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What are some films with "angry" female characters?

Asked by Earthflag (549points) December 28th, 2011

I guess angry means: dramatic, sad, often upset, has scenes of anger, etc.
One I can think of is Rabbit Hole (Nicole Kidman)
I’m asking because I need to learn for my own part for theater. I have an angry monologue.

Help out?

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jca's avatar

Thelma and Louise

mazingerz88's avatar

Fatal Attraction
Erin Brockovich
The Brave One

janbb's avatar

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The War of the Roses

majorrich's avatar

Attack of the 50 ft Woman

FutureMemory's avatar

Star Wars (Carrie Fisher)

The Color Purple (Both Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey)

Coloma's avatar

Kathy Bates in “Misery.” I love that film, she is the alltime best angry psycho. lol

SmashTheState's avatar

Oh. And how could I have forgotten: Hard Candy

Coloma's avatar


Oh yes! That little girl was amazingly evil. lol

Charles's avatar

Single White Female?

Aethelwine's avatar

Sarah Connor- Terminator

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Although, she has every right to be angry.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies. (Can’t believe I forgot this)

linguaphile's avatar

This is for theater? Try Sophia’s Choice.

But, truthfully, if it’s for theater, don’t watch movies just to copy the actresses you see on screen. You won’t be feeling the emotion that you need to make the character authentic. If you watch movies—pause the movie mid-emotion and analyze WHY the actress is feeling that emotion.

For anger—think about all the different types of anger. Screaming fits is only one type. There’s also quiet anger, bottled up rage, cynicism and sarcasm, malicious anger, numbness (anger that has destroyed itself), angry despair—- anger is not just a facial expression and a vocal tone—it’s a very multilayered and complex emotion. It can motivate but it also can deaden.

Sophia’s Choice is a good movie with an angry woman who was not able to express her anger. Another multilayered angry woman is Signourey Weaver in Death and the Maiden—you want to see true anger for 2 hours, that’s the movie to watch.

Avoid just copying the mannerisms. Study the emotion itself.

Earthflag's avatar

thanks @linguaphile , I’m not copying, but it’s good to watch movies once in a while which has characters similar to your character. Of course they are different characters, and I live in my character rather than copying etc. I’ll watch Sophia’s Choice. and your second paragraph was really helpful!

linguaphile's avatar

Another good one is ”‘night, Mother.” Creepy anger.

Good luck! Let us know how this project goes!

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majorrich's avatar

Mommy dearest
Sleeping Beauty
Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix

Earthflag's avatar

@SmashTheState I just finished Hard Candy. I couldn’t breath the whole time. Oh my gee sus.

fundevogel's avatar

Rosengurtle Baumgartener anyone?

Yes she’s ridiculous. I always figured she was a parody of the oft maligned, but rarely spotted feminazi. Or maybe it’s serious. It’s Poe’s law so I’m going with the alternative that I find amusing.

HungryGuy's avatar

Kill Bill. Definitely, Kill Bill.

Jaltcoh's avatar

Do not copy a monologue from a movie for a theatre class (unless this is the specific assignment).

Earthflag's avatar

@Jaltcoh well duh… read the question; I say I have an angry monologue. I already do. and it is from plays. it’s just nice to see actresses acting similar characters.

filmfann's avatar

I was thinking “Doubt”. Hell knows no fury like an angry nun.

filmfann's avatar

For humor, maybe the Bette Midler role in Ruthless People

WestRiverrat's avatar

Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man.

fundevogel's avatar

@filmfann Doubt was intense.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Girl Interrupted

JessK's avatar

Miss Piggy from the Muppets.

mattbrowne's avatar

B’Elanna Torres

Jaltcoh's avatar

Vicky Christina Barcelona

The Witches of Eastwick


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