The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.


Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... Self
Ann Kittner Ann Kittner ... Self - Childhood Friend
Harryette Helsel Harryette Helsel ... Self - Childhood Friend
Stephen Wiesenfeld Stephen Wiesenfeld ... Self - Plaintiff
Bill Clinton ... Self - 42nd U.S. President (as President Bill Clinton)
John Howard Lawson John Howard Lawson ... Self - Screenwriter (archive footage)
Brenda Feigen ... Self - Harvard Law School Graduate
Sharron Frontiero Sharron Frontiero ... Self - Plaintiff (as Sharron Frontino Cohen)
James Steven Ginsburg James Steven Ginsburg ... Self - Son (as James Ginsburg)
Jane C. Ginsburg Jane C. Ginsburg ... Self - Daughter (as Jane Ginsburg)
Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen ... Self - Former Clerk
Mary Hartnett Mary Hartnett ... Self - Biographer
Orrin Hatch ... Self - US Senator - R Utah (as Senator Orrin Hatch)
Bryant Johnson Bryant Johnson ... Self - Fitness Trainer
Aryeh Neier Aryeh Neier ... Self - Former Director - American Civil LIberties Union


At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

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Hero. Icon. Dissenter.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West had both previously worked on projects involving Ginsburg, and in 2015 decided to make a documentary focusing solely on her. In 2016, the duo followed Ginsburg around to various meetings and speeches, including in Chicago and Washington, D.C., for a total of 20 hours, and conducted the face-to-face interview in 2017. See more »


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: When I am at an opera, I get totally carried away. I don't think about the case that's coming up next week, or the brief that I'm in the middle.of. I'm overwhelmed by the beauty of the music, the drama, and the sound of human voice. It's like an electric current going through me. Justice and mercy, they're all in opera. Very grand emotions.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include: "Martin Ginsburg Award for Supportive Husbanding Paul Barrett Oren Jacoby Jorge Aguirre" See more »


Verrano a te: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performed by Brenda Rae, Mario Chang & the Santa Fe Opera
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
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Great biography of an exceptional woman
8 February 2019 | by vithietSee all my reviews

More than anything else, this is a celebration of the life, career and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And that's completely ok as more people need to be aware of how much of an impact she's had on US law. As Orrin Hatch says at some point: "Whether you agree with her or not, you've got to acknowledge she's been a force on that Court". But as a documentary, it doesn't have the greatest production value or a riveting narrative, losing momentum at times. I've been kickboxing all my life, race motorcycles and drink my scotch neat... and I'll never be half as badass as this tiny juggernaut of a woman!

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Release Date:

26 July 2018 (Australia) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$578,470, 6 May 2018

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1.78 : 1
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