10 inspiring films about strong women

10 inspiring films about strong women

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10 inspiring films about strong women

1. Frida, 2002

Salma Hayek brilliantly portrayed the cult artist Frida Kahlo in the 2002 biopic. This is a picture of a strong woman with a difficult fate, in which physical (the consequences of a terrible car accident) and mental pain only hardened. Unhappy love, betrayal of her husband, the Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the inability to have children, alcoholism, and suffering - it seems that Frida has gone through all the circles of hell. The film was nominated for an Oscar in six categories at once. As a result, he won the awards for "Best Makeup" (what Salma's unibrow is worth!) and "Best Music" (listen to the original soundtrack created by Elliot Goldenthal).

10 inspiring films about strong women

2. Erin Brockovich, 2000

It was this picture that brought Julia Roberts the Oscar for Best Actress in 2001. Steven Soderbergh's film is based on the true story of human rights activist Erin Brockovich, who fought for the rights of the inhabitants of the Hinckley community against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which polluted the city's groundwater with carcinogenic hexavalent chromium in the 1990s. Despite the main character's lack of legal education, she was able to initiate legal proceedings, and thanks to her efforts, hundreds of people received compensation from the corporation. Pacific Gas and Electric Company had to pay the plaintiffs $333 million, the largest settlement in U.S. history at the time.

10 inspiring films about strong women

3. "Suffragette", 2015

Directed by Sarah Gavron, the film is a candid and passionate story about women who take the risk of fighting for the right to vote. The events take place in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. The main character is a working-class woman named Maud (played by Carey Mulligan) who has decided to join the suffragette movement. They desperately oppose the system, trying to give, if not themselves, then at least their daughters a chance for a normal life, in which hard work and inevitable marriage will not be the only options for fate.

10 inspiring films about strong women

4. "Wild", 2014

If you've ever been tempted by the idea of ​​going on a solo trip but haven't got the courage yet, then this movie is sure to make you book your next flight (where possible) as soon as possible. Reese Witherspoon stars in the film version of Cheryl Strayed's autobiography. Her heroine embarks on a 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, a route through the highest reaches of the the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains. Along the way, Cheryl, who lost all hope of happiness due to her divorce and the death of her mother, rediscovers herself and overcomes her fears. This inspiring and heartfelt story tells of resilience and determination on the path to a new life.

10 inspiring films about strong women

5. "Jackie", 2016

Films are rarely dedicated to the First Lady of the United States, and the picture "Jackie" proves that in vain. A film about one of the tragic moments in American history - the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas - shows us these events through the eyes of Jacqueline Kennedy. Natalie Portman was able to convey the resilience, dignity, and composure that were inherent in Jacqueline. Particularly heartbreaking was the pivotal scene of the JFK assassination, during which Jacqueline is next to him in the car as it turns the corner on Elm Street into Dealey Plaza. In a hundred minutes, we see Kennedy overcome grief, the loss of two children, and leave the White House.

10 inspiring films about strong women

6. Lady Sings the Blues, 1972

The role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday earned Diana Ross an Oscar nomination. The picture begins with a scene when Holiday is in prison, without money, and friends, and desperately trying to find a new dose. The film, based on the singer's memoir, chronicles the problems of poverty, racism, and addiction faced by the singer, who died of cirrhosis of the liver at 44. In 1987, Holiday was posthumously awarded a Grammy.

10 inspiring films about strong women

7. Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928

This is a silent French psychological drama based on the real footage of Joan of Arc's trial. René Falconetti masterfully portrayed the 19-year-old feminist icon, a woman who transcended class and gender barriers to achieve success. In the film, we see her appear before an inquisitional court for heresy, dress up in men's clothes, and endure torture, but in the end, she is still sentenced to death. This film was released back in 1928, but its central theme is more relevant than ever.

10 inspiring films about strong women

8. "Hidden Figures", 2016

The Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures is dedicated to the African-American women mathematicians who were instrumental in sending astronaut John Glenn (the first American to orbit spaceflight in 1962) into space. A trio of NASA scientists — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn — faced racial, class, and gender discrimination from the men they worked for (in one episode, Dorothy visits a public library, where the librarian scolds her for visiting the whites-only section ). Despite all the difficulties, the researchers manage to fulfill their mission. This is a lively, uplifting film that will give you a standing ovation.

10 inspiring films about strong women

9. "Private War", 2018

Rosamund Pike plays famed war journalist Marie Colvin in this powerful biopic. “Private War” is a story about the life and death of a woman fearlessly heading into conflict zones where others were afraid to go. The film is based on the 2012 Vanity Fair article Marie Colvin's Private War. Marie, who was a foreign correspondent for the British newspaper Sunday Times, was driven by a desire, to tell the truth about the horrors of what is happening in the world. Colvin lost an eye in a grenade explosion and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for several years. She was killed in 2012 during the siege of Homs in Syria. "Private War" is another good reason to respect military journalism.

10 inspiring films about strong women

10. "Coco before Chanel", 2009

Coco Chanel made a fashion revolution and fought for women's clothing to be as comfortable and free as men's. She abandoned the fitted silhouettes that were in vogue at the time in favor of androgyny. Audrey Tautou played the iconic fashion designer in Coco Before Chanel. As the title suggests, the biopic focuses on Chanel's life before she achieved international success. The film deals with the social problems that Coco faced along the way. A captivating high fashion movie with lots of dazzling costumes (the movie featured authentic Coco Chanel models courtesy of her museum and 800 hats).

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