Hollywood is starting to catch on that audiences want and need more movies that are focused on women. (The fact that movies starring women make more money helps drive that point home in a language studios understand.) But, because it's still Hollywood, the majority of movies about women are specifically about young women. So, while we might be getting more films that tell their stories, when it comes to movies about badass older women heroes, the category is still depressingly small.
Granted, it is a somewhat specific category, but the list of movies about men of a certain age is much, muc longer. And anyway, the term "hero" does not just refer to the kicking supervillains' butts variety. Heroes take many forms, from women seeking revenge and justice for themselves, to women geniuses making huge moves in the math and science department.
According to the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, of the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2018, 40 were woman led or co-led, which showed an increase. But, of those 100 films, only 11 featured a woman lead or co-lead who was 45 years old or older. Still, this was an increase, as well; in 2017, there were only five.
Point is, it's pretty hard to find older women playing heroes in movies, because it's pretty hard to find older women starring in movies period. (And here, this basically just means around 45-plus, which shows exactly how unfortunate this is. Hell, give us 70-plus women heroes, too!) But, if you are looking for some options, here are 20 movies to choose from — even if, unfortunately, the hero in question isn't always the lead.