Top Movies To Celebrate Women's rights/history

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Adam's Rib (1949)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. (101 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
North Country (2005)
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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
Joan of Arc (1948)
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In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England... (145 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ This movie starring Ingrid Bergman is great. In the fifteenth century, France was a defeated nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. Joan of Arc, the 14-year-old farm girl, claimed to hear voices from heaven asking her to lead God’s Army against Orleans and crown the Dauphin Charles VII as King of France. You probably know the rest of this tragic story. ” - hagermahdy
Norma Rae (1979)
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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Sally Field won an Academy Award for her starring role in this film as a minimum-wage cotton mill worker in the South who becomes a leader in organizing a union at her plant. Based on the real-life Crystal Lee Sutton who joined up with the Textile Workers Union to battle textile corporation J.P. Stevens. The film highlights the important contributions women have made to the labor movement. ” - hagermahdy
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980 Documentary)
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Documentary about women working in factories during WWII and resultant loss of jobs after the war. Five women tell their stories. Fascinating clips of racist, sexist propaganda of the era. (65 mins.)
Director: Connie Field
“ This excellent documentary focuses on a radical time for women: the U.S. entry into World War II created an unprecedented demand for new workers. Notions of what was proper work for women changed overnight. Thousands of posters and billboards appeared calling on women to “Do the Job He Left Behind.” Rosie the Riveter was born — the symbol of working women during World War II. ” - hagermahdy
A League of Their Own (1992)
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Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ The main theme of this movie is how gender roles changed in World War II America, as two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. Great movie, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks. ” - hagermahdy
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
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The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other. (139 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
“ The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other. The film, based on Amy Tan’s best-selling novel, takes place in present-day San Francisco, concentrating on a group of late-middle-aged Chinese women. Directed by Wayne Wang and written by Ronald Bass. ” - hagermahdy
Elizabeth (1998)
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A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Cate Blanchett’s performance in this movie is amazing. Queen Elizabeth the First of England ruled during a time of great economic and social change. During her reign she witnessed the defeat of the Spanish Armada leaving Britain to later become one of the world’s dominant superpowers. Blanchett does the queen proud. ” - hagermahdy
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ Hilary Swank and Chloë Seivngy star in this movie based on the true story of a transgendered teen. I remember the first time I watched this film, and just couldn’t believe it wasn’t a documentary, it felt so real ” - hagermahdy
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)
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This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies... (120 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
“ Halle Berry became the first African American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress after she played the first African American to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar: Dorothy Dandridge. The film focuses on the challenges in Dandridge’s career and the racism she faced as a black actress in Hollywood. ” - hagermahdy
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
“ Presiding over one of the largest empires ever seen, Queen Victoria was the head of state for most of the nineteenth century. She became synonymous with the period symbolizing propriety and middle class values. Though the film focuses more on Victoria’s (Emily Blunt) early years on the throne, and her relationship with Prince Albert, it is an excellent film. ” - hagermahdy
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Whether or not you believe torture was vital to the hunt for Bin Laden, Jessica Chastain is awesome in her role as a female CIA operative who is tough and doesn’t care what anyone thinks in her determination to capture Bin Laden. ” - hagermahdy
Erin Brockovich (2000)
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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
“ Julia Roberts won an Oscar for this story about a clerk in a law firm who helped win the largest toxic tort settlement in U.S. history for the people who had been damaged by inappropriately and illegally disposed chemicals. ” - hagermahdy
The Miracle Worker (1962)
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke both won Oscars for this story of two extraordinary women, teacher Annie Sullivan and her deaf and blind student Helen Keller. ” - hagermahdy
Funny Girl (1968)
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The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein. (151 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for playing Fanny Brice, one of the most popular performing artists of the early 20th century. ” - hagermahdy
The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)
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A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. (97 mins.)
Director: Julie Dash
“ Angela Bassett stars as the woman whose refusal to give up her seat on the bus began the Civil Rights movement. ” - hagermahdy
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999 TV Series)
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The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women. (181 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
“ Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Stanton & Anthony The lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their fight for women’s right to vote is much more accurately depicted in this documentary than in the fictionalized “Iron-Jawed Angels.” ” - hagermahdy