Looking for some excellent cinema today that features strong and diverse women? We're here to help, with our Noovie 9 list of great movies for International Women's Day.
Octavia Spencer (nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae are all fantastic in this real-life story about strong Black women who worked as mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s and were critical to America's mission during the Space Race. It's an inspirational, literally uplifting tale, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Drama / 2016 / PG
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
Little Women (2019)
Filmmaker Greta Gerwig adapts the timeless Louisa May Alcott novel for a bright, irresistible film version that's all about women celebrating their unique destinies. Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen are the irrepressible March sisters, each with their own special story to tell, and an unbreakable bond of sisterhood that can overcome any obstacle in their way.
Little Women (2019)
Drama / 2019 / PG
In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.
Julia Roberts won the Oscar for Best Actress for this story about real-life activist Erin Brockovich, who, after convincing her lawyer to let her work as a law clerk, discovered that her community was being poisoned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her fight for justice is the subject of Steven Soderbergh's compelling, excellent drama.
Drama / 2000 / R
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. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.
Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, and Nicole Kidman play former Fox News employees Megyn Kelly, Kayla Pospisill and Gretchen Carlson in this indictment of the sexual harassment that occurred during the reign of ex-CEO Roger Ailes. It's a shocking, highly relevant film that underscores the women's courage revealing the truth behind the scenes.
Drama / 2019 / R
The provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America's most powerful news networks -- becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.
The always-incredible Meryl Streep (nominated again here for Best Actress) stars as Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, the Washington Post. Despite the various and often-times sexist forces against her, Graham stood strong in her role to make sure that decades-long cover-ups were reported by the paper, including the US position in Vietnam as exposed in "The Pentagon Papers," detailing our nation's secret involvement with the country dating back to the 1940s.
Drama / 2017 / PG-13
Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper -- The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and very freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light.
Sigourney Weaver's role as sci-fi/thriller heroine Ripley has spanned multiple movies in the "Alien" franchise, but in "Aliens," she truly takes charge as a no b.s., tough-as-nails warrior who's smart, intelligent, resourceful and determined to do whatever it takes to protect her adopted daughter, Newt, and make it off the planet of Aliens alive. She's surrounded by a strong regiment of combat marines, but no one's better at taking out the Queen bee alien and her minions than Ripley in this action-packed classic.
Horror / 1986 / R
After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine year old girl named Newt (Carrie Henn). But even these battle-hardened marines with all the latest weaponry are no match for the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony.
As a preview of some of the politics that would one day follow, 2000's "The Contender" is an underrated, layered drama about the double standards for men and women in American society. Joan Allen, one of our finest actresses, is mesmerizing as the first female chosen to be Vice President in this fictional film. Harassed in ways that would never come up in the same way for the opposite sex, Allen's character, Laine Billings Hanson, remains a symbol of integrity and fortitude.
Thriller / 2000 / R
When the sitting Vice President dies, Senator Laine Hanson is chosen by the President to be the first woman to hold the office. The selection meets with opposition from members of both parties, in particular a powerful political adversary who will seemingly stop at nothing to discredit her. Her confirmation hearings set off a firestorm of controversy as shocking secrets from Hanson's past are revealed, threatening her personal life as well as her political future.
Mad Max: Fury Road
It may be called "Mad Max," but "Fury Road" is all about Charlize Theron's Furiosa, and the mostly female team riding the road to liberation from a motley group of patriarchal dirtbags. Director George Miller's road trip of non-stop action is a technical masterpiece, and fits in nicely with the rest of the "Mad Max" series, but it's truly awesome here to see Theron become the greatest female movie warrior this side of Ripley and Wonder Woman.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Action / 2015 / R
Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot's five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.
20th Century Women
This movie set in the late '70s is a great, lived-in experience that finds a young man (Lucas Jade Zumann) learning how to be a man from his single mom, a female punk artist taking up residence in their home, and the teenage girl next door. Helping the film are the talented actresses playing these 20thCentury women: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning.
20th Century Women
Comedy Drama / 2016 / R
In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women -- Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields' home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor -- to help with Jamie's upbringing.
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