15 Movies for Women Who Don’t Care About Goddamn Valentine’s Day

February 20, 2017

LikeAble has collected for you movies whose main characters are undoubtedly strong women. Some of them because they want it, and others because of difficult life circumstances.

The Dressmaker

2015

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Cast: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth

Myrtle Dunnage was accused of murder and sent to a boarding school which she later managed to escape from. Returning to her native town several years later, she faced the local residents’ rejection, their memories fresh with the circumstances of her departure. However, thanks to her dressmaking talent, Myrtle manages to get along with them. Yet, as we know, old secrets don’t disappear. They hide. For a while.

IMDb rating: 7.1
Room

2015

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Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay

The life of 17-year-old Joy completely changed in no time: she was abducted and imprisoned in a small shed room. Two years later she gave birth to the abductor’s son, and she named the baby Jack. From the moment he was born until his fifth birthday, when he accidentally manages to escape, the boy’s world is limited to the room. However, the free life is not quite as Joy imagined.

IMDb rating: 8.2
Still Alice

2014

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Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

The life of 50-year-old linguistics professor Alice Howland went on its usual way: a successful career, a happy marriage, and three children. Once, during a presentation, she realized its text had faded from her memory. Doctors diagnosed the first stage of Alzheimer’s disease, which makes the mind gradually break down and the memories disappear.

IMDb rating: 7.5
Testament of Youth

2014

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington

1914. The life of Vera Brittain promises to be happy and successful: she got into Oxford, and she has a loving family and boyfriend. But everything changes when World War I breaks into their lives, and her brothers, friends, and her beloved are called up to fight. Vera herself becomes a nurse and helps save wounded British and German soldiers.

IMDb rating: 7.3
The Help

2011

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Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis

American South, the 1960s. Eugenia Phelan, whom everyone calls Skeeter, returns home after graduation, dreaming of becoming a successful writer and breaking out of the sleepy atmosphere of a small town. Trying to find out the reason why her maid left the house during her absence, she gets into the problems of black people, the attitude to whom almost hasn’t changed since the time of slavery.

IMDb rating: 8.1
Atonement

2007

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Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan

1935. 13-year-old Briony has an overactive imagination and dreams of becoming a writer. One day, her cousin Lola becomes a rapist’s victim, and Briony’s consciousness fills in the blanks with scenes that never happened. The girl accuses Robbie, a servant’s son and her sister Cecilia’s beloved, of the crime. Everyone but Cecilia believes in his guilt, and the young man is sent to prison, and then to the battlefields of World War II.

IMDb rating: 7.8
Woman in Gold

2015

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Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

During World War II, all the property of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer’s family, including the “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” painted by Klimt, was taken away by the Nazis. After half a century, Maria Altmann, Ferdinand’s niece whom he declared as his heir, decides to fight for justice and return the stolen items.

IMDb rating: 7.3
The Young Victoria

2009

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Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend

In the world’s history, there’s hardly a ruler more influential and beloved by the people than Queen Victoria, who held the British throne for 63 years. But beyond the political success that Victoria achieved, she managed to do the thing a queen could only dream about: she married for love.

IMDb rating: 7.3
Wild

2014

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Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern

Cheryl Strayed goes through a divorce and her mother’s death before deciding to go on a 1,100-mile journey on her own. Her way lies across Pacific Crest Trail: a tourist route through almost impassable mountain ranges, situated far from large settlements.

IMDb rating: 7.1
Mother and Child

2009

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Cast: Annette Bening, Naomi Watts

A touching drama, Mother and Child tells the stories of three women whose destinies are about to interlace in the most unexpected way. It would seem that nothing can bind 50-year-old single Karen (who refused her only daughter many years ago), successful lawyer Elizabeth (who has just learned about her unplanned pregnancy), and young confectioner Lucy (who was diagnosed with infertility) and yet…

IMDb rating: 7.2
Notes on a Scandal

2007

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Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett

Sheba Hart, who has just joined a school as an art teacher, forms a relationship of trust with her elder colleague Barbara, a withdrawn and lonely woman. However, everything changes when Barbara discovers Sheba has an affair with 15-year-old schoolboy Stephen, and she begins to blackmail her young colleague. Yet it’s not morality that drives her…

IMDb rating: 7.4
Agora

Agora, 2009

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Cast: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella

The Roman Empire is on the wane. Political infighting and bloodshed have become commonplace. It was during this tragic period that Hypatia, the greatest scholar of her time with extensive knowledge of philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy, was destined to live. However, as wise people say, there’s nothing worse than to live in an era of changes.

IMDb rating: 7.2
Secretariat

2010

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Cast: Diane Lane, John Malkovich

When her mother dies, Penny Tweedy finds out that the farm where several generations of her family have been breeding racehorses could go under the hammer. Leaving four children to her husband’s care, she goes to the family house. One of the mares soon gives birth to a foal who is destined to become an equestrian sport legend named Secretariat.

IMDb rating: 7.2
Frances Ha

2012

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Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner

In the center of the black-and-white picture is the story of Frances, a 27-year-old amateur dancer living thoughtlessly. Her life can hardly be called easy, and the number of unpleasant events that fall down on the girl’s head one by one could break anyone. Anyone else, but not Frances.

IMDb rating: 7.4
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, 1988

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Cast: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas

Pepa is rejected by her married lover. In an attempt to find out the reason for the sudden breakup, she faces not only his ex-wife, who has been recently released from a psychiatric hospital, but also his son, who coincidentally appears on her doorstep.

IMDb rating: 7.6

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