Best Biopics and Documentaries About Inspiring Women

Best Biopics and Documentaries About Inspiring Women
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After watching hours of crap TV and feeling like you've been taking in absolutely NOTHING of substance for the past few hours, it might be time to pick up the remote and search for something different. If you're in the market for some of the best, most inspiring, educational documentaries about strong women and feminism, you've come to the right place. Here is our top 10 list of must-watch docs and biopics about women who deserve to be celebrated, acknowledged, and studied.

1. 20 Feet From Stardom


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Learn about the women who are always singing just 20 feet behind the superstars, and realize why they are all mega-talents in their own right.

2. No Woman No Cry


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In many countries the struggle to receive proper care during pregnancy and childbirth remains a life-threatening issue.

3. The Punk Singer


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Kathleen Hanna basically started the "riot grrl" movement in the 1990's with her influential punk band Bikini Kill.

4. Iris


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Follow around Iris Apfel, a talented stylist, designer, art-director and great-influencer in the fashion community.

5. The September Issue


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Learn about what goes on behind the scenes at Vogue before the release of their iconic September issue and get to know even more about Anna Wintour and her right hand woman, Grace Coddington.

6. Dark Girls


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Black women share their constant struggle with western beauty standards and how this discordant issue has affected them immensely.

7. Public Speaking


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Fran Lebowitz makes for a charming and interesting subject matter in this 2010 Martin Scorsese directed doc.

8. Miss Representation


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Discuss sexism in the media with some of your favorite babes in the limelight including Hillary Clinton, Margaret Cho, and Tina Fey.

9. La Vie en Rose


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Marion Cotillard beautifully portrays the life and songs of Edith Piaf in this famed 2007 biopic.

10. Frida


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Julie Taymor knocks another one out of the park with this emotional biopic about artist Frida Kahlo who struggled through immense physical pain as she continued to be a stunning and influential Mexican cultural painter in the 1930's and '40s.