Powerful female leads in movies are a source of inspiration for all. Let us take a look at some movies with strong female characters who showed us what it takes to make a mark in the business world.

9 Must-watch films for female entrepreneurs

Sitting through an inspirational movie can be an experience. A compelling story can provide a huge dose of motivation, irrespective of whether it is purely fictional or based on a true story. In this male-dominated world, women-centric films have been quietly breaking the glass ceiling. Movies based on strong, powerful women can pack quite a punch and inspire even the most lethargic among us.

We have curated a list of inspiring movies with strong female leads who have made their mark in the business world. After all, don’t we all need that nudge to motivate us to take the bull by the horns?

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1. Joy (2015), Joy Mangano

Nothing is more inspirational than the real-life story of a woman who had nothing, yet built an empire of her own. Joy is the story of Joy Mangano, a single mother who made the ‘Magic Mop’ a household name in America. 

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the title character in this 2015 drama, beautifully brings to life the struggles of a woman trying to make it on her own in a man’s world.

2. Julie and Julia (2009), Julie Powell and Julia Child 

Julie and Julia is another true story based on the lives of Julie Powell and Julia Child, two famous culinary masterminds. The film follows the journey of these women as they slowly discover themselves and their calling. It highlights the amount of effort they had to put in to become the leading names in their industry. 

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams perfectly capture the emotions of the two characters trying to break free from the expectations the world has from women.

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3. The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Miranda Priestly

Miranda Priestly is perhaps one of the most iconic characters in the history of film. The ‘devil’ in the title, Miranda is a shrewd and powerful editor-in-chief of Runway magazine. If sources are to be believed, the character is based on Anna Wintour, the real-life editor-in-chief of Vogue.

In one of her most power-packed performances, Meryl Streep embodies Miranda Priestly perfectly and shows how difficult it is to be a woman on top.

4. The Intern (2015), Jules Ostin

Jules Ostin can be considered a new-age inspiration for all women. She is the chirpy yet work-savvy CEO of ‘About the Fit’, an e-commerce fashion startup based out of New York City. Even if the movie isn’t completely about her journey, we can’t help but get inspired by how Jules turns her venture (which was started in her kitchen) into a thriving company with over 200 employees. 

Anne Hathaway wonderfully essays the role of Ostin as we see her trying to juggle work and family.

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5. Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), Ayesha Mehra-Sangha

This comedy-drama might be about a family trying to keep their fragile relationships afloat, but the character of Ayesha stands out. We get to see how coming from money doesn’t mean one can’t stand on one’s own feet. Ayesha deals with having an orthodox husband and still creates her own brand in the travel industry.

Ayesha’s emotional character, who deals with the pressure of work, a chaotic family, and an unhappy marriage, is beautifully played by Priyanka Chopra in the film.

6. Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Shruti Kakkar

Shruti Kakkar is the embodiment of the girl-next-door struggling to start her own business. This romcom follows the journey of two college students who start their own wedding planning outfit. The movie shows the ups and downs of running a company while trying to manage one’s emotions.

Anushka Sharma plays the bubbly yet work-oriented Shruti, who ends up breaking her one rule of not mixing emotions with work.

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7. Chocolat (2000), Vianne Rocher

Chocolat is a motivating story of Vianne Rocher, who opens her own chocolate store in a small town in France. The character of Vianne sweetly steals our hearts as she manages to run a successful business while being a single mother. This romantic drama shows us the impact Rocher makes as a chocolatier in the orthodox town.

Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher makes everyone (including Jonny Depp’s character, Roux) fall in love with her in this heartfelt movie.

8. The Associate (1996), Laurel Ayres

The Associate follows the life of Laurel Ayres, who tries to make her mark in the investment banking industry. After being passed over for a promotion because of her gender in a male-dominated industry, Laurel pretends to be a man and starts her own firm in this hilarious comedy.

Whoopi Goldberg’s performance as Laurel is comical as well as heart-touching as she tries to keep up her male persona while trying to be successful.

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9. Lucy Gallant (1955), Lucy Gallant

Lucy Gallant relates the sacrifices a woman has to make in order to successfully run her business. The film follows the life of Lucy, a New York-based woman, who starts her own clothing line in a small town in Texas.

The drama stars Jane Wyman as Lucy, who is conflicted between maintaining her love life and pursuing her career.

It is a great time to be alive as we get to see more and more inspiring movies on female characters. And it’s not just the entertainment industry; women are taking over the world in every field. Here’s a list of sportswomen who are making us proud.