Inspirational Women's History Trailblazer Biopicsby urbanemovies | created - 20 Mar 2016 | updated - 3 weeks 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 trailblazing or pioneering female* in their field inspires you the most, or alternatively their biopic? * Explorers, Scientists, Pioneers, Discovers, Rebels, Etc.
Women's History Month Companion Polls Leader Biopics : Trailblazer Biopics : Humanitarian Biopics : Sports Biopics : Writer Biopics : Singer/Musician Biopics
Cast your vote here or Discuss the topic here.
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1. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.
Votes: 61,611 | Gross: $14.28M
2. Amelia (2009)
PG | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
Votes: 11,462 | Gross: $14.24M
Amelia Earhart: Aviator, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and inspiration to millions of girls worldwide.
3. Hidden Figures (2016)
PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
Votes: 175,599 | Gross: $169.61M
Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan or Mary Jackson: NASA Pioneers, who helped get the space program off the ground and into space.
4. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Votes: 22,426 | Gross: $24.72M
Dian Fossey: Naturalist, who was a pioneer in the fields of zoology, primatology, anthropology and a fervent conservationist.
5. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.
Votes: 87,946 | Gross: $11.53M
Teena Brandon: Trans Man, whose story highlighted the legal and medical discrimination she suffered to live as a transgender man. Her murder led to the establishment of hate crime legislation and a better understanding and acceptance of transgenders. Alternate Biopic: The Brandon Teena Story (1998)
6. Coco Before Chanel (2009)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.
Votes: 37,040 | Gross: $6.11M
Coco Chanel: Chanel Founder, a pioneering lifestyle designer and business founder who changed the look of women's fashion far beyond couture clothing. Alternate Biopic: Coco Chanel (2008)
7. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.
Bonnie Parker: Bank Robber, an American legend participating in more than hundred or more robberies. Although, her portrayal was greatly exaggerated by the press during the hardscrabble times of Great Depression, but nonetheless elevated her to mythical stature in her day and beyond.
8. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
Votes: 62,171 | Gross: $0.62M
Hypatia: Professor, a Greek mathematician, astronomer, educator and philosopher. While in Egypt, she made notable scientific contributions, championed human rights for all and paid the ultimate price for her beliefs.
9. The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Votes: 111,659 | Gross: $81.90M
Kay Graham: Newspaper Publisher was the first female publisher of a major American newspaper. She led The Washington Post for more than two decades, overseeing its most famous period and also won a Pulitzer Prize for her memoir.
10. Julie & Julia (2009)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Votes: 97,912 | Gross: $94.13M
Julia Child: French Chef was a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, best-selling author and television pioneer.
11. Norma Rae (1979)
PG | 114 min | Drama
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.
Votes: 9,547 | Gross: $22.23M
Crystal Lee Sutton: Union Organizer whose early labor organizing work at the J.P. Stevens mills in North Carolina in the 1970's was the basis of this semi-fictionalized account.
12. Mary Magdalene (2018)
R | 120 min | Drama
Twelve men heard and spread the message of Jesus. Only one woman understood it.
Votes: 6,269 | Gross: $0.12M
Mary Magdalene: Disciple, one of the original advocates of the teachings of Jesus and influential spiritual leader. Alternate Biopics: Gli amici di Gesù - Maria Maddalena (2000) plus others.
13. Radioactive (2019)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Polish scientist) and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.
Dr. Marie Curie: Scientist, who won not one but two seperate Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. Alternate Biopic: Madame Curie (1943) w/Greer Garson
14. Battle for Sevastopol (2015)
110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history.
Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Sniper, credited with 309 kills and regarded one of the top military snipers of all time. She was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medal, the Soviet military's highest military decoration.
15. Domino (2005)
R | 127 min | Action, Biography, Crime
Votes: 62,777 | Gross: $10.17M
Domino Harvey: Bounty Hunter, a former Ford model who excelled and was well-regarded in the male-dominated bail recovery field.
16. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.
Temple Grandin: Scientist, animal behavioral expert and autism pioneer whose advanced work in the autism field led to the invention of the "hug box". Her shared personal autism experiences led to a better understanding and acceptance of autism.
17. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music
This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »
Dorothy Dandridge: Actress, first African-American actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen. Dandridge's second nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess demonstrated her widespread appeal to audiences of all races.
18. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Passed | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical
The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.
Votes: 4,040 | Gross: $8.00M
Annie Oakley: Sharpshooter, whose shooting prowess was legendary, well-deserved and unrivaled. Alternate Biopic: Annie Oakley (1935)
19. The Far Horizons (1955)
Not Rated | 108 min | History, Western
After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.
