From bravery, loyalty, and charm, these female characters are not only iconic on screen, but the actresses that play them off screen are just as fearless. This Women’s History Month, we’re shining light on these strong women that are paving the way to success in their on screen roles. Yes, I know that 8 seems like a low number (I couldn’t agree more), but these 8 created such a memorable movie experience for me every time. I hope that you’ll want to watch these movies over and over again and feel some girl-power flowing through your living room.
In no particular order, here are my top 8 female movie icons that I can’t help but feel inspired when watching them on the big screen.
Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde
Persistent • Honest • Loyal
From the sorority house to the court house, nothing can get in Elle Woods’ way! She is determined to make all her dreams come true and encourages others to do the same.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Series
Strength • Courage • Loving
The second that she volunteered as tribute, there was no doubting Katniss Everdeen’s courage. She had inspired others to speak out when she saw things go awry and spread kindness wherever she could!
Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior in the Divergent Series
Brave • Strong-Willed • Fierce
She went from Beatrice to Tris and her world was forever changed. The confidence that she had in herself made her the warrior that chose to fight the tyrant leader and to restore peace in the world.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff & Black Widow
Confident • Fearless • Team Player
An alter ego can take a toll on oneself, but for Natasha, it brings out her best side. She is one of the greatest spies in the world and doesn’t let anyone forget her loyalness.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman
Powerful • Compassionate • Warrior
She started as a princess and transformed into a hero that became unstoppable. Her passion to protect is unheard of and she’s determined to show the world what she’s truly made of.
Taraji P. Henson as Ali Davis in What Men Want
Out Spoken • Hardworking • Daring
Ali finds herself silenced a man-filled board room, but that won’t stop her from chasing her dreams. She is not afraid to break the glass ceiling to show women that you have the power to do anything you sent your mind to.
Jennifer Lopez as Marisa Ventura in Maid in Manhattan
Determined • Supportive • Leader
Your current situation doesn’t have to be your end situation and Marisa is working to get ahead. What truly matters in life is the person that you strive to be and that people will love you just the way you are.
Hilary Duff as Sam Montgomery in A Cinderella Story
Resilient • Strong • Driven
When all the odds are stacked against you, it gives you fuel to beat those odds! All you need in life to be the best you is a support system that is always by your side rooting you on.
Okay, maybe I lied a little by saying there was only eight that inspired me. Here’s the rest of the list of strong women that are full of determination, wit, and total boss vibes.
- Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada
- Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) in Sweet Home Alabama
- Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in Mean Girls
- Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) in The Proposal
- Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) in 27 Dresses
- Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) in 13 Going On 30
- Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston) in The Bounty Hunter
- Isis (Gabrielle Union) in Bring It On
- Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) in Hairspray
- Ariel Moore (Lori Singer & Julianne Hough) in Footloose