When I think about the 8th of March, first word that comes to my mind: women. Despite the fact that this celebration nowadays is quite commercial and I already received more than 20 emails about different promotions and discounts, still, March 8 or International Women’s Day (IWD) is dedicated only to women: their freedom, power, beauty and rights. Going back to history, the first National Women’s Day was previously held on the 28th of February 1909 in NYC and organized by the Socialist Party of America at the suggestion of activist Theresa Malkiel. Since then, in 1920, women finally received rights to vote and coming back to our days, this year celebrates 101 years as we, women, are finally being heard by the whole world. We struggle, we fight, we vote, we make decisions, we live.
Today my article is dedicated to You all, to women, who are powerful and beautiful in every step they make. The list below is consisted of 80 movies about women, who have different life stories, who overcome barriers, fight for truth, justice and equal rights, who work hard to achieve success, who want just to live feely their life.
I hope you will enjoy the list. As always, free to comment and to share your thoughts or advise more movies to watch. Let’s build a great networking community.
Wish you a wonderful Women’s Day and great movie time!
1. Mrs. America (miniseries, 2020)
The series are based on and dramatizes the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, while a conservative activist, Phyllis Schlafly (played by Cate Blanchett), opposes it.
2. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
At an all-women’s private school in the 1950s, a non-conformist teacher, Katherine Watson (played by Julia Roberts), encourages students to pursue their dreams and question the roles women are expected to play in society.
3. Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin (played by Julia Roberts), a single mother, becomes a legal assistant and comes across a case against Pacific Gas and Electric. When she discovers that the company is poisoning a town’s water supply, she seeks justice.
4. Bimboland (1998)
A man (Gérard Depardieu) falls for an anthropologist (Judith Godrèche) who dresses provocatively in order to study the habits of a group of women.
5. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
The movie is about Frances Mayes (played by Diane Lane), who accept the invitation from her two friends to take a tour to Italy, Tuscan. While going by bus, she suddenly sees an old beautiful Tuscan villa. Frances understands that this place could bring her a better life and she immediately buys it. Frances meets new friends, families and starts to enjoy a real life.
6. Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI & VII-IX
I think it would be wrong not to mention two wonderful women, who fight for freedom and justice a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).
Episodes IV-VI: after Princess Leia, the leader of the Rebel Alliance, is held hostage by Darth Vader, Luke and Han Solo must free her and destroy the powerful weapon created by the Galactic Empire.
Episodes VII-IX: a new order threatens to destroy the New Republic. Finn, Rey and Poe, backed by the Resistance and the Republic, must find a way to stop them and find Luke, the last surviving Jedi.
7. Brave (2012)
Merida, an independent archer, disobeys an ancient custom which unleashes a dark force. After meeting an elderly witch, as she journeys to reverse the curse, she discovers the real meaning of bravery.
8. Frida (2002)
Biopic of the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo (played by Salma Hayek). Set in Mexico City, this visually evocative movie traces her lifelong, tempestuous relationship with her mentor, along with her illicit affairs with Trotsky and various women.
9. Agora (2009)
Amidst the increasing influence of Christianity on the Roman Empire, Greek philosopher and teacher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) finds herself targeted for favoring science over faith.
10. Legally Blonde 1-2 (2001, 2003)
Elle’s (Reese Witherspoon) boyfriend breaks up with her for a smarter girl as he plans to become a politician and joins Harvard law school. Elle gets enrolled in the same school in an effort to teach him a lesson and proves everyone that a blonde girl can achieve anything she wants, even the law degree in the most prestigious university.
11. The Hunger Games 1-4 (2012-2015)
The Hunger Games film series is composed of science fiction dystopian adventure films, based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels by the American author Suzanne Collins. The movie is about Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
12. Malena (2000)
In Sicily, during the Second World War, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malena (Monica Bellucci), a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
13. Black Swan (2010)
Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina, gets the chance to play the White Swan, Princess Odette. But she finds herself slipping into madness when Thomas, the artistic director, decides that Lily might fit the role better.
14. Wonder Woman (2017)
Princess Diana of an all-female Amazonian race rescues US pilot Steve. Upon learning of a war, she ventures into the world of men to stop Ares, the god of war, from destroying mankind and becomes Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot).
