There’s a lot of great women throughout history and not enough of their stories are told in the movies. So when you do get a rare opportunity to see a movie about a great woman – you should definitely jump at it. Today, let’s talk about the 10 great movies about great women you should definitely watch.
1. Diana (2013), Princess Diana by Naomi Watts
Diana, Princess of Wales was a kind, passionate, interesting woman. She was known for her charity work and will to make the world a better place. It seems like she was loved by all, except the royal family. Her death was a cause of great sadness across Britain and the world. This movie depicts the last 2 years of Diana’s life, her divorce with Prince Charles, her life with Dr Hasnat Khan and her famous campaign against the use of landmines.
2. Alexander (2004), Queen Olympias by Angelina Jolie
Straight from the title you might think this isn’t exactly a movie about a great woman, after all it’s called Alexander. And you’d be right, it’s a movie about the life of Alexander the Great, who was possibly the greatest military leader to have ever lived. He did manage to conquer most of the world during his reign. But here’s the twist, his mother Olympias was a very interesting character. She actually did some very questionable things in her time in order to secure her son’s success. As you know, behind every powerful man there’s a very smart woman.
3. The Iron Lady (2011), Margaret Thatcher by Meryl Streep
A lot has been said about Margaret Thatcher over the years. Her world views and policies have been both praised and criticized by various parties. She was the first female prime minister of Great Britain, and that alone should give you enough reason to, if not admire, than at least respect this woman. Say what you want about her politics, but Margaret Thatcher was a brilliant woman, a strong woman, a powerful woman. And Meryl Streep did a great job playing her in the movie.
4. My Week with Marilyn (2011), Marilyn Monroe by Michelle Williams
Everyone knows bits and pieces about Marilyn Monroe’s life. You’ve probably seen a lot of her movies, but rarely do we get the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes life of this gorgeous starlet. Marilyn was a very interesting and complicated woman, and the fame didn’t really make her life any easier. My Week With Marilyn gives us a glimpse into her life, what it was like working in showbiz back in the day and what that entailed. Michelle Williams brilliantly portrayed Marilyn in this movie, for which she rightly received a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA.
5. Erin Brockovich (2000), Erin Brockovich by Julia Roberts
The role of Erin Brockovich got Julia Roberts an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and numerous others. That alone should intrigue you, if you haven’t seen this film. It tells a story of a single mother, Erin Brockovich, who, despite her lack of education in law was one of the main figures in the lawsuit against an energy corporation that was contaminating the water and hiding the fact that they’re polluting the environment.
6. Frida (2002), Frida Kahlo by Salma Hayek
You probably have seen a lot of pictures of Frida in the past couple of years, and you probably know that she’s an artist. But do you know her life story? Do you know that she suffered a horrible accident in a bus crash at the age of 18, and the injuries she sustained plagued her for the rest of her life? Did you know she married when she was just 20 years old? What about her relationship with her husband? Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy marriage. Frida was a brilliant painter and she deserves to have her story told, and Salma Hayek, in our humble opinion was the best choice for that role.
7. Jackie (2016), Jacqueline Kennedy by Natalie Portman
Jackie is a film that tells you the story of Jacqueline Kennedy, affectionately nicknamed Jackie, who was the wife of John F. Kennedy. It follows her life while she was the First Lady and shows us what her life was like and what living in the White House entails. It also follows the events of her husband’s assassination and how her life has been affected by that horrible event. This movie isn’t exactly out yet, it has only been screened at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The official release date of Jackie is set on December 2, 2016. We urge you to see this movie, it looks very promising.
8. The Aviator (2004), Katharine Hepburn by Cate Blanchett
The Aviator is mostly a story of Howard Hughes, the aviation pioneer and a successful film producer. Life played a cruel joke on him, because while his success was growing, his mental health kept getting worse as he suffered from a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. While Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job playing the leading role, let’s talk about Cate Blanchett, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in Supporting Role for this movie for her brilliant depiction of Katharine Hepburn. Katharine was in a relationship with Howard Hughes and apparently managed to ease the symptoms of his disorder and helped him a lot when it came to dealing with his OCD.
9. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), Joan of Arc by Milla Jovovich
Everyone has heard about Joan of Arc. She was a great French war heroine of the 15th century. She had a difficult and traumatic childhood. From the early years she was said to have had visions that told her she should lead France in a battle against the English. Those visions persisted into her adulthood and she made them a reality, leading the French into battle and making the English army surrender. It’s a fascinating story of a strong woman, and Milla Jovovich was great at portraying Joan’s passion and determination.
10. Freeheld (2015), Laurel Hester by Julianne Moore
Laurel Anne Hester was a police officer in the Ocean County, New Jersey. Freeheld is based on a short film documentary about her life, how she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and how she continually fought to make sure that after her inevitable death, her pension benefits could be passed on to her domestic partner Stacie Andree. It’s a very moving film and both Julianne Moore, who played Laurel, and Ellen Page, who played her partner, did their best to depict this story.