Here’s to you, movie heroines. Here’s to your directors that were probably told something to the effect of (and with 1950’s gusto) “Ya know, Jack, this will be a woman’s movie if we don’t get a good piece of meat in here. No, Jack, we’re not gonna make any money if she ain’t pretty.” Here’s to your lead actresses bereft of opportunities to perform in roles where the female characters have actual backbones (what a concept!), and here’s to your writers, the dreamers of an equal society– one where heroines and heroes are all just part of the same heroic gang with the same, great heroic tales: no gender division in sight, no special midriff costume required.

Yes, in particular, this one’s for the writers– because you conceived women of incredibly depth, conflict and resolve. In other words, women just like the rest of us.

 

5. Juno in Juno (2007)

Starring Ellen Page as Juno

Written by Diablo Cody

Directed by Jason Reitman

If ever a character perfectly dictated exactly what’s on our minds for some of the more complicated “way beyond (our) maturity level” moments in life, Juno is that character. She is a 16-year-old voice of reason that is forced to deal with something completely unreasonable– having a child when she is still a child herself. She does not dwell in sentiment or the severity of her situation, she simply wants to be. Be what, you might ask? She’s still figuring that out, like the rest of us.