>Strong ladies in their own unique way


Thelma and Louise


The Hours

Hard Candy

Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2

It’s been a while I wanted to post this, and today is the perfect day. How about more women’s positive portraits in the movies and less misogynism? This is a very short list, so anyone who knows other films of the sort, just let me know!


-Any actress who portrayed Elizabeth Bennet in any Pride and Prejudice adaptation
-Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta
-Natalie Portman in Closer
-Ellen Page in Juno
-Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love
-Juliette Binoche in Chocolat
-Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
-Lee Yeong-ae in Lady Vengeance
-Jodie Foster in The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs and so many other films.
-Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
-Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice
-Holly Hunter in The Piano
-Salma Hayek in Frida
-Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind
-Pam Grier in Jackie Brown
-Lucy Liu in Kill Bill Vol. 1
-Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovich
-Julia Jentsch in Sophie Scholl
-Winona Ryder in Little Women
-Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener
-Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart
-Sally Field in Not Without My Daughter
-Andie MacDowell in Harrison’s Flowers
-Carrie Fisher in Star Wars
-Nathalie Press in My Summer of Love
-Maribel Verdú in Y tu mamá también
-Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On
-Emily Lloyd in Wish You Were Here
Keep posting your suggestions! 😉
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33 Comments to “>Strong ladies in their own unique way”

  1. >I haven't seen any of those! what is wrong with me!? haha, i will definitely get on it 🙂 as for who I would add:Any woman who has played Elizabeth Bennet, which yes I recognize is techinically a book heroine, but she is portrayed quite well in film too. I would pick the most recent P&P with Keira KnightleyNatalie Portman- aka Evey- in V for Vendetta, she isn't just a pawn for V in the endJuno MacGuff, of "Juno"- sure she's somewhat of a lost teenager, but she is surprisingly witty and strong-willed for a teenage film characterViola of "Shakespeare in Love"-she is much more daring than the average Elizabethan woman, she actually confronts the Queen herself and tests conventions of the time by acting in Romeo & JulietVivian in Chocolat- Juliette Bionche suffers some harsh criticism as the bold chocolitier in the film, but she rises above it and helps give a joy de vivre back to the city :)ok i'm done, but actually it was much harder than I thought, you're right strong women in film are somewhat hard to find 😦

  2. >Uma Thurman is a bit expressionless BUT Kill Bill 1 § 2 are an awesome Revenge's Story : implacable,devastating, bloody Womanhood, especially with the "unfortunate" (and Sulfurous !!! ) "Elle Driver" !!!Cordially, Antoine

  3. >Romeika, perfeito! O cinema precisa de melhores papéis femininos. Pessoas fortes e que nos representem tão bem.Acrescentaria à sua lista:- Dorothy, de "O Mágico de Oz"- Elizabeth Bennett, de "Orgulho e Preconceito"- a personagem da Natalie Portman, em "Closer"- Viola de Lesseps, em "Shakespeare Apaixonado".Feliz dia das mulheres!!!!

  4. >UmAntes de tudoHAPPY WOMEN DAY'S … se escrevi errado … discurpa …e sim … grandes mulheres e colocaria ai na lista Juno e Lee Guem-Ja (Lady Vingança)e que todos os dias sejam o dia das mulheres …

  5. >Ótimo post! Também colocaria Juno nessa lista. Bjs!

  6. >Any movie with Jodie Foster.

  7. >Jayne, I haven't seen "Juno" yet, but from the trailer I can already see she's quite a character;-)You're so right about your suggestions, how could I forget Elizabeth Bennet in P&P and Vivian in "Chocolate"? And all the others you mentioned too, thanks!Antoine, I think Uma is so great in "Kill Bill", and all the ladies who act along with her. Elle Driver is also an unforgettable character.Kamila, Feliz dia das mulheres hehe;-) Dorothy tb é uma personagem forte a sua maneira, e claro, Viola, e Alice, e Miss Bennet.Joao, ainda não vi "Lady Vingança":-S Nem Juno! Flávia, quero muito ver Juno, bjs!Seraphine, exactly, I can't remember a weak female character Foster has portrayed, ever since she was a kid actress. She's made great choices along her career.

