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5 Classic films that showcase strong female characters

Calling all bright and beautiful ladies… that’s all of you.

As you may already know, you come across all types of women in your life. Whether they challenge you, motivate you or inspire you, they always teach you something.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I learned a lot from my fellow females: their successes, mistakes and everything in between. But, I’ve also learned a lot from the characters that make up the classics I love most.

That’s why I’m sharing some of my favorite female heroines from the silver screen. Full of integrity, honesty and strength, these ladies will inspire you in the present while leaving you wisdom for the future.

1. Nora Charles

The Thin Man (1934)

Nora Charles


Meet a woman who matches and sometimes suppresses her husband’s charm and smarts. Myrna Loy is a sophisticated sensation as Nora, a witty whirlwind of glamour and intelligence whose life doesn’t revolve around her household or her husband. Viewing life, as well as her marriage, as a sexy and exciting adventure, she’ll encourage you to let loose and teach you there’s always time for a cocktail.

2. Hildy Johnson

His Girl Friday (1940)

Hildy Johnson

Image: Sony Pictures

Empower yourself with this fast-talking ace of the newspaper world. Rosalind Russell’s presence demands attention as the self-confident dame who refuses to sacrifice her femininity in a male-dominated career. Hildy will stimulate your mind, reminding you never to lose sight of what ignites your passion, no matter what anyone may think.

3. Deanie Loomis

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Deanie Loomis

Image: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Natalie Wood gives one of the strongest performances of her career as a teenage girl torn between her desire and what society deems acceptable. After experiencing first love and heartbreak, Deanie rises from rock bottom with an enlightened spirit that will warm your soul. Her emotional journey will encourage you to find strength in past disappointments, so you can be stronger for the future.

4. Fanny Brice

Funny Girl (1968)

Fanny Brice


Get acquainted with my all-time favorite funny girl, Fanny Brice. Barbra Streisand brings to life the true rags-to-riches story of a talented ugly duckling who flourishes into the swan star of the Ziegfeld follies. This roadshow musical proves that when you put your mind to something, anything is possible. After getting to know Fanny, you won’t let anyone rain on your parade.

5. Ellie Andrews

It Happened One Night (1934)

Ellie Andrews


Claudette Colbert is charmingly snarky as a runaway heiress in this coming-of-age screwball comedy. Escaping her father to marry a prince, Ellie meets someone else in her travels who challenges and forces her to discover who she is outside of her royal name. Ellie will show you that in order to get what you want out of life, you need to know who you are, and be sure of it.

So sit back, relax and see who’s your ultimate silver-screen inspiration. All genuinely unique, each lady will leave a strong first impression, while teaching you lessons that will last a lifetime.

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