No one ever said movie heroes were perfect. In fact, the most imperfect ones—the deeply flawed, the morally suspect— like in Dog Day Afternoon and Taxi Driver, are often the most fascinating.
These 10 movies feature some courageous, revolutionary and downright remarkable ladies. From courtrooms (“North Country”) to college campuses (“Mona Lisa Smile”), they stand up for what the believe in and prove it’s worth it to fight for what’s right.
Even today, female film characters often get the short end of the stick, stereotyped, robbed of agency or shunted to supporting roles. There are, of course, women who break the mold… and then there are the ladies who shatter that old thing pieces on their way to get stuff done. Healers or killers, historically based or entirely made-up, the women in these 10 films have one thing in common: a cause worth fighting for.