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List Rules Vote up the best movies about female rulers, whether they're monarchs or politicians.

Girls rule - especially in these acclaimed movies about real women who took the throne. The top movies about real female rulers feature strong queens and powerful politicians trying to do what's best for their citizens. This is a list of the greatest movies about powerful women, including everything from Cleopatra to The Lion in Winter to Evita.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about real queens? Helen Mirren took on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. The movie follows the royal family after the death of Princess Diana. The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, is another great biopic about a real female world leader. Sofia Coppola incorporated modern music and fashion into her historical film Maria Antoinette. Other good movies featured on this list include The Young Victoria, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Duchess.

Which movie about a female leader is the best? Vote your favorites up to the number-one spot on the list, and please add any great features that are missing.

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Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It won the Academy ...more

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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Young Victoria The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her ...more

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Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Elizabeth Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, ...more

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a 2007 sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur and produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. It stars Cate Blanchett in the title ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Queen The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Cleopatra Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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The Other Boleyn Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Other Boleyn Girl The Other Boleyn Girl is a 2008 drama film directed by Justin Chadwick. The screenplay by Peter Morgan was adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory. It is a romanticized ...more

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Anne of the Thousand Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Anne Of The Thousand Days Anne of the Thousand Days is a 1969 British costume drama made by Hal Wallis Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Charles Jarrott and produced by Hal B. Wallis. ...more

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The Duchess is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Duchess The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of ...more

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Princess Kaiulani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers

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Lady Jane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Lady Jane Lady Jane is a 1986 British costume drama romance film directed by Trevor Nunn, written by David Edgar, and starring Helena Bonham Carter as the titular character. It tells the story of Lady ...more

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The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Lion In Winter The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine ...more

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Mary, Queen of Scots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Mary, Queen Of Scots Mary, Queen of Scots is a 1971 Universal Pictures biographical film based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Leading an all-star cast are Vanessa Redgrave as the titular character and Glenda ...more

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The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Iron Lady The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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The Virgin Queen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Virgin Queen The Virgin Queen is a 1955 DeLuxe Color historical drama film in CinemaScope starring Bette Davis, Richard Todd and Joan Collins. It focuses on the relationship between Elizabeth I of England ...more

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Evita is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Evita Evita is a 1996 American musical drama film based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name about Eva Perón. Directed by Alan Parker and written by Parker and Oliver ...more

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Young Bess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Young Bess Young Bess is a 1953 Technicolor biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about the early life of Elizabeth I, from her turbulent childhood to the eve of her accession to the throne of ...more

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Mary of Scotland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Mary Of Scotland Mary of Scotland is a 1936 RKO film starring Katharine Hepburn as the 16th century ruler, Mary, Queen of Scots. Directed by John Ford, it is an adaptation of the 1933 Maxwell Anderson play. The ...more

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Mrs Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Mrs. Brown Mrs Brown, also theatrically released as Her Majesty, Mrs Brown, is a 1997 British drama film starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher and Gerard Butler. It was written ...more

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Bertie and Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Bertie And Elizabeth Bertie & Elizabeth is a 2002 television film produced by Carlton Television. The film explores the relationship between King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from ...more

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Queen Margot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Queen Margot La Reine Margot is a 1954 French drama film directed by Jean Dréville, scripted by Abel Gance from the novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Jeanne Moreau and Louis de ...more