Top 11 Girl Power Movies

January 20, 2011

Top 11 Girl Power Movies

Black Swan is all about a young woman on a journey of self-discovery, one of the great all-time girl power movies. Here’s 11 more of my favourites to enjoy this weekend!

1. Thelma and Louise

What list of girl power movies could not include Thelma and Louise? Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon make one kick-ass combo and show the true power of female friendship. The spunky young Brad Pitt is just the cherry on the cake.

2. Nine to Five

1980’s, pre-sexual harassment office life at its best! Dolly, Jane and Lily are modern day superheroes taking on the worst kind of boss (that we’ve all experienced to some degree).

3. Erin Brockovich

Oh, the cleavage! It even eclipses Julia Robert’s perfect smile as she rocks the classic girl power journey from blue collar to million dollar lawsuit. Throw in a sweet romance on the side and you’re one step away from shouting ‘you go girl!’ at the TV.

4. Muriel’s Wedding

“You’re terrible Muriel!” What an Australian twist on learning to love yourself, via Porpoise Spit and back again all set to an ABBA soundtrack. Toni Collette gives her all with Rachel Griffiths as the best of best friends.

5. Sliding Doors

Gwyneth Paltrow dons a plausible British accent and crops her hair in this ultimate tale of ‘what if?’ What if you miss the train and finds your boyfriend in bed with another woman? What if you don’t, and end up miserable without finding The One?

6. Clueless

This was a hard one. Since Clueless is based on Jane Austen’s Emma, why not include Emma, or Pride and Prejudice? And then which version? Because Clueless is a joy, a flashback to the 1990’s – who wasn’t envious of Cher’s rotating wardrobe, which seemed so futuristic? Cher’s journey is laugh-out-loud and a blast to watch.

7. Bend It Like Beckham

Love a good Brit flick and this is right up there with The Full Monty and Billy Elliott as one you can watch over and over again. A young Kiera Knightley dreams of kicking her way to the top with her best mate, who’s family would prefer she find a boy and learn to make chapatis!

8. A League of Their Own

Who says Madonna can’t act? Well, it’s probably true but for once she does a really good job in this all-star cast flick set during World War II about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who proved they could be a force to be reckoned with.

9. Working Girl

Melanie Griffith at her absolute best, decked out in 80’s mini skirts and big pouffy hair. Like Nine To Five it’s a big ‘screw you!’ to the corporate world and being stepped upon which resonated with so many women. Who doesn’t get a kick from that great one line of all time: ‘I’ve got a head for business and a body for sin.”

10. Little Miss Sunshine

The last scene is an all-time classic, but the journey to get there is just as good. Sure Alan Arkin and Steve Carrell are brilliant, but it’s Little Miss Sunshine wannabe Olive, played by Abigail Breslin, who you’re routing for all the way.

11. Legally Blonde

How cute is Reece Witherspoon in this dumped bimbo-turned-Harvard law ace classic! When you need a chick flick with sass, it’s Legally Blonde all the way. So good they made it a musical!

What’s your favourite girl power movie?

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