Top Five Empowering Women In Film

Pulp Fiction

March marks the beginning of Women’s History month, so what better way to celebrate than to watch some movies with women who are tough, funny and an inspiration to people everywhere?

Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs
On paper Silence of the Lambs revolves around Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal. However, when you really think about it, the movie is based around Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who goes to extreme lengths to try and take down this serial killer. She uses smart thinking, her FBI training and risks her life to put Hannibal away for good.

Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby
No matter how many times I watch this film, I’m always in awe of the physical and emotional strength Maggie possesses. It’s not often that you find women starring in a sports movie, but Maggie (Hilary Swank) puts boxing in a whole new light, proving that women can walk the walk just as well as men can.

Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice
Whether you’re watching the 1995 or the 2005 version, Elizabeth Bennett is a woman who’s an independent thinker, going against the classism and sexism that plagues the society she lives in. This is more than just a classic love story; it’s a story of a woman who is going to get what she wants.

Ofelia in Pan’s Labyrinth
The first time I watched this movie, I was thoroughly distracted by the terrifying creatures that came to life on screen. Upon watching it again, I came to realise what a fantastic character Ofelia (Ivan Baquero) is. She bravely tries to escape her abusive stepfather and willingly dives into the mysterious world of the Pan’s Labyrinth. This is made even more impressive when you realise hat she’s merely a child.

The Bride in Kill Bill
A movie about a female assassin getting revenge seemed like the right last pick for this list. Simply known as The Bride, Uma Thurman goes on a killing rampage to avenge her lost ones. She isn’t afraid to kill cleverly (or brutally) and proves that a woman can truly be the deadliest person in the room.