Feminist Documentary Films

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1. Baadasssss Cinema (2002 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles, Elvis Mitchell

Votes: 628

2. Sisters in Law (2005)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Set in Kumba in South West Cameroon Sisters in Law follows Adultery, Rape and Abuse cases led by a Female Judge.

Directors: Florence Ayisi, Kim Longinotto | Stars: Vera Ngassa, Beatrice Ntuba

Votes: 330 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box (1991)


The story of Storme DeLarverie MC and male impersonator at the Jewel Box Revue, the first integrated gender impersonation show.

Director: Michelle Parkerson

Votes: 8

4. Female Misbehavior (1992)

R | 80 min | Documentary

Four documentaries in one. One has Camille Paglia explaining her ways of thinking. One has Annie Sprinkle explaining her approach to performance art, which includes inviting audience ... See full summary »

Director: Monika Treut | Stars: Camille Paglia, Annie Sprinkle

Votes: 49

5. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter, Melinda Manning

Votes: 5,662 | Gross: $0.41M

6. The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

Director: Sini Anderson | Stars: Kathleen Hanna, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett

Votes: 2,547 | Gross: $0.12M

7. She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History

80 Metascore

A documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971.

Director: Mary Dore | Stars: Chude Pamela Allen, Alta, Judith Arcana, Nona Willis Aronowitz

Votes: 1,361 | Gross: $0.42M

8. The Education of Shelby Knox (2005)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

A 15-year-old girl's transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.

Directors: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt | Stars: Yvonne Caudillo, Shelby Knox, Rene Maquilleur, Amanda Noble

Votes: 406

9. Embrace (I) (2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

Director: Taryn Brumfitt | Stars: Taryn Brumfitt, Renee Airya, Linda Bacon, Jes Baker

Votes: 740

10. Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation (2013)

64 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This is the story of the women's liberation movement from 1963-1970. In 2004 a woman whispered to me 'Are you a feminist?' She was embarrassed to ask me. I tried explaining to her that it ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Hall Lee

Votes: 6

11. I Was a Teenage Feminist (2005)

PG | 62 min | Documentary

When did feminism become a bad word? Why is it that young independent, progressive women in today's society feel uncomfortable identifying with the F-word? Join filmmaker Therese Shechter ... See full summary »

Director: Therese Shechter | Stars: Elaine Alvarez, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Therese Shechter

Votes: 18

12. Mother (2009)

55 min | Documentary

Senegal's first female journalist, 82-year-old Annette Mbaye d'Erneville, has been an active pioneer and campaigner for gender equality since the earliest days of the Senegalese women's ... See full summary »

Director: William Mbaye Ousmane | Star: Annette M'Baye d'Erneville

13. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,372

14. Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women (2010)

46 min | Documentary

Jean Kilbourne discusses the representation of women in advertisements.

Director: Sut Jhally | Star: Jean Kilbourne

Votes: 192

15. Status Quo? (2012)

84 min | Documentary

This documentary explores how feminism has shaped the society we live in. It further problematizes the questions of how much progress has been reached, and the relevancy of the feminist ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Cho

Votes: 12

17. Pussy protiv Putina (2014)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

The film is about brave young women that spoke the truth about Russian political situation and struck a strong blow to usurping regime and about the revenge by regime.

Director: Gogol's Wives | Stars: Mariya Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Pyotr Verzilov

Votes: 24

18. Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999– )

TV-G | 181 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women.

Stars: Carolyn McCormick, Adam Arkin, Lorie Barnum, Kathleen Barry

Votes: 231

19. Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (1981)

69 min | Documentary

Documentary about the pornography industry and the apparent violent anti-woman slant much of it takes.

Director: Bonnie Sherr Klein | Stars: Linda Lee Tracey, Bonnie Sherr Klein, Suze Randall, Kate Millett

Votes: 238

20. The Naked Feminist (2004)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

Provocative, enlightening and revealing, The Naked Feminist challenges the myths surrounding women in the porn industry while exploring preconceived notions of control, pleasure and exploitation.

Director: Louisa Achille | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Veronica Hart, Nina Hartley, Kylie Ireland

Votes: 42

21. Town Bloody Hall (1979)

85 min | Documentary

The infamously macho American author shares a 1971 New York City panel with a group of famous feminists and responds as well to a lively critique from other intellectual women in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Ceballos

Votes: 99

22. Trente tableaux (2011)

81 min | Documentary

Paule Baillargeon is 37 years old, 11 years old, 65 years old. . . In this film composed of fragments, she tells her story: the story of a woman, a filmmaker, a mother, a feminist, an ... See full summary »

Director: Paule Baillargeon

Votes: 12

23. Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

Ukraine's topless feminist sensation Femen has created a media frenzy across Europe, but before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must confront the dark and perverse forces that power their organisation.

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Inna Shevchenko, Sasha Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol, Oksana Shachko

Votes: 306

24. Until the Violence Stops (2003)

A documentary on V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Director: Abby Epstein | Stars: Tantoo Cardinal, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda

Votes: 33

25. Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics (1995)

94 min | Documentary

Marilyn Waring discusses the intersection between feminism and economics.

Director: Terre Nash | Stars: Marilyn Waring, John Kenneth Galbraith, Cinthy Kalye, Hope O'Regan

Votes: 50

26. With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade (1979)

45 min | Documentary

From December 1936 to February 1937 members of the United Auto Workers organized a sit-down strike inside the General Motors Fisher Body 1 and 2 plants in Flint, Michigan. They ultimately ... See full summary »

Director: Lorraine Gray

Votes: 39

27. !Women Art Revolution (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson | Star: Lynn Hershman-Leeson

Votes: 198 | Gross: $0.05M

28. The Red Pill (2016)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 9,111

29. Makers: Women Who Make America (2013– )

60 min | Documentary

This series documents stories of women's contributions to some of the most important moments in the history of America.

Stars: Meryl Streep, Gloria Steinem, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Pat Schroeder

Votes: 109

30. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Women's List (2015)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders spotlights 15 women who define contemporary American culture; included are Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez and Wendy Williams.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely

Votes: 59

31. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)

65 min | Documentary, History, War

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.

Director: Connie Field | Stars: Lola Weixel, Margaret Wright, Lyn Childs, Gladys Belcher

Votes: 262

32. Mutantes (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Mutantes sheds light on a feminism that was little talked about in France. This documentary comprises of a series of interviews conducted in the USA, Paris and Barcelona, and documents from... See full summary »

Director: Virginie Despentes | Stars: Norma Jean Almodovar, Maria Beatty, Lynn Breedlove, Catherine Breillat

Votes: 78

33. Girls Rock! (2007)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

62 Metascore

A documentary about four girls who transform their lives at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls.

Directors: Arne Johnson, Shane King

Votes: 154 | Gross: $0.16M

34. Feminista (2017)

60 min | Documentary | Completed

An exploratory journey highlighting the largely unrecognized yet hugely vibrant Pan European feminist movement that is very much alive today, from Turkey to Portugal, by the way of the Balkans, to Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Director: Myriam Fougère

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