female characters The Best Female Leading Movies of 2017  

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Girl power! It's time to rank the best female-led movies of this year. 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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Wonder Woman 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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Lady Bird 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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The Shape of Water 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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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her Missouri town ...more

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi 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 ...more

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Okja 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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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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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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What Happened to Monday 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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Girls Trip 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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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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Atomic Blonde 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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Ingrid Goes West 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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Patti Cake$ 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

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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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Kidnap 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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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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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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Colossal 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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Happy Death Day 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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Underworld: Blood Wars http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/underworld-blood-wars/underworldbwposter.jpg 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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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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Mother! Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer mother! is an 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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Rough Night 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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3 Generations Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon 3 Generations is a 2015 American drama film directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Nikole Beckwith and Dellal. Teenager Ray realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother Maggie, ...more

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

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Catfight 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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Beatriz at Dinner 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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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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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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My Cousin Rachel 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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The Girl With All The Gifts 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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Don't Knock Twice

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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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The Beguiled 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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The Last Word 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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Home Again 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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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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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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The Outcasts 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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Sophie and the Rising Sun Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale

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Mr. Roosevelt 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

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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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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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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