Notable womenby 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 »
Votes: 5,654 | Gross: $0.20M
Camille Claudel (1864 - 1943) - sculptor
2. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
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.
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 »
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.
Votes: 14,872 | Gross: $4.53M
Veronica Franco (1546 - 1591) - writer and courtisan
5. Elizabeth (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History
The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
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.
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".
Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) - founder of the modern nursing
8. Frida (2002)
R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Votes: 74,436 | Gross: $25.89M
Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954) - painter
9. Iris (I) (2001)
R | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
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.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867 - 1934) - scientist, Nobel prize (physics and chemistry)
11. Impromptu (1991)
PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music
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 »
Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923) - actress
13. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama
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.
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.
Votes: 15,265 | Gross: $2.02M
Marguerite de Valois (1553 - 1615) - queen
15. Lucie Aubrac (1997)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War
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 »
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.
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 »
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
Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
Votes: 9,868 | Gross: $1.30M
Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963) - writer
19. Hilary and Jackie (1998)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
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.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 - 1204) - queen
21. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
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 »
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
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) - queen
29. Coco Before Chanel (2009)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.
Votes: 36,595 | Gross: $6.11M
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883 - 1971) - fashion designer
30. Becoming Jane (2007)
PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.
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.
Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 1992) - actress, singer
32. Callas Forever (2002)
PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The last days of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.
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.
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.
Anne Boleyn (1501 - 1536) - queen
35. Vision (2009)
Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 »
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.
Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896) - pianist and composer
37. Cleopatra (1963)
G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.
Votes: 26,382 | Gross: $57.78M
Cleópatra (69 a.C. - 30 a.C.) - queen
38. Veronica Guerin (2003)
R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.
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 »
Votes: 11,565 | Gross: $11.57M
Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977) - writer
40. La Vie en Rose (2007)
PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 77,270 | Gross: $10.30M
Edith Piaf (1915 - 1963) - singer
41. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
R | 91 min | Biography, Drama
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.
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.
Catarina, the great (1729 - 1796) - queen
43. Marie Antoinette (2006)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 92,778 | Gross: $15.96M
Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) - queen
44. Sarah Bernhardt: Une étoile en plein jour (2006 TV Movie)
105 min | Drama
Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923) - actress