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The Best Female Leading Movies Of 2018

Updated January 9, 2020 5.2k votes 455 voters 38.0k 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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    To All The Boys I've Loved Before
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    To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

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    Destroyer
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    Destroyer

    Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell

    Released2018

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
    91
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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Meryl Streep, Lily James

    Released2018

    Directed byOl Parker

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    Thoroughbreds
    74
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    Thoroughbreds

    Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Directed byCory Finley

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    Annihilation
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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    The Favourite
    81
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    The Favourite

    Olivia Colman, Emma Stone

    Released2018

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

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    Tomb Raider
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    Tomb Raider

    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

    Directed byRoar Uthaug

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  • 8
    Revenge
    59
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    Revenge

    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

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    Ocean's 8
    94
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    Ocean's 8

    Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett

    Released2018

    Directed byGary Ross

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  • 10
    On the Basis of Sex
    74
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    On the Basis of Sex

    Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer

    Released2018

    Directed byMimi Leder

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  • 11
    Proud Mary
    53
    20

    Proud Mary

    Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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  • 12
    The Spy Who Dumped Me
    54
    24

    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanna Fogel

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    Eighth Grade
    50
    21

    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

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    The Hate U Give
    51
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    Red Sparrow
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Widows
    36
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    Widows

    Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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    Tully
    38
    18

    Tully

    Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis

    Released2018

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Halloween
    32
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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    The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
    50
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    The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane

    Released2018

    Directed byDesiree Akhavan

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    The Wife
    40
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    The Wife

    Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce

    Released2018

    Directed byBjörn Runge

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    Unsane
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    Unsane

    Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Colette
    38
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    Colette

    Keira Knightley, Dominic West

    Released2018

    Directed byWash Westmoreland

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    RBG
    36
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    RBG

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem

    Released2018

    Directed byJulie Cohen, Betsy West

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    Bumblebee
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    Bumblebee

    Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena

    Directed byTravis Knight

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    Bird Box
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    Bird Box

    Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanne Bier

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