Watching him pull it off never gets old.
Hermione Granger, Harry Potter franchise – What would’ve become of Hogwarts if the levelheaded and super-smart Hermione hadn’t been around when the Death Eaters and Dementors and He Who Must Not Be Named came around? I don’t even want to think about it! She’s a role model for both witches and Muggles everywhere.
Who would you add to this list?