15 female-led films coming out this year

Lady power.

Films feature

Even in this day and age it feels like, everywhere you look, you see a film being advertised with the word "man" in the title. Batman, Superman, Iron Man, and the X-Men are all dominate the box office, despite the world being collectively fed up of all this boys-being-fighty-with-one-another nonsense.

Luckily for us gals, there are several promising-looking female-led movies heading our way this year. Here are just 15 of the ones we're most excited about...

  1. 1 Ghostbusters
    ghostbusters
    Source: Columbia Pictures

    UK Release Date: 15th July

    Unless you've been literally living under a rock, you'll have heard about the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which has (unsurprisingly) gone down astonishingly badly amongst the fedora-wearing man-nerds of this world.

    Despite its first trailer breaking records as the most disliked thing on YouTube, we have faith that it'll do justice to the original and be hilarious in its own right. How could it not when it has such a good cast?

    Watch the trailer here.

  2. 2 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
    absolutely fabulous
    Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

    UK Release Date: 1st July

    Yep, it's true. Patsy and Edina have officially returned for this big screen venture, in which they accidentally kill Kate Moss and all kinds of hell break loose. No need to sell us on this one.

    Watch the trailer here.

  3. 3 The Shallows
    the shallows
    Source: Columbia Pictures

    UK Release Date: 12th August

    Blake Lively may be in the news for her wonderful Cannes dresses, dodgy Woody Allen opinions, and misjudged use of a Sir Mix-a-Lot lyric, but we're more interested in talking about her upcoming survival thriller The Shallows.

    Lively stars as a pro surfer who is stranded out at sea and has to fight for her life when she is attacked by a great white shark. Sounds scary, thrilling and right up our street.

    Watch the trailer here.

  4. 4 Love & Friendship
    love & friendship
    Source: Westerly Films

    UK Release Date: 27th May

    We hyped this movie when it was screened at Sundance earlier this year and - seeing as it fits today's theme - we'll hype it again! Kate Beckinsale stars as the manipulative widow Lady Susan in this Jane Austen adaptation from Whit Stillman, alongside Chloë Sevigny and newcomer Morfydd Clark.

    If the reviews are anything to go by, it's a hugely enjoyable film and Beckinsale is absolutely brilliant in it. You go girl.

    Watch the trailer here.

  5. 5 Alice Through the Looking Glass
    alice through the looking glass
    Source: Tim Burton Productions

    UK Release Date: 27th May

    Though the marketing seems to be pushing Johnny Depp as the (insufferable) Mad Hatter, we're more interested in Mia Wasikowska revisiting her role as indefatigable fairytale heroine Alice.

    Watch the trailer here.

  6. 6 Bad Moms
    bad moms
    Source: Block Entertainment

    UK Release Date: 2nd September

    The atrocious looking Mother's Day might be hitting our screens soon but don't worry, an antidote is on the way in the form of this raucous new comedy from the writers of The Hangover. Mila Kunis stars alongside Kristen "Elsa" Bell and the brilliant Kathryn Hahn (who recently had a long stint on the excellent TV series Transparent).

    As far as we can tell the plot revolves around three overworked moms who decide to start partying a lot. We can get on board with that.

    Watch the red band trailer here.

  7. 7 Moana
    moana
    Source: Walt Disney Pictures

    UK Release Date: 2nd December

    There are lots of reasons to be excited about Moana. First up, it stars The Rock alongside 14-year-old Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalhois. Secondly, it's been scripted by Taika Waititi, the man behind the utterly hilarious vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows. Thirdly, it's giving the world its first ever Polynesian Disney princess - and she looks pretty darn awesome.

    Get a sneaky peek here.

  8. 8 Lights Out
    lights out
    Source: New Line Cinema

    UK Release Date: 19th August

    You might have seen the short film on which this feature is based (if you haven't, click here at your own peril). James Wan directed the full-length version and cast Aussie actress Teresa Palmer in the lead role, as a young woman who is being stalked by a supernatural creature that only appears in the dark.

    Watch the trailer here.

  9. 9 Sarbjit
    sarbjit
    Source: Legend Studio

    UK Release Date: 20th May

    Aishwarya Rai takes the lead in this Indian drama, which was based on a tragic true story. Rai stars as Dalbir Kaur, a woman who has to fight for justice when her brother Sarbjit is wrongfully accused of terrorism and imprisoned.

    Watch the trailer here.

  10. 10 Journey to the Shore
    journey to the shore
    Source: Wowow Films

    UK Release Date: 20th May

    Journey to the Shore is a Japanese romantic drama that follows a widowed woman (played by Eri Fukatsu) whose husband mysteriously returns to her one day, despite having drowned at sea three years ago. Undead romance that ain't Twilight? Yeah, we could go for that.

    Watch the (French) trailer here.

  11. 11 Bridget Jones's Baby
    bridget jones's baby
    Source: Miramax

    UK Release Date: 16th September

    A lot might have changed since the last film came out but, goshdarnit, we still love our Bridget.

    Watch the trailer here.

  12. 12 The Girl on the Train
    girl on the train
    Source: Amblin Entertainment

    UK Release Date: 7th October

    The thrilling murder mystery novel that inspired this film was a runaway success, in much the same vein as Gone Girl. And though the filmmakers might have transported the setting from Oxfordshire to upstate New York and cast the rather too glamourous Emily Blunt in the lead role of Rachel, it definitely looks promising.

    Supporting female roles come from the brilliant Rebecca Ferguson (who recently appeared in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), Haley Bennett and Allison Janney, who might just be our favourite actress of all time.

    Watch the trailer here.

  13. 13 Summertime
    summertime
    Source: Pyramide Productions

    UK Release Date: 15th July

    We're definitely excited about the unapologetic feminism on display in this French drama from writer/director Catherine Corsini. Summertime is set in the 1970s and follows the romantic relationship between two women: one a Spanish teacher and hardline feminist, the other a farmer's daughter from the countryside. Expect politics, heartbreak and great performances from everyone involved.

    Watch the trailer here.

  14. 14 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    rogue one
    Source: Lucasfilm

    UK Release Date: 16th December

    The Force Awakens was a brilliant turning point for the male-dominated Star Wars series, giving us a loveable and heroic female lead in the form of Rey and great supporting roles from Lupita Nyong'o, Carrie Fisher and Gwendoline Christie.

    Rogue One seems to be carrying on in the same vein by having Felicity Jones (yes, another elfin British brunette) at the front and centre in the badass role of Jyn Erso. Kick the patriarchy's butt, Felicity.

    Watch the trailer here.

  15. 15 The Neon Demon
    the neon demon
    Source: Space Rocket Nation

    UK Release Date: 8th July

    Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn (who made Drive) this barmy, blood-soaked horror tells the story of a young model (Elle Fanning) who moves to LA and comes face to face with the darkest sides of human nature.

    Other female leads include Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone and Bella Heathcote. Also exciting is that the screenplay was co-written by playwrights Mary Laws and Polly Stenham. Yup, we're excited for this one.

    Watch the trailer here.

    Feature image © Amblin/Walt Disney Pictures/Block Entertainment