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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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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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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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Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Stephen Peacocke
Little Monsters is a 2019 Australian-American-British zombie comedy film directed by Abe Forsythe. After a recent breakup, Dave (Alexander England) jumps at the chance to chaperone a ...more
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Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens
Lucy in the Sky (a.k.a. Pale Blue Dot) is a 2019 American drama film directed by Noah Hawley, loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak's alleged criminal activities. An astronaut (Natalie Portman) ...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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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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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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Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen
The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 Irish horror thriller film, directed by Lee Cronin. An unpleasant encounter with a mysterious neighbor throws Sarah O'Neill (Seána Kerslake) into an ...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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Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Hugh Dancy
Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra. A Late-night talk show host, Katerine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is about to lose her show but teams up with a new female ...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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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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Allison Williams Logan Browning Steven Weber
The Perfection is a 2018 American horror thriller film directed by Richard Shepard.
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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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Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan
Share is a 2019 drama film, written and directed by Pippa Bianco, based upon Bianco's short film of the same name. After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, ...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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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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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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Alexandra Daddario, Tyler Hoechlin, Kimiko Glenn
Can You Keep a Secret? is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Elise Duran and based on the novel of the same name by Sophie Kinsella. Thinking they're about to crash, Emma ...more