Inspirational Women's History Sports Biopics

by urbanemovies | created - 18 Mar 2017 | updated - 7 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.

Which groundbreaking competitive sportswoman, female athlete or coach* inspires you the most, or alternatively their biopic? * Competitive Sportswomen, Athletes, Coaches, 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. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 43,392 | Gross: $43.85M

Bethany Hamilton: Surfer

2. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

73 Metascore

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza

Votes: 14,184 | Gross: $8.81M

Phiona Mutesi: Chess Grandmaster Candidate

3. Battle of the Sexes (2017)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 46,891 | Gross: $12.64M

Billie Jean King: Tennis

Alternate Biopics: When Billie Beat Bobby (2001), The Battle of the Sexes (2013)

4. Secretariat (2010)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis

Votes: 25,444 | Gross: $59.71M

Penny Chenery Tweedy: Horse Racing

5. Molly's Game (2017)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Votes: 121,650 | Gross: $28.78M

Molly Bloom: World-Class Skier and High Stakes Poker Game Owner

6. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 163,926 | Gross: $30.01M

Toyna Harding: Figure Skater

7. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 87,970 | Gross: $107.53M

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Baseball Players *fictionalized Hollywood story inspired by real AAPBL players.

8. Dangal (2016)

Not Rated | 161 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

Director: Nitesh Tiwari | Stars: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

Votes: 138,456 | Gross: $12.39M

Phogat sisters: Wrestlers *semi-fictional Bollywood story inspired by real life Phogat sisters and events

9. Mary Kom (2014)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.

Director: Omung Kumar | Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Sunil Thapa, Robin Das, Rajni Basumatary

Votes: 9,466 | Gross: $0.59M

Mary Kom: Boxer

10. Against the Ropes (2004)

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

36 Metascore

A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

Director: Charles S. Dutton | Stars: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles S. Dutton, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 6,598 | Gross: $5.88M

Jackie Kallen: Boxing Promoter *fictionalized Hollywood story inspired by female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen

11. Gracie (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

A teenager faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue, Jesse Lee Soffer

Votes: 3,932 | Gross: $2.96M

Gracie Bowen: Football aka Soccer Player

12. The Longshots (2008)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.

Director: Fred Durst | Stars: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith, Jill Marie Jones

Votes: 3,717 | Gross: $11.51M

Jasmine Plummer: American Football Player

13. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 3,052 | Gross: $0.00M

Parinya Charoenphol: Muay Thai Boxer

14. Double Teamed (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Two sisters become world-famous basketball players.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Poppi Monroe, Annie McElwain, Teal Redmann, Nick Searcy

Votes: 3,003

Heidi and Heather Burge: Basketball Players

15. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian

Votes: 1,163

Annette Kellerman: Swimmer

16. Full Out (2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A young gymnast's Olympic aspirations are crushed after a debilitating accident.

Director: Sean Cisterna | Stars: Ana Golja, Jennifer Beals, Sarah Fisher, Asha Bromfield

Votes: 1,861

Ariana Berlin: Gymnast

17. Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi

Votes: 1,210 | Gross: $0.27M

Shirley Muldowney: Drag Racer

18. The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)

PG | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Young ski champion Jill Kinmont is left paralyzed after a tragic skiing accident. Her best friend suffers the same fate after contracting polio. Jill must slowly put her life back together again with the help of those close to her.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Marilyn Hassett, Beau Bridges, Belinda Montgomery, Nan Martin

Votes: 904 | Gross: $34.67M

Jill Kinmont: Slalom Skier

19. Fighting with My Family (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

Votes: 55,947 | Gross: $22.96M

Saraya-Jade “Paige” Bevis: Wresler

20. Sonja: The White Swan (2018)

113 min | Biography, Drama, History

Sonja - The White Swan is the story about Sonja Henie, one of the world's greatest athletes and the inventor of modern figure skating, who decides to go to Hollywood in 1936 to become a ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Sewitsky | Stars: Ine Marie Wilmann, Valene Kane, Eldar Skar, Anders Mordal

Votes: 473

Sonja Henie: Ice Figure Skater

21. Ride Like a Girl (2019)

PG | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

44 Metascore

The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Director: Rachel Griffiths | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Brooke Satchwell

Votes: 1,460

Michelle Payne: Horse Jockey

22. Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019)

TV-PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama

A courageous teenager is determined to resume competitive rodeo months after her paralyzing spinal cord injury.

Director: Conor Allyn | Stars: Spencer Locke, Missi Pyle, Bailey Chase, Alyvia Alyn Lind

Votes: 1,500

Amberley Snyder: Rodeo Barrel Racer

Added 15 August 2019



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