Top 5 Films for Every Fierce Feminist
Posted on 31 August 2017
We know you feminist babes out there LOVE a good film featuring empowering women, and so do we at Neon Moon H.Q.! We need to see confident female characters on the big screen who are smashing the patriarchy and sticking their middle fingers up to Hollywood. So we have compiled a list of our top 5 films that every fierce feminist should watch. Let's get down to it queens.
1. Legally Blonde (2001)
We know Legally Blonde is ADORED by many of you queens. The comedy film stars Reese Witherspoon as sorority girl Elle Woods, following her journey through Law school and fighting for social justice. Ultimately she kicks arse and fights the stereotypes women face everyday when she wins a huge court case, showing those who doubted her that she is more than capable of anything she puts her mind to. I think we can all agree Legally Blonde is a fave of all of ours, plus you can be a feminist and still love pink.
2. North Country (2005)
North Country stars the amazing Charlize Theron. The films documents a fictionalised account of the first major sexual harassment case in America. Theron's character Josey, who is a single mother, is part of a group of women who start work at a local iron mine in Minnesota. The women are subjected to sexual harassment due to their male colleagues disliking working with women. Josey files a sexual harassment lawsuit, making this film definitely one to put on your to watch list for the bravery and bad-ass actions of Theron's character.
3. The Colour Purple (1985)
The Colour Purple stars the phenomenal Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Johnson, an African-American woman in the early 1900's living in rural Georgia. The film covers 40 years of Celie's life, as she is subjected to being controlled and abused by her father, who forces her to marry a man who treats her wrong. The ending of the film shows how extraordinary Celie is, dealing with her past and never giving up hope that her, her sister and children will be reunited after battling abuse their entire lives.
4. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes tells the story of unhappy housewife Evelyn, played by Kathy Bates, meeting an elderly woman with much wisdom who changes her outlook on life. Ninny, played by Jessica Tandy, shares entertaining stories about her sister-in-law, as the film moves from the 1920's to the 1980's as Ninny tells the tales of her wild sister-in-law. This film is an amazing example of female empowerment and support, as Ninny gives Evelyn the strength and confidence to change her life.
5. Belle (2013)
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Belle, the British drama is an incredibly important film. The film is inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Belle is the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain, who was raised by her aristocratic uncle and his wife. The film shows Belle's struggles to feel a part of the social traditions due to the colour of her skin. Her empowering purpose comes when she meets a young vicar's son who helps her fight to end slavery in England.