Good science fiction movies are hard to find, but good feminist science fiction movies are even more rare. At least they were until Ridley Scott's 1979 smash hit, Alien, was released. Years later, the legacy of the film's female heroine, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), is still felt in the sci-fi genre. And this is seen most obviously in the growing popularity of strong female heroines in science fiction movies, as seen in the 17 most feminist sci-fi movies ever. Each of these 17 science fiction movies feature strong female characters who fight their way out of male expectations and gender roles placed on them by the patriarchy. In other words: they're pretty awesome.
There's something about science fiction that seems to lend itself to strong female characters. As proven by massive franchises like Star Wars and The Hunger Games, there's something about dystopian future societies that just need a woman to topple them down. Of course, not all sci-fi movies are about crazy evil dictators. Sometimes the female protagonists of sci-fi movies just have an alien to defeat, or must survive the hostile environment of space, or subvert the limitations placed on them by men. No matter the challenge, feminist sci-fi heroes always rise up to meet it. So, if you're looking for some inspiration, look no further. Here are the 17 most feminist sci-fi movies, guaranteed to get you ready to take on the patriarchy.