Notable women

by imyrasantana | created - 14 Mar 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Movies about great women in history - All kind of movie: biopic, documentary, fiction/ bad ones and good ones, etc... This list has no particular order. I choose not only the most famous ones. My selection is based in some cathegories: 1 - women artists: writers, musicians, painters, actresses, dancers, etc 2 - women in politics: queens, leaders, warriors, revolutionaries 3 - women scientists and philosophers 4 - feminists 5 - ordinary but brave/engaged women (category with almost unknown women) 6 - or only (not so)famous women with interesting profiles or that were beyond their time.

List under construction: I accept suggestions.

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1. Camille Claudel (1988)

R | 175 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Nuytten | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 5,654 | Gross: $0.20M

Camille Claudel (1864 - 1943) - sculptor

2. The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 116,480 | Gross: $41.68M

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) - writer

3. Lady Jane (1986)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern

Votes: 5,690 | Gross: $0.28M

Joana Grey (1537 - 1554) - queen

4. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 14,872 | Gross: $4.53M

Veronica Franco (1546 - 1591) - writer and courtisan

5. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 85,686 | Gross: $30.08M

Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) - queen

6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 40,567 | Gross: $0.02M

Jeanne d'Arc (1413 - 1431) - - french warrior and saint

7. Florence Nightingale (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Family

The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing, known as "the Lady with the Lamp".

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, Timothy West

Votes: 283

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) - founder of the modern nursing

8. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 74,436 | Gross: $25.89M

Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954) - painter

9. Iris (I) (2001)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Votes: 16,168 | Gross: $1.29M

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999) - writer

10. Les palmes de M. Schutz (1997)

106 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A humoristic view of the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and their discoveries around radioactivity.

Director: Claude Pinoteau | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Philippe Noiret, Charles Berling, Christian Charmetant

Votes: 363

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867 - 1934) - scientist, Nobel prize (physics and chemistry)

11. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,387 | Gross: $4.08M

Armandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, known as George Sand (1804 - 1876) - writer

12. Amélia (2001)

130 min | Comedy, Drama

Fictional story based on Sarah Bernhard's visit to Brazil in 1905. The actress, experiencing a personal and professional crisis at the time, is induced by her personal Brazilian maid, ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Carolina | Stars: Marília Pêra, Béatrice Agenin, Camila Amado, Pedro Bismark

Votes: 175

Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923) - actress

13. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 4,030 | Gross: $2.14M

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967) - writer

14. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 15,265 | Gross: $2.02M

Marguerite de Valois (1553 - 1615) - queen

15. Lucie Aubrac (1997)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

61 Metascore

A love story or a tale of the resistance, this poignant movie tells both the haunting story of a French resistance cell in Lyon but also the love of Lucie Aubrac for her husband, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil, Patrice Chéreau, Eric Boucher

Votes: 1,113 | Gross: $0.46M

Lucie Aubrac (1912 - 2007) - member of the French resistence during WW II

16. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 3,746

Santa Chiara d'Assisi (1194 - 1253) - saint

17. Eternamente Pagu (1987)

100 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of Patrícia Galvão, aka Pagu, a legendary personage, muse and activist of Brazilian Modernism in art, during the 1920s until the 1940s. She shocked the society of her time, but ... See full summary »

Director: Norma Bengell | Stars: Carla Camurati, Antônio Fagundes, Otávio Augusto, Norma Bengell

Votes: 75

Patrícia Rehder Galvão "Pagu" (1910 - 1962) - writer, journalist and poet. First woman arrested in Brazil due to political reasons

18. Sylvia (2003)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Lucy Davenport, David Birkin

Votes: 9,868 | Gross: $1.30M

Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963) - writer

19. Hilary and Jackie (1998)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey

Votes: 9,282 | Gross: $4.87M

Jacqueline du Pré (1945 - 1987) - cellist

20. The Lion in Winter (2003 TV Movie)

167 min | Drama, History, Romance

King Henry II meets with Eleanor of Aquitaine at Christmastide 1183 to choose one of his sons as his successor.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Glenn Close, Andrew Howard, Antal Konrád, John Light

