7 Great Movies With Female Leads to Watch in 2018

Who doesn’t love a trip to the cinema? Grab your crew, get popcorn, and get yourself ready, as these films are going to dominate 2018. We’ve picked just 7 great movies with female leads to watch, but trust us there are lots more out there.

We’re all about supporting women in the arts, and this year looks like it’s going to be a great year for women in cinema. Whether you’re looking for a coming of age drama, a high intensity spy flick, or something that will leave you gripping your seat – we’ve got you covered. These movies with female leads are sure to suit everyone.

Ladybird – 16th February

Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts directed by Greta Gerwig

Following the life of misunderstood Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, this coming of age drama documents her senior year. Navigating the tricky world of family, friendships, romance, and college applications, Lady Bird yearns for something bigger than her quiet life in Sacramento allows.

Black Panther – 16th February

Lupita Nyong’o directed by Ryan Coogler

After the death of his father T’Challa returns home to take to the throne as the King of Wakanda. But things are never this easy, and when an old enemy reappears T’Challa is tested and must call upon the power of Black Panther to defeat his enemies and save the world from total collapse. This film has critics raving, and with its high-action stunt scenes you can expect the usual Marvel action hit.

Red Sparrow – 2nd March

Jennifer Lawrence directed by Francis Lawrence

Based on the book of the same name, Red Sparrow features Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian spy, Dominika Egorova. On track to become a prima ballerina Dominika suffers an injury, and is soon enlisted into the secret service. All is going well until she falls in love with a CIA officer and things begin to unravel with the security of both nations under threat. Tense moments abound in this frosty spy thriller.

A Wrinkle in Time – 9th March

Storm Reid, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling directed by Ava DuVernay

When her father disappears, Meg is forced to set out to find him. This epic adventure is based on the classic science fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle’s. Crossing both time and space, Meg must restore order. A discovery of good vs evil, light vs dark, and the power of individuality. With such an amazing cast, and visuals designed to blow you away, this film promises to be a feast for the eyes.

Ocean’s 8 – 8th June

Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway directed by Gary Ross

The heist comedy series is back, but this time with an all-female reboot. This Debbie (Danny Ocean’s sister, played by Sandra Bullock) is attempting to rob the Met Gala. But first, she’ll need a crew. Enter Lou (Cate Blanchett), Daphne (Anne Hathaway), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Nine Ball (Rihanna), and Rose (Helena Bonham Carter). You can expect the usual stunts and quitty quips that are the trademarks of this series, but an extra bravo has to go to the brains behind Cate Blanchett’s choppy blonde hair. Love it.

Alita: Battle Angel – 20th July

Jennifer Connolly, Rosa Salazar, Eiza González directed by Robert Rodriguez

Set in the distant future, a cyborg by the name of Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in a scrapyard on the outskirts of Iron City. Hoping to save her, cyborg-doctor Ido brings her to his clinic and restores her. However, upon awakening Alita has no memory of her previous lie and must relearn everything. Can she do so in time, before her mysterious past catches up to her and life as she knows it is destroyed forever? Blending top spec cgi with live action, Alita is an action-packed journey.

Halloween – 19th October

Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, directed by David Gordon Green

Michael is back for the eleventh installment of this classic slasher hit. This time he’s facing off against Laurie Strode again, with Jamie Lee Curtis back in the saddle for this role. Rather than a reboot, this film is being hailed as a continuation so you can expect lots of the same elements that made the first two films a smash. High tension, lots of slashing, and shadowy figures looming in the dark. Sadly, there’s no trailer for this yet but every horror is praying they do this one justice.


These are just 7 movies with female leads in 2018, but what are you picks? We’re always on the hunt for great films with kickass women leading the helm. Let us know which films have you rubbing your hands with excitement in the comments. And if you’re on the hunt for someone to head to the pictures with, don’t forget to pop it up in the GirlCrew app. It’s a great way to meet new people in your local area for your next cinema trip.

8 thoughts on “7 Great Movies With Female Leads to Watch in 2018”

  1. I’m already making pop corn! Ladu bird sounds like a movie I would enjoy. Great cast, amazing photography, definitely on my to-watch-list !

  2. THEY RE-DID A WRINKLE IN TIME?!?!!?! That movie was my childhood! I hope the do it justice! I’ve been wanting to see Red Sparrow, too – the trailer looks so cool. Great recommendations, I’ll have to check a few of these other ones out, too. 🙂 x

  3. Yes!! I have already added these date to my calendar. I’m especially excited about the Ocean’s 8 movie and Battle Angel which premiers my birthday weekend. Thanks for the recommendations.

  4. What a great selection of Leading lady movies, so many good choices that are for sure. I am definitely going to watch Red Sparrow, I am a huge ballet fan so this definitely something I would watch.

  5. LOVED Black Panther and I cannot wait to watch A Wrinkle In Time!! This is a great list. Bookmarking this for sure!

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