  8. >Adorei este post! O filme Thelma and Louise é um dos meus preferidos!

  9. >Adorei este post! O filme Thelma and Louise é um dos meus preferidos!

  10. >Great post! All of them memorable and strong in their own way, like you said. My favorite has to be Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bridge. I also like Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte in Lost in Translation and Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby.Ciao!

  11. >I pretty much agree on all of the women you listed, but my favourites are Elizabeth Bennett on Pride and prejudice 🙂 and Virginia Woolf on the hours.Have I ever told you how much i enjoy yoyr cinema posts? I do :)♥

  12. >Carolina, um dos meus tb!Wally, you're right, Maggie in Million Dollar Baby!Aisha, I'm glad you enjoy them;-)

  13. >Great choices, also I include:Aya Ueto from Azumi (2003), Yeong-ae Lee from Lady Vengance (2005), almost all the female characters of R. W. Fassbinder like Hanna Schygulla in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Lili Marlene (1981) and spacially the duet of Hanna Schygulla and Margit Carstensen in The Bitter TEars of Petra Von Kant (1972) and let's not forget Meril Streep in Sophie's Choice (1982) or The Devil Wears Pravda (2006)Cheers

  14. >Amei volver!e JUno acho que merecia mais o oscar que onde os fracos não tem vez…mil beijos

  15. >Ótima lista, Romeika! Eu odeio "Hard Candy" e a menina do filme (não a atriz, já que sou fã da Ellen Page), mas as demais personagens são inesquecíveis. E todos já acrescentaram tantos papéis femininos memoráveis, que apenas vou sugerir a Holly Hunter por "O Piano".

  16. >A.R, you make me feel so behind:-S I've only seen the Meryl Streep's films you've mentioned. But thanks, anyway!Kira, engracado, ninguem gosta muito do filme dos Coen hehehe beijos.Vinicius, confesso que em alguns momentos fiquei perturbada com as atitudes da personagem, mas tb adoro como ela reverte o jogo que poderia ser de cartas marcadas. Adoro isso, tipo.."quem eh o lobo mau agora?" E sim, a personagem de "O Piano", boa lembranca!

  17. >oo I forgot about Juliette Binoche in Chocolat! Great choice, Jayne.

  18. >Frida!! I just watched it the other day and was amazed by her.

  19. >Ooo, loved Hard Candy. And it caught me so off guard–it didn't get a lot of attention over here and the only reason I saw it was because of word of mouth.

  20. >Hi Romeika,I found your post really inspiring, so here are some heroines that have just popped into my mind:First of all, the most important:Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind!!!Gena Rowlands in GloriaAnamaria Marinca in 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 daysCatalina Sandino Moreno in Maria Full of GraceMilla Jovovich in Jeanne d'ArcEmily Watson in EquilibriumCrissy Rock in Ladybird LadybirdPam Grier in Jackie BrownMichelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lucy Liu in Kill Bill Vol.1Cate Blanchett in Veronica GuerinKarine Viard in Haut les coeurs!Anne Parillaud in NikitaThanks for the "brainstorming"! I really enjoyed it!

  21. >ah and also Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovichand Julia Jentsch in Sophie Scholl!!!

  22. >i love the movie volver….when it comes to almodovar, you can be sure, there are strong women, red color everywhere and men murders…what about alicia silverstone in clueless?

  23. >Grinda, thank you too for such great suggestions! How could I forgot the brave, bold and fearless Scarlett O'Hara portrait by the brilliant Vivien Leigh? I indeed missed some classic characters here. I even thought of Kathy Hepburn, I'm sure many of her films were about strong female characters, but unfortunately I miss knowledge on them.I haven't see "Gloria", "4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days", "Maria Full of Grace", "Equilibrium", "Ladybird, Ladybird", "Veronica Guerin", "Haut les coeurs!" and "Nikita". Some of these I've been longing to see it's been a while.As for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, I can't really remember much of Yeoh's character. Milla Jovovich as Joan of Arc, I think it was such a terrible acting, although she portrayed this brave young girl, but I'm not sure I'd place the character among these other women. And you're so right about Lucy Liu in "Kill Bill", although she was a villain, I mean, how she revenged her parents and that table scene she slashs the guy's head.. Quite bizarre, but still powerful. And yeah, Pam Grier! (Tarantino, again), "Erin Brokovich", and so on..

