The Movies Every Woman Should See This Year

With movies practically flying in and out of theaters, there’s a lot to keep track of. But before you give up completely and seek refuge in Netflix, keep these films in mind.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present the films of 2017 that every woman should see. These are movies that will challenge your ideas of femininity, movies that will empower you to be stronger and better and braver, movies whose stories will certainly change the way your tell your own story. Here are 2017’s unmissable big-screen releases for women.

A United Kingdom (February 10)

Love a good period piece, but exhausted by a total lack of diversity in most period pieces? Then A United Kingdom is just the movie for you. From the forgotten chapters of history comes the true story of a romance King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white Englishwoman who's most definitely not Botswanan royalty. The couple caused an international scandal when, in the 1940s, Ruth moved to Botswana with her husband. Critics have applauded how the film deftly explores issues of race, xenophobia, and colonialism through a unique lens.
Before I Fall (March 3)

For the most recent entry into the YA book turned blockbuster genre, look no further than Before I Fall. After Samantha dies, she finds herself stuck in a Groundhog Day-esque scenario of repeating the same day over and over again. A bit of an unlikable mean girl in high school, Samantha must figure out whether her time on Earth has any meaning.
Beauty And The Beast (March 17)

Coincidentally, Emma Watson portrays the heroine of all budding bookworms of a certain generation: Belle and Hermione. Hermione’s serious, smart, and earnest spells graced the cinema a long time ago, and now it’s Belle’s turn. To make this film's release even more exciting, the live-action Beauty and the Beast offers a feminist upgrade to the original cartoon. In this reboot, Belle, not her father, is the brilliant inventor.
The Circle (April 28)

Emma Watson makes another appearance on this list, this time holding the torch for women in tech! In this adaptation of Dave Eggers’ famous book, a young female techie senses something amiss in the powerful and glamorous internet company for which she works. After climbing the ranks, she comes heads-to-head with a truth that compromises privacy, surveillance, and the very freedom of the American people. Sounds eerily prescient.
The Zookeeper's Wife (March 31)

In this WWII drama, Jessica Chastain plays Antonia Żabińska, who saved 300 Jewish citizens in Nazi Poland in a very unusual fashion. Keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonia and her husband use their unique backyard as a refuge for persecuted Polish Jews. The film is based on Diane Ackerman's biography of the same name.
Snatched (May 12)

Given that we haven't stopped laughing from 2015's Trainwreck, we are so on board with Amy Schumer's next film project. In this mother-daughter comedy written by Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, the film's protagonist somehow manages to convince her ultra-cautious mother to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador after her boyfriend dumps her. After the women are kidnapped, Emily's attempt at an adventure becomes a much wilder journey than either woman probably would've liked.
Wonder Woman (June 2)

The heroine of Wonder Woman hails from an all-female Amazonian island. Talk about refuge from the patriarchy, eh? Poised to be part of the extended DC Universe, the film’s action kicks off when an American military pilot is washed ashore princess Diana’s island. He tells her about the ongoing calamity of WWI, and she takes off with him to intervene. Yep, you heard that right: A woman wins WWI. This highly anticipated film stars newcomer Gal Gadot as an Amazon princess who exchanges the safety of home for the excitement of the big wide world.
Rock That Body (June 16)

Could this movie about a wild bachelorette party be the feminist answer to The Hangover we've always wanted? Broad City writer Lucia Aniello tackles this hilarious R-rated comedy of a crazy weekend in Miami. Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz, and Scarlett Johansson will star as the partiers in question. Can we come, too?