Votes: 1,983

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 - 1204) - queen

21. Agora (2009)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 61,454 | Gross: $0.62M

Hypatia (370 d.C. - 415 d.C.) - philisopher and mathematician

22. Becoming Colette (1991)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

At the turn of the century, Henri Gauthier-Villars, a notorious bachelor, marries the young country girl Gabrielle Colette and introduces her to debauched Parisian life. Gabrielle keeps a ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Huston | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Mathilda May, Virginia Madsen, Paul Rhys

Votes: 207 | Gross: $0.22M

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873 - 1954) - writer

23. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 24,954 | Gross: $0.68M

Sophie Scholl (1921 - 1943) - revolutionary

24. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

65 min | Drama, History

A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat, Marc Jacquier

Votes: 3,688

Jeanne d'Arc (1413 - 1431) - warrior and saint

25. The Brontë Sisters (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama

In a small presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the Bronte sisters write their first works and quickly become literary sensations.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier, Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggory

Votes: 751

Charlotte Brontë (1816 - 1855) - writer Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848) - writer Anne Brontë (1820 - 1849) - writer

26. Beloved Clara (2008)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A look at the lives of 19th-century composers Clara and Robert Schumann.

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Pascal Greggory, Malik Zidi, Aline Annessy

Votes: 244

Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896) - pianist and composer

27. Carlota Joaquina, Princesa do Brazil (1995)

100 min | Comedy, History

A hot blooded Spanish princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Marieta Severo, Antonio Abujamra, Thales Pan Chacon, Ludmila Dayer

Votes: 1,138

Carlota Joaquina de Bourbon (1775 - 1830) - queen

28. L'Autrichienne (1990)

98 min | Biography, Drama, History

Last days of queen Marie Antoinette stunningly portrayed by a director who's clearly done a massive historical research. An accurate plot and a very moving rendering.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Ute Lemper, Patrick Chesnais, Daniel Mesguich, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 66

Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) - queen

29. Coco Before Chanel (2009)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain

Votes: 36,595 | Gross: $6.11M

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883 - 1971) - fashion designer

30. Becoming Jane (2007)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell

Votes: 54,448 | Gross: $18.67M

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) - writer

31. Marlene (2000)

125 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The movie follows the life and personality of the famous actress Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Katja Flint, Hans Werner Meyer, Herbert Knaup, Heino Ferch

Votes: 532

Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 1992) - actress, singer

32. Callas Forever (2002)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The last days of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan

Votes: 1,981 | Gross: $0.45M

Maria Callas (1923 - 1977) - singer

33. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi

Votes: 22,109 | Gross: $24.72M

Dian Fossey (1932 - 1985) - zoologist

34. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 6,144

Anne Boleyn (1501 - 1536) - queen

35. Vision (2009)

Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Lena Stolze

Votes: 975 | Gross: $0.43M

Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179) - philisopher, writer, composer, mystic, visionay - polymath

36. Spring Symphony (1983)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Music

Chronicles the illustrious 19th-century love affair between composer Robert Schumann and pianist Claire Weick.

Director: Peter Schamoni | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Herbert Grönemeyer, Rolf Hoppe, Anja-Christine Preussler

Votes: 282

Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896) - pianist and composer

37. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 26,382 | Gross: $57.78M

Cleópatra (69 a.C. - 30 a.C.) - queen

38. Veronica Guerin (2003)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 17,963 | Gross: $1.57M

Veronica Guerin (1958 - 1996) - journalist

39. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,565 | Gross: $11.57M

Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977) - writer

40. La Vie en Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 77,270 | Gross: $10.30M

Edith Piaf (1915 - 1963) - singer

41. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris

Votes: 9,854 | Gross: $1.41M

Bettie Page (1923 - 2008) - model

42. The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser

Votes: 5,153

Catarina, the great (1729 - 1796) - queen

43. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 92,778 | Gross: $15.96M

Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) - queen

Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923) - actress