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We are living in a new and slightly improved age of Hollywood which came to fruition after the birth of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Make no mistake, there’s still a long way to go, but the ongoing discussions about the wage gap and sexual harassment have made filmmakers and moviegoers more aware of the importance of telling women’s stories. The following films elevate their female characters from the standard role of a girlfriend or a mother — someone cast off into the shadows and who only shows up to cheer on the bland but attractive male lead.

To that, we say no more! Thankfully, 2018 has been a giving year that provided us with an impressive volume of women who kick ass, make money moves, and spit in the face of evil. Behold our list of must-see fall 2018 movies with badass female leads. You might want to bookmark this page because these women are worth remembering.