As Hollywood becomes more diverse, audiences are being treated to some truly great 2021 movies that feature female leads. These movies also span across all genres including comedies, action, horror, and dramas. Especially as more tragic stories of mistreatment in Hollywood come to light it has become increasingly important to tell stories from a woman's perspective. Look for movies on this list that elevate female voices with strong women in the lead roles.
If you are asking yourself, what are some of the best strong female lead movies this year? Some good examples include Promising Young Woman, French Exit, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, and The Reckoning. Disney animation's Raya and the Last Dragon also promises to be a great movie for women of all ages.
Now it is up to you to decide which of these female lead movies are the best of 2021? Vote up your favorites below and vote down any 2021 movie with a female lead or leads that you feel miss the mark.
Directed by: Ivan KavanaghSon is a 2021 Irish horror thriller film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to protect him from terrifying... more
Directed by: Emerald FennellPromising Young Woman is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film directed by Emerald Fennell. After a mysterious traumatic event, a cunning, young woman named Cassie (Carey Mulligan) lives a... more
Directed by: Kornél MundruczóPieces of a Woman is a 2020 drama film directed by Kornél Mundruczó. Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean Carson (Shia LaBeouf) are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change... more
Directed by: Roseanne LiangShadow in the Cloud is a 2020 New Zealand action horror film directed by Roseanne Liang. A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence... more
Directed by: Inon ShampanierPaper Spiders is a 2021 American drama film directed by Inon Shampanier. A teen makes a series of tough choices as her mother's paranoid delusions threaten to destroy their loving relationship.... more
MusicKate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr.
Directed by: SiaMusic is a 2021 American musical drama film directed by singer-songwriter Sia. Upon becoming the sole guardian of her teenaged, autistic half-sister (Maddie Ziegler). a newly sober free spirit (Kate... more
Directed by: Azazel JacobsFrench Exit is a 2020 surreal comedy film directed by Azazel Jacobs, based on the novel of the same name by Patrick deWitt. A close-to-penniless widow moves to Paris with her son and cat, who also... more
Directed by: Phyllida LloydHerself is a 2020 British drama film directed by Phyllida Lloyd. After the housing system refuses to give her a new home, a single mother decides to build her own while the help of a friendly... more
Directed by: Glendyn IvinPenguin Bloom is a 2020 Australian drama film directed by Glendyn Ivin, based on the book by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive. A photographer and his family find hope and solace in an injured... more
Directed by: Michael FimognariTo All the Boys: Always and Forever is a 2021 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Michael Fimognari. The romantic life of a teenage girl continues, facing her good and hard times with her... more
Directed by: J BlakesonI Care a Lot is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film directed by J Blakeson. A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to... more
Directed by: Jude WengFinding 'Ohana is a 2021 American family film directed by Jude Weng. Two Brooklyn siblings whose summer in rural Oahu takes an exciting turn when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on... more
Directed by: Craig GillespieCruella is a 2021 American crime comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie,,based on the character Cruella de Vil introduced in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians and Walt Disney’s... more
Directed by: Amy PoehlerMoxie is a 2021 American comedy-drama film directed by Amy Poehler, based on the novel by Jennifer Mathieu. A teenager who lives in Texas organizes a feminist revolution at her high school.... more
Directed by: Andrei KonchalovskyDear Comrades! (aka Dorogie tovarishchi!) is a 2020 Russian historical drama film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. In 1962, workers from a small industrial town go on strike when the communist... more
Directed by: Josh GreenbaumBarb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is a 2021 American comedy film directed by Josh Greenbaum. Lifelong friends Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) embark on the adventure of a lifetime when... more
Directed by: Cris D'AmatoDouble Dad (aka Pai em Dobro) is a 2021 Brazilian family comedy film directed by Cris D'Amato. While her mom is away, a teen sneaks out of the hippie commune where she lives and embarks on a... more
Directed by: Lee DanielsThe United States vs. Billie Holiday is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Lee Daniels, based on the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann... more
Directed by: Filippo MeneghettiTwo of Us (aka Deux) is a 2020 French drama film directed by Filippo Meneghetti. Two pensioners with a deep hidden passionate love for each other are put to the test when they are suddenly unable to... more
Directed by: Robin WrightLand is a 2021 American drama film directed by Robin Wright. A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, completely off the grid in Wyoming.... more
Directed by: Tate TaylorBreaking News in Yuba County is a 2021 American comedy mystery film directed by Tate Taylor. An unappreciated woman takes advantage of her growing celebrity status when the police and the public... more
TogetherJames McAvoy, Sharon Horgan
Directed by: Stephen DaldryTogether is a 2021 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Daldry. A husband and wife who are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of the Covid-19... more
Queen BeesEllen Burstyn, James Caan
Directed by: Michael LembeckQueen Bees is a 2021 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck. While her house undergoes repairs, fiercely independent senior Helen temporarily moves into a nearby retirement community, where... more
CensorNiamh Algar, Michael Smiley
Directed by: Prano Bailey-BondCensor is a 2021 British horror film directed by Prano Bailey-Bond. A British film censor links a disturbing horror movie to her sister's mysterious disappearance.... more
AsiaAlena Yiv, Shira Haas
Directed by: Ruthy PribarAsia is a 2020 Israeli drama film directed by Ruthy Pribar. Despite living together, Asia barely interacts with her daughter Vika. Their routine is shaken when Vika's health deteriorates rapidly.... more