Sucker Punch coming out this weekend, we thought it would be appropriate to create a list of the most powerful female roles in film. Forever, Hollywood has broadcasted and embodied the idea of the leading man and the powerful roles they play. Though, from films like the bio-pic Frida (starring Salma Hayek), depicting one of the world’s most talented modern artists, to Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, which embraced racial divides and sexism, woman prove they can be a presence and influence in films; they can hold their own and embody the role of the lead character. View the list below and let us know who you think the strongest leading ladies are.
Charlie's Angels (2000) - MRQE Metric: 63
G.I. Jane (1997) - MRQE Metric: 58
Frida (2002) - MRQE Metric: 69
Persepolis (2007) - MRQE Metric: 82
Persepolis is a French animated film about a young girl living during the Iranian Revolution. When an outspoken, juvenile girl, Marji, attempts to stand up for her beliefs in 1970’s Iran, her parents send her off to school in Vienna. Realizing the changing world of Iran, Marji, upon returning home, is faced with the challenge of deciding what life to live. Her confidence, passion, and ambition come forth and echo to women about power and stance in society. The film is shot in a black-and-white style that makes the film look more vintage, and the role played by Chiara Mastroianni as Marji is both remarkable and noteworthy. She brought her character to new depths unseen before in on-screen.
Mulan (1998) - MRQE Metric: 79
Hua Mulan. This film was widely successful due to the close anthropological relation it had to the true Chinese culture (before production, Disney sent all their designers to China to observe the Chinese environment so the film could be comprehensible to both the Asian and Western markets). This film has been critically acclaimed for its success on both the U.S. and foreign markets and for such a strong acceptance among the Chinese audience.
Chicago (2002) - MRQE Metric: 82
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - MRQE Metric: 92
Erin Brockovich (2000) - MRQE Metric: 74
The Color Purple (1985) - MRQE Metric: 78
Million Dollar Baby (2004) - MRQE Metric: 84
Check out these Honorable Mentions:
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - MRQE Metric: 87
- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) - MRQE Metric: 79
- Dark Victory (1939) - MRQE Metric: N/A
- North Country (2005) - MRQE Metric: 66
- Domino (2005) - MRQE Metric: 46
- Thelma and Louise (1991) - MRQE Metric: 80
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) - MRQE Metric: 86
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) - MRQE Metric: 68
- Alien (1979) - MRQE Metric: 87
- V for Vendetta (2006) - MRQE Metric: 73