Have you ever seen a film or TV series with a female lead that just knocks your socks off? I mean just flat out superb character and acting. On a popular internet community, someone asked for “Films/Series with calm and intelligent female character(s)?”
1. Jackie Brown (1997)
This Tarantino flick centers on a flight attendant who got caught smuggling by the ATF. Under increasing pressure to turn informant against the drug dealer that employs her, the only road to salvation requires her to devise a plan that doesn’t end with her dead or in jail.
2. Arrival (2016)
Amy Adams plays a linguist who is hired by the military to communicate with an alien race that has recently landed on Earth. With twelve alien ships located at various places around the globe, humanity is in a race against time, and the linguist is our biggest hope.
3. Fargo (1996)
The bumbling crime of a local used car salesman begins to unravel due to the pure idiocy of him and his partner in crime. Hot on the trail of these two dimwitted criminals is an extremely pregnant police chief.
4. Hidden Figures (2016)
This 2016 film boasts an outstanding ensemble of supporting cast members to support the three leading ladies in this film. Hidden Figures tells the true story of the women mathematicians who played imperative roles in the early stages of the U.S. space program.
5. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Gillian Anderson played FBI Special Agent Dana Scully over the span of 11 seasons and two major motion pictures, Special Agent Scully is a great example of a calm and intelligent female character.
6. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
As members of a wealthy English family, Elinor Dashwood(Emma Thompson), the oldest of three sisters, along with their recently widowed mother, have become destitute. Elinor is leading the charge in a fight to secure the family’s financial stability thorough relationships and marriage.
7. Gone Girl (2014)
On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy (Rosamund Pike) springs a master plan into action that looks like her husband unquestionably killed her. During her attempt to frame her husband for her murder, someone throws a wrench and the plan and Amy has to alter her scheme on the fly.
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Waking up in an underground bunker, a woman who survives a car crash is trying to find out what is the truth and what’s a lie. Along with her are two unknown men also. The two men try to convince Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) that a chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable.
9. Fringe (2008-2013)
Several people commented that Anna Torv’s character, Olivia Dunham, on the show Fringe is one of the best protagonists, not just female, on TV. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is assigned to the Fringe Division, which deals with unusual occurrences and crimes.
10. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling, one of the top student recruits from Quantico. She is currently on the case of Buffalo Bill and is assigned by her superior to interview Dr. Hannibal Lector, a serial killing cannibal and brilliant psychiatrist.
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