Inspirational Women's History Leader Biopics

by urbanemovies | created - 13 Mar 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Each March in the USA, we recognize female achievements during Women's History Month. Biographical movies are a great way to educate the public about landmark events in the struggle for gender equality. At the same time, these movies honor and celebrate each woman's achievement with the star power they deserve. Bios Source:

Which political leader or ruling family female* inspires you the most, or alternatively their biopic? * Queens, Heads of State, First Ladies, Princesses, Politicians, Etc.

Women's History Month Companion Polls Leader Biopics : Trailblazer Biopics : Humanitarian Biopics : Sports Biopics : Writer Biopics : Singer/Musician Biopics

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1. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 41,747 | Gross: $1.55M

Queen Caroline: Queen of Denmark, influenced her son King Fredrick VI to reform and modernize Denmark.

2. 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: 87,570 | Gross: $30.08M

Elizabeth I: Queen of England, Queen for 45 years and one of the worlds most respected monarchs ever. Alternate Biopics: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Young Bess (1953)

3. Jackie (V) (2016)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

81 Metascore

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Votes: 68,000 | Gross: $13.96M

Jackie Kennedy: USA First Lady, champion of the arts and of historic architecture preservation, as well as, known for her style, elegance, and grace. She was a fashion icon and role model to women everywhere. Alternate Biopic: Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)

4. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 54,964 | Gross: $11.00M

Queen Victoria: Queen of England, for 40 years presided over one the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Alternate Biopic: Victoria & Albert (2001)

5. Pocahontas (I) (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

58 Metascore

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.

Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker

Votes: 157,752 | Gross: $141.60M

Pocahontas: Powhatan Indian princess, emissary to the English settlers and allegedly saved John Smith from execution by offering to sacrifice her own life. Alternate Biopic: The New World (2005)

6. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII 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: 27,199 | Gross: $57.78M

Cleopatra: Queen of Egypt, last active pharaoh of Ptolemaic dynasty. Alternate Biopic: Cleopatra (1934)

7. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 98,082 | Gross: $30.02M

Margaret Thatcher: UK Prime Minister, United Kingdom leader for 10 years.

8. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 98,709 | Gross: $26.81M

Anne Boleyn: Queen of England, key figure in the English Reformation. Alternate Biopic: Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

9. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 99,508 | Gross: $56.44M

Queen Elizabeth II: UK Queen, Queen of United Kingdom for over 65 years, longest serving British monarch ever.

10. The Lady (2011)

R | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

43 Metascore

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse

Votes: 9,864 | Gross: $0.36M

Aung San Suu Kyi: State Counsellor of Myanmar, the de facto Head of State of Myanmar. The Nobel Peace Prize winning opposition leader spent two decades as a political prisoner, when the military refused to hand over power, after she won the countries' election in a landslide.

11. Queen Christina (1933)

Approved | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone

Votes: 6,734 | Gross: $0.77M

Queen Christina: Queen of Sweden, one of the most educated women of the 1600s, sought to establish Stockholm as the "Athens of the North". An independent thinker, she broke with tradition by refusing to marry. She converted to Roman Catholicism, thus becoming a symbol of the Counter Reformation and one of the few women buried in the Vatican grotto. Alternate Biopic: The Girl King (2015)

12. Eleanor of Aquitaine

120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Queen To Two Kings. Mother To Two Kings. Eleanor of Aquitaine Was One Of The Most Forceful, Independent Thinking Woman Of The Middle Ages.

Director: Robin Jacob

Eleanor of Aquitaine: First Queen of France, influenced the politics of many western European nations, personally and through her sons, English kings: King Richard and King John. Alternate Biopic: The Lion in Winter (1968)

13. Catherine the Great

Biography, Drama, History | Announced

Sophia Augusta's marriage to Peter III, the Emperor of Russia, is anything but the fairy-tale life that she had been promised. In a historical tale of political intrigue, sex and murder, ... See full summary »

Director: Barbra Streisand

Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia, one of the great political leaders of 18th century. Alternate Biopics: Catherine the Great (1995), Young Catherine (1991)

14. Queen of the Desert (2015)

PG-13 | 128 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

39 Metascore

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis

Votes: 9,006

Gertrude Bell: Political Officer aka Queen of the Desert, Bell played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq. Her knowledge as an archaeologist and writer gave her a unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders. As a result, she was respected by both British and Arab officials alike and commanded an immense amount of power.

15. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Drama, History

69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 27,667 | Gross: $3.44M

Rajkumari Mariam-uz-Zamani aka Jodhaa Bai: Empress of the Mughal Empire, personally agreed to a loveless arranged marriage of political alliance between the Mughal empire Akbar and Rajput empire. Her personal sacrifice resulted in one of the world's greatest love stories and forever changed the fate of India. Alternate Biopic: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

16. Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982 TV Movie)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biography of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who forged a new role for herself in the years after her husband's death.

