Films celebrating women – some suggestions

Catford Free Film Festival were being asked to screen a film during a “Festival of Women”, to celebrate women’s achievements. A few of the people behind Free Film Festivals got together to come up with this list of films with strong female characters.

He named me Malala


20 Feet From Stardom – inspiring music documentary

The Eagle Huntress – stunning Mongolian documentary through Cinema For All




Coco Before Channel

Also Mustang is beautiful film about sisterhood

The Virgin Suicides- female cast and director but not the most upbeat of film subjects


Adult Life Skills – 2016 quirky British comedy and full of female characters

Antonia’s Line – great feminist film but 15 I think and Dutch

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle stop Cafe


Easy A


All About Eve

Ms 45

Steel Magnolias

Thelma and Louise

Hidden Figures

Silkwood (1983)

Erin Brockovich ( 2000 )

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Elizabeth (1998)

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

The Colour Purple (1986)

See also the Women in Film blog, a group which started as part of the Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival.

Plus 25 films by female directors you need to see, article in Little White Lies.