Filmmakers, historically, haven’t been fair to women. Even though they represent 50% of the population, a list of 100 best movies of all time hardly has female representation. While women mostly have been nothing more than eye candies in films with male leads, there are also films that prove that women are capable enough to carry a movie solely on their shoulders. Films like ‘Frida’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Gravity’ and the like stand testimony to the fact that women-centric movies can also do well at the box office. The good news is that this year was one of the best years for women in film. After years of vehement calls for more female representation, finally we are seeing the tide shift. Last year, we had films like ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Lady Bird’ that were flag bearers of strong female-led movies. This year, we have films like ‘Roma’ which prove that one can tell an engaging story with women at its center and without any significant male presence. So, why not take a look at what other movies with female leads made an impression this year. Here’s the list of best women-centric movies of 2018.
20. Ocean’s Eight
Presented as the soft reboot of the first installment in the Ocean’s trilogy, ‘Ocean’s Eight’ is an all-female spin-off of the comedy heist movie with big names in the star cast to boast of. Starring Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s (portrayed by George Clooney) estranged sister Debbie, the film has her pulling off the heist of the century at the starry Met Gala in New York City, with a group of misfits. The movie also stars Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling.
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19. Mary Magdalene
This biblical biopic tells the story of one of the most enigmatic and most misunderstood figures from the New Testament, often known as one of Jesus’ most trusted companions. The film follows the story of Jesus Christ from Mary Magdalene’s perspective and her role in changing the course of events that lead her to Jerusalem, along with the charismatic Jesus Christ. Rooney Mara plays Mary Magdalene opposite Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Jesus Christ. As per biblical narrations, Magdalene was present when Jesus was crucified and also when he was resurrected, thus giving rise to a host of conspiracy theories that state Mary Magdalene was in fact Jesus’ wife. The film didn’t meet the high expectations, but still is worth a watch.