The Best Female Leading Movies Of 2023

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.

  • Saint Omer
    Video: YouTube
    13 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
  • M3GAN
    Video: YouTube
    6 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, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis, Ronny Chieng
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Gerard Johnstone
  • Shotgun Wedding
    Video: YouTube
    Darcy and Tom gather their families for a destination wedding, but the ceremony gets put on hold when gunmen take everyone hostage. Now, they must do everything they can to save their loved ones -- if they don't wind up killing each other first.
    • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Coolidge, Sonia Braga, Cheech Marin
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Jason Moore
  • Alone at Night
    Video: YouTube

    Ashley Benson takes the lead in this film and is joined by a cast of quirky characters played by Pamela Anderson, Luis Guzmán, Paris Hilton, G-Eazy, and Winnie Harlow.

    After a bad breakup, a young woman retreats to a remote cabin and continues modeling for an adults-only, livestreaming website. However, she soon discovers she's not alone as a masked killer begins to stalk and terrorize her.
    • Actors: Ashley Benson, Pamela Anderson, Jake Weary, Luis Guzmán, Paris Hilton
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: G
  • The Protector
    Video: YouTube
    A woman on parole uncovers a conspiracy while investigating a legend about a righteous god that protects a small town from evil.
    • Actors: Chelsea Clark, Munro Chambers, Pras Lingam, Morgan I. Bedard, Heleene Cameron
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Lenin M. Sivam
  • Missing
    Video: YouTube
    1 votes

    Storm Reid leads us through a harrowing scenario as we track her experiences on screen, literally, in this techno-thriller.

    When her mother disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June's search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it's too late. However, as she digs ever deeper, her digital sleuthing soon raises more questions than answers.
    • Actors: Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, Amy Landecker, Daniel Henney
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Will Merrick, Nicholas D. Johnson