With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Divergent, Nymphomaniac and Noah for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted YA dramas, steamy tales of love and sex, and inventive interpretations of bible stories.
DivergentBased on the novel by Veronica Roth, this action-adventure is set in a world where society is divided into factions based on their virtues. But when teen Tris doesn't naturally fit these traditional molds, she becomes a threat to society itself. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, and Jai Courtney star. Neil Burger directs. Read our review here.
Tris comes from a long tradition of strong-willed teen girls who are forced to grow up fast when the world is falling to pieces around them. YA fiction is full of them. We've got a selection of three coming of age dramas that are female fronted, based on books, and sure to thrill. Be it an archer with a steely exterior, a spoiled brat with a soft spot, or a mentally unstable girl with a wild streak, these heroines are as captivating as they are moody.
The Hunger Games (2012) Jennifer Lawrence fronts this blockbuster as Katniss Everdeen, the teen heroine of Suzanne Collins' celebrated book trilogy. In the first of four films, Katniss is cast into a cruel kill-or-be-kill battle that will pit her against other kids, including the kind-hearted baker boy Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Stanley Tucci star; Gary Ross directs.
How I Live Now (2013) Inspired by the novel by Meg Rosoff, this drama also focuses on a guarded girl whose caught in the middle of a nation in peril. Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is an American girl racked with insecurity, entitlement and neuroses when she's sent to visit her cousins in England. Warm summer days and easy fun smooth her rough edges, but everything changes when a war overtakes the land, leaving the kids to their own devices to survive. Tom Holland and George MacKay co-star; Kevin Macdonald directs.
Girl, Interrupted (2000) This daring gem not only spoke to generations of women, but also launched Angelina Jolie, winning her an Academy Award for her supporting role. Winona Ryder fronts this biopic based on Susanna Kaysen's candid memoir, which recounts her time 18-month stay in a mental hospital in the 1960s. Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, and Elisabeth Moss co-star; James Mangold directs.