AWFJ REAL REEL WOMEN LIST – Film Titles By Decade

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Some REAL REEL WOMEN have been celebrated and memorialized in numerous films, as perennial favorites. The highly dramatic story of Joan of Arc has been told successfully in eight films that illuminated the silver screen periodically from 1902 to 2018.  It’s interesting to compare the various versions to see how they reflect life at the time of their release.

Other REAL REEL WOMEN have appeared in the cinema only after seismic shifts in the prevailing social and cultural milieu that has long been dominated by men.  For example, films about Mary Shelley, Sophie Scholl, and Golda Meir were made during the 1980s, reflecting social and legislative progress achieved by women in the 1970s.

This list of films by decade illustrates which REAL REEL WOMEN’s stories interested filmmakers and audiences at particular moments in history, contextualizing their social and cultural impact.  and informing us about their influence in the evolution of our civilization.

We invite you consider how these women’s stories told over time have influenced the evolution of our civilization. To underscore the importance of their contributions, we also present a list of REAL REEL WOMEN by profession.

REAL REEL WOMEN Editors Marilyn Ferdinand and Jennifer Merin

1900s

Jeanne d’Arc (1902) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

1910s

Florence Nightingale (1915) – Florence Nightingale, English nurse and healthcare reformer

Joan The Woman (1916) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

1920s

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

1930s

The White Angel (1935) – Florence Nightingale, English nurse and healthcare reformer

Mary of Scotland (1936) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

The Little Princess (1939) – Queen Victoria, English monarch

1940s

Marie Curie (1943) – Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Polish-French scientist

Flight for Freedom (1943) – Amelia Earhart, American aviator

Joan of Arc (1948) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

1950s

The Lady with the Lamp (1951) – Florence Nightingale, English nurse and healthcare reformer

The Virgin Queen (1955) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

Saint Joan (1957) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

1960s

Sunrise at Campobello (1960) – Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat and activist

The Miracle Worker (1962) – Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer

The Miracle Worker (1962) – Annie Sullivan, American educator

Funny Girl (1968) – Fanny Brice, American stage, radio, and film star

1970s

The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970) – Christine Jorgensen, American transgender entertainer

Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

Lady Sings the Blues (1972) – Billie Holiday, American singer

Farewell to Manzanar (1973) – Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, American writer

Funny Lady (1975) – Fanny Brice, American stage, radio, and film star

Amelia Earhart (1976) – Amelia Earhart, American aviator

Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) – Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat and activist

1980s

Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) – Loretta Lynn, American country music singer

A Woman Called Golda (1982) – Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister

Five Last Days (1982) – Sophie Scholl, German university student of philosophy and anti-Nazi activist

The White Rose (1982) – Sophie Scholl, German university student of philosophy and anti-Nazi activist

Silkwood (1983) – Karen Silkwood, American lab technician, whistleblower, and union activist

Florence Nightingale (1985) – Florence Nightingale, English nurse and healthcare reformer

Gothic (1986) – Mary Shelley, English writer

Gorillas in the Mist (1988) – Dian Fossey, American scientist, primatologist, and conservation activist

Haunted Summer (1988) – Mary Shelley, English writer

Rowing in the Wind (1988) – Mary Shelley, English writer

1990s

Heaven & Earth (1993) – Le Ly Hayslip, American writer and humanitarian

Jeanne la Pucelle (1994) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996) – Mildred Loving, American civil rights activist

Selena (1997) – Selena, American tejano singer

Mrs. Brown (1997) – Queen Victoria, English monarch

Elizabeth (1998) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) – Dorothy Dandridge, American actress

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

Aimée & Jaguar (1999) – Felice Schragenheim, German Jewish member of the anti-Nazi underground

2000s

Boycott (2001) – Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist

George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (2002) – George Eliot, English author

Frida (2002) – Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist and proponent of Mexican folk culture

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) – Molly Craig Kelly, Australian icon and activist

The Rosa Parks Story (2002) – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist

The Hours (2002) – Virginia Woolf, English author

Veronica Guerin (2003) – Veronica Guerin, Irish journalist

Sylvia (2003) – Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist

The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) – Bettie Page, American pin-up model

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) – Sophie Scholl, German university student of philosophy and anti-Nazi activist

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

Florence Nightingale (2008) – Florence Nightingale, English nurse and healthcare reformer

Coco Before Chanel (2009) – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

Julie and Julia (2009) – Julia Child, American chef, author, and TV personality

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) – Amelia Earhart, American aviator

Amelia (2009) – Amelia Earhart, American aviator

2010s

Princess Kaiulani (2010) – Princess Kaiulani, Hawaiian royal and ambassador

Hannah Arendt (2012) – Hannah Arendt, German philosopher and writer

Hitchcock (2012) – Alma Reville, English screenwriter and film editor

The Girl (2012) – Alma Reville, English screenwriter and film editor

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) – Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat and activist

The Sapphires (2012) – The Sapphires, Australian singing group

Tracks (2014) – Robyn Davidson, Australian writer and explorer

Selma (2014) – Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist

Woman In Gold (2015) – Maria Altmann, Austrian-American recoverer of stolen art

Queen of the Desert (2015) – Gertrude Bell, English writer, archaeologist, and Middle Eastern policy expert

Truth (2015) – Mary Mapes, American journalist and news producer

Hidden Figures (2016) – Mary Jackson, American aerospace engineer

Hidden Figures (2016) – Katherine Johnson, American mathematician

Hidden Figures (2016) – Dorothy Vaughan, American mathematician and computer programmer

Maudie (2016) – Maud Lewis, Canadian folk artist

Loving (2016) – Mildred Loving, American civil rights activist

The Post (2017) – Katherine Graham, American newspaper publisher and Pulitzer Prize winner

The Battle of the Sexes (2017) – Billie Jean King, American tennis player and activist

Mary Shelley (2017) – Mary Shelley, English writer

Victoria & Abdul (2017) – Queen Victoria, English monarch

The Young Victoria (2017) – Queen Victoria, English monarch

The Greatest Showman (2017) – Queen Victoria, English monarch

Mary Queen of Scots (2018) – Queen Elizabeth I, English monarch

On the Basis of Sex (2018) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Supreme Court justice

Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2018) – Joan of Arc, French visionary, military leader, martyr, and saint

Behind the Movement (2018) – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist

 

ALSO OF INTEREST:

AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN LIST

REAL REEL WOMEN by profession

AWFJ WONDER WOMEN: Iconic Fictional Females

AWFJ’s TOP 100 FILMS List

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