18 Inspiring & Empowering Movie Quotes From Kickass Female Characters

May 17, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. ET
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Movies can do so much for us. They can make us laugh, they can make us cry, they can make us angry and stir up some real, deep-rooted emotions, and they can see us through gut-wrenching breakups. If we look back on pretty much every phase of our lives, there's always a movie that we can single out as a lifesaver.

Maybe movies are so important because they have the ability to inspire and empower. Nowadays, we're turning to films more and more to make us feel good — and more than that, to make us feel like we can take control in this constantly shifting world. Thank God we have so many kickass female characters to look up to.

Whenever we're in need of a little cinematic girl power, these fictional characters are our heroes. Here are 18 inspiring quotes from strong female characters that'll get you through the day (or week, or month — or year, even).

A version of this article was originally published in September 2017.

1 /18: 'Black Panther'

Okoye 'Black Panther' quote
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1/18 :'Black Panther'

2 /18: 'Wonder Woman'

Wonder Woman quote
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2/18 :'Wonder Woman'

3 /18: 'The Incredible Jessica James'

'The Incredible Jessica James' movie quote
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3/18 :'The Incredible Jessica James'

4 /18: 'Whip It'

Maggie Mayhem 'Whip It' movie quote
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4/18 :'Whip It'

5 /18: 'The Wizard of Oz'

Dorothy 'The Wizard of Oz' movie quote
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5/18 :'The Wizard of Oz'

6 /18: 'Mona Lisa Smile'

Betty Warren 'Mona Lisa Smile' movie quote
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6/18 :'Mona Lisa Smile'

7 /18: 'Harry Potter'

Hermione Granger 'Harry Potter' movie quote
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7/18 :'Harry Potter'

8 /18: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

Clementine Kruczynski 'Eternal Sunshine' movie quote
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8/18 :'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

9 /18: 'Finding Nemo'

Dory 'Finding Nemo' movie quote
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9/18 :'Finding Nemo'

10 /18: 'The Terminator'

Sarah Connor 'The Terminator' movie quote
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10/18 :'The Terminator'

11 /18: 'Sex and the City'

Carrie Bradshaw 'Sex and the City' movie quote
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11/18 :'Sex and the City'

12 /18: 'Mansfield Park'

Fanny Price 'Mansfield Park' movie quote
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12/18 :'Mansfield Park'

13 /18: 'Precious'

Clareece Jones 'Precious' movie quote
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13/18 :'Precious'

14 /18: 'Legally Blonde'

Elle Woods 'Legally Blonde' movie quote
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14/18 :'Legally Blonde'

15 /18: 'Brave'

Merida 'Brave' movie quote
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15/18 :'Brave'

16 /18: 'Where the Heart Is'

Novalee Nation in 'Where the Heart Is' movie quote
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16/18 :'Where the Heart Is'

17 /18: 'Gone with the Wind'

Scarlett O'Hara 'Gone with the Wind' quote
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17/18 :'Gone with the Wind'

18 /18: 'Black Panther'

Nakia 'Black Panther' movie quote
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18/18 :'Black Panther'