For strong, fierce girl bosses who deserve their own movies.
Let’s admit it. At some point, we owe our inspiration to other lady bosses – real or fictional. A lot of times, I turn to movies to get myself some positive, optimist vibe from movies with strong female leads. And, I have to say, those lady boss movies do wonders to me. They inspire, motivate, even uplift my mood when I feel like I just can’t (which happens a lot of times).
So here they are, my top list of movies with strong female leads. Female bosses, strong females, and ladies who make changes (or lots of money or both!). Better yet, some of these are even inspired by real-life female bosses who’s making it – so brace yourself ladies, your dream is not too good to be true.
Erin (Julia Roberts) didn’t start out as a female boss. In fact, she was the opposite of a female boss. With three kids and no jobs, she’s struggling just to pay the bills. At one point, her resilience (and stubbornness) got her an admin job at a law firm. Even then, she was giving it her all. She went the extra mile. She did what was not expected of her. She sensed something is wrong and she wasn’t gonna sit around and let it be. Not with a law degree or experience but with attitude, “attitude”, wit, and hardwork, she drove one of the most impressive lawsuit win against a giant company.
Interestingly enough, Erin is a woman who knows her worth. She didn’t shy away from asking for a proportional raise. She let a man go when it’s impossible to keep both her man and her work. She is a self-made, bold, truly inspiring girl boss.
In a rare depiction of strong female boss in tech+fashion business, Jules (Anne Hathaway) run her fashion e-commerce business while her husband take care of their kid and home. Powerful and tough as she is, Jules still struggles in balancing her many responsibilities. Fellow moms think less of her because of the roles she and her husband arranged in the household. The business world insists that she needs help managing the successful startup she built.
The appearance of Ben (Robert De Niro) as an elderly intern brought a soft side in Jules. They develop a close and specific relationship that portrays perfectly how a woman can be both a powerful boss and delicate being all at once.
The pitch black plot and overall dark atmosphere of the movie is no reason to take this movie out of my list. For me, at the end of the day the fact remains that Elle is an indestructible, self-made boss. Personally, I just can’t fathom how the woman can still seem to function perfectly as the CEO of her own game company after the sexual assault she endured. Elle has a very bold, unbreakable character that outshines the exceedingly dark and depressing plot the movie bears.
Hilarious duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler assumed two contrasting roles (as always?), lady boss Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) and working-class woman Angie (Amy Poehler). In her attempt to have a baby without a partner, Kate hires Angie to be her surrogate, only to find herself in the middle of drama swirling around the baby mama. In between her busy professional life as an executive of a big company, Kate attempts to handle her suddenly complicated domestic situation after asks to crashing for a while after breaking up with her boyfriend. This movie explores the dynamics of two very different women dealing with the craziness within and around them in such a witty and comical way.
The Blind Side
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Sandra Bullock portrays Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. A movie based on a true story about a timid teen, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) with a flawed background. Tuohy and her husband eventually adopt and provide a stable home and life for him. With the family, and mainly Tuohy’s help, Michael taps into his capabilities and protective instincts of the past to excel in school and on the football field.
Tuohy is the perfect example of a strong female boss to me. She has a tough exterior, but also a nurturing side that enables her to care for a troubled child as if he’s her own. A boss knows how to communicate and influence. Tuohy takes time to understand Michael and speak his language to develop his skills on and off the field.
She also doesn’t back down or hold back when it comes to standing up for herself and her family. Through all her toughness, she still shows a softer side. In several scenes, she tries to hide her emotions and quickly wipes away her tears as she walks away. I like Sandra Bullock’s role in the movie because she reminds me of myself. Through wearing many hats, enduring tragedies, and celebrating triumphs, I always try to hold everything together.
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Melanie Griffith dazzles as plucky Wall Street secretary Tess McGill who refuses to play the good ole boys’ club games and stick to the roles women were relegated to in the 1980’s investment banking world. Tess is a modern woman ahead of her time and her determination to create her own after finding out her scheming boss’s betrayal (portrayed by Sigourney Weaver with epic comedic timing and looking stunningly beautiful while doing so) by stealing Tess’s idea. Tess plots her plan with the aid of her best girl friend, Cynthia (by gloriously shoulder padded Joan Cusack), and secures the help (and heart) of Jack Trainer (a rather quippy and witty Harrison Ford) under a pseudonym and. The rest is Reagan era fashion bliss.
Why this movie is not more frequently referenced in pop culture is a complete mystery. From Carly Simon’s opening sequence (for which an Academy Award was won) to brilliant writing and performance, I can watch this movie on a continuous loop. It falls into the Rom Com genre but really is all about the slay baby slay. Tess’s journey in the film begins as a secretary who suffers quite the massive disrespect but she knows she is not steak to be ordered and she shows us how to execute master girl boss ambition.
“I’m not going to spend the rest of my life working my ass off and getting nowhere just because I followed rules that I had nothing to do with setting up.”