Director: John Erman | Stars: Jean Stapleton, Kabir Bedi, Coral Browne, Dorothy Dells

Votes: 103

Eleanor Roosevelt: USA First Lady, Unofficial co-president of United States 1933-1945, plus an iconic human rights advocate/leader.

17. One Night with the King (2006)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

38 Metascore

In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif

Votes: 6,501 | Gross: $13.40M

Esther: Queen of Persia, the iconic biblical figure saved her Herbrew people by preventing a genocide. Alternate Biopic: The Book of Esther (2013)

18. Southside with You (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

Director: Richard Tanne | Stars: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear

Votes: 7,464 | Gross: $6.30M

Michelle Obama: USA First Lady, an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. She is known a fashion icon, a role model for women, and important part of her husband's Barack rise and success.

19. A Woman Called Golda (1982 TV Movie)

191 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis

Votes: 730

Golda Meir: First Prime Minister of Israel, crucial to Israel's survival during it's formative years.

20. 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: 15,536 | Gross: $2.02M

Queen Margot: Queen Consort of France and Navarre, the victim of a manipulative mother, a loveless arranged marriage, imprisoned by her ruthless brothers and trapped in religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She survives them all to become the queen of two countries and had a profound influence that continues to this day.

21. 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: 95,002 | Gross: $15.96M

Marie Antoinette: Queen of France, brought the French monarchy tumbling down. Alternate Biopic: Marie Antoinette (1938)

22. Evita (1996)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 32,620 | Gross: $50.05M

Evita Peron: First Lady of Argentina, inspiration to the Argentinian people. Alternate Biopic: Evita Peron (1981)

23. Salomé (2013)

R | 81 min | Drama

The Biblical story of Salomé, a girl who agrees to perform the "dance of the seven veils" in return for John the Baptist's head on a silver platter.

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Kevin Anderson, Jessica Chastain, Ralph Guzzo, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 1,511

Salome: Queen of Chalcis and Armenia Minor, infamous for demanding and receiving the head of John the Baptist. Alternate Biopic: Wilde Salomé (2011)

24. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History

Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson

Votes: 4,093

Tsarina Alexandra: Empress of Russia, best known for her faith in the mystic Rasputin and for influencing the King's resistance to a surrender of autocratic authority over Russia. Both, severely damaged her popularity and that of the Romanov monarchy in its final years and resulted in her being the last Tsarina of Russia.

25. Queen of the Mountains (2014)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The relevant epic story of the strong-willed, courageous and independent woman before her time, Kurmanjan, who is revered to this day for her diplomacy for saving her nation from complete destruction when the Russians invaded.

Director: Sadyk Sher-Niyaz | Stars: Elina Abai Kyzy, Nasira Mambetova, Aziz Muradillayev, Adilet Usubaliyev

Votes: 3,243

Tsaritsa Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of Alai (Kyrgyzstan), persuaded her people to accept Russian annexation, wisely recognizing the futility of resistance and for the welfare of her people at a great personal cost.

26. 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 King Edward VI 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: 5,851 | Gross: $0.28M

Lady Jane Grey: Nine-Day Queen, the de facto monarch of England and Ireland for nine days. She was a traitor-heroine of the Reformation and whose Protestant martyrdom grew to legendary proportions over the centuries.

27. Warrior Queen Boudica (2006 TV Special)


When the cowardly bureaucrat Catus Decianus breaks a peace treaty with the Iceni by brutalizing and humiliating their queen Boudica and her daughters the Iceian and allies join the queen in... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Taulère, Kim Hawkins | Stars: Charlotte Comer, Simona Cuciurianu, Danny Green, Radu Andrei Micu

Votes: 93

Boudica: Celtic Queen, a British Iceni tribe chieftain who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60.

28. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 30,181 | Gross: $16.47M

Queen Mary: Queen of Scots, only six days old when she asceded to the throne of Scotland. She also was briefly the Queen consort of France and laid claim to the English throne. Held captive for two decades, she was executed for being a threat to Queen Elizabeth. Alternate Biopics: Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) and Mary of Scotland (1936)

29. Mad Love (2001)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma

Votes: 3,478 | Gross: $0.28M

Joanna of Castile: Queen of Spain, established modern Spain and became its first queen by uniting the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon under her rule.

30. Diana (2013)

PG-13 | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar, Charles Edwards

Votes: 18,000 | Gross: $0.33M

Diane Spencer: People's Princess, the beloved Princess of Wales was known for her HIV/AIDS, Landmines, and Cancer charitable work. Her fashion, style, beauty and compassion made her admired the world round; while also increasing the profile and popularity of the royal family.

31. Grace of Monaco (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

21 Metascore

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, André Penvern, Frank Langella

Votes: 17,193

Grace Kelly: Princess of Monaco, an immensely successful Academy Award winning actress over a very short career. She used her popularity as a fashion and style icon to promote her philanthropic work as princess.

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