Top Female Empowerment Movies of the Last Decade - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka

Top Female Empowerment Movies of the Last Decade

Here are our top picks of movies that will make you feel proud to be a woman, all from the last 10 years.

As we say hello to a new decade, here, at Cosmopolitan, we’re looking back at our favourite movies that celebrate female empowerment and strength in the sisterhood.


1. The Help (2011)

For women in Mississippi in the early 1960s, equality feels far away, and even further away for African American women. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan played by Emma Stone, seeks to expose the social injustice they face, empowering ‘the help’ in a society that refuses to hear their voices.

2. Pitch Perfect (2012)

Seeking a cappella glory, the all-female Barden Bellas take part in international competitions. Initially stuck in old school traditions, only recruiting women with ‘bikini perfect bodies’, the Bellas soon involve women of colour, overweight women, lesbian women, and an “alternative” aspiring DJ, played by Anna Kendrick.

3. In a World… (2013)

Sam Sotto ‘king of voiceovers’ is about to receive a lifetime achievement award, overshadowing the accomplishments of his daughter Carol, a struggling vocal coach. This story looks at how conversations and voices can be used to empower women, especially in male-dominated industries.

4. Wild (2014)

After divorcing her husband, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) decides to attempt the 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. She is not an experienced hiker, and while being independent is not afraid to ask for help when she needs to. Cheryl reflects on her past mistakes and hardships, persevering on her hike to start anew. 

5. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)

This documentary chronicles the events and activists of the feminist movement from 1966-71. Capturing the thrilling spirit of the time, it does not shy away from controversies over race and sexuality in the movement. The film also shows present-day feminists, who speak out about the challenges faced by women around reproductive rights and sexual violence.

6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Following an apocalypse, the world has become a desert wasteland and civilization has collapsed. Under command of the tyrannical Joe, Imperator Furiosa is sent to collect weapons in her armoured semi-truck. When she drives off-route, Joe realizes that his five wives are missing, and are fleeing with her…

7. Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)

As a group of friends from all over India descend upon Goa to celebrate at an impromptu bachelorette party, a set of chain reactions prompt a frenzy of fun and female bonding. Amidst the excitement, these women passionately speak about the injustices and abuses women in India face, calling for equality. 

8. Wonder Woman (2017)

Raised by Amazonian women on a sheltered island paradise, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) meets American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about a war raging in the outside world. Having trained as a warrior, she is convinced that she can stop the threat, and leaves home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in the war, she discovers her full powers and true destiny.

9. Hustlers (2019)

Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny’s life changes forever when she becomes friends with the club’s top money earner, Ramona. Destiny learns how to navigate the wealthy Wall Street clientele, but when the 2008 economic crash cuts into their profits, the girls devise a daring scheme to take back control.

10. Charlie’s Angels (2019)


Elena Houghlin is the inventor of Calisto — a sustainable energy source which will revolutionize how people use power. When her technology falls into the wrong hands, Elena turns to the Townsend Agency for help. The Angels—Jane, Sabina and the newly recruited Elena—must retrieve Calisto before it can be transformed into a weapon of mass destruction.

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