Friday, August 25, 2017


Last week, I attended a panel about "Strong Female Protagonists in Film and TV", and I was very inspired.  So I decides to write a post about my top 10 favorite strong female characters in movies.

10. Marge Gunderson - Fargo

How can you not love Marge Gunderson from Fargo?  She's pregnant, polite, patient and - oh yeah - she solves a murder.  And in the snow I might add.  She is definitely not your typical female character. 

9. Clarice Starling - Silence of the Lambs

Clarice is crazy brave because she manages to interview Hannibal Lecter without running away crying.  I would run away crying.  To top it off, she's training to be an FBI agent (awesome!), and she shuts down the asylum manager who makes an insulting pass on her.  You go, Clarice!

8. Katherine G. Johnson - Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is based on the true story of Katherine G. Johnson.  Katherine worked for NASA in the early 1960s and became the first African-American woman in a space task group because of her undeniably brilliant math skills. NASA, analytic geometry, overcoming feminist and racial issues -- yeah, Katherine G. Johnson is pretty spectacular.

7. "The Bride" - Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2

Quentin Tarantino is fantastic at writing strong female characters - Jackie Brown, Shosanna, Broomhilda - but since I only wanted to pick one Tarantino character for this list I went with "The Bride" from Kill Bill.  The Bride is a fearless assassin who seeks revenge from those who have betrayed her.  Also, she rocks that yellow Jackie Chan jumpsuit.

 6. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter

Hermione Granger is the smartest witch/wizard in her class, she's incredibly brave, and she's a great friend.  She is someone who knows right from wrong but is willing to break some rules if it helps the greater good.  Try to imagine Harry Potter without Hermione Granger... Harry and Ron would be stuck in their dorm room, scratching their heads, trying to solve (fill in the book here) mystery, while Lord Voldemort took over.  They needed her.

5. Mulan - Mulan

Female Disney characters always get a bad rep for just singing, frolicking with animals, and falling in love.  But Mulan, you guys!  Mulan dresses like a man to fight in the army.  She's like - "no mom and dad.  I don't want to get married.  I want to bring honor to my family by taking down the Huns.  Keep you dumb hair clip."  Damn girl, you're bold.  She also has a dragon for a sidekick -- just saying, that's pretty badass.

4. Princess Leia - Star Wars

There are a few amazing female protagonist in the Star Wars universe, but Princess Leia was the first - so respect where respect is due.  Leia is a gun slinging, doesn't need anyone to save her, bun wearing princess who helps lead the rebellion.  Who doesn't love a rebel princess?

3. Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games

Katniss sacrifices herself for her little sister, survives The Hunger Games (twice), and leads a revolution against Panem.  And let's not forget that she rocks a side braid better than anyone. 

2. Furiosa - Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road seems like a total dick flick, but it surprisingly feminist.  Furiosa is a kick-ass woman who rebels against tyrannical ruler to try to save a group of female prisoners.  She's unstoppable, intense and a fierce female protagonist.

1. Diana - Wonder Woman

I can't even explain the feeling I had after watching this year's Wonder Woman movie.  Pride?  I think pride is the word.  It made me feel proud to be a woman.  Maybe that's silly, but Wonder Woman represents all the best traits in every female: passionate, sympathetic, kind, and most importantly, strong.  I walked out of that movie theater ready to kick some butt.  Wonder Woman didn't need a man to save her, she wasn't trying to fall in love, she only wanted to fight for the good of mankind.  Gah!  If you haven't seen this movie, please watch it.

Who are some of your favorite female movie characters?  Let me know in the comments below!



  1. You've listed some incredibly powerful women!
    I was particularly fascinated by Katherine Johnson! I really recommend everyone watches 'Hidden Figures'!


    1. I totally agree. Hidden Figures was a great movie! :)

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    1. I love Hermione, too. She's my favorite Harry Potter character. :)


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