From the children’s cinema, with motion pictures like Brave and Frozen, through teens movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent, up to films like Kill Bill, the role of women has evolved on the big screen. We see a strong, independent, daring female protagonists, breaking barriers. Although this phenomenon is not new, it has evolved in recent years and is increasingly present in contemporary cinema. The protagonists are women ahead of their time, protective and independent women who do not give up. Here is a list of movies with female leads that break the mold.

Elizabeth (1998)

A biographical history of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I, daughter of controversial monarchs Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. The powerful performance of Cate Blanchett in the title role perfectly conveys a woman’s sacrifice for her country and how she broke barriers and established herself as one of the best rulers of England.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

“She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees”. Erin Brockovich is a single mother who used only her character and desire to succeed to win a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric Company for the use of chromium in its water supply. Starring Julia Roberts and based on a true story, this film earned her first Oscar.

Chocolat (2000)

Tranquilité. In that is based the existence of the French people from Lansquenet, until the arrival of Vianne Rocher, who opens a chocolate shop for Easter. Vianne is different, she doesn’t go to church, uses colorful shoes, has a strong character and is undeterred. Along with her ​​daughter Anouk, she has the mission to provide the magical properties of cocoa and sweeten people’s life although some of them show resistance, even herself.

Malena (2000)

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the Italian film tells the story of a woman named Malena through the 12 years of Renato. Malena is misunderstood by the people of the town, who feel threatened by her beauty. Renato is the only one who sees she as she really is: A woman trying to survive the ravages of the Second World War and struggling to get by.

The Help (2011)

Based on the eponymous bestseller by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the 60s, at the stage of the civil rights movement, Skeeter Phelan, an aspiring writer, decides to tell the story of a group of African American maids and their relationships with white families they serve. The emotional stories of injustice and struggle cause a stir in the community, but they represent the beginning of change.

The Impossible (2012)

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of survival of Mary Bennett and hers family in the 2004 Tsunami in Asian Southeast. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, the film earned Watts multiple nominations for her performance, including the Academy Award and Golden Globe.

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