The Best Female Leading Movies Of 2023

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This year is a big year for female-led movies as they showcase women in every genre imaginable. From action thrillers to sci-fi adventures to comedies and dramas that all have women in lead roles - there's something on here for everyone. That's why we've listed all the good female-led films and ranked them using votes from movie fans like you. After the success of female superhero movies in both the MCU and DCEU, many studios are doubling down on their commitment to creating more roles for women and telling stories from their perspective. So keep an eye out for films like Barbie, The Little Mermaid, and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. While diverse in subject matter and tone, all of these movies do an excellent job of highlighting their leading ladies.

Now it's time to vote up your favorite movies you've seen in theaters or on streaming platforms. Don't hesitate to vote down the films that you think others should skip despite being fans of female-led films. Be sure to check back as new and upcoming female-driven movies are added to the list once they are released. Also, look for the Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount+, Apple TV+, and Disney+ buttons below each film to stream them as soon as they're available.


  • Scream 6
    Video: YouTube
    1
    7 votes
    Four survivors of the Ghostface murders leave Woodsboro behind for a fresh start in New York City. However, they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when a new killer embarks on a bloody rampage.
    • Actors: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Courteney Cox, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

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  • Saint Omer
    Video: YouTube
    2
    30 votes

    This poignant legal drama centers around Rama, a pregnant novelist, who attends the trial of a woman accused of allowing her child to perish on a beach in hopes of creating a literary retelling of Medea.

    A novelist attends the trial of a woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, her own family history, doubts, and fears about motherhood are steadily dislodged as the life story of the accused is gradually revealed.
    • Actors: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Alice Diop
  • Boston Strangler
    Video: YouTube
    Loretta McLaughlin becomes the first journalist to connect the Boston Strangler murders. As the mysterious killer claims more and more victims, Loretta attempts to continue her investigation alongside colleague and confidante Jean Cole.
    • Actors: Keira Knightley, Carrie Coon, Alessandro Nivola, Chris Cooper, David Dastmalchian
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Matt Ruskin

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  • Emily
    Video: YouTube
    4
    10 votes
    Emily Brontë struggles within the confines of her life, yearning for artistic and personal freedom. She finds romance before writing her seminal novel, "Wuthering Heights."
    • Actors: Emma Mackey, Fionn Whitehead, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Alexandra Dowling, Amelia Gething
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Frances O'Connor

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  • A Good Person
    Video: YouTube
    Allison is a young woman with a wonderful fiance, a blossoming career, and supportive family and friends. However, her world crumbles in the blink of an eye when she survives an unimaginable tragedy, emerging from recovery with an opioid addiction and unresolved grief. In the following years, she forms an unlikely friendship with her would-be father-in-law that gives her a fighting chance to put her life back together and move forward.
    • Actors: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Chinaza Uche, Celeste O'Connor, Molly Shannon
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Zach Braff

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  • M3GAN
    Video: YouTube
    6
    21 votes

    This rather silly horror movie is very female-forward. Allison Williams treats audiences to another great horror movie that has you chuckling as much as screaming and the doll is incredibly unsettling despite being played by the talented Amie Donald.

    M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that's programmed to be a child's greatest companion and a parent's greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.
    • Actors: Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Gerard Johnstone

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