  24. >ChiliLady, Almodovar is indeed a "girl power" style director in a way.. Maybe it has to do with the fact he seems to understand women so well. Love his films!Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless" is sure a positive character, and if you consider she was sort of inspired on Jane Austen's "Emma" it makes easier to understand why. But I'm not sure if she could be placed among these other characters. She was the girl who could help out all her friends with problems, but when it came to her own love issues, she was so *clueless* 🙂

  25. >Thelma & Louise is one of my favorite movies.

  26. >I haven't been here for a while…but I agree with the choices of Scarlett Johansson in Lost In Translation, Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the Kill Bill women (even Gogo Yubari (played by Chiaki Kuriyama), insane as she was, put up a tough fight)- they are utterly and assolutely fantastic! Though I dont really like Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett, she was too pouty..My personal favorites (that don't seem to have been cited already) include Kirsten Dunst as Lux in The Virgin Suicides- not exactly positive considering the story, but certainly unforgettable. And also as Torrance in Bring It On- playing a cheerleader , and a very upbeat one too. And Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars- it's great to see a princess who kicks ass and is well capable of rescuing herself. Also Nathalie Press as Mona in My Summer of Love, and Tabu (an Indian actress) in Cheeni Kum (best thing about the movie, IMO), and Bjork in Dancer In The Dark. And, IMO the cream of the crop- Audrey Tautou in Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain, I'll always be in love with her. It's a pity the list doesn't extend to TV though, I'd definitely have cited all the girls of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that case 🙂

  27. >Oh, and I forgot- Maribel Verdu as Luisa in Y Tu Mama Tambien- it might have been sad at the end, but she was definitely a woman who stood up for herself..

  28. >Blue Floppy Hat: Kill Bill women are quite memorable for being so fearless, even that crazy character Gogo is positive in a way. I agree Kirsten Dunst's Lux is unforgettable, it's a good female role, but I'd leave her out of the list. From Sofia's films, Charlotte is the only character who seems to be struggling somehow.You're right about Princess Leia and Nathalie Press as Mona in MSOL – that ending was so surprising: the fight, her final smile.., she was quite strong, despite what she went through.Bjork in DITD, I'd say the same as I did on Kirsten Dunst.. That's a good female role, but not necessarily positive. But of course it's far from negative, on the contrary. And also totally agree about Maribel Verdu!Unfortunately I've never seen "Amelie" (!!) and the indian film you mentioned. And oh, Buffy characters do kick ass!:-)

  29. >Meryl Streep in SilkwoodSally Field in Norma RaeSally Field in Places in the HeartKatharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in WinterKatharine Hepburn in Bringing Up BabyKatharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia StoryKatharine Hepburn in On Golden PondBarbara Stanwyck in The Lady EveBette Davis in All About Eve (and many others)Gloria de Havilland as Scarlett's cousin Melanie in Gone With the Wind – a different kind of strength, but just as strong as Scarlett

  30. >Sorry, Olivia de Havilland was Melanie in Gone With the Wind – I accidentally hit "Publish" before I finished fact-checking that in another browser tab

  31. >Linda Hamilton in the 2nd Terminator movie – wow!

  32. >Anonymous, thanks a lot for the suggestions! It's remarkable how Sally Field has played so many strong characters, as well as Kathy Hepburn (although I haven't seen all the films you've listed here). How could we have forgotten the wonderful Bette Davis in "All About Eve"??? And Certainly Olivia de Havilland as Melanie in GWTW, and Linda Hamilton in her kick-ass role in Terminator 2 in the 1990s.

  33. >Clementine from "The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind". Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark".

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