Top Movies To Celebrate Women's rights/history

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1. Adam's Rib (1949)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

Votes: 21,589

2. North Country (2005)

R | 126 min | Drama

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand, Thomas Curtis

Votes: 43,175 | Gross: $18.32M

3. Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

The abbreviated life of the 15th-century French heroine.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Selena Royle, Robert Barrat

Votes: 3,463

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.

4. Norma Rae (1979)

PG | 114 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle

Votes: 11,769 | Gross: $22.23M

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.

5. 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: 317

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.

6. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 110,474 | Gross: $107.53M

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.

7. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

84 Metascore

The life histories of four East Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

Votes: 17,071 | Gross: $32.86M

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.

8. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 100,270 | Gross: $30.08M

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.

9. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 98,773 | Gross: $11.53M

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

10. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Dorothy Dandridge's way to fame and fortune as a dancer, singer and actress.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 3,725

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.

11. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 62,820 | Gross: $11.00M

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.

12. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller

95 Metascore

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.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 302,575 | Gross: $95.72M

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.

13. Erin Brockovich (2000)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

Votes: 199,594 | Gross: $125.60M

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.

14. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 19,105 | Gross: $5.45M

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.

15. Funny Girl (1968)

G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

Votes: 23,272 | Gross: $58.50M

Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for playing Fanny Brice, one of the most popular performing artists of the early 20th century.

16. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Biography, Drama

A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter

Votes: 898

Angela Bassett stars as the woman whose refusal to give up her seat on the bus began the Civil Rights movement.

17. 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, Ann Dowd, Adam Arkin, Amy Madigan

Votes: 319

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.”

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