2018 Movies The Best Female Leading Movies Of 2018  

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As the demand for equality in Hollywood rises, there are plenty of strong female lead movies of 2018. Ongoing issues in the movie industry - such as harassment and the pay gap - have made moviegoers aware of the importance of telling women's stories. This list of 2018 female lead movies catalogs the best movies of the year that elevated female voices. 

What were some of the best strong female lead movies this year? A number of women-centric franchises and books saw adaptations. The video game character Lara Croft came to life onscreen in Tomb Raider.

A Wrinkle In Time - known for its compelling women characters - was adapted into a film starring much-beloved female celebrities like Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey. Some original films also made up the best strong female lead movies of 2018. The darkly humorous Thoroughbreds tells the story of two high school students plotting murder. Zoey Deutch stars in the suspenseful independent film Flower. Other 2018 movies with almost all-female casts include Widows, Ocean's 8, and Annihilation.

Which of these female lead movies are the best of 2018? Vote for your favorites below, and add anything you feel is missing. 

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Annihilation Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more

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Ocean's 8 Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter Ocean's Eight is a 2018 American heist comedy film directed by Gary Ross. Danny Ocean's estranged sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s ...more

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Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins Tomb Raider is a 2018 American action adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond ...more

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The Hate U Give Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie The Hate U Give is a 2018 American crime drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood ...more

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To All The Boys I've Loved Before Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love ...more

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The Spy Who Dumped Me Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel. Best friends Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get involved in an undercover mission after ...more

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Daniel Carin added Unsane Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah Unsane is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A young woman (Claire Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is then ...more

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Amy Boal added Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home ...more

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Tully Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass Tully is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman. Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) by her brother ...more

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol Parker, and a sequel to the 2008 film. A year after the death of her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), Sophie ...more

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A Simple Favor Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind ...more

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...more

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Proud Mary Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover Proud Mary is a 2018 American action-thriller directed by Babak Najafi. Successful hitwoman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong, ...more

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Like Father Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. A workaholic woman (Kristen Bell) who is left at the altar takes her honeymoon trip anyway with her overachieving ...more

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Winchester Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook Winchester is a 2018 American-Australian supernatural horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), whose husband William and their child died suddenly, is ...more

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Book Club Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen Book Club is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bill Holderman. Four lifelong friends (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton) have their lives forever changed after ...more

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Peppermint Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz Peppermint is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. When the husband and daughter of Riley North (Jennifer Garner) are killed in a drive-by shooting by members of a ...more

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Revenge Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe Revenge is a 2017 French rape and revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being assaulted by three married men and left for dead, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) returns with revenge ...more

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RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg RBG is a 2018 documentary film directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming ...more

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Traffik Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle Traffik is a 2018 thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. During a romantic getaway at a cabin in the woods with her boyfriend (Omar Epps), investigative journalist Brea Stephens (Paula Patton) ...more

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The Wife Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater The Wife is a 2018 drama film directed by Björn Runge, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer. A wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband ...more

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Lizzie Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley Lizzie is a 2018 American biographical thriller film directed by Craig William Macneill, based on the true story of Lizzie Borden. When young maid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) comes to ...more

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Red Sparrow Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more

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The Seagull Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll The Seagull is a 2018 American drama film directed by Michael Mayer, based on the novel by Anton Chekhov. During one summer visit to her brother and her son (Billy Howle), an aging actress ...more

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The Happytime Murders Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American puppet comedy thriller film directed by Brian Henson. In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and ...more

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The Kindergarten Teacher Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on the 2014 Israeli film. A kindergarten teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in New York becomes obsessed with ...more

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Colette Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson Colette is a 2018 British biographical drama film directed by Wash Westmoreland. Pushed by her husband to write novels under his name, Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) fights to make her ...more

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All About Nina Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Beau Bridges All About Nina is a 2018 comedy film directed by Eva Vives. To escape a difficult ex (Chace Crawford) and to prepare for a prospectively life-changing audition, provocative stand-up comedian ...more

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Acrimony Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Tika Sumpter Acrimony is a 2018 American psychological thriller film directed by Tyler Perry. Tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent), a faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) becomes enraged when it ...more

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Flower Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Tim Heidecker Flower is a 2017 American drama film directed by Max Winkler. A sexually curious teen (Zoey Deutch) forms an unorthodox kinship with her mentally unstable stepbrother (Joey Morgan).

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Puzzle Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman Puzzle is a 2018 American drama film directed by Marc Turtletaub, based on the 2010 Argentine film. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban wife and mother, discovers a passion ...more

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The Miseducation Of Cameron Post Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree Akhavan, based on the 2012 novel by Emily M. Danforth. In 1993, a teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is ...more

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Dark River Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean Dark River is a 2017 British drama film directed by Clio Barnard, loosely based on the novel Trespass by Rose Tremain. Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home ...more

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Nappily Ever After Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. Tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend (Ricky Whittle) to ...more

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The Children Act Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead The Children Act is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. As her marriage crumbles, a judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who ...more

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Mara Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet Mara is a 2018 supernatural horror film directed by Clive Tonge. Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) investigates the murder of a man and is subsequently followed by an ancient ...more

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He's Out There Yvonne Strahovski, Anna Pniowsky, Abigail Pniowsky He's Out There is a 2018 American horror film directed by Quinn Lasher. A mother (Yvonne Strahovski) with her two young daughters take a break at a house on a lake - unfortunately they must deal ...more

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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Shannon Purser, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is a 2018 American teen comedy film directed by Ian Samuels, and a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected ...more

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A Wrinkle in Time Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay. After learning that her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet, Meg Murry ...more

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Truth or Dare Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane Truth or Dare is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow. College students are haunted by spirits after playing the supernatural version of Truth or Dare.

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The Strangers: Prey At Night Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison The Strangers: Prey at Night is a 2018 American horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, and the sequel to the 2008 film. A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are ...more

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Gemini Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, Greta Lee Gemini is a 2017 American mystery thriller film directed by Aaron Katz. A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke) and her Hollywood ...more

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Claire's Camera Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee Claire's Camera is a 2017 drama film directed by Hong Sang-soo. A French photographer (Isabelle Huppert) befriends a Korean sales agent (Min-hee Kim).

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Life of the Party Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Maya Rudolph Life of the Party is a 2018 comedy film directed by Ben Falcone. After a surprise divorce from her husband (Matt Walsh), forty-something mom Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) decides to attend the same ...more

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The Miracle Season Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh The Miracle Season is a 2018 sports drama film directed by Sean McNamara. After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls ...more

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Never Goin' Back Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney Never Goin' Back is a 2018 American drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell. High school dropouts Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at ...more

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Down a Dark Hall AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Fuhrman Down a Dark Hall is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Rodrigo Cortés, based on the novel by Lois Duncan. When her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to ...more

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Skate Kitchen Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged skateboarder (Rachelle Vinberg) makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

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The Most Assassinated Woman in the World Anna Mouglalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Godon The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is a 2018 French mystery thriller film directed by Franck Ribière. Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris has the leading lady Paula Max (Anna Mouglalis), ...more