There is always talk that there is a lack of role models/heroines/strong women in movies for young girls and women to look up to. I disagree. I made this list pretty quickly. Male heroes are more ‘trumped up’ and we hear more about them, but it doesn’t make the heroines that exist less valid. My list is compiled of my personal movie heroines, it is not complete and there are more I could add, but my post would be too long if I did. I have made my list starting from the bottom. I hope you enjoy reading and let me know in the comments section who your favourite movie heroine is and why!
18. Roberta Waterbury – The Railway Children
Roberta (third from left) – The Railway Children
Selfless. Risks her own life to stop a train from crashing. Thinks quickly and calmly in an emergency. Smart girl.
17. Iris Henderson – The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Iris (2nd from left) – The Lady Vanishes
Persistent. Can’t be fobbed off. Whilst everybody tries to brush Iris off as a delusional and hysterical girl, she perseveres in finding the missing Miss Froy, with, or without help. The recent tv version made Iris look like a hysterical girl. Not impressed.
16. Lola – Run Lola Run
Lola – Run Lola Run
Calm in a crisis. Brave. Quick on her feet. Funky hair. Lola is literally running to save her man’s life. Refreshing for the girl to be the one saving the guy.
15. Tiffany – Silver Linings Playbook
Tiffany – Silver Linings Playbook
Straight-talking. Smart. Funny. Doesn’t put up with anyone being rude to her. She knows a wounded soul when she sees one….because she is one too. She saves Pat from himself and helps him find true love, not the fake love he thought he needed.
14. Jo March – Little Women
Jo March – Little Women
Clever. Bookish. Stubborn. Free-spirited. Ambitious. She does not want to be shackled by what is seen as proper and right for a young woman in the time she lives in. She wants to do her own thing and pursue her dream.
13. Clarice Starling – The Silence of the Lambs
Clarice Starling – Silence of the Lambs
Intelligent. Calm. Doesn’t scare easily. In a ‘man’s job’. It wasn’t that long ago when there weren’t many women in the FBI. Dealt with Hannibal Lector when others couldn’t.
12. Mattie Ross – True Grit
Mattie Ross – True Grit
Brave young girl. Living in an unforgiving time, which was not kind to children or women. Seeks justice for her family and will not give up until she gets it.
11. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games
Protective. Kind. Athletic. Smart. Takes her little sister’s place in the games to protect her. Very handy with a bow and arrow.
10. Sarah Connor – Terminator 2
Sarah Connor – Terminator 2
Athletic. Tough. Calm. Trains until she could join the marines because she’s so tough. All to protect her son and try and save mankind in the future.
9. Black Widow – Avengers Assemble
Black Widow – Avengers
Kick-Ass. Unflappable. Daredevil. Can hold her own in the Avengers/SHIELD environment. Not impressed by all the testosterone flying around.
8. The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo – Kill Bill
The Bride – Kill Bill
Strong. Kick-Ass. Intelligent. Persistent. She will not stop until she has taken vengeance against Bill and his assassins who murdered her unborn child and left her for dead, on her wedding day. Besides, she makes a yellow tracksuit look cool.
7. Hit Girl – Kick Ass
Hit Girl – Kick Ass
Small. Mouthy (erm, one word springs to mind). Kick-Ass. Brave. Vigilante. Hit Girl proves that size certainly does not matter and holds her own against so called tough guys/villains.
6. Ellen Ripley – Aliens
Ellen Ripley – Aliens
Protective. Maternal. Brave. Strong. Intelligent. I mean, come on, have you seen the films? Look what Ripley was up against. One cool lady.
5. Mystique – X-Men series
Mystique – X-Men
Blue. Kick-Ass. Strong. Loyal. Knows what she wants. No pushover. I love that Mystique (after First Class) is comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t see why she should have to conform to a certain look and feels she should be accepted for who she is. I love that. Very relevant to young girls who think there is only one acceptable body shape, thanks to the media.
4. Eowyn – Lord of the Rings
Eowyn – Lord of the Rings
Still waters…… Does not sit on the sidelines. Brave. Eowyn is a brilliant swordswoman. She wants the chance to fight for her land and people, just as the men do. Disguises as a man and manages to enter the battlefield. Kills the Witch-King.
The Witch-King: “No man may kill me!”
Eowyn: “I am no man!”
3. Violette Szabo – Carve her name with Pride
Violet Szabo – Carve Her Name with Pride
Intelligent. Brave. Calm. Fluent in French. Worked as a special ops agent for the British during the second world war. During her second mission, she got captured, was tortured and interrogated before being executed. Amazing lady and this was a true story.
2. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter
Studious. Bookish. Intelligent. Extremely Polite. Caring. Amazing witch. Most loyal friend ever. For young girls, Hermione is a brilliant character to look up to. She knows her education and studying are important, she does what is right and she stands by her friends.
“Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and — oh Harry — be careful!”
1. Princess Leia – Star Wars saga
Princess Leia – Star Wars
Regal. Witty. Clever. Handy with a blaster and speeder bike. Calm. Han Solo-snaring. There weren’t many heroines in films when I was little that would have made this list. There were too many princesses of the Disney type, or screaming bimbos. Princess Leia is the first one that made an impression on me. I like the way she spoke and handled herself.
Leia: “Somebody has to save our skins……into the garbage chute fly-boy!”