Early 2000’s #GirlPower Movies I Grew Up With

I consider myself pretty lucky in when I was born for many reasons and one of the fun reasons is the movies I got to grow up with. Just the other day I was found Miss Congeniality on TV and of course stopped to watch. This time though I really noticed how many important moments there were for girls. I LOVED the movie growing up but I never put genuine thought into the messages and life lessons they were giving me when I was young.

That’s what kicked off this exploration into putting together a collection of the movies that came out in early 2000’s that planted the #girlpower in my mind. These are the movies I adored when I was just a little thing, watched over and over and over again, that I now believe had a big impact on how I faced the world.

There’s so much talk now, and rightfully, about representation in the media. I want to see more female superheroes, more female friendships, more bad female movies that don’t matter and become cult classics. I do believe that there are a few of those movies that already exist though. Legally Blonde taught a generation to say “What like it’s hard?” when faced with doubts from everyone around you. Charlie’s Angels comes back time and time again to make women believe they’re stronger when they fight together.

These movies mattered so much to me when I was trying to grow up and figure out what I was going to be in the world. Let me know in the comments if any of the ones I’ve listed meant the same to you, or if there’s another movie from this era that was your #girlpower model!

Sidenote: The links in this post are all affiliate links which means I may receive monetary compensation if you purchase an item, at NO extra cost to you! I know budgets are extremely important right now so I’m also trying to search all the main streaming sites to keep these posts updated with those options to watch as well! If you know of a streaming site I don’t have listed for any of these movies please leave a comment or send me a message so I can add it. Let’s help each other out right now😀

Miss Congeniality

(Digital // DVD // Streaming: n/a )
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Candice Bergen, Heather Burns, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, William Shatner
“An F.B.I. Agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant.”

Don’t forget the sequel😉 (Digital // DVD // 1 & 2 Set // Streaming: n/a )

Legally Blonde

(Digital // DVD // Streaming: IMDBtv{free!} )
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Luke Wilson, Matthew Davis
“Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school and while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks”

Don’t forget the sequel😉 (Digital // DVD // 1 & 2 Set // Streaming: n/a)

Princess Diaries

(Digital // DVD // Streaming: Disney+ )
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Hector Elizondo
“Mia Thermopolis is thrown for a loop when she learns the astonishing news that she’s a real-life princess!”

Don’t forget the sequel😉 (Digital // DVD // Streaming: Disney+)

Charlie’s Angels

(Digital // DVD // Streaming: Netflix)
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Luke Wilson
“A trio of elite private investigators armed with the latest in high-tech tools, martial arts techniques and an array of disguises unleash their skills to track down a kidnapped billionaire-to-be and keep his top-secret voice-identification software out of lethal hands.”

Don’t forget the sequel😉 (Digital // DVD // Streaming: Netflix)
&& the 2019 remake! (Digital // DVD // Streaming: n/a)

Bring It On

(Digital // DVD // Streaming: n/a)
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, Jesse Bradford
“A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school. Now they must scramble for something new to compete at this year’s championships”

Don’t forget the sequel(s)😉 (Box Set)

Coyote Ugly

(Digital // DVD // Streaming: n/a)
Starring: Piper Perabo, Tyra Banks, LeAnn Rimes, Bridget Moynahan
“Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. Only to find her aspirations sidelined by the accolades and notoriety she receives at her “day” job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly.”

~Alison

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