With Women’s Month underway, it only felt natural for the Woman and Home team to highlight a few of our favourite female-led movies that struck a chord with us after watching them for the very first time.
Seeing a powerful female character on the big screen is often an incredibly inspiring experience. And in several cases, these characters are meant to do just that – empower their female audiences.
Whether it inspires you to get a haircut, walk into a room with confidence, or do something thoughtful for your family, strong female characters in cinema are necessary uplifting cultural icons. So, if you’re home one weekend with no plans to get out of the house, cuddle up on the couch with one of these moving female-led films…
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Julia Roberts won an Academy Award for her captivating portrayal as single mother of three, Erin Brockovich. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
Last Holiday (2006)
In this endearing film, a terminally-ill woman named Georgia decides to sell her belongings to fund spending the rest of her days at a lavish European hotel. Queen Latifah is powerful in the lead role. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
Hidden Figures (2016)
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe play an astounding trio in this pioneering NASA story. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
Ocean’s Eight (2018)
This witty remake of the Ocean’s films stars a phenomenal ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
The Favourite (2018)
This highly-acclaimed period film starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone received a whopping 10 Academy Award nominations this year. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
Sister Act (1992)
Lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) becomes an excellent choir conductor in this legendary-status film. This musical movie is simply stellar. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
The Kitchen (2019)
In this crime drama, three Irish mobsters operating in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen are put in jail. Their wives, although unfamiliar with mafia matters, start calling the shots. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss are superb as the female trio. Out in cinemas nationwide from 16 August.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Geena Davis (Thelma) and Susan Sarandon (Louise) are inspiring figures in this road film where two friends desire a more fulfilling life. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
Alfre Woodard is incredible and utterly relatable as Juanita in this comical drama about a mom who hits the road solo in order to turn a new page somewhere new. Available to stream on Netflix.
Nine to Five (1980)
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton are a tour-de-force trio in this uplifting film about besting one’s authorities. Buy the DVD on takealot.com.
By Features Writer Marike Watson
Features writer by trade, music lover and fine-line illustrator by nature. As an expert on the ’70s era, Marike will happily introduce you to her record collection. She’s passionate about African art and culture. And if she’s not off on an adventure, you’ll most likely find her making coffee.