Happy Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’re highlighting some thought-provoking movies about women. Whether the topic is sports, music or activism, game-changing women fall into every one of these categories.
1. The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
This Lee Daniels film explores the life of jazz singer Billie Holiday. It highlights the ups and downs Holiday experienced in her career during the 30s and 40s. Andra Day, who portrays Holiday, recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. She is now the second Black woman to win this award.
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” is now streaming on Hulu.
2. The Framing of Britney Spears (2021)
The New York Times released this documentary on Britney Spears’ life. It takes a deep dive into Spears’ life as a child star and highlights mistreatment from the media and her peers. The documentary also explains the controversy around her conservatorship, which Spears is currently battling in court.
The “Framing of Britney Spears” is also streaming on Hulu.
3. Women of Troy (2020)
This HBO Sports documentary focuses on the University of Southern California’s 1980 women’s basketball team led by Cheryl Miller. The film looks into the careers of Miller and other great players from that time. The USC championship team is known for elevating women’s basketball and having a long-lasting impact on the sport.
“Women of Troy” is playing on HBO Max.
4. Dancer Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (2020)
The holiday season is over, but this Netflix film is the perfect watch for Women’s History Month. This movie explores the legendary work of the multifaceted Debbie Allen. Allen runs her own studio: the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. This film documents the preparation process for the school’s annual production of the Nutcracker.
You can watch “Dancer Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” on Netflix.
5. Jane Goodall: The Hope (2020)
This National Geographic documentary looks into Jane Goodall’s life work. Goodall is most known for her work as a primatologist. Since then, she has expanded into many avenues, including global activism. This film focuses more on her current work and shows how she inspires people from different generations.
Goodall’s documentary is streaming on Disney+.
Have you seen these works of art? Do you have any more suggestions? For a list of TV shows with strong female leads, check this out.