Film Great Movies About Real Female Rulers  

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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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Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Elizabeth Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen 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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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Young Victoria Emily Blunt, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany 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: The Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne 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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Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Marie Antoinette Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne 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 Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Queen Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell 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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The Other Boleyn Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Other Boleyn Girl Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch 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) 7 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Anne Of The Thousand Days Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle 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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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau 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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Mary, Queen of Scots is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Mary, Queen Of Scots Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Ian Holm 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 Duchess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Duchess Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell 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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Lady Jane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Lady Jane Helena Bonham Carter, Patrick Stewart, Cary Elwes 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 Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole 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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Mrs Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Mrs. Brown Gerard Butler, Judi Dench, Billy Connolly 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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The Virgin Queen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Virgin Queen Bette Davis, Joan Collins, Rod Taylor 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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The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
The Iron Lady Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Mary of Scotland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Mary Of Scotland Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, John Carradine 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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Princess Kaiulani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Princess Kaiulani Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Shaun Evans

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Young Bess is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Young Bess Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton 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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Evita is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Evita Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper 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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Bertie and Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Real Female Rulers
Bertie And Elizabeth Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins, James Wilby 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 Jeanne Moreau, Louis de Funès, Daniel Ceccaldi 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