The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017 

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Updated January 9, 2020 1.5k votes 308 voters 18.9k views 47 items

Girl power! It's time to rank the best female-led movies of 2017. (You can also rank the best new 2020 movies featuring female leads.) Featuring critically acclaimed dramas, gritty action films, and raunchy comedies, 2017 movies starring women praise women's strength and sisterhood. What is the best female lead movie of 2017?

Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman is easily one of the best female leading movies this year as well as one of the best superhero films ever made. Charlize Theron kicked butt in Atomic Blonde, while Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Other great 2017 movies with  strong casts include Ghost in the Shell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I, Tonya, and The Beguiled.

Vote up the best 2017 movies with strong female leads and feel free to add any 2017 movies featuring female casts missing from the list.

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Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

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Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Condon

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Released: 2017

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

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Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her ...more
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I, Tonya Margot Robbie, Caitlin Carver, Sebastian Stan

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

I, Tonya is a 2017 American biographical sports black comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie. The film tells the story of the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan orchestrated by Tonya ...more

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Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

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Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, the film tells the true story of an Olympic-class skier (Jessica Chastain) ...more
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Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

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Before I Fall Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

Released: 2017

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

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Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

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Directed by: Scott Moore and Jon Lucas

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Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

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Directed by: Trish Sie

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Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

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Directed by: Matt Spicer

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Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo

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Directed by: Geremy Jasper

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Ghost in the Shell

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

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Directed by: Luis Prieto

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Released: 2017

Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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Directed by: Justin Chadwick

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Released: 2017

Directed by: Hallie Meyers-Shyer

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Released: 2017

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

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