15. Heathers (1988)
Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D., accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D.
16. Bridget Jones’s Diary 1-3 (2001, 2004, 2016)
Bridget (Renée Zellweger), a single woman, writes a diary which focuses on the things she wishes to happen in her life. However, her life changes when two men vie for her affection.
17. Grace of Monaco (2014)
Despite her husband’s misgivings, Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) considers returning to Hollywood to star in “Marnie”, but a political dispute between Monaco and France forces her to make a difficult choice.
18. The First Wives Club (1996)
Three ex-wives, Elise (Goldie Hawn), Annie (Diane Keaton) and Brenda (Bette Midler), dumped for newer models, are determined to get their revenge. They had helped their husbands become financially successful, but now they plan to take away their money.
19. The Help (2011)
Skeeter (Emma Stone), an aspiring author, decides to write a book on African-American maids (played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) and the struggles they face on a daily basis.
20. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes is based on a novel by Fannie Flagg. It weaves together the past and the present through the blossoming friendship between Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates), a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home.
21. Mean Girls (2004)
Cady (Lindsay Lohan) joins a new public school and befriends Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian. They warn her to avoid the Plastics, a group led by Regina (Rachel McAdams), but things get worse when she falls in love with Regina’s ex-lover.
22. Sex and the City (TV series + 2 movies)
Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte are four smart and dynamic New York-based women, who despite their differences and ever-changing sex lives stick together through the ups and downs. Attention! New series are announced to appear soon on HBO (unfortunately without Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall and some other actors as well).
23. Wild (2014)
The movie is about a woman, Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon), who lost her mother and in the same time her marriage is ruined, she fights with depression and putting back her life together. To handle this, Cheryl decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with a heavy backpack and without any knowledge of wild life. This is going to be a big experience and will allow Cheryl to feel free. Maybe she will find the light that will give her a new breath.
24. Queen of Katwe (2016)
Phiona’s life changes after she meets Robert Katende, who teaches her to play chess. Under Katende’s guidance, Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) becomes a top player and sees an opportunity to escape from a life of poverty.
25. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting with her idyllic life on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler.
26. Eat. Pray. Love (2010)
The movie is about a writer, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts), who suddenly understands that what she has in your life isn’t enough. She wants to step out of her comfort zone and goes firstly to Italy (to eat good meal – Eat), then to India (to find in what she truly believes – Pray) and in the end to Bali, where she finds her love (Love). During her journey Liz meets many new friends and understands the difference of cultures, religion and life itself. That’s what we all need, yes?
27. Little Women (1994)
After their father leaves to fight in the Union Army, Meg (Trini Alvarado), Jo (Winona Ryder), Beth (Claire Danes) and Amy (Kirsten Dunst), the four March sisters, and their mother (Susan Sarandon), struggle to live in a 19th century America that is struck by the Civil War.
28. Suffragette (2015)
In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women (playing Helena Bonham Carter among others) who fight for equality and the right to vote.
29. Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Young Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou) works as a seamstress by day and a cabaret entertainer by night, then she meets a wealthy heir and becomes his lover and fashion consultant. Tired of the flowery hats, Coco uses her lover’s clothing as a starting point to distill an elegant and sophisticated line of women’s clothing that propels her to the top of Parisian haute couture.
30. Amelie (2001)
Despite being caught in her imaginative world, Amelie, (Audrey Tautou) a young waitress, decides to help people find happiness. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love.
31. La Vie en Rose (2007)
Edith Piaf, (Marion Cotillard) a victim of poverty during her childhood, ends up attaining global renown as a charming singer. However, despite her many friendships and romances, personal crises ravage her.
32. Miss Congeniality (2000)
Gracie Hart, (Sandra Bullock) a tomboyish detective, is made to infiltrate the Miss United States beauty pageant as a contestant after her department learns that the event is under threat from an anonymous bomber.
33. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Frankie Dunn is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm’s length. When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) arrives in Frankie’s gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train the young woman, a transplant from working-class Missouri. Eventually, he relents, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.
