Little Women (1994) Gillian Armstrong
Jo March is a character whom I’ve resonated with since I was very little and have only grown to appreciate the character and her resolve all the more as I’ve grown. Emotionally satisfying and beautiful in its depiction of sisters and their relationships as the grow, Little Women is a soaring look and just how much women can achieve with their minds and hearts.
Beyond the Lights (2014) Gina Prince-Bythewood
It might seem like it’s too soon to call the film and instant classic but it certainly wouldn’t be far fetched. Criminally under seen in 2014 and directed by one of my personal favorite directors (check out Love & Basketball too!) Beyond the Lights is a film that will leave you speechless at it’s end as you’ll be totally and completely swept up not only in the romance (which is superb) but also Noni’s (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, excellent) personal struggle then triumph in finding her true voice.
A League of Their Own (1992) Penny Marshall
Easily digestible with a feel good atmosphere, the entire ensemble cast is delightful as we watch women get the chance to excel at a sport that for too long was thought of as a mans game.
Girlhood (2015) Celine Sciamma
Exhilarating and ambitious, Celine Sciamma created yet another film about sexuality and gender roles that question the status quo. Make sure to check out Tomboy as well if you’re a fan.