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The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017

Updated January 9, 2020 2.8k votes 313 voters 19.1k views47 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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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byRian Johnson

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    The Shape of Water is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    The Shape of Water

    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro.... more on Wikipedia

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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC... more on Wikipedia

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Before I Fall

    Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

    Released2017

    Directed byRy Russo-Young

    Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Okja is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Okja

    Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Okja is a 2017 South Korean-American action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and... more on Wikipedia

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    What Happened to Monday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    What Happened to Monday

    Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe

    Directed byTommy Wirkola

    What Happened to Monday is a 2017 dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Tommy... more on Wikipedia

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    Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Molly's Game

    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

    Directed byAaron Sorkin

    Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Happy Death Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Happy Death Day

    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher B. Landon

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    Ingrid Goes West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Ingrid Goes West

    Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

    Directed byMatt Spicer

    Ingrid Goes West is an American comedy-drama film directed by Matt Spicer. It won the Waldo... more on Wikipedia
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    Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Lady Bird

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

    Released2017

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

    Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a... more on Wikipedia

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

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    Colossal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Colossal

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

    Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. Gloria... more on Wikipedia

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    Megan Leavey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Megan Leavey

    Kate Mara

    Released2017

    Directed byGabriela Cowperthwaite

    Megan Leavey (a.k.a. Rex) is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Gabriela... more on Wikipedia
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    Girls Trip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Girls Trip

    Regina Hall, Queen Latifah

    Released2017

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    Kidnap is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Kidnap

    Halle Berry, Sage Correa

    Directed byLuis Prieto

    Kidnap is a 2017 American abduction thriller film directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate... more on Wikipedia
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    Patti Cake$ is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Patti Cake$

    Chris Colombusm, Michael Gottwald

    Directed byGeremy Jasper

    Patti Cake$ is a 2017 American drama film directed by Geremy Jasper. Patti Cake$ is a story of... more on Wikipedia
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    Home Again is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Home Again

    Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff

    Released2017

    Directed byHallie Meyers-Shyer

    Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Life for a... more on Wikipedia
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    I, Tonya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    I, Tonya

    Margot Robbie, Caitlin Carver

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

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    Tulip Fever is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Tulip Fever

    Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan

    Directed byJustin Chadwick

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    Beatriz at Dinner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Beatriz at Dinner

    Salma Hayek, John Lithgow

    Released2017

    Directed byMiguel Arteta

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    Mother! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Mother!

    Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem

    Released2017

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    A Bad Moms Christmas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    A Bad Moms Christmas

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Directed byScott Moore and Jon Lucas

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    Underworld: Blood Wars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017
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    Underworld: Blood Wars

    Kate Beckinsale, Theo James

    Released2017

    Directed byAnna Foerster

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