Professional pounder of the patriarchy.


Here are my recommendations for films/TV programmes that set a good example for girls and young women. They may feature strong female characters or they may openly deal with feminist issues. Please comment with your own recommendations, preferably with a reason/short summary; I’ll add them to the list!

But first: a great list of feel-good feminist films from Good Millenial (xand another from Gender Across Borders (x)!


Women’s history

Films about the women’s rights movement, women’s suffrage and historical women. Puts women’s stories in their historical context.

  • Suffragette (2015)
  • Agora (2009)
  • Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • Frida (2002)
  • El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (2006)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)

Women’s experiences

Films that depict aspects of (some) women’s experiences (i.e. sexuality, menstruation, body image). Also women’s roles in society and in nationwide issues.

  • Maria Llena Eres de Gracia (Maria Full of Grace) (2004)
  • The Company of Wolves (1984)
  • Ginger Snaps (2000)
  • The Babadook (2013)
  • The Witch (2015)
  • Calendar Girls (2003)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Carrie (1976)

Female protagonist

Films in which the focal character is a woman/girl. May not be linked to a social issue or to history.

  • Matilda (1996)
  • The Princess and the Frog (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Zootropolis/Zootopia (2016)
  • Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Edukators) (2004)


  • Miranda (2009 – 2015)
  • Cucumber/Banana/Tofu (2015)
  • Boy Meets Girl (2015 -)
  • Torchwood (2006 – 2011)
  • Please Like Me (2013 -)
  • Victoria (2016)
  • Raised by Wolves (2013 – 2016)



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