The International Women’s Day is happened to be on March 8, honoring women and their accomplishments, and acknowledges what women have yet to achieve. With this year’s theme #EachForEqual, we have rounded up ten of movies about women that are worth to watch – or re-watch – during the first week of the Women’s History Month.
Check out our picks down below:
- The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
One of the most visually stunning and staggeringly authentic representations, tracing Joan’s ascendancy from peasant girl, to leading the French army into battle at Orleans, to subsequently being put on trial for heresy and sorcery. The film fares much better in the battles than it does in explaining her predicament and her actions. It’s simple and rather bombastic, but it’s also hugely effective and emotionally involving.
- Queen of Katwe
The American biographical drama feature film is directed by Mira Nair, depicting the life of Phiona Mutesi, a girl living in Katwe, a slum of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. She learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her victories at World Chess Olympiads.
- The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada was based on a 2003 bestseller by Lauren Weisberger and inspired by her experiences as a personal assistant at Vogue. In her novel and in the film adaptation, Vogue is disguised as a fashion magazine called Runway, with Meryl Streep‘s chilly editor Miranda Priestley apparently based on Anna Wintour.
- Hidden Figures
The based-on-true-story movie told us about the three black women behind NASA’s early feats in the Space Race. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), was the mathematician whose calculations made the first U.S. space flights a success. Octavia Spencer plays mathematician and human computer Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monáe plays aerospace engineer Mary Jackson.
Frida told a story about the life of Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.
- Erin Brockovich
Another film which inspired by a true story of Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts), an unemployed single mother, gets into a car accident for which she is not at fault. Afterward, she convinces her attorney (Albert Finney) to hire her at his firm. There, after investigation, she figures out that a nearby town is being contaminated by water that is causing devastating illnesses.
- Coco Before Chanel
The film focuses on one of the most iconic and inspirational women in fashion history, Coco Chanel, who works as a seamstress and cabaret entertainer, living a life that she’s not meant for before she becomes the attractive English businessman Arthur Capel’s lover and fashion consultant. In addition to being an elegant, touching romance movie, the piece also brings out Chanel’s incredible aura and personality.
Mulan deserves praise for its portrayal of a woman determine to escape the stereotypes of her gender. To us, the movie showed countless children that women are just as brave and capable as men! Agreed? Anyways, who’s ready for the live-action remake of the film which also releasing this month?!
- Bend it Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham has been described as a ‘vibrant and colourful British comedy’ which deals with issues centred on ‘coming of age’ and ‘coming to terms’ with the bringing together of traditional Asian values and the modern Asian experience in contemporary Britain. The movie explores the world of women’s football, from kick-about in the park to freekicks in the final.
- G.I Jane
In this movie, Demi Moore plays a female officer who is trying to become a Navy SEAL and has to battle against the odds against that sexism, politics and physical toughness to make the grade. The key line of the movie is uttered by the actress when she is beaten to a bloody pulp by Master Chief in training while the rest of the trainees watch. She gets up and spits out “suck my d*ck” thereby claiming a virtual pen*s so that she can offer the ultimate insult to Master Chief and become an honorary male to the cheers of the men!