The Best Female Leading Movies Of 2021

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Vote up the best 2021 films that feature a woman or women in lead roles.

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 WomanFrench ExitBarb 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. 

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  • Dear 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
  • Finding '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
  • Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy teenager publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school.
  • A shady legal guardian lands in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a powerful gangster.
  • Slaxx is a 2021 Canadian horror comedy film directed by Elza Kephart. When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to an idealistic young salesclerk to ...more
  • Shiva Baby is a 2020 comedy film directed by Emma Seligman. While at a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend.
  • Zola is a 2021 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo. Based on an infamous 148-tweet Twitter thread, Zola (Taylour Paige) meets a sex worker named Stefani (Riley Keough), ...more
  • Last Night in Soho is a 2021 psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright. A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, but time seems to fall apart with ...more
  • Spencer is a 2021 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín. In the winter of 1991, Diana, Princess of Wales decides to end her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales while spending the ...more
  • Good on Paper is a 2021 American romantic comedy film directed by Kimmy Gatewood. After years of putting her career first, a stand-up comic meets a guy who seems perfect: smart, nice, successful and ...more
  • Masquerade is a 2021 American thriller film directed by Shane Dax Taylor. A young girl struggles to survive a home invasion after burglars break into her home to steal her family's artwork.
  • The Voyeurs is a 2021 American erotic thriller film directed by Michael Mohan. A couple in a new apartment witness the volatile relationship of the attractive couple across the street and attempt to ...more
  • Time Is Up is a 2021 Italian romance film directed by Elisa Amoruso. An accomplished student with a passion for physics and a troubled young man, are involved in an accident that forces them to ...more
  • Generation Wrecks is a 2021 American comedy film directed by Kevin T. Morales. Two 11th graders and former best friends are confronted by the future, adulthood, and their own personal issues, as they ...more
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a 2021 American biographical drama film directed by Michael Showalter, based on the 2000 documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye ...more
  • Lady of the Manor is a 2021 American comedy film directed by Justin Long and Christian Long. An aimless ne'er-do-well becomes a tour guide in a historic estate and winds up befriending the manor's ...more
  • The Nowhere Inn is a 2021 American mockumentary psychological thriller-comedy film directed by Bill Benz. When St. Vincent sets out to make a documentary about her music, the goal is to both reveal ...more
  • Wife of a Spy (aka Supai no tsuma) is a 2021 Japanese historical drama romance film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. In the 1940s, a Japanese merchant leaves his wife behind in order to travel to ...more
  • Birds of Paradise is a 2021 American drama film directed by Sarah Adina Smith, based upon the 2019 novel Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small. Two dancers at an elite ballet academy in Paris find their ...more
  • I'm Your Man (aka Ich bin dein Mensch) is a 2021 German science fiction romance film directed by Maria Schrader. A scientist participates in a three-week trial with a humanoid robot programmed to ...more
  • After We Fell is a 2021 American romantic drama film directed by Castille London, based on the hit-novel, After We Fell, and the third film in the After film series. As Tessa makes a life-changing ...more
  • Britney vs Spears is a 2021 American music documentary film directed by Erin Lee Carr. Journalist Jenny Eliscu and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr investigate Britney Spears' fight for freedom by way of ...more
  • Sounds Like Love (aka Fuimos canciones) is a 2021 Spanish romantic comedy film directed by Juana Macías. Fashion assistant Maca has just about got her life together after a devastating breakup, when ...more
  • Bingo Hell is a 2021 American horror thriller film directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero. When a sinister figure threatens the residents of a low-income community, a feisty senior citizen tries to stop him.
  • Black as Night is a 2021 American horror movie directed by Maritte Lee Go. A teenaged girl with low self-esteem who finds confidence upon hunting the vampires who prey on victims in New Orleans, with ...more