Must-Watch Films For Every Woman

This quarantine season has definitely been quite a bore for many of us stuck at home. Luckily, we can just binge on movies to pass the time. Sounds easy, right? Except with so many choices, we might not know what to watch that we end up not watching anything at all.

To help you choose, here are some movies that every girl needs to watch this quarantine. Or anytime!

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Mean Girls (2004)

Yes, we know you’ve probably watched this cult classic a bunch of times, but what’s the harm in watching it again? This quotable teen comedy seems like your typical chick flick but ends up as something so much more. Mean Girls offers lessons on female solidarity, high school cliques, the importance of being yourself, and the iconic hijinks of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler all in a solid film. So fetch!

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Fashion, a strong female protagonist, and an antagonist you love to hate played by the legendary Meryl Streep. What more do you need? The Devil Wears Prada is the perfect film for those who have angst over their strict bosses, and also a great insight on how the fashion industry works. Most of all, the character of Miranda Priestly, as much as she can be the devil herself, has a ton of iconic lines that make her such a fierce villain and compelling female character.

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Easy A (2010)

Loosely based on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Easy A revolves around the life of Olive Penderghast as it’s turned upside down after sexual rumors about her spread after she lies about losing her virginity. This Emma Stone flick shows how rumors can damage reputations and how at the end of the day, what anyone does sexually is their own and doesn’t define them as a person. Be careful though. You might get “Pocketful of Sunshine” stuck in your head after a while.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

If you’re an action lover, Mad Max: Fury Road is for you! Set in the post-apocalyptic world of the Mad Max universe, this film introduces Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron, as she and the five wives of Immortan Joe escape his crutches with the help of Max, played by Tom Hardy. The film was praised for its feminist themes of freedom from the oppressor and the well-roundedness of every female character in the story.

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The Handmaiden (2016)

With Parasite sweeping all the awards, it might be time to get into Korean cinema. The Handmaiden is a great entry to it. Set in Korea under Japanese rule, this erotic thriller tells the story of a pickpocket and conwoman Sookhee hired to be a maid of Japanese heiress Lady Hideko in an effort to scam her. Conflicts rise when Sookhee and Lady Hideko fall for each other. Boasting two strong female leads, LGBT representation, and a story of rising above oppression, this is definitely a must-watch for every woman out there.

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Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures celebrates black excellence in the field of science. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, this biographical film details the story of how three black female mathematicians working at NASA contributed greatly to the Space Race. Hidden Figures details these three excellent women’s experiences with both sexism and racism at the time when these viewpoints were rampant in the aerospace industry. It’s the perfect flick for women who need that strength to push through their respective fields amid the odds.

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Little Women (2019)

Based on the 1868 novel of the same name, Little Women tells the story of the March sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, as they grow up in a period where women were only expected to marry and nothing else. The protagonist Jo defies all these by being a headstrong character dedicated to her passion of writing. The other sisters also show empowerment amid the social limitations of the era in different ways. More than the story, the film was also directed by Greta Gerwig, one of the rising female directors of this generation.

These are just some of the female-centric films you can watch at the comfort of your home. As we gain more social consciousness, we have to be critical of everything we watch – especially when it comes to female characters in various forms of media. It’s better for the women of today to watch films that have stood the test of time in how they portray their female characters. By doing so, they can experience positive representation that’s not colored by stereotypes or tone-deafness on how their gender is portrayed.

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