My Top 10 On-Screen Heroines

  1. Juno MacGuff, Juno (2007): A sass master, the voice of quirky teens struggling with life changing experiences and perhaps the most unassuming heroine, given the underage pregnancy and all. But Juno doesn't torment herself about this "Etch-a-Sketch that can't be undid, homeskillet", she decides to help a couple who can't conceive naturally.
  2. Suzy Bishop, Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Is mature beyond her years. Packs six books, a battery-powered record player, her kitten and her trademark binoculars for her reunion with soulmate Sam when they run away together. Dances to Francoise Hardy in her pants.
  3. Molly Solverson, Fargo (TV series, 2014): She knows she's right about the crimes unfolding from the very beginning, and, despite over a year of being knocked down and ridiculed, she isn't bitter once the truth - the truth she pitched before anyone else - is finally revealed.
  4. Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, The Dark Knight Rises (2012): The epitome of bad ass. She's razor sharp, a champion of self-support and does not give a toss about patriarchal power - she takes that shit, humiliates it as much as possible, does as Beyonce preached and shows 'em who runs the world ((girls)).
  5. Summer Finn, (500) Days of Summer (2009): Doesn't want to commit to anyone until she's certain it's the right decision and takes the "who cares" attitude to labeling relationships, as long as everyone's happy. Doesn't strain herself to meet beauty standards - because she sets her own.
  6. Mary Wilkie, Manhattan (1979): Is fully aware she's a smart and beautiful woman in the prime of her life, but hinders her ability to maintain stable relationships because of she's so intimidatingly intelligent. Is a massive cultural snob, could probably win any pub quiz single handedly.
  7. Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada (2006): A seminal on-screen boss-ass bitch character. Her refusal to downplay or apologize for her ambitions and high expectations is inspiring. Changed the game as far as the representations of women in power is concerned.
  8. Marieme, Girlhood (2015): A bit of an anti-heroine. Via gangs, a stint at drug dealing, disguising herself as a boy so she isn't sexualised, Marieme gains a miraculous knowledge of the 'real world'. She rejects her boyfriend's offer of cohabitation and marriage because she's decided, at the tender age of 16, that she ain't about that life, and finds the strength to start a new life alone despite relative poverty and a lack of education.
  9. Olive Penderghast, Easy A (2010): The predominant theme throughout the film is the double standard of sexuality prevalent in modern high schools. Olive turns an unfortunately timed 'admission' into a crusade against slut-shaming, learning a lot about herself and the phenomenon of youth culture along the way.
  10. Jasmine Francis, Blue Jasmine (2013): Encounters a major fall from the grace of the New York elite, informs the police of her husband's mass fraud when she learns of his plans to leave her for his teenage lover, and suffers a nervous breakdown. She battles through all kinds of crises and always holds her head up high.
This was a really tough list to hone down to just ten and will probably trigger several editions for years to come.

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