Inspirational Women's History Leader Biopicsby 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: Wikipedia.com
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
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.
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
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: 87,570 | Gross: $30.08M
3. Jackie (V) (2016)
R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
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
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
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
An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.
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
Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.
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
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.
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
Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
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
14. Queen of the Desert (2015)
PG-13 | 128 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
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
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.
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.
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
In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.
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
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.
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.
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
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: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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
Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.