In the past, some women have challenged the perception of gender which has spread to society, and today, thanks to them, there is a more equal world. That’s why the cinema “industry” has always found the stories of these powerful women interesting. And we wanted to list 20 films dedicated to 20 women who had broken their chains, saying “we are here too” in the world of “men”.
When we look at the history of humanity, women have always been those who weren’t given the right, who were the second plan, and those who faced inequality. There have been some powerful women who came up with their works, jobs and lifestyles to overcome these inequalities. These powerful women inspired all women to seek their rights and fight against inequality. Although society has tried to digest these powerful women in history, these women have never given up. They tried to explain that the greatest inequality in society is the discrimination of men and women.
Even though cinema is one of the sectors in which this inequality is experienced, it couldn’t remain indifferent to the powerful life stories of these women. Not sharing these stories on a motion picture screen meant ignoring this honorable struggle that women have given for years. We want to list some the movies featuring these women which are not limited to 20 women and share this honorable struggle with you.
1.A Life in Pictures (2004) – Agatha Christie
Focusing on the life of the famous detective novelist Agatha Christie, this production was originally produced as a television film. Olivia Williams is portraying Christie in the film set off from autobiographical writings of Agatha Christie.
2.Camille Claudel (1988) – Camille Claudel
Claudel always wanted to overcome the limits of gender inequality. She believed that she could cross these limits by sculpting and be free. She has created sculptures that art history will never see again. However, such a genius had been prevented because of her love for the sculptor Rodin and his brother Paul. Isabelle Adjani is portraying Camille in the film that focuses on the life of Claudel, undoubtedly one of history’s most powerful women.
3.Cleopatra (1963) – Cleopatra
The film, starring Elizabeth Taylor, focuses on the life of the famous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The film which won four Academy Awards, has stories and images that will amaze you.
4.Coco Avant Chanel (2009) – Coco Chanel
Focusing on the life of the famous fashion designer Coco Channel, the film has an aesthetic story to remind everyone of the power within her. Audrey Tautou, whom we know from the movie Amelie, portrays Channel and has been praised in many cinematic circles.
5.Diana (2003) – Princess Diana
We have all admired Princess Diana for a time and her fans were depressed by the news of her sudden death. And this film takes a close look at Princess Diana’s life and tries to shed some light on the unknown realities of Diana.
6.Frida (2002) – Frida Kahlo
“Frida”, a 2002 film by Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush, was nominated for an Oscar in six categories and received awards for original music and makeup.
7.Gainsbourg (2010) – Brigitte Bardot
There is still no film about Brigitte Bardot, one of the most important women in history. But in the film that focuses on Bardot’s great love, the French musician Gainsbourg’s life, you will find many traces of Bardot’s life.
8. Grace of Monaco (2014) – Grace Kelly
In the film about the Monaco Princess Grace Kelly, Nicole Kidman is the successful actress that plays Kelly’s life full of ups and downs and magnificence.
9.I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) – Valerie Solonas
The film explores the radical feminist author of Scum Manifesto, Valerie Solonas and her attempt to kill Andy Warhol.
10.Jag är Ingrid (2015) – Ingrid Bergman
It is a documentary about the life of Ingrid Bergman, a cinematographer and theater actress whose life is full of pain and who lived without care in anyone.
11.John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985) – Yoko Ono
No other film has described Yoko Ono’s personal life, but this film tells the passionate love she had for John Lennon, focusing on the points that we don’t know much about their relationship.
12.Sidewalk Serve (2007) – Edith Piaf
Covering the life of the world famous French musician Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose tells about Piaf and the magical world of her music in many ways. You will be amazed by the performance of Marion Cotillard, who portrayed Edith Piaf and won the Oscar for the best actress in this film.
13.Madame Curie (1943) – Marie Curie
The film which was one of the most treasured films of 1943 and had been nominated to the Oscars in seven categories, focuses on the magnificent genius Marie Curie’s life.
14.Miss Potter (2006) – Beatrix Potter
Renee Zellweger is portraying Potter with her eye-catching performance in this film about the life of Beatrix Potter, who went for the publishing sector where women were not approved with her illustrations and the stories she produced for children.
15.Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996) – Marilyn Monroe
This film focuses on Marilyn Monroe, one of the most powerful icons of the history of feminists and her relationships with men and her addictions. The film, which focuses on the troubles she had taken in her life before being a celebrity, in the period when her name was Norma Jean, is one of the most important works of Monroe films being shot until now.
16.Rosa Luxemburg (1986) – Rosa Luxemburg
In the film, which focuses on the life of Rosa Luxemburg, a well-known name among socialist women, you have a chance to get to know more about the great genius Luxemburg, who had been fighting for women’s rights and revolution.
17. The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) – Audrey Hepburn
Although this film was shot for television, it is one of the most important films that enlighten Hepburn’s life today. We believe that, knowing the life of a strong woman like Audrey Hepburn, will make you excited.
18.The Hours (2002) – Virginia Woolf
The film, which explains the process of writing Mrs. Dalloway, the well-known work of the famous author Virginia Woolf, focuses on the lives of three women who have read this book in three different time periods. It was adapted from the book “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham with the same name as the film. In the book, Cunningham fictionalized the process of writing the ‘famous’ work of Woolf, “Mrs. Dalloway”, and the two periods in which the book was read and partially came to life. These women were performed by successful actors such as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore. Nominated for Oscar in nine categories, the film portrays Woolf through these three women.
19.The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) – Bettie Page
It’s is a film that focuses more on thoughts of Bettie Page, one of the most important pin-up style figures in history and has a critical approach to sexuality in society.
20.Violette (2013) – Simone de Beauvoir
In fact, although the film focuses on the life of a virgo feminist author Viollete Leduc, Leduc’s meeting with Beauvoir, one of the most important feminists, becomes one of the main elements of Simone de Beauvoir’s life. As a result, it becomes a pleasant film to watch.