We’re celebrating some of the greatest female leads in honour of International Women’s Day, by watching the strongest, sassiest and most inspirational female characters that have graced our movies and TV shows.
From intelligent quick thinkers to superheroes, tough heroines and exceptional mothers, check out our top picks from our International Women’s Day Watchlist. Plus, don’t miss our helpful step-by-step guide to show you how to watch them all instantly on digital.
What will you be watching?
Emma Mackey stars as the wonderful and empowering Emily Brontë in the 2022 British biological drama, directed by Frances O'Connor. A story of love, passion, and an uplifting journey to womanhood.
Directed by: Frances O'Connor
Starring: Emma Mackey, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Amelia Gething, Fionn Whitehead, Alexandra Dowling
Watch now on digital
Don't Worry Darling (2022)
Florence Pugh gives a spectacular performance, taking the lead role in the 2022 psychological thriller, Don't Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde.
Directed by: Olivia Wilde
Starring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan
A Star is Born (2018)Watch as Lady Gaga absolutely dazzles in her portrayal of Ally, a struggling, upcoming, artist with aspirations to become a known musician. A courageous story encouraging you to follow your dreams.
Directed by: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Dice Clay
The Intern (2015)Anne Hathaway stars as Jules in the hit comedy film, The Intern, providing a spectacular performance showcasing how women can do it all.
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, Zack Perlman
The Sun is also a Star (2019)Follow the inspiring story of Natasha (Yara Shahidi) who tackles the twists and turns of young love and proves that what is meant to be, will always be.
Directed by: Ry Russo-Young
Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, John Leguizamo, Jake Choi
Watch now on digital
The Good Liar (2019)
Helen Mirren stars in our latest release, The Good Liar. Expect a captivating thriller full of twists and turns…
Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ian Mckellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter.
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Wonder. Power. Courage. If you’re after a female lead that empowers these qualities, look no further than Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman.
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui.
Gal Gadot stars in this epic action adventure based on the DC Super Hero. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island paradise of Themyscira, Diana left her home when an American pilot (Chris Pine) crashed on their shores and spoke of a massive conflict raging in the outside world. Convinced she could stop the threat by fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana would discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
The Kitchen (2019)
Trust us, these women aren’t taking any prisoners. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss show that when life gets tough, you can’t rely on anyone but yourself. Sometimes you’ve got to walk the walk and talk the talk to get what you need.
Directed by: Andrea Berloff
Staring: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Drian d'Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Common, Bill Camp, Jeremy Bobb, E.J. Bonilla, Wayne Duvall, Annabella Sciorra, Myk Watford
McCarthy, Haddish, and Moss star as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp axe to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands - proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition… literally.
Ocean's 8 (2018)
What better way to celebrate female empowerment than by watching the ultimate female ensemble star as a team of badass women, pulling off one of the greatest heists in ‘Oceans’ history?
Directed by: Gary Ross
Staring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Rhianna, Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, Richard Armitage
Five years, eight months, 12 days... and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. It’s going to take a team of the best in their field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweller Amita (Kaling) street con Constance (Awkwafina), expert fence Tammy (Paulson), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna) and fashion designer Rose (Bonham Carter).
Big Little Lies (2018-present)
This HBO series and its stellar female cast has been praised by critics and audiences around the world. Focusing on a group of unlikely friends coming together and protecting each other in a crisis, this is female solidarity at its finest.
Created by: David E. Kelley
Staring: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Laura Dern, Iain Armitage, P.J. Byrne, Darby Camp, Merrin Dungey, Ivy George, Kathryn Newton, Sarah Sokolovic, Sarah Baker, Sarah Burns, Santiago Cabrera, Gia Carides, Hong Chau, Kelen Coleman, Joseph Cross, Virginia Kull.
This subversive, darkly comedic drama series tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley head up a stellar cast in this Monterey-set drama that begins with a suspicious homicide at an elementary-school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it appears that the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding the trio of young moms. Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling co-star.
Supergirl teaches us how to embrace every part of ourselves and become strong, powerful women (whilst also saving the world from aliens). Ideal viewing this International Women’s Day, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Staring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, David Harewood, April Parker Jones, Sam Witwer, Odette Anable, Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, Jeremy Jordan, Calista Flockhart, Azie Tesfai, Andrea Brooks, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, LaMonica Garrett.
Protected and raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin. Years later, at age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be.
So, why choose to watch your favourite films and TV shows on digital?
As soon as you've selected and purchased your movie it's available to watch immediately – just enough time to grab your snacks and get cosy!
You don't even have to leave the house! Perfect after a busy week at work with no time to pop to the shops, and ready for a rewarding lazy weekend on the sofa.
Once you have purchased your movie you can watch it anywhere you want, anytime, and across any device. Watch on the big screen at home or on the go on your phone, tablet or laptop; perfect way to distract the kids with a tablet for a moment’s rest! Also ideal for commuting and long hours of travel.
And it’s easy..
Here are our 5 easy steps to watching the best films and TV on digital:
Go to your retailer of choice via their website or app, from any of your devices.
Amazon - Sky - Apple TV - Google Play - Rakuten
Now pick a movie or TV show to fit your mood.
There are hundreds to choose from. But don’t worry, we have put together some collections for some inspiration!
Once you have made your selection, you can choose to either rent the movie or TV show, or own it forever to watch again and again.
If this is the first time you’ve purchased anything with your selected retailer, you will be prompted to register and create an account.
You will then be able to log back into your retailer account to watch your movies and TV shows again and again, from any of your devices.
Once you have purchased your movie or TV show, you can either stream it through an internet connection (which won’t use up any storage on your device), or you can choose to download it and store onto your device to watch offline, perfect for travelling and commuting!
Now you are ready to go!
Sit back, relax and watch instantly across any of your devices
It really couldn’t be easier, just give it a go!