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.
1. '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.
2. 'Suffragette' — HBO
The fight for women's right to vote, as depicted in Suffragette, was not always peaceful, and it certainly wasn't easy.
3. 'Mulan' — Hulu
Honor the women who fought in wars before it was fashionable (or legal) with Disney's Mulan.
4. '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.
5. 'V For Vendetta' — Netflix
V For Vendetta is all about a woman taking control of her destiny and quite literally fighting against the patriarchy.
6. '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.
7. 'Mustang' — Netflix
Mustant explores the scrutiny young girls are subject to constantly, especially in a patriarchy.
Stream Mustang on Netflix.
8. '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.
9. 'Girl, Interrupted' — Hulu Plus
Because every woman deserves to have some space to grow on her own, outside of anybody else's expectations.
10. 'Thelma & Louise' — Amazon Prime
Thelma & Louise is probably the most iconic girl power movie there is.
11. '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.
12. '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?
13. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' — HBO
I mean, do I need to explain this one?
14. '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.
15. '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.
16. '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.
17. 'Carol' — Hulu Showtime
Women go to extraordinary lengths to be together in Carol.
18. 'Working Girl' — Netflix
Working Girl is the upbeat, girl power comedy you need in your life.
19. '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.
20. 'Chicago' — Hulu, Netflix
It's tough to think of murderers as the ideal images of girl power, but Chicago makes it possible.
21. '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.
22. 'Room' — Amazon Prime
If Ma in Room can get through her kidnapping, then you can get through anything.
23. 'Bridesmaids' — HBO
Girl power means that girls have the power to be silly, like in Bridesmaids.
24. 'Penelope' — Hulu
Not to spoil the film, but Penelope is all about a woman's power to love herself.
25. 'Brooklyn' —HBO
Brooklyn puts a twist on the stereotypical love triangle narrative and features a multi-facetted female character? It's a miracle.
26. '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.
27. '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.
28. 'Divergent' — HBO
There is no such thing as too many women action heroes, especially during Women's History Month.
29. 'The Heat' — HBO
The Heat is about two opposites coming together to take down some criminals. Girl power to the max.
30. '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.
31. 'Just Wright' — HBO
Queen Latifah can do no wrong, and Just Wright is just more proof that she is Queen for a reason.
32. 'Lucy' — HBO
Celebrate Women's History Month by watching one of the only female-driven action movies ever.
33. 'Miss You Already' — Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime
You can't celebrate girl power without celebrating the intense realities of female friendship.
34. 'Pitch Perfect' & 'Pitch Perfect 2' — HBO
35. '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.
36. 'Spy' — HBO
Spy is a giddy ode to girl power, and every woman deserves to bask in it's glory for a few hours.
37. '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.
38. 'Bessie' — HBO
Celebrate Women's History Month by taking a dive into Bessie Smith's life with HBO's biopic Bessie.
39. '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.
40. 'Clueless' — Hulu
I mean, is it possible to celebrate Women's History Month without one group viewing of Clueless? (No, the answer is no.)
41. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' — Hulu
Finally, celebrate the fearlessness of women in a slightly fantasy world with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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.