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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2019  

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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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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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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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Hustlers 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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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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Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan
Polaroid is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, based on his 2014 short film of the same name. High schooler Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid ...more
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Rebel Wilson, Anne Hathaway, Alex Sharp
The Hustle is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Chris Addison, and a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Two down-and-out con artists (Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway) engage ...more
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Christina Milian, Adam Demos, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Falling Inn Love is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble. Gabriela (Christian Milan) unexpectedly wins a country New Zealand inn and teams up with Jake (Adam Demos) to ...more
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John Corbett, Nia Long, Sophie Nelisse
47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a 2019 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, and a sequel to the 2017 film 47 Meters Down. Four teen girls dive into a ruined underwater city and quickly ...more
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Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano
Ms. Purple is a 2019 American drama film directed by Justin Chon. Two estranged sisters come back together to help care for their dying father.
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Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Anna Ivanova
The Heiresses (a.k.a. Las herederas) is a 2018 Paraguayan drama film directed by Marcelo Martinessi. Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún) were brought up in wealthy families in ...more
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Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian period thriller film directed by Jennifer Kent. In 1825 Tasmania, a young convict (Aisling Franciosi) seeks out revenge against the one who killed her
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Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five children attempt to survive the violence of the cartels and the ghosts that are left in its wake.
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Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew
Freaks is a 2018 American-Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. 7-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) escapes from her paranoid father (Emile Hirsch) to ...more
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Rebecca Romijn, Hayley Griffith, Jerry O'Connell
Satanic Panic is a 2019 comedy horror film directed by Chelsea Stardust. A pizza delivery girl discovers that she has delivered food to a group of high society Satanists, intent on turning her ...more
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Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Suki Waterhouse, Harry Shum Jr.
Burn is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Mike Gan. When a gas station is held at gunpoint by a desperate man (Josh Hutcherson) in need of cash, a lonely and unstable gas station ...more
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Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode
Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) ...more
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Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Charlie Tahan
Poms is a 2019 American comedy dance film, directed by Zara Hayes. A group of women at a retirement community form a cheer leading squad.
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Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne
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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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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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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Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman
Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Cindy Chupack, based on the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. Three Suburban moms (Felicity Huffman, Patricia Arquette, ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden mother (Cate Blanchett) disappears, ...more