Sacajawea: Explorer, showed Lewis and Clark how to get from one end of United States to the other. Upcoming Biopic: SACAJAWEA the Windcatcher
20. The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)
R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History
Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success ... See full summary »
Josephine Baker: Entertainer, was a civil rights activist/pioneer, a French Resistance agent and a symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920's. Baker was the first person of color to become a world-wide entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934).
21. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
88 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.
Votes: 2,554 | Gross: $0.82M
Hedy Lamarr: Actress, a mathematical prodigy and little-know inventor who co-developed with composer George Antheil a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes. It pioneered spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. The principles of their work are the foundations upon which Bluetooth, CDMA (wireless phones) and Wi-Fi are built. This work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
22. Sister Kenny (1946)
Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama
An Australian nurse discovers an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experiences great difficulty in convincing doctors of the validity of her claims.
Elizabeth Kenny: Medical Pioneer, who developed a polio treatment that ran counter to conventional medical wisdom of the day. Kenny showed the need to exercise muscles affected by polio instead of immobilizing them. Her principles of muscle rehabilitation became the foundation of physical therapy, or physiotherapy we know today.
23. Rosalind Franklin: DNA's Dark Lady (2003 TV Movie)
50 min | Documentary
Rosalind Franklin: Scientist, led pioneering work on the molecular structure of DNA and viruses before an early death at 37 years old. Her work garnered two Nobel prizes for others with her own omission only due to the Nobel Committee's policy against posthumous nominations.
24. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History
An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.
Henrietta Lacks, progenitor of the HeLa immortalized cell line, one of the most important medical research discoveries ever made. The theft of her cells for commercial purposes made a groundbreaking impact on medical research. While highlighting concerns for both medical privacy and patients' rights.
25. Margaret Bourke-White (1989 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 105 min | Biography, Drama
Biographical account of pioneering photographer's career.
Margaret Bourke-White: War Correspondent, who is best known for her work as a world-traveled photojournalist for Forbes and Life magazine.
26. Florence Nightingale (1985 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Family
The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing, known as "the Lady with the Lamp".
Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer, who forever bettered society in a number of ways. She professionalized nursing through the establishment of the first nursing school. She improved health care for all classes, elevated the treatment of the war wounded and established an new, acceptable female profession, when there were few. Upcoming Biopic w/Elisabeth Moss
27. Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991 TV Movie)
PG | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
This made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between ... See full summary »
Lucille Ball: Studio Founder, the star comedian dominated the airwaves for over a decade. The first woman to run a major television studio and the executive responsible for some of the 1960's biggest shows.
28. The Queen of Code (2015)
The Queen of Code tells the story of Grace Hopper: mathematics professor and US Navy Admiral. She worked on the first computer and she headed the team that created the first compiler, which... See full summary »
Director: Gillian Jacobs
Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer, one of the first computer programmers and greatly shaped the direction computer science. She was one of first women to achieve the rank of admiral in the US Navy.
29. Nancy Wake, the White Mouse (2014 TV Movie)
49 min | Documentary
Docu-drama telling the story of an extraordinary undercover agent who worked with the resistance against Nazi Germany, evading the Gestapo while on their most-wanted list.
60 min | Documentary
Documentary about gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who influenced the early rockers.
Director: Mick Csaky
Rosetta Tharpe: Rock & Roll Pioneer, was one of the earliest rock-and-roll musicians. Other pioneers including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, all cite her music as influential to them and the foundation upon Rock & Roll was built on.
Biography, Drama | Announced
In 1872 activist Victoria Woodhull becomes the first female presidential candidate for the United States of America.
Star: Brie Larson
Victoria Woodhull: First U. S. Female President Candidate who is best known for her presidential campaign run in 1872. She also was the first female stockbroker Wall Street, a brokerage firm founder and newspaper editor/founder.
Upcoming Alternate Biopic: Victoria C. Woodhull
32. A Dangerous Method (2011)
R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Votes: 94,008 | Gross: $5.70M
Sabina Spielrein: One of the first Female Psychoanalysts
Added 15 August 2019
33. On the Basis of Sex (2018)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.
Votes: 14,825 | Gross: $24.62M
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice who as an ACLU lawyer argued and won five of six U.S. Supreme Court gender equality cases (for both men and women) between 1973 and 1976 and later became one its leading voices on the bench for over a quarter of century on a range of issues.
Added 15 August 2019