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60 Movies Every Woman Should Watch Before She Turns 40

They say life begins at 40…but why not start living the life before you reach 40 and watch these fun, heartwarming and powerful movies?

Here are 60 of the must-watch movies that women who are nearly in their 40s have grown to be very familiar with and are worth-watching.

1. The Godfather

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Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

What’s it about:¬†The ageing patriarch of an organised crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Why women should watch it:¬†This powerful movie is about family, friends and money — loving your family, keeping your friends, and organising your money.

2. Reservoir Dogs

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Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

What’s it about:¬†After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Why women should watch it:¬†Simply because…it’s full of men…hot hot men!

3. The Shawshank Redemption

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Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

What it is about: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Why women should watch it: It could teach women about courage and determination to survive even in the most hopeless cases, having self-worth and dignity.

4. American Beauty

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Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch

What’s it about:¬†A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.

Why women should watch it:¬†It’s about insecurities in one’s self and relationships and how to deal with these.

5. Kill Bill

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Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah

What’s it about:¬†The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her – a team she was once part of.

Why women should watch it: Never mess with a betrayed angry mumma.

6. Memento

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Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

What’s it about:¬†A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Why women should watch it: It shows how people are willing to risk their lives to fight for the one they love.

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary

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Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

What’s it about:¬†A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Why women should watch it:  The film tells women to love and be comfortable in your own skin.

8. Bridesmaids

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Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne

What’s it about:¬†Competition between the maid of honour and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Why women should watch it: This fun movie could be your guide to actually being a good bridesmaid and a friend most of all.

9. Gone Girl

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Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

What’s it about:¬†With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

Why women should watch it: The movie highlights the importance of trust in a relationship.

10. Into the Wild

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Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

What’s it about:¬†After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Why women should watch it: Sometimes, finding your soul and purpose in life can be found in the simplest of things.

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