41 Movies To Stream For Women's History Month


Women's History Month is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the badass women of the past than to watch women who inspire us on the big screen? Fiction or not, girl power movies depict the tenacious beauty of women throughout time, place, and circumstance. In other words, it's what the month is all about, and these 41 girl power movies to stream during Women's History Month are ones that sum up its themes. Some will teach you some history, others will just make you appreciate the women in your life. Maybe a few will teach you about the kind of woman you want to be.

Girl power movies can be any number of things, but for the purposes of celebrating Women's History Month, the movies had to have at least one thing: a complicated female protagonist. When I think of girl power, I think of the Spice Girls (I'm a '90s kid) and the power a group of women can wield when united. So, to qualify as a girl power movie, ideally one would have more than one female character. Unfortunately, in Hollywood, that can be an impossibly tall order. Regardless of whether these films star one female character or many, the end result is the same: each of these 41 girl power movies streaming on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, or Hulu, will inspire women to stand up for themselves.

'Confirmation' — HBO

Confirmation tells the true story of Anita Hill, the woman who bravely testified before Congress during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas. Hill's strong testimony and grace under fire continues to inspire women to speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace.

Stream Confirmation here.

'Suffragette' — HBO

The fight for women's right to vote, as depicted in Suffragette, was not always peaceful, and it certainly wasn't easy.

Stream Suffragette here.

'Mulan' — Hulu

Honor the women who fought in wars before it was fashionable (or legal) with Disney's Mulan.

Stream Mulan here.

'Amanda Knox' — Netflix

If you want to examine recent women's history, look no further than the documentary Amanda Knox.

Stream Amanda Knox on Netflix.

'V For Vendetta' — Netflix

V For Vendetta is all about a woman taking control of her destiny and quite literally fighting against the patriarchy.

Steam V for Vendetta here.

'Big Eyes' — Netflix, Hulu

Big Eyes is based on a real story of a man who took credit for his wife's famous artwork. It's eye roll inducing madness.

Stream Big Eyes here.

'Mustang' — Netflix

Mustant explores the scrutiny young girls are subject to constantly, especially in a patriarchy.

Stream Mustang on Netflix.

'10 Cloverfield Lane' — Amazon Prime, Hulu

10 Cloverfield Lane has a super badass female protagonist, so, you'll definitely be feeling all powerful by the time the movie is over.

Stream 10 Cloverfield Lane here.

'Girl, Interrupted' — Hulu Plus

Because every woman deserves to have some space to grow on her own, outside of anybody else's expectations.

Stream Girl, Interrupted here.

'Thelma & Louise' — Amazon Prime

Thelma & Louise is probably the most iconic girl power movie there is.

Stream Thelma and Louise here.

'Dragon Tattoo Trilogy' — Netflix

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo isn't based on a true story, thankfully, but it'll still give you some perspective on the history of women, specifically their continued oppression.

Stream The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo here.

'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' — Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is about a woman who goes out of her comfort zone and thrives. What's more girl power than that?

Stream Whiskey Tango Foxtrot here.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' — HBO

I mean, do I need to explain this one?

Stream Mad Max: Fury Road here.

'Akeelah And The Bee' —Hulu Showtime

Akeelah and the Bee will remind you of the power of young girls, and also might make you feel like a little bit of a slacker.

Stream Akeelah and the Bee here.

'The Whistleblower' — Hulu, Amazon Prime

Another one based on a true story, The Whistleblower is about Katheryn Bolkovac, a peacekeeper in Bosnia, who discovered a sex scandal within the U.N. there.

Stream The Whistleblower here.

'4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days' — Hulu

Girl power is normally uplifting, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is definitely not. That said, if you need a reminder of why women's rights are important and need to be defended at all costs, this movie will do the trick.

Stream 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days here.

'Carol' — Hulu Showtime

Women go to extraordinary lengths to be together in Carol.

Stream Carol here.

'Working Girl' — Netflix

Working Girl is the upbeat, girl power comedy you need in your life.

Stream Working Girl here.

'The Hunger Games' — Amazon Prime

The entire Hunger Games series is on Amazon Prime, so hop to it and get ready to feel like you can take on the world.

Stream The Hunger Games here.

'Chicago' — Hulu, Netflix

It's tough to think of murderers as the ideal images of girl power, but Chicago makes it possible.

Stream Chicago here.

'Spring Breakers' — Hulu Showtime

Spring Breakers has its problems, but at its core, it is a movie about four girls who would do anything for each other. And that's girl power.

Stream Spring Breakers here.

'Room' — Amazon Prime

If Ma in Room can get through her kidnapping, then you can get through anything.

Stream Room here.

'Bridesmaids' — HBO

Girl power means that girls have the power to be silly, like in Bridesmaids.

Stream Bridesmaids here.

'Penelope' — Hulu

Not to spoil the film, but Penelope is all about a woman's power to love herself.

Stream Penelope here.

'Brooklyn' —HBO

Brooklyn puts a twist on the stereotypical love triangle narrative and features a multi-facetted female character? It's a miracle.

Stream Brooklyn here.

'You're Not You' — Netflix

If you can get past the whole character slowly dying thing, You're Not You is actually an awesome movie about female friendship.

Stream You're Not You here.

'Shakespeare In Love' — Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime

I think we can all agree that Viola De Lesseps is the best character in Shakespeare in Love.

Stream Shakespeare in Love here.

'Divergent' — HBO

There is no such thing as too many women action heroes, especially during Women's History Month.

Stream Divergent here.

'The Heat' — HBO

The Heat is about two opposites coming together to take down some criminals. Girl power to the max.

Stream The Heat here.

'Lila & Eve' — Netflix

Do you remember this movie starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez as two mothers who take justice into their own hands? I didn't think so.

Stream Lila and Eve here.

'Just Wright' — HBO

Queen Latifah can do no wrong, and Just Wright is just more proof that she is Queen for a reason.

Stream Just Wright here.

'Lucy' — HBO

Celebrate Women's History Month by watching one of the only female-driven action movies ever.

Stream Lucy here.

'Miss You Already' — Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime

You can't celebrate girl power without celebrating the intense realities of female friendship.

Stream Miss You Already here.

'Pitch Perfect' & 'Pitch Perfect 2' — HBO

Pitch Perfect is so unapologetically championing girl power, it's almost too much.

Stream Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

'Real Women Have Curves' — HBO

Women come in all shapes and sizes, and Real Women Have Curves is just about celebrating those shapes and sizes. It will also inspire you to dream beyond what society tells women they should and shouldn't do.

Stream Real Women Have Curves here.

'Spy' — HBO

Spy is a giddy ode to girl power, and every woman deserves to bask in it's glory for a few hours.

Stream Spy here.

'Tracks' — Netflix

If you've ever dreamed of going on a 1,700-mile walk across Australia all by yourself, then watch Tracks and you won't have to.

Stream Tracks on Netflix.

'Bessie' — HBO

Celebrate Women's History Month by taking a dive into Bessie Smith's life with HBO's biopic Bessie.

Stream Bessie here.

'Sicario' — Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus

Warning: Sicario is a dark, suspenseful, and very violent film, so don't go into it hoping for a sweet, uplifting story of a female FBI agent.

Stream Sicario here.

'Clueless' — Hulu

I mean, is it possible to celebrate Women's History Month without one group viewing of Clueless? (No, the answer is no.)

Stream Clueless here.

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' — Hulu

Finally, celebrate the fearlessness of women in a slightly fantasy world with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Stream Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon here.

If you can get through all 41 girl power movies during this Women's History Month, then you will reach peak Girl Power status. I promise.