Entertainment

The Best Biopics About Women

List Rules
Vote up the best movies based (or loosely based) on the lives of notable women. No documentaries.

While superhero flicks and horror films are great entertainment, biopics and other movies based on true stories can be just as captivating. Sure, most of them may not keep you on the edge of your seat like a mystery thriller, but they certainly keep viewers interested, as these are (somewhat) true accounts of real people and significant events in their lives. Most often based on the private lives of celebrities and notable figures from history, biopics tend to show us things the media doesn't. Here, you'll find a list of the best biopics about women—whether that be music icons, artists, actresses, or public figures. 

Throughout history, there's been a long list of women not only impacting the lives of fellow females, but changing the world forever—perhaps far more than they're given credit for. From Amelia Earhardt to Joan of Arc, Princess Diana to Edith Piaf, female biopics are aplenty (as are the women deserving them). For the most part, they all celebrate the lives of these historical and contemporary famous women, some whose stories are powerful, some bleak. Just as often, they depict the many obstacles women face in life, as opposed to their male counterparts, and how they overcome each one. Of course, there are also plenty of lighthearted biopics about women, simply portraying the great things various women have achieved and created. In short, the best biopics about women span a range of genres, but they all provide incredible insight as to what the lives of these ladies were truly like. 

Check out the list of top female biopics below and vote up the films you think are best. If your favorite movie is missing from the list feel free to add it. 

list ordered by
  • Based on the life of the legendary soul singer, Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) -- born Anna Mae Bullock -- discovers her love of singing in her Tennessee church choir. She moves to St. Louis to pursue ...more
  • This film is an adaptation of wildlife expert Dian Fossey's autobiography. Midwesterner Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) leaves the United States for Africa, where she studies the gorillas of Rwanda and ...more
  • Judy
    3
    Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz," beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces ...more
  • Elizabeth Tudor (Cate Blanchett) becomes queen of a divided and dangerous England in 1558. She is roundly perceived as weak by threats from within and abroad, and she is strongly advised to marry by ...more
  • In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah ...more
  • Shirley is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Josephine Decker. A young couple moves in with a famous horror writer, Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her husband only to find ...more
  • Frustrated with a soul-killing job, New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) embarks on a daring project: she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs' landmark cookbook, "Mastering the Art of ...more
  • Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing and singing her own country songs in her early 20s. With the tireless help of her husband ...more
  • Frida
    9
    This is the true story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) and her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), the larger-than-life painters who became the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history, and whose ...more
  • Selena
    10
    In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), realizes that his young daughter is ...more
  • In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret ...more
  • La Vie en Rose released in France as La Môme, is a 2007 French and Canadian biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf co-written, and directed by Olivier Dahan. Marion ...more
  • "Cleopatra" is a lengthy, sprawling, spectacular love story, helmed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, depicting Cleopatra's manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the ...more
  • Colette
    14
    After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome ...more
  • Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows is a 2001 television film based on the memoirs of Lorna Luft, the daughter of Garland. The production is notable for its meticulous recreations of her films ...more
  • Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her at his law firm. ...more
  • In the lonely Deadwood, Dakota, territory, sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Doris Day) falls for cavalry Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey) when she is forced to rescue him from the Indians. Recognizing ...more
  • Iris
    18
    Two of the most acclaimed actresses of our time, Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, bring to the screen one of the most extraordinary women of her generation, celebrated author, Iris Murdoch. From her days ...more
  • Jackie
    19
    After her husband's assassination, Jackie Kennedy's (Natalie Portman) world is completely shattered. Traumatized and reeling with grief, over the course of the next week she must confront the ...more
  • In her twilight years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) reflects on her life and career as she finally prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband, Denis ...more
  • Lizzie
    21
    In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in the live-in maid, Bridget, and friendship soon blossoms ...more
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a 2017 drama television film directed by George C. Wolfe. An African-American woman (Renee Elise Goldsberry) becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical ...more
  • The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a ...more
  • An Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) marries the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman) of France and becomes that country's queen following the death of King Louis XV (Judy Davis) in 1774. Years later, after a ...more
  • In 1956 England, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a job as a production assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Marilyn is also ...more