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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019  

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

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
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
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
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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Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer
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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Seberg Starring Kristen Stewart, Jack O'Connell, Anthony Mackie
Seberg is a 2019 political thriller film directed by Benedict Andrews, from a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The F.B.I.'s surveillance program COINTELPRO begins to target ...more
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The Wolf Hour Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen
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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Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Hayley Squires
In Fabric is a 2018 British horror comedy film directed by Peter Strickland. A cursed dressed is passed from person to person during a busy winter sales period at a department store, starting ...more
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Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie ...more
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Little Joe Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox
Little Joe is a 2019 British-Austrian drama film directed by Jessica Hausner. Alice Woodard (Emily Beecham), a scientist, creates a genetically modified plant which seems to cause uncanny ...more
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Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady
Black Christmas is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Sophia Takal, based on the 1974 film of the same name. Sorority girls are going missing on the Hawthorne College campus as it is ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Diego Boneta
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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Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison
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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Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
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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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
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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Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves
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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Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
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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Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe
Greta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), who turns out to have sinister intentions.
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Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska
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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The Lodge Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh
The Lodge is a 2019 American-British horror film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) must spend time in an isolated winter cabin with their ...more
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Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans
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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Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma
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
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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Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien
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
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Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell
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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Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after ...more