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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017  

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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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Mother! Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer
Mother! is a 2017 American psychological horror thriller film, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting ...more

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The Zookeeper's Wife
The Zookeeper's Wife is a 2017 war drama film directed by Niki Caro and written by Angela Workman, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman, recounting the rescue of Jews ...more

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Raw Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas
Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian named Justine (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver
Underworld: Blood Wars is a 2016 action horror film directed by Anna Foerster. It is the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise. Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) continues ...more
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Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon
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Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
Personal Shopper is a 2016 English-language French psychological thriller film directed by Olivier Assayas. A personal shopper (Kristen Stewart) in Paris refuses to leave the city until she ...more
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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world anymore.) is a 2017 comedy crime thriller film written and directed by Macon Blair. A nurse, Ruth ...more

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Unforgettable Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults
Unforgettable is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Denise Di Novi. The film follows a divorcée (Katherine Heigl) who begins to torment the new fiancé (Rosario Dawson) of
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Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst
The Beguiled is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel The Beguiled (originally published as A Painted Devil) by Thomas P. Cullinan. During the ...more
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All I See Is You Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
All I See Is You is a 2016 an obsessive love story/drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by Sean Conway. The plot tells the story of a blind woman and her husband. When her sight ...more
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Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone
Catfight is an American action comedy film directed and written by Onur Tukel. Two bitter rivals pursue a grudge match that spans a lifetime.

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Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close
The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film directed by Colm McCarthy and written by M.R. Carey adapted from his novel of the same name. The film ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen
My Cousin Rachel is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Roger Michell, based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier. A young Englishman (Sam Claflin) plots revenge against his late cousin's ...more
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Rough Night Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon
Rock That Body is a 2017 comedy film directed by Lucia Aniello. Five friends from college (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite when they ...more
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Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine, AnnJewel Lee Dixon
The Last Word is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A retired businesswoman (Shirley MacLaine) decides to write her own obituary to ensure her life story is told her ...more
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Eden Sher, Victoria Justice, Ashley Rickards
The Outcasts is a 2017 American teen comedy film directed by Peter Hutchings. The film follows a group of misfit teenagers who band together to overthrow the popular clique at their high school.
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a 2016 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and the sixth ...more

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Snatched Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack
Snatched is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Katie Dippold. A mother and daughter become part of an unexpected adventure when a vacation goes wrong.
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Sophie and the Rising Sun Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale
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The Blackcoat's Daughter Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka
The Blackcoat's Daughter (also known by its original title February) is a 2015 American-Canadian supernatural psychological horror film directed and written by Oz Perkins. During the dead of ...more

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Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower
Mr. Roosevelt is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Noël Wells. Struggling comedian Emily Martin (Noël Wells) returns to her hometown, attempts to come to terms with her past, and ...more