Movies don’t only entertain us but also inspire & motivate us. Indians are obsessed with movies (thanks to Bollywood) and atleast for once,we might have tried something just because we saw it in the movies. While growing up from a girl to a woman, transforming from a teen to an adult; I’ve seen quite a few films which has a little share in teaching me few things that I never learnt from the real world. That helped me grow up and mould my mindset in a a broad and liberal way.
For those who think women are all about romantic movies / chick flicks and think that actresses are used only as a prop, Here are 17 movies I strongly recommend you to watch. These will not only prove you wrong but also inspire you for life!
Wild is a story of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, based on her Biographical/Journey book; Wild: lost to found on the pacific crest trail. An excellent movie of her journey of self discovering & healing.
2. Mona Lisa Smile
At an all women’s private school in the 1950s, a non conformist teacher encourages students to pursue thirty individuality and question the roles women are traditionally expected to play on society.
Alia Bhatt is playing a character of Veera and Randeep Hooda playing Mahabir, a truck driver and also Veera’s kidnapper. Highway is a story of a girl whose fear of abduction is taken over by a sense of freedom. A story of a girl and her kidnapper, their travel together and of how they overcome their past.
4. Erin Brockovich
Real story of a unemployed beauty queen with three children to raise with only few last dollars left in her bank to a successful Litigator. Where she changed lives of over 600 Hinkley, California civilians by researching the facts of PG&E company’s fraud and life threatening manipulative actions towards the civilians.
5. Bend it like Beckham
A girl bends the rules, to reach her goal, in professional soccer. But her traditional Indian parents refuse to even consider it and want her to hang up her football boots, find a nice boy and learn to cook. Bend it like Beckham is about how she get what she wants and also convince her parents to support her.
Rani, a shy, under confident girl goes on a courageous journey of her life, on her honeymoon all by herself after her fiance backs out just a day before of their wedding. Played by Kangana Ranaut, Queen is about Rani’s transition from a shy to confident woman, which she conquers while the travels, make new friends and find independence.
Brave is about an independent archer and a princess, named Merida. She disobeys an ancient tradition of marrying an eligible prince of all the princes. After meeting an elderly witch, she unleashes a dark force. As she journeys to reverse the curse, she discovers the real meaning of bravery.
The Help is American periodic drama based on 1960s, lives of maid and their story and how a daughter of one of the families they work for, helps them to gain respect. Chronicles of everyday life from 1960s and the discrimination of black and white is shown perfectly in this movie.
9. Bandit Queen
Phoolan Devi (played by Seema Biswas), who belongs to a lower caste, faces sexual abuse and discrimination in society. A turn of events leads to her becoming the revered leader of a gang.
10. Mother India
Radha, a poor but righteous woman, struggles to raise her kids while going up against Sukhilal, a greedy moneylender. Despite the many hurdles she faces, she refused go sacrifice her integrity. The movies a one of the excellent movies ever made in Bollywood with legendary actors like Nargis, Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar.
11. Sisterhood of traveling pants
Four best friends spend their first summer apart. In a big to stay connected with each other, they pass around a pair of denims that fits each one of them, despite their different body structures.
12. Easy A
While Olive lies to her best friend about losing her virginity to one of the college boys, a girl overhears their conversation. Soon, her story spreads in the entire school like wildfire. Easy A, is about Olive’s (Emma stone) determination for being what she is and she believes in and giving it back to all the bullies and haters.
13. Eat Pray Love
Based on a book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts) in which she goes on a journey across the world in a attempt to rediscover her true self after getting a nasty divorce.
14. English Vinglish
Shashi, is a housewife and caterer based in Pune. She is usually mocked by her family for not knowing English. English Vinglish is about her attempt to learn the language which helps her rediscover herself and reassert her value as a mother and as a wife
15. Devil wears Prada
Based on a book, Devil Wears Prada is a young woman who’s graduated in journalism comes to New York and becomes an assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editor’s, the ruthless and cynical, Miranda Priestly. Characters are played by Anne Hathaway (graduate), Meryl Streep (editor) and Emily Blunt (senior assistant).
Small-town girl Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) sets out to fulfill her dream of being a glamorous supermodel but she is about to find out that in the corrupt world of haste couture, success comes at a price.
17. Julie & Julia
Julie Powell, a young Blogger is determined to emulate Julua Child’s cooking techniques. Though separated by time, the two women share a common passion for food that intertwines their lives. Amy adams & Meryl streep worked their magic again in this movie making it most loved movie by women of all time!
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