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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017 

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Updated January 9, 2020 1.5k votes 307 voters 18.7k 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
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
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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Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more

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Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
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
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
Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, from a story by the pair and Erica Rivinoja. It follows a group of four friends ...more

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Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation until she discovers a secret ...more

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Molly's Game
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
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
Okja is a 2017 South Korean-American action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson. A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, ...more

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Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close
What Happened to Monday is a 2017 dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Tommy Wirkola. In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical ...more
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A Bad Moms Christmas
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
A Bad Moms Christmas is a 2017 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The sequel follows moms Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) ...more
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Before I Fall
Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller
Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the novel by Lauren Oliver. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam (Zoey Deutch) untangles the ...more
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Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more

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Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Happy Death Day is a 2017 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon. A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and ...more

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Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Ingrid Goes West is an American comedy-drama film directed by Matt Spicer. It won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is a ...more
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Pitch Perfect 3
Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson
Pitch Perfect 3 is a 2017 American musical comedy film directed by Trish Sie. Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at ...more
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Kate Mara
Megan Leavey (a.k.a. Rex) is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, based on the true story of a young female Marine named Megan Leavey.
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Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens
Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unemployed writer struggling with alcoholism. After moving back to her ...more

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Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton
Beatriz at Dinner is a 2017 comedy-drama film directed by Miguel Arteta. A holistic medicine practitioner (Salma Hayek) attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.
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Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky
Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Life for a single mom (Reese Witherspoon) in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young ...more
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Tulip Fever
Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Zach Galifianakis
Tulip Fever is a 2017 American-British film directed by Justin Chadwick from a screenplay by Sir Tom Stoppard, adapted from a novel by Deborah Moggach. Set in the Netherlands in the early 17th ...more
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Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Lew Temple
Kidnap is a 2017 American abduction thriller film directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Gwaltney. It follows a mother who tries to rescue her abducted son from dangerous kidnappers.
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Chris Colombusm, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey
Patti Cake$ is a 2017 American drama film directed by Geremy Jasper. Patti Cake$ is a story of a plus-sized white girl, Patricia "Dumbo" Dumbrowski, from Bergen County, New Jersey who ...more
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Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field ...more