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The Best Female Leading Movies Of 2018

Updated January 9, 2020 5.8k votes 456 voters 38.1k views103 items

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. 

Want more female-driven films? Take a look at the list of best 2020 movies featuring women.

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  • The Favourite1
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    The Favourite

    Olivia Colman, Emma Stone

    Released2018

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

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    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

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    To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

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  • Widows5
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    Widows

    Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo

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    Directed bySteve McQueen

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    Tully

    Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis

    Released2018

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Destroyer

    Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell

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    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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    RBG

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem

    Released2018

    Directed byJulie Cohen, Betsy West

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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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  • On the Basis of Sex10
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    On the Basis of Sex

    Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer

    Released2018

    Directed byMimi Leder

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    Disobedience

    Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams

    Released2018

    Directed bySebastián Lelio

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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Meryl Streep, Lily James

    Released2018

    Directed byOl Parker

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    Thoroughbreds

    Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Released2018

    Directed byCory Finley

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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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  • Dumplin'15
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    Dumplin'

    Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald

    Released2018

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

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    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

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    Tomb Raider

    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

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    Directed byRoar Uthaug

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  • Ocean's 818
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    Ocean's 8

    Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett

    Released2018

    Directed byGary Ross

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    Proud Mary

    Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanna Fogel

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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Released2018

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason

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    Directed byFede Álvarez

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    Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant

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    Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane

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    Directed byDesiree Akhavan

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