Film Quiz: Inspirational Women

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Alien Covenant on the same day, I twice saw the trailer for Wonder Woman (and what looks to be the woeful King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). DC will be hoping for success for its empowering heroine to match films within the Marvel Universe. It got me thinking about what other Hollywood females have been inspiring viewers through the decades. How many did you get? Are there others that inspire you?

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 1 1. (1930s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 2 2. (1940s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 3 3. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 4 4. (1980s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 5 5. (1990s)

GI JANE 6. (1990s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 6 7. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 7 8. (2000s)

MCDVEGU EC003 9. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 10 10. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 11 11. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 12 12. (2010+)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 13 13. (2010+)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 14 14. (2010+)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 15 15. (2010+)

Answers below

1.  Gone with the Wind (1939)

2.  Mildred Pierce  (1945)

3.  Alien  (1979)

4.  The Terminator  (1984)

5.  Thelma and Louise  (1991)

6.  G.I. Jane  (1997)

7.  Erin Brockovich  (2000)

8.  Legally Blonde  (2001)

9.  Veronica Guerin  (2003)

10.  Changeling  (2008)

11.  The Blind Side  (2009)

12.  The Hunger Games  (2012) – March

13.  Zero Dark Thirty  (2012) – December

14.  Suffragette  (2015)

15.  Hidden Figures  (2016)

56 thoughts on “Film Quiz: Inspirational Women

  1. This was an entertaining quiz post of an idea Alex. It’s always fun to engage in them.

    Coincidentally , I was also going to feature strong females that shone in movies sometime in a future post but that’s still in deciding.

    My other inspirational favourites include..Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday, Mathildha from Leon, Juno and Katherine Watson in Mona Lisa Smile of a few that came into my mind as I wrote this. ☺

    • I hope you do. You raise some interesting suggestions. The Bride sure is lethal but she’s motivated by revenge so I didn’t see her as inspired more motivated. I did think about Lara Croft but she’s a male fantasy figure. In His Girl Friday she’s a great journalist but from what I remember she was very indecisive too. Juno’s decision to keep the baby Could be seen as brave but she didn’t strike me as inspirational during the film. I’ve not seen Mona Lisa Smile but it did come up in my first draft. I didn’t think about Leon. She’s hugely brave and does manage to change Leon.

      • That’s true. I think there is a difference between a strong lead female who can kick ass and then those who are I agree looking back on my comment. I suppose my heart spoke first when typing because of the emotional strain they go through which caused me think that way but I understand your view point with each. On a reminder, I’d like to mention Juiette Binoche in the movie Chocolat.

    • That’s an excellent score Lloyd. Not many people know Mildred Pierce. I wanted to include some from the last century to show that there are ones from before. Saying that, most of them were from the past 20 years so that’s a sign that the industry is coming a long way.

  2. Reblogged this on When Women Inspire and commented:
    This movie quiz from Alex Raphael is a lot of fun. Don’t cheat! I knew 8 of them. Looks like I have some movie viewing to do soon 😉 Great to see all of these inspiring women in film. How many did you guess right?

    • Thanks so much for the reblog. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure there will be plenty more inspiring women on screen in the future too. The latest Wonderwoman film was brilliant.

  3. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I came across this interesting quiz that highlighted decades of strong, female leads and had to share it. It’s amazing how many inspirational women we can find movies of all types, from dramatic romantic heroines to advocates of political change to military powerhouses. Film has long had the ability to capture the best, and the worst of us. Perhaps from this list you can reconnect with an old favorite or find a new one.

    • Thank you for stopping by and for reblogging. That’s exactly the response I was looking for when creating the quiz. I wanted to show that female empowerment comes through in various forms. The fact that so many people have done well is a great sign. As is the fact that so many are modern ones. Hollywood is going in the right direction.

  4. Here are a few more inspirational women: I think Sally Field in “Norma Rae,” Hilary Swank in either “Million Dollar Baby” or “Amelia” and Cher and Meryl in Silkwood.
    I missed #s 2, 10 and 14. This seems to be my average score, Alex. 🙂

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