Favorite Films With Female Protagonists

By female protagonist, I mean a lead or co-lead in the film. Some films without a clear lead were also chosen because there were mostly female parts. Additionally, I am going with the gender the character identifies as so Ma Vie en Rose and Hedwig and the Angry Inch are included (though this one is more genderfluid).

Additionally, I only chose films which I rate as 4 stars or higher as a film. These are not at all based on my feelings about individual performances (if it were, there would be a lot more films on this list because some of the best female roles are not in my favorite movies).

I am, in no way, suggesting these are positive…

  • Nights of Cabiria

    1

  • I'm No Angel

    2

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    3

  • Persona

    4

  • All About Eve

    5

  • Woman in the Dunes

    6

  • The Piano

    7

  • The Handmaiden

    8

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    9

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    10

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    11

  • Sunset Boulevard

    12

  • His Girl Friday

    13

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    14

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    15

  • The Lady Eve

    16

  • The African Queen

    17

  • Harold and Maude

    18

  • Network

    19

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    20

  • Badlands

    21

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    22

  • Manon of the Spring

    23

  • L'Atalante

    24

  • Belle de Jour

    25

  • The Apartment

    26

  • The Palm Beach Story

    27

  • Double Indemnity

    28

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    29

  • The More the Merrier

    30

  • The Big Sleep

    31

  • Brief Encounter

    32

  • To Be or Not to Be

    33

  • The Thin Man

    34

  • The Awful Truth

    35

  • Top Hat

    36

  • You Can Count on Me

    37

  • Spirited Away

    38

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    39

  • Finding Vivian Maier

    40

  • Amélie

    41

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    42

  • The River

    43

  • The Heiress

    44

  • Beauty and the Beast

    45

  • Children of Paradise

    46

  • The Wizard of Oz

    47

  • Holiday

    48

  • It Happened One Night

    49

  • Singin' in the Rain

    50

  • Tokyo Story

    51

  • Trouble in Paradise

    52

  • Me and You and Everyone We Know

    53

  • Lost in Translation

    54

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    55

  • Fargo

    56

  • Aliens

    57

  • Annie Hall

    58

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    59

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    60

  • The Florida Project

    61

  • Shoplifters

    62

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    63

  • Pina

    64

  • She Done Him Wrong

    65

  • Lemonade

    66

  • Leave No Trace

    67

  • Secrets & Lies

    68

  • Autumn Sonata

    69

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    70

  • Thelma & Louise

    71

  • Trust

    72

  • Shall We Dance?

    73

  • Beauty and the Beast

    74

  • Vanya on 42nd Street

    75

  • The Girl on the Bridge

    76

  • My Life in Pink

    77

  • The Remains of the Day

    78

  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    79

  • Like Water for Chocolate

    80

  • Persuasion

    81

  • Broadcast News

    82

  • Bull Durham

    83

  • The Color Purple

    84

  • A Room with a View

    85

  • Sixteen Candles

    86

  • The Hunger

    87

  • Alien

    88

  • Carrie

    89

  • Klute

    90

  • The Goodbye Girl

    91

  • What's Up, Doc?

    92

  • The Turning Point

    93

  • The China Syndrome

    94

  • Lady Sings the Blues

    95

  • Jules and Jim

    96

  • The Sound of Music

    97

  • Romeo and Juliet

    98

  • The Miracle Worker

    99

  • The Bad and the Beautiful

    100