I’ve been gleefully indulging a potentially embarrassing little pleasure for some time now. I love watching female heroine protagonists on film.
From Auntie Mame to Mockingjay, I can’t get enough of movies that portray strong female characters overcoming diversity with both grace and virtue. Maybe it’s because I’ve encountered so many dishonorable people as of late that it has caused me to run towards the “good”. I’ve been so sorely disappointed in humanity recently. When I see the woman or girl on-screen go from being fearful and uncertain to strong and capable all the while maintaining her integrity and values, well, it just doesn’t get much better than that.
In real life, I’m gender neutral and evaluate everyone based upon their actions, good or bad. In the movies though, I get to indulge my bias’ without consequence or guilt.
By virtue and integrity I mean having a moral conscience and concern for others. My heroines never do anything that would harm other people unless absolutely necessary. They usually are chaste because they respect themselves however, it isn’t an absolute requirement for me to like them. As long as the relationships are mutually respectful I can overlook promiscuity. The deal breaker for me is a lack of intelligence, I like women who are smart.
To round out a list of some of my favorite female characters, lets start with B’Elanna Torres of STVOY;
Next would be Captain Katherine Janeway, also of STVOY. She is by far my favorite Captain of any Star Trek series.
A new favorite both in the Hunger Game series and in real life, the beautiful Miss Jennifer Lawrence
This one isn’t on the big screen right now but I like the character so much I just had to include her, Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy.
Halle Berry especially in Cloud Atlas. She plays empowered women roles so convincingly.
Emma Stone. I must confess on this one, I like her even more in real life. She is so very intelligent and completely down to earth that I just think she is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Beauty inside and out.
Michelle Rodriguez in Avatar. I like everything she does, the grittier the better. So believable.
Kate Winslet in both “Titanic” and “Contagion”.
Meg Ryan in Courage Under Fire. This is the quintessential strong woman role, being played by an actress celebrated for her delicate femininity. If you have never seen this move, SEE IT. Very powerful.
Summer Glau in Need To Know, Serenity and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles
Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby and The Core.
Mila Kunis in The Book Of Eli