We all know that saying. ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned..’
Usually, women aren’t born mad. They’re made mad.
Don’t believe me? Women become empowered through consecutive defeat or an array of damaging experiences. We usually have to rise like a rose in the crack of sideway concrete to earn our monument, sculpted in granite.
Men have this adroit ability to drive us up the wall, insane, to the point we have to claw for any and everything we want in their dominating industries.
It’s no wonder why women can be so catty toward each other–we have to compete! But it’s exhilarating when we can put all that behind us and join forces. We symbolically levitate and yes Beyoncé…we really do run the world.
Here’s the 10 best female empowerment movies for a girls’ night in:
1. Sin City
I’d probably hate to be a woman in Sin City.
It seems like the only career options are to be a prostitute, “exotic dancer”, or an assassin…that prostitutes on the side. Regardless, these women made lemonade with the rotten lemons that Sin City spared them. Can we talk about how Shellie (Brittany Murphy) held her own when her drunken boyfriend and his four friends nearly broke down the door?
And how can we forget to mention Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her assassin, prostitute squad that ran their own turf; something like a female mafia.
2. Mad Max
I’d actually would rather be a female in Sin City than in Citadel of Mad Max.
Set in a dystopian Australia, 50 years after the apocalypse…there’s not much left. People are psycho, especially for resources. And their lifetime goal is to die in the name of Valhalla. Women in these parts seem to be living in their own waste, breast-feeding babies that aren’t theirs, or stocked in grimy caves to breed sons.
But, wait, there’s hope…Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron)! She’s a kick-butt, war rig driver, who’s mission is to make it back home to where she originally came from. She sneaks a group of girls with her, promising them a new life, alongside Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).
Kate and Maura Ellis (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) are two, very grown sisters who somehow party like middle schoolers at an unsupervised house party.
Their vow to throw one last bash in their on-the-market, childhood home goes completely wild and delivers a surprisingly hilarious result. The sister-bond is what makes you want a sister of your own, so badly.
And if you have one, you’ll want to throw this kind of party with her.
The only thing upsetting about this movie is that there will be no sequel.
It’s been awhile since your local girl gang dressed up in tacky bridesmaid dresses. Each bridesmaid comes together, creating a miscellaneous-looking squad for their best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph), as they all have zero in common.
But somehow it works…or doesn’t work. Just watch it, you’ll understand.
5. Undercover Brother
The first ‘Dear White People’ movie of it’s kind in a 70’s setting is hilariously executed with comedic legends, Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother, Anton Jackson), Chris Kattan (Mr. Feather) and Dave Chappelle (Conspiracy Brother).
This movie wouldn’t be what it was without the “strong, Black woman” lead, Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis). It’s Sistah Girl’s awareness and acuity that pulls Undercover Brother out of a spellbinding trance set by White She Devil (Denise Richards).
6. The Heat
Finally, our own version of Bad Boys and Two Guns. You know how they say opposites attract?
Well, when two cops, Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) put aside their dopey, childlike differences, they actually make a pretty intimidating team. They call themselves, ‘The Heat’ because they bring the blazing heat to their opponents, who are usually men.
7. Thelma & Louise
Look up Classic in the dictionary and you’ll see Thelma & Louise.
This film will make you want to target practice with a long barrel revolver and not feel guilty for whatever happens next. Watching best friends, Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) flee across the country as wanted fugitives is a recipe for this cult-classic. Did I mention they run into Brad Pitt on the way? Makes being a fugitive not look so bad, huh?
8. Hidden Figures
Have you ever been so proud to be Black after watching this movie?
Not Black? Did you wish you were after this?
The autobiographical account of this profound piece in history made it especially hard to stomach the fact that we weren’t taught the stories of Katherine Johnson (Played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Played by Janelle Monae), the Black women basically responsible for American space travel…BOOM! Did someone drop the mic?
Please, peep the title: Hidden Figures. Peep it well, because their stories were very much hidden from the U.S. history books and still would have been, had no one decided to screen write this masterpiece. However, Figures is a well-deserved description of these three women.
9. Gotta Kick It Up
It would be too easy to add Bring It On to this list, so I opted for a lesser-known Disney Channel original, Gotta Kick It Up!
It’s about a Latina dance group preparing for a big tournament when all odds are obviously stacked against them. They tap into their beautiful Latin culture to gain confidence and thrash the competition, all the while not forgetting who they are.
“Si se buethe! Si se buethe! Si se buethe!”
10. Mi Vida Loca
My love for Latin movies is showing.
If you like sad stories about gangsters living their “crazy lives”, you won’t want to shy from this one. When childhood ex-best friends Sad Girl (Angel Aviles) and Mousey (Seidy Lopez) lose a mutual boyfriend, they must remember why they were besties to begin with.
You get a glimpse into the young lives of PG-13, Hispanic gang-life back in the 90’s, an era we will never get back. Angel Aviles has revealed, the sequel, taking place over 20 years later, Laugh Now, Cry Later, is due to release very soon!
The Color Purple
This movie has the ability to make a grown man cry.
The mistreating of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a timid, Black woman in the early 1900’s, was a representation of a very real, very prominent way of living in these times.
It is heart aching, the extent of abuse, persecution, bigotry and victimization that Celie is subjected to. Her blossom into self-worth and awareness is revenge best had over her enemy. It’s a weight lifted off the shoulders of many.