While the world celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday, there is absolutely no harm in turning things up a notch and carrying the celebrations into the weekend. And what better way to spend the weekend than a movie marathon featuring the best girl power storylines. We have put together a list of the most compelling female protagonists that you can binge on this weekend.
10. Wonder Woman (2017)
Starring: Gal Gadot
The movie is about an Amazon princess warrior Diana who leaves her home to fight in a war in the outside world. Fans of Superhero movies will definitely love this Warner Brothers production.
9. Lila and Eve (2015)
Starring: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez
Although this movie did poorly at the box office, it tells the story of two grieving mothers Lila (Davis) and Eve (Lopez) who set out to avenge the deaths of their children.
8. Thelma and Louise (1991)
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis
If there is a true example of a girlfriends’ getaway gone wrong, this movie is it. Thelma and Louise decide to take a road trip to escape their boring lives. This trip turns into an escape from the police.
Starring: Auli’i Cravalho
Set to inherit chieftancy from her father, Moana sets to find demigod Maui in order to undo a terrible curse that has befallen her people in Ancient Polynesia.People of all ages will be drawn to Moana’s quirky yet strongwilled personality.
6.The Iron Lady(2011)
Starring: Meryl Streep
This potrayal of Margaret Thatcher by Osar winner Meryl Streep is a great pick for anyone who is interested in the story of one of the most powerful female political figures in modern history.
5.Atomic Blonde (2017)
Starring: Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron delivers a stellar performance as an MI6 agent and nothing screams “Girl Power” like a female James Bond.
Starring: Jennifer Hudson
Put aside the less than unconvincing accent that Jennifer Aniston puts on as she fills the shoes of the iconic Winnie Mandela, the movie pays attention the often overlooked role played by Winnie Mandela in gaining South Africa’s freedom.
3. Hidden Figures (2016)
Starring: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae
This multiaward winning filmtells the story of the three female mathematicians who played a vital role in the US space programme in the 90s. The best part? They were all women of colour.
2. Queen of Katwe (2016)
Starring: Lupita N’yongo, Madina Nalwanga
Queen of Katwe is about a young Ugandan girl from the poor area of Katwe who finds an escape when she learns how to play Chess. She masters the game and her life changes after her victory at the World Chess Olympiads.
1. For Coloured Girls (2010)
Starring: Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Tessa Mae Thompson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose.
Tyler Perry’s film adaptation of the original Ntozakhe Shange play explores the lives of nine different women woven together by different tragedies. “And this for coloured girls who have considered suicide but have gone to the ends of their rainbows.”
What other movies do you think should have been added to the list? Let us know in the comments below.