Movies with Strong Female Characters

Finding positive role models for girls in the movies isn't always as easy as it should be. So let's hear a round of applause for these films with empowering leading ladies. From memorable fictional characters like Elsa, Hermione, and Katniss to real-life heroes like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Misty Copeland, and Bethany Hamilton, strong, smart girls and women are getting the spotlight they deserve. Make sure to talk to kids of all genders about how women are portrayed in the media and what kinds of stereotypes they see. These discussions can counteract harmful messages kids get about body image, sexuality, and role models. For even more media picks with strong female characters, check out these books, games, and TV shows.

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Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True

age 4+

Sweet tale celebrates friends, family, positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story

age 5+

Inspirational animated tale of famous black ballerina soars.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Frozen

age 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Kiki's Delivery Service

age 5+

A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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Lilo and Stitch

age 5+

Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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Mulan

age 5+

Disneyfied but dignified tale of Chinese warrior.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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My Neighbor Totoro

age 5+

Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1988)
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Tangled

age 5+

Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky

age 6+

Sweet American Girl story about finding your voice.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Encanto

age 6+

Vibrant visuals, catchy songs, moving messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Finding Dory

age 6+

Delightful sequel promotes teamwork; some sadness, scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Heidi (1993)

age 6+

Family entertainment at its best, expect emotional moments.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Inside Out

age 6+

Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Mary Poppins Returns

age 6+

Blunt is a delight in sweet, nostalgic, toe-tapping sequel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Moana

age 6+

Great characters, memorable music, some monsters/scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Pollyanna

age 6+

Wonderful family film with excellent messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1960)
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The Powerpuff Girls Movie

age 6+

Funny, exciting, and involving.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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The Princess and the Frog

age 6+

First African American Disney princess is a good role model.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Vivo

age 6+

Touching musical about family and love has a little peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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The Adventures of Ociee Nash

age 7+

Tale of 19th-century girl power will inspire modern kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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