Perhaps you’re not feeling so strong right now as you navigate trying to work, raise kids, care for others or just merely survive during this pandemic. Let one of these 6 movies about tough, rebellious women give you hope that we’re all going to make it through this, eventually!
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – New to the Box and Redbox On Demand, this Suicide Squad spin-off is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. With eye-popping colors and almost nonstop action, it tells the story of what happens after bad girl Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) splits from The Joker and now has to fend for herself against everyone in Gotham City who she’s wronged. Ewan McGregor co-stars as a particularly nasty nightclub owner/crime lord who wants Quinn dead, and Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell star as other formidable women who realize they might be stronger together.
Wild – Reese Witherspoon stars in this adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about her 1,100-mile solo trek along the Pacific Crest Trail, despite having no previous hiking experience. Both Witherspoon and Laura Dern — who played Strayed’s mother — earned Oscar nominations for their performances in this true story about making peace with the past, forgiving yourself and pushing personal limits.
Whip It – This is one of the movies I reviewed back in my first year writing for Redbox and it’s really stuck with me. It’s about a teenager (Ellen Page) who feels out of place in her small Texas town and eventually gets drawn into the roller derby scene in nearby Austin. Watching a bunch of women on skates battling it out on the rink? It doesn’t get more badass than that. Keep an eye out for cameos from Drew Barrymore (who directed), Kristen Wiig, Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Juliette Lewis and more!
Suffragette – Shout-out to the British suffragettes who helped paved the way for women’s voting (and other) rights around the world. This historical drama focuses on the efforts of female political activists in the UK (played by Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Press and Meryl Streep), and all they endured in their fight for equality. It’s a sobering, but inspiring, true story.
Amelia – Speaking of inspiring, Amelia Earhart emerged as a hero to women (and men) across the globe as she broke flight record after flight record on her way to becoming the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean. In this biopic, Hilary Swank plays Earhart and Richard Gere plays her husband, George Noonan. I learned a ton about Earhart that they never covered in school!
Mad Max: Fury Road – I’ll close out with what might just be the best movie about girl power there ever was. Let’s all take a moment to bow down to Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, who is OVER being a slave to ruler Immortan Joe’s every whim and decides to risk her life to lead a feminist revolt. Remind yourself why this groundbreaking post-apocalyptic film from George Miller earned a whopping 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.