In a world filled with incredible stories of fierce women, Netflix serves up a delightful mix of movies featuring inspiring leading ladies - characters who not only steal the show but show off an excellent sense of style too.
We're all about empowering women to look and feel their best. Every strong, independent woman deserves to shine, just like the leading ladies in this curated list of 10 movies on Netflix right now. Consider this a subtle nudge to embrace your own inner diva with confidence and grace. Sit back, relax, and discover your favorite on-screen heroines while getting inspired to create your signature look.
Leading Lady: Ali Wong as Sasha Tran
Witty and charming, Ali Wong takes the spotlight in this romantic comedy about childhood sweethearts reconnecting as adults. Her character, Sasha, is a successful chef with a bold sense of style and luscious lashes that you can’t ignore. Her no-nonsense attitude and confidence are a testament to the value of pursuing your passion and the sparks definitely fly between her and co-star Randall Park.
2. La La Land
Leading Lady: Emma Stone as Mia Dolan
Emma Stone's Mia is a dreamer, go-getter, and aspiring actress in the City of Stars. Side-by-side with Ryan Gosling, Stone delivers dazzling dancing and beautiful music with a vintage-inspired style that’s simply enchanting. Stone glows on camera in understanded, dewy makeup and a bold red pout as her character evolves on screen . This film is a vibrant nod to the golden age of cinema and a driving reminder to not lose sight of your dreams.
Leading Lady: Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu
This heart-warming story of high school friendship and romance doesn’t unfold the way you anticipate when shy, studious Ellie, helps a jock win his crush’s affection. What starts as a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac deal unfolds into an unexpected friendship. Ellie's intelligence and wit make her a uniquely charming leading lady. She is smart and relatable with fresh, natural beauty that speaks volumes.
4. Enola Holmes
Leading Lady: Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes
Millie Bobby Brown's Enola is a resourceful and fiercely independent detective. Sister to Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes and raised in isolation by an eccentric mother, Enola brings an adventurous, can-do spirit to solving the mystery of a runaway Lord while searching for her missing mother. Brown's makeup is natural and understated, reflecting her character's youthful, independent spirit. This film is a fun romp through Victorian England with plenty of girl power thrown in and a reminder to always stay true to yourself.
Leading Lady: Viola Davis as Nanisca
Viola Davis portrays the fearless and strong Nanisca, a general of the Anjoie, an all-female military unit of the African Kingdom of Dahomey. Inspired by true events, the film follows Nanisca as she trains women and prepares them for battle to protect their people from colonizers, set in the 1820s. Her role is a testament to the strength and courage of women throughout history. Viola Davis, with bold makeup and a powerful screen presence, is a force of nature and reminds women to embrace their inner warrior.
Leading Lady: Taylor Swift as Herself
In her documentary, Taylor Swift showcases her journey to self-discovery. With captivating stage presence and signature red lips, Swift showcases her vulnerability as she details her growth as an artist and an individual. The film reflects on her early years as a performer and the path she’s followed through her fame, including her decision to speak with her true voice and embrace her own power. Swifties and those new to the Taylor Swift revolution will find power in her story to stand firm in their truth and boldly pursue their dreams.
Leading Lady: Audrey Hepburn as Herself
Audrey Hepburn's timeless beauty and iconic style have been celebrated for decades. This documentary revisits the star’s life from a child in World War II, through rigorous ballet training and a successful acting career into her later humanitarian work with UNICEF. Hepburn’s chic sophistication and classic winged eyeliner will never fall out of fashion. She left an indelible mark on the fashion and film industries and this film explores the life and legacy of a true icon.
Leading Lady: Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot
Persuasion is a playful, romantic retelling of Jane Austen’s literary classic. Anne Elliot's understated elegance and grace are truly captivating in this story about love, family, and second chances. Dakota Johnson herself is witty and charming, deftly playing a woman breaking through societal pressures to find love again. Throughout the film, Johnson’s makeup is simple and elegant, reflecting her character's newfound confidence. Her character’s resilience is an empowering statement to follow one’s heart and have fun whilst doing so.
Leading Lady: Florence Pugh as Alice Chambers
Set in what seems to be an idealistic suburban neighborhood in the 1950’s, a wife’s suspicion keeps signaling that something is amiss. Alice becomes increasingly unnerved with the situation and begins confronting the powerful men in control of the community. Pugh's makeup is glamorous and ethereal, reflecting the dreamy and unsettling atmosphere of the film. A visually stunning and terribly stylish film, Don’t Worry Darling has a twisty, thought-provoking ending that beautifully showcases the strength, resilience, and intelligence of its female lead.
Leading Lady: Beyoncé as Herself
No list of powerful female leads would be complete without a nod to Queen Bey. Filled with powerful performances and glamorous style, Homecoming demands the spotlight. This candid retelling of Beyonce’s road to Coachella 2018 features intimate footage leading up to her iconic performance. Everything from her elaborate outfits, perfectly styled hair, and flawless makeup highlights Beyonce’s natural features while delivering unbeatable glamor. As the first ever female African-American headliner of the fest, she brings an electrifying stage presence and exemplifies the power of women to control their own destiny.
As these leading ladies prove, beauty comes in many forms. The actresses and their characters have very unique styles yet each is a pillar of strength, beauty, and grace.
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