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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019

Updated January 9, 2020 8.1k votes 1.5k voters 14.2k views130 items

List RulesVote 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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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    ReleasedFebruary 14

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Unplanned is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Unplanned

    Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan

    Released2019

    Directed byChuck Konselman, Cary Solomon

    Unplanned is a 2019 American Christian drama film written and directed by Chuck Konzelman and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fighting with My Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Fighting with My Family

    Florence Pugh, Lena Headey

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen Merchant

    Fighting with My Family is a 2019 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Little Women

    Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

    Little Women is a 2019 American drama film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2019

    Directed byJoachim Rønning

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a 2019 American fantasy film directed by Joachim Rønning, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Ri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019

    Released2019

    Directed byJ. J. Abrams

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a 2019 American epic space opera film directed by J. J.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Terminator: Dark Fate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Terminator: Dark Fate

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton

    Released2019

    Directed byTim Miller

    Terminator: Dark Fate is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Tim Miller,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Hustlers

    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez

    Released2019

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

    Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Harriet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Harriet

    Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr.

    Released2019

    Directed byKasi Lemmons

    Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Bombshell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Bombshell

    Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman

    Released2019

    Directed byJay Roach

    Bombshell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Jay Roach. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron),... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Ready or Not

    Samara Weaving, Adam Brody

    Released2019

    Directed byMatt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

    Ready or Not is a 2019 American thriller film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Booksmart

    Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein

    Released2019

    Directed byOlivia Wilde

    Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde. On the eve of their high... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Anna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Anna

    Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren

    Released2019

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Anna is a 2019 English-language French crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Midsommar

    Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor

    Released2019

    Directed byAri Aster

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    Mary Magdalene is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Mary Magdalene

    Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2018

    Directed byGarth Davis

    Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film directed by Garth Davis. Constricted by the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Breakthrough is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Breakthrough

    Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas

    Released2019

    Directed byRoxann Dawson

    Breakthrough is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Roxann Dawson, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

    Released2019

    Directed byCéline Sciamma

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    Someone Great is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Someone Great

    Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow

    Released2019

    Directed byJennifer Kaytin Robinson

    Someone Great is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. An... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Close is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Close

    Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse

    ReleasedJanuary 18

    Directed byVicky Jewson

    Close is a 2019 British-American action thriller film directed by Vicky Jewson. To protect an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Bobin

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Late Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Late Night

    Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling

    Released2019

    Directed byNisha Ganatra

    Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra. A Late-night talk... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Judy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Judy

    Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley

    Released2019

    Directed byRupert Goold

    Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Family

    Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry

    Released2019

    Directed byLaura Steinel

    Family is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Laura Steinel. An emotionally... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Third Wife is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    The Third Wife

    Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya

    Released2019

    Directed byAsh Mayfair

    The Third Wife is a 2019 Vietnamese drama film directed by Ash Mayfair. In 19th century rural... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019
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    Charlie's Angels

    Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byElizabeth Banks

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