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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 9, 2020 5.4k votes 1.4k voters 12.5k views 130 items

List Rules Vote up the best 2019 films with a woman or women at the forefront of the story.

UPDATE: Check out the top 2020 movies that feature strong female leads!

2019 is primed with movies that have a strong female lead. While this is exciting, it does not mean that the issue with inequality in Hollywood has been solved. It is still easy to see ongoing issues in the movie industry such as harassment and the pay gap. That is why it continues to be important to tell stories from a woman's perspective. This list of 2019 female lead movies catalogs the best movies of the year that elevate female voices. 

What are some of the best strong female lead movies this year? Disney continues the Star Wars franchise with its strong female roles in the form of Rey and Rose Tico.

Other original films make this list of best strong female lead movies of 2019 with Rosa Salazar starring in the exciting action-adventure film Alita: Battle Angel and Noomi Rapace taking on unsavory characters in Close. More examples include Us, Captain Marvel, and Charlie's Angeles. Now it is up to you to decide which of these female lead movies are the best of 2019? Vote up your favorites below and add any 2019 movie with a female lead or leads that you feel is missing.

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Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: February 14

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chuck Konselman, Cary Solomon

Unplanned is a 2019 American Christian drama film written and directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, based on the memoir of Abby Johnson. After one of the youngest Planned Parenthood ...more
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Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost

Released: 2019

Directed by: Stephen Merchant

Fighting with My Family is a 2019 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the the life of WWE wrestler Paige. The Bevis family, who all are professional wrestlers, try to work ...more
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Little Women Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Little Women is a 2019 drama film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Four sisters, Beth (Eliza Scanlen), Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), and Amy (Florence ...more
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Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joachim Rønning

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a 2019 American fantasy film directed by Joachim Rønning, and the sequel to the 2014 film. The complex relationship of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and ...more
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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes slavery and leads hundreds of ...more
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Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2019

Directed by: J. J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a 2019 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) must stop Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) ...more
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Bombshell Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jay Roach

Bombshell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Jay Roach. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), and Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) decide to take on Fox News boss ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Diego Boneta

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Miller

Terminator: Dark Fate is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Tim Miller, and the sixth film in the Terminator series.
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Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans

Released: 2019

Directed by: Luc Besson

Anna is a 2019 English-language French crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Beneath Anna Poliatova's (Sasha Luss) striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible ...more
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Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Olivia Wilde

Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde. On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie ...more
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Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne

Released: 2019

Directed by: Grant Sputore

I Am Mother is a 2019 Australian thriller-science fiction film directed by Grant Sputore. A teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) is raised underground by a robot Mother (Rose Byrne) designed to ...more
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The Wolf Hour Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alistair Banks Griffin

The Wolf Hour is a 2019 thriller drama film directed by Alistair Banks Griffin. A former counter-culture figure, June (Naomi Watts) in now a near shut-in living in her South Bronx apartment ...more
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Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska

Released: 2019

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

Charlie's Angels is a 2019 action-adventure comedy film directed by Elizabeth Banks, based on the 1976 television series. A crime-fighting trio of beautiful women.
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Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rupert Goold

Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. ...more
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Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chinonye Chukwu

Clemency is a 2019 American drama film directed by Chinonye Chukwu. A Death Row prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) makes a connection to the prisoner she is sanctioned to
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Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ari Aster

Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled ...more
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Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more
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Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma

Released: February 13

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon, and the sequel to the 2017 film Happy Death Day.
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Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more
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Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Bobin

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nahnatchka Khan

Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic ...more
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Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell

Released: January 4

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to
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Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien

Released: 2019

Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Ready or Not is a 2019 American thriller film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. On the night of her wedding, a young bride (Samara Weaving) joins her new husband’s (Mark ...more