We all love a good movie, but we have to admit that we have an especially soft spot for films that feature kick-ass women who aren’t afraid to face their challenges head on and fight for what they believe in. From Wild, the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s amazing memoir, to Diana, the last two years of England’s rose, here are some of the movies worth checking out.   

Trainwreck (2015)

From Bridesmaids director Judd Apatow comes another comedy that turns yet another gender stereotype on its head. Amy Schumer plays Amy, a girl who doesn’t believe in relationships and monogamy. When she meets (and sleeps with) sports doctor Aaron Conners, played by Bill Hader, she finds herself panicking at what suddenly seems more than just a one night stand.

Why you should watch it: Girls aren’t always looking for a serious relationship and guys aren’t always the ones with commitment issues. If you’re single and dating, you’ll definitely be able to relate!
 
Diana (2013)

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel brings to life the last two years of Princess Diana’s life, from her divorce from Prince Charles, falling in love with Pakistani Heart Surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan, until the car crash with Egyptian Dodi Fayed.

Why you should watch it: Princess Diana was such an inspiration to everyone around her. This film continues to spread her message, her love, and her legacy.  

Wild (2014)

In an attempt to start over, Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs up the entire Western spine of the USA from the Mexican to the Canadian border. At the start of her journey, she appears broken and defeated, but she eventually comes out of the other side with a renewed sense of self and purpose.

Why you should watch it: Hitting rock bottom may seem like the end of it all, but no matter how bad things get, you can always redeem yourself in the end. Let this film inspire you to take a life-changing journey of your own.   

Morning Glory (2010)

Hardworking Becky, played by Rachel McAdams, just got fired, so she jumps at the chance to become the new producer for the struggling morning show Daybreak. The job is a lot tougher than it looks, however, with two newscasters who clearly don’t like each other and ratings that just won’t seem to stay up.

Why you should watch it: You’re not the only one who’s having a hard time at work. But despite deadlines and expectations, with enough perseverance, it’ll all be worth it in the end.   

A Mighty Heart (2007)

The day before Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has to fly from Karachi to Dubai, he disappears. His pregnant wife Mariane, played by Angelina Jolie, valiantly leads the search.

Why you should watch it: A woman’s strength is not in how much she’s able to lift, but in how much her heart can endure. Whatever you’re going through—be it a devastating loss or a sudden betrayal—this movie can help you survive it.   

POSTERS courtesy of Warner Bros. F.E., Entertainment One, Paramount Vantage

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