These BUST-Approved Films Are Coming To (And Leaving) Netflix In May

by Evelyn Chapman

May is almost here, and as with any month, there will be the usual comings and goings of films on Netflix. Here are some lady-centric movie that will make spring that much sweeter!

Legally Blonde (2001)

Everyone knows Elle Woods–she taught us the “bend and snap,” not to get a perm wet within 24 hours, and most importantly: that women are not defined by their hair, their clothes, or their men. Directed by Robert Luketic, written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown, this pink and fluffy classic will be out on Netflix May 1st.

Girlhood (2014)

Disclaimer: This is not an all-female remake of Boyhood. Director Seline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) gives us this beautiful film about a 16 year old Miriam and her experiences in a “girl gang” in the projects of northwest Paris. Through Miriam we see a young woman’s search for identity, and her rebellion against the categorization she faces as a black female from the projects.

 Anita (2013) 

In 1991, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of lewd conduct. “Anita,” directed by Frieda Lee Mock, sheds light on the attacks Hill endured on her own character and credibility.

Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

Produced by our very own “beautiful tropical fish” Rashida Jones, and directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, this film attempts to expose the amateur porn industry for its exploitative practices. It debuted at Sundance on January 24 and will hit Netflix May 29th.

No Woman, No Cry (2010)

Christy Turlington directs this heartbreaking film about the half a million women who die from complications during childbirth every year through personal stories she collects around the world (including accounts from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.) The film brings attention to Turlington’s non-profit organization, Every Mother Counts, which works to provide care to every woman through their pregnancies and childbirths.

As with all good things, they must one day come to an end. So, hats off to these films which we will no longer see on Netflix–and go watch them right now if you haven’t yet!

Divine Secrets of the Ya­Ya Sisterhood (2002)

This movie is all about female friendship and mother-daughter bonding, so needless to say, we can’t get enough. Directed by Callie Khouri, this film is already a classic, so watch it now while you still can!

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

This movie is equal parts nostalgia and dark creepiness, but no childhood is complete without it. The Secret of NIMH is an animated adventure of a recently widowed mother (mouse) who has to save her ill son because they are being evicted. Sound terribly sad? It is! But there’s also a hilarious talking crow that will make it all better.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

Written and directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, this documentary is a look into the life of the influential fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

Buffalo Girls (2012)  

Director Todd Kellstein tells the story of two eight year old girls earning money for their families in Thailand’s underground boxing world. This is a heartbreaking and inspiring film, and these two brave little girls will give you chills–if you watch it before it falls of the face of Netflix!

Images via senscritique, msmagazine, imdb, unifrance, mefedia, nypl, mgm


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