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.