The Most Searched Female-Led Action Movie by State
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The Most Searched Female-Led Action Movie by State

Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Zoi Walker

Casting female strength in the lead is on the rise.

For the past decade, we’ve seen a shift in the roles played by females in action movies. From Gal Gadot’s powerful debut as Themysciran princess Diana Prince to Jennifer Lawrence’s performance of eagle-eyed Katniss Everdeen, women in cinema have shaken off the stereotypical damsel in distress roles and become the ones doing the saving. 

Women playing a stronger role in films is a concept that Dr. Kimberly Mangun couldn’t agree more with.  An Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Utah, Dr. Mangun stated, “It is important for girls and women — and people across the gender spectrum —  to see powerful female characters who shape their own destinies, use their intellect, confront challenges, and defy stereotypes.”

Won over by both critics and public alike, female-led movies from 2014-2017, including films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out-earned films with male leads across all budget levels. More and more often, filmmakers are casting aside traditional female supporting roles and putting women in the lead.

Following the release of Marvel’s latest female-led film, Black Widow, we at CenturyLinkQuote wanted to know where states stand when it comes to movies with female leads. Keep reading to find out which movie your state searched for the most. 

Interesting Findings:

  • Birds of Prey(and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) is the most searched female-led action film nationwide, with 29 states searching for the movie most. 
  • The highest-grossing film on this list found love in only two states. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens earned $936.66 million at the box office. 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) had the highest Metascore from our top 12, earning a score of 90 from
  • In 2017, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins rose to fame when the film was named the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman. In total, the movie made over $821 million worldwide.
  • Captain Marvel is the first film in the Marvel franchise to feature a female lead, and was released on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019.


The team at CenturyLinkQuote determined the 10 most popular female-led action movies of the past 11 years by consulting IMDB data, Rotten Tomatoes, and box office revenue. Then we organized the list by the highest search volume and used Google Trends to determine each state’s most googled movie in 2021. 

StateFemale-led Action Movie
AlabamaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
AlaskaStar Wars: The Force Awakens
ArizonaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
ArkansasHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
CaliforniaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
ColoradoHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
ConnecticutHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
DelawareHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
GeorgiaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
IllinoisHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
IndianaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
IowaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
KansasHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
KentuckyHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
LouisianaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
MassachusettsHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
MichiganHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
MinnesotaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
MissouriHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
MontanaMad Max: Fury Road
NevadaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
New HampshireOcean's 8
New JerseyHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
New MexicoSicario
New YorkHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
North CarolinaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
North DakotaMaleficent
OklahomaCaptain Marvel
OregonHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
PennsylvaniaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
Rhode IslandOcean's 8
South CarolinaHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
South DakotaStar Wars: The Force Awakens
TennesseeHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
TexasHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
UtahBlack Widow
VermontMad Max: Fury Road
VirginiaWonder Woman
WashingtonHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
West VirginiaMaleficent
WisconsinHarley Quinn: Birds of Prey
WyomingThe Hunger Games

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