34. Gravity (2013)
On an outer space mission, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), an engineer, and Matt Kowalski, an astronaut, are hit by high-speed space debris. As the situation gets dire, Stone, the lone survivor, rises to the occasion.
35. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A family decide to travel across the country when their daughter, Olive (played by Abigail Breslin), wants to participate in a beauty pageant, unaware of what the journey has in store for them.
36. The Blind Side (2009)
Michael, a homeless African-American teenager, is adopted by a woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), from Caucasian family who help him overcome his learning difficulties and achieve excellence in American football.
37. Hidden Figures (2016)
Three female African-American mathematicians, Katherine (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy (Octavia Spencer) and Mary (Janelle Monáe), play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.
38. Big Eyes (2014)
In the late 1950s, artist Walter Keane achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that Walter is passing off her work as his own, she is too meek to protest too loudly. It isn’t until the Keanes’ marriage comes to an end and a lawsuit follows that the truth finally comes to light.
39. Anna and the King (1999)
Anna (Jodie Foster), a teacher assigned to teach King Mongkut’s children, finds her life changing when she falls in love with the king.
40. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
While working as a maid in painter Johannes Vermeer’s house, Griet (Scarlett Johansson) gets closer to him. Later, she becomes the face of Johannes’ most prolific works of art wherein she poses with pearl earrings.
41. Temple Grandin (2010)
An autistic girl, Temple Grandin (Claire Danes), overcomes the limitations imposed on her by her condition and becomes an expert in the field of animal husbandry.
42. Lady (2011)
After the assassination of her politician father, young Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) grows to become a symbol of democracy in Burma, a country ravaged by militarism.
43. Mulan (2020)
A girl, Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei), disguises as a male warrior and joins the imperial army in order to prevent her sick father from being forced to enlist as he has no male heir.
44. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Andy (Anne Hathaway), a young graduate aspiring to be a journalist, comes to New York and becomes an assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep).
45. The Iron Lady (2011)
An aged Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) gets nostalgic as she empties her late husband Denis’s wardrobe. She struggles to come to terms with her husband’s passing while also recollecting her political journey.
46. Desert Flower (2009)
Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) escapes from the horrors of Somalia to work in London, where a photographer and an agent turn her into a top supermodel.
47. I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)
Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), a banking professional, constantly struggles to manage her work and family. When a friend offers her a better job, she is torn between settling for a better wage and her children.
48. What Women Want (2000)
Smooth-talking advertising executive Nick Marshall’s life changes when an accident gives him the ability to hear what women are thinking. Playing Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.
49. I, Tonya (2017)
In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie) becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan that forces Tonya to withdraw from the national championship. Harding’s life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she’s forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.
50. Miss Sloane (2016)
Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), a fierce lobbyist, fights bravely in an attempt to pass the gun control legislation. However, she is left helpless when the opposing party digs deep into her personal life.
51. Molly’s Game (2017)
Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), who runs a high-stakes poker game for prominent stars and mafia, finds herself in trouble after the FBI seek interest in her profile.
52. A Royal Affair (2012)
Caroline Matilda (Alicia Vikander), the youngest sister of George III, is betrothed to her cousin Christian VII, King of Denmark. Almost immediately aware of her young husband’s mental illness, she falls under the charismatic spell of Christian’s new doctor.
53. A Little Chaos (2014)
When King Louis XIV announces a project to build a garden for his Versailles palace, two artists, Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) and Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) working on it get romantically involved with each other.
54. Easy Virtue (2008)
Mrs. Whittaker (Kristin Scott Thomas) is eagerly waiting for her son John’s arrival but when he gets Larita, an American widow home, (played by Jessica Biel) things get nasty. Soon the game of manipulation starts affecting the whole family.
55. Chocolat (2000)
A woman, Vianne (Juliette Binoche), together with her daughter open a chocolate shop in a conservative village in France, much to the villagers’ disapproval. Over time, they win the people’s hearts and also help them with their troubles.
56. Working Girl (1988)
Tess (Melanie Griffith), a secretary, decides to fight back by using the identity of Katharine, her boss, after she steals her idea and presents it to a client. However, it’s not an easy ride for Tess.
57. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Chiyo Sakamoto (Zhang Ziy), a nine-year-old girl, is sold by her underprivileged family to a geisha house. She becomes a victim of unpleasant circumstances, but her fate changes when she meets Mameha (Michelle Yeoh).
58. Morning Glory (2010)
Becky (Rachel McAdams), a TV producer, is given the tricky task of reviving a low-rating programme. She ropes in a famed anchor, Mike Pomeroy, for the show, but the clashes between them put her career in jeopardy.
59. The Girls (1962)
A naive cook (Nadezhda Rumyantseva) believes that a man (Nikolai Rybnikov) has genuine romantic feelings for her, but he has made a bet that he can seduce her.
60. Cairo Time (2009)
Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is waiting for her husband’s arrival in Cairo. She meets her husband’s friend Tareq who escorts her through the city and eventually has a brief affair with him.
61. The Young Victoria (2009)
The film portrays the early childhood, teen and the following turbulent years of a young princess who came to be known as Queen Victoria (played by Emily Blunt). It also follows her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
62. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
After Jeanne (Milla Jovovich), a religious French girl, has a vision, she goes on to inspire France in getting rid of the English and becomes Joan of Arc.
63. The Queen (2006)
Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) tries to deal with a series of events following the death of Princess Diana.
64. Stepmom (1998)
Isabel (Julia Roberts) gets engaged to Luke, a divorcee, and tries her best to keep his children happy. Luke’s ex-wife, Jackie (Susan Sarandon), loathes Isabel. However, things change when Jackie gets diagnosed with cancer.
65. The Lover (1992)
Set in 1920s colonial Indochina, a pretty French teenager (Jane March) meets a handsome Chinese playboy from a respectable family. Going against the conventions of their respective societies, the lustful pair begin a torrid affair in a seedy Saigon neighborhood.
66. Frances Ha (2012)
A story that follows a New York woman, Frances (Greta Gerwig), who doesn’t really have an apartment. She apprentices for a dance company although she’s not really a dancer, and throws herself headlong into her dreams.
67. The Dressmaker (2015)
Accused of murder when she was a child, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong.
68. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Centered on the court of Henry VIII, this historical drama presents a calculating Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman), who usurps her older sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson) as the king’s mistress and ultimately desires to be his new queen.
69. Elizabeth 1-2 (1998, 2007)
Following her ascension to the throne, Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) faces many challenges during her reign over England. Amidst the political, administrative and personal issues, she struggles to learn to be a monarch.
70. My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Colin, an aspiring director who works with Laurence Olivier, is a part of a movie starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). During the film shoot, he forms a bond with Marilyn.
71. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
72. Pope Joan (2009)
An Englishwoman, Johanna (Johanna Wokalek), born in Germany in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and gradually works her way into increasingly powerful positions, finally ascending to the level of pope.
73. Secretariat (2010)
Penny (Diane Lane) has no knowledge about horse racing but takes charge of her father’s stable. Soon, she enters the male-dominated business and creates history by winning the first triple crown in 25 years.
74. Joy (2015)
Despite facing several hardships, Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), a divorced mother of two, rises against all odds and sets up a successful business empire.
75. Scoop (2006)
An aspiring journalist, Sondra (Scarlett Johansson), who gets a tip about the identity of a serial killer from a dead reporter, but finds herself falling for the prime suspect during her investigation.
76. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman.
77. Little Fires Everywhere (miniseries, 2020)
Following the intertwined fates of the housewife, Elena (Reese Witherspoon) from a picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother, Mia (Kerry Washington), and daughter who upend their lives. Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s.
78. Big Little Lies (2 seasons, 2017)
Madeline, Celeste and Jane are a trio of wealthy young women in Monterey, California. Their lives are shattered when a murder takes place in their idyllic town, unravelling a can of worms. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep.
79. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-on)
The 4th season will be released soon, confirmed in 12.2020
It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) has everything she has ever wanted: the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent, she didn’t previously know she had – stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village.
80. The Other Woman (2014)
Carly (Cameron Diaz), Mark’s girlfriend, is shocked when she learns of his marriage. She meets his wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), and they become good friends. However, Kate discovers Mark’s affair with Amber (Kate Upton).
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