10 films with a woman to watch on International Women’s Day 2022

Womanhood is something to celebrate every day – but March 8 is UNESCO-recognized International Women’s Day, and there’s no better way to mark the occasion than with movies featuring a female lead role.

On International Women’s Day, we remember those who championed the cause of women’s rights, spread the spirit of equality, challenged all limits of society and set an example for generations to come. to come.

Actresses have held a defining position in the global film industry; their contribution and talent are irreplaceable. From legendary actors like Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn and many others, women have performed roles that have become immortal on the big screen. Here are some of the best movies with a female lead to watch right now.

Movies with a woman to watch on International Women’s Day

The iron woman (2011)

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Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, The iron woman sees Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Doing absolute justice to the role, she shines as an aging politician unable to come to terms with the recent loss of her husband; the vision of him and his dreams haunt her as she carries out her political duties.

This film traces Thatcher’s journey from girl to woman, as she takes over the office – a strong female role indeed. Also stars Richard E Grant and Jim Broadbent in key roles.

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The devil wears Prada (2006)

Movies to watch on International Women's Day: The Devil Wears Prada
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Based on the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, The devil wears Prada is an American drama with a starry cast directed by David Frenkel. Meryl Streep dons the hat of strict boss Miranda Priestly, editor of a luxury fashion publication Track. Anne Hathaway stars as her second assistant Andrea Sachs (aka Andy) and Emily Blunt appears as the main assistant to Miranda (of the same name).

Andy has no idea about haute couture and luxury fashion; she immediately finds herself like a fish out of water in Miranda’s posh office. In an attempt to please her boss, she ends up working late into the night, while Emily condescends to her. The only form of support Andy gets is from art director Nigel (Stanley Tucci). Streep shines as a highly accomplished and demanding boss who teaches a hard lesson to those who undermine her, while Hathaway delivers a brilliant performance as a new recruit.

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Little woman (2019)

Women's films: Little Women
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Little womanthe highly acclaimed novel by Louisa May Alcott, released in two volumes in 1868 and 1869 – it continues to be relevant and inspiring to filmmakers today.

Directed by Greta Gerwig, the 2019 adaptation sees the four March sisters – Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Beth (Eliza Scanlen) and Amy (Florence Pugh) – live in genteel poverty in a Massachusetts town . They stay with their mother (Laura Dern) because their father is a military chaplain during the American Civil War. The girls also befriend their neighbor Theodore Lawrence, aka Laurie (Timothée Chalamet), the grandson of a wealthy old man.

The strong-headed tomboy Jo becomes the emotional backbone of the family, contrasting with his beautiful sister Meg. We get a glimpse into the lives of these sisters and the changing situations around them (including illness), and a glimpse of old Massachusetts brought to life with Gerwig’s modern twist. Jo’s strong personality makes her a lively character, with brilliant dialogue. A beautiful watch.

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Erin Brockovitch (2000)

Movies to watch on International Women's Day: Erin Brockovich
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This Universal Studios film is based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, attorney and consumer advocate, a single mother who championed the cause of clean water for the people of Hinkley, a community in Southern California. . Julia Roberts won the Best Actress Oscar for her lead role.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has installed a power plant in the area. To keep the machinery from rusting, they use a chemical that eventually leaks into Hinkley’s water supply. Erin takes it upon herself to take legal action against PG&E and a long, hard battle ensues.

Roberts’ powerful performance and Steven Soderbergh’s skillful direction bring out the seriousness of the situation. Celebrating a mother’s bold spirit, Erin Brockovitch is a movie you must watch on International Women’s Day.

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hidden numbers (2016)

Films to watch on International Women's Day: the hidden characters
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A story of passion, determination and perseverance. 20th century workshops summarizes the plot as follows: “The incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as brains behind astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit, a stunning achievement that revolved around the space race.The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial boundaries and inspired generations.

Directed by Theodore Melfi, the journey of the three female leads to reach near-impossible-to-break glass ceilings and break with societal pressures makes the film a fine watch.

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Revenge of a Blonde (2001)

Movies to watch on International Women's Day: Legally Blonde
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Reese Witherspoon stars as a “typical California blonde” – Elle Woods, with couture dresses, intricately manicured hands, a fabulous gang of friends and the most wanted boyfriend on campus (Warner Huntington III played by Matthew Davis ). But her life changes when Warner leaves her and enrolls in Harvard to study law. She decides to take matters into her own hands and follows him to Harvard to win him back. From there it looks like a smooth ride, but fate has other things in store.

Revenge of a Blonde got a sequel in 2003 and news of a third film is making the rounds suggesting that Mindy Kailing will co-write the project.

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Parched (2015)

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Patriarchy, love, friendship and the desire for freedom bind the four female protagonists of this film by Leena Yadav.

In the context of India’s arid northwest, Dried depicts the intertwined stories of four women – Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee), Lajjo (Radhika Apte), Bijli (Surveen Chawla) and Janaki (Lehar Khan).

Women struggle against the societal oppressions of marital and family rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and poverty. Rani struggles to marry off her son Gulab (Riddhi Sen) and he has his own lustful motives. Lajjo, is childless and wants to conceive. Bijli is an erotic dancer who is desired by all the men in their village but is about to be replaced by a new attractive young girl. And Janaki is Gulab’s bride. The four women share their hopes, their desires and even have fun in their own way away from the prying eyes of society.

20 30 40 (2004)

Films to watch on International Women's Day: 20 30 40
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Taipei-born director and actress Sylvia Chang portrays the many struggles of womanhood and crises in light comedy 20 30 40.

The film stars Chang as Lily Zhao, Rene Liu as Xiang Xiang, and Angelica Lee as Xiao Jie – at different ages in their lives, with their own set of struggles and issues. The youngest, Xiao Jie, is a 20-year-old who left her home in Malaysia for a pop career in Taipei. Xiang Xiang comes next, in her thirties, as a flight attendant torn between her affair with a married man and a young lover. The eldest, middle-aged Lily Zhao, returns to the dating scene after divorcing her husband due to his infidelity.

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The call (2020)

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The call walks the lines of time travel and horror, featuring two women from different eras; Seo-Yeon (Park Shin-Hye) lives in the present while Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo) lives in the past, in 1999. The two are bonded by a phone call. What follows next is weird and haunting.

It’s enigmatic to watch a horror movie with two strong female leads. The perfect recipe for a heart-pounding experience, Chung-Hyun Lee doesn’t disappoint, making it a different film to watch on International Women’s Day.

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Queen (2013)

Films to watch on International Women's Day
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Kangana Ranaut delivers her best performance as Rani in Queen. A young girl from Delhi, Rani studies domestic science and her head is full of fairy tales. She dreams of marrying her prince charming Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) but reality hits her, hard, when he rejects her and calls off the wedding just the night before.

She decides to devote herself a little to herself and goes alone on honeymoon to Paris. During this journey, she meets Vijayalakshmi (Lisa Haydon) and embarks on a crazy journey of self-love, self-discovery and freedom in this highly lucrative and critically acclaimed film from Vikas Bahl.

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