The Most Inspiring Lessons From Our Favourite Film Characters

You might love them, you might hate some of them – but we can all relate to many lead female film characters in our lives, whether it’s their strengths or flaws. Here are a few of CGD’s favourite film characters from many different genres – and yes, there are cartoon characters in there! Who says a hand-drawn person can’t be as heartwarming and inspiring as one acted out by a real person?!

1. Andrea ‘Andy’ Sachs – Devil Wears Prada

Andy Sachs is someone we can all relate to when starting a new job or having the boss from hell. Ultimately she is an empowering female lead, as she finds the strength to take control of her life from the ‘devil in Prada’, and pursue her own passion. Sometimes we just need to take a leap of faith to get to where we want to be!

2. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter

A character most of us have grown up with, Hermione is brilliant as she shows us even the most intelligent people have flaws and problems of their own. She also shows us that there are other skills and experiences that outweigh being academic, which is reassuring in this age where it feels like most people have a degree of some description!

3. Eowyn – Lord of the Rings

Not content with caring for people and ‘being in a cage’ as she puts it, Eowyn wants to be able to fight for what she believes in and for those she loves. Ironically, after defeating someone who supposedly can’t die, she goes on to have her own family and cares for others – showing us that women don’t have to make the choice between following our dreams and having a family.

4. Mulan – Mulan

Mulan is the perfect example of a Disney movie where a woman saves the day, in spite of adversity. Helped by her sidekicks she saves the day and is commended by the emperor even though she broke the law in signing up for the army as a girl. It goes to show that rules aren’t always there to followed!

5. Elle Woods – Legally Blonde

Elle Woods’ only reason for studying at Law School is to get the guy; she thinks if she changes for her ex, he will give her another chance. Instead, she aces her law degree, becomes class speaker at her graduation and gets the other guy. Elle didn’t need to change herself for someone else – luckily she realised before it was too late!

6. Bridget Jones – Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones is such an iconic British character loved by so many because we can all relate to her in some way. Whether it’s her inability to kick a habit, her dysfunctional family or the relationship troubles she goes through, we can all identify with parts of her life because she makes mistakes and is only human – we career girls can only do so much!

7. The Bride – Kill Bill

The bride (played by the brilliant Uma Thurman) does not give up. She knows her end goal and she fights for it, no matter what she has to go up against on her way. Sometimes all you need is passion and drive for something to succeed – nothing else!

There are so many more brilliant female characters – who is your favourite?

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  • M.

    I will never stop defending the fact that Legally Blonde is an incredible feminist movie, from beginning to end.

    Loved this!


  • Camille Beygui

    Love this list ! It’s made in a really funny way but is so so true


  • LisaLDN

    These are definitely some of my favourite characters! I’d also like to add Amy Schumer’s character from Trainwreck – just because she’s awesome and stays that way even after finding the guy! :)

  • Arianna

    I love them all. Especially Mulan and the Bride, but how could I put in the corner Hermione and Andy? Ok, no favoritism. They all are great: thank you

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