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40+ Family Movie Night Ideas for Women’s History Month

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Written By Jennifer Borget

I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.

March 30, 2023

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Looking for the right suggestions for Women’s History Month movies? I’ve got a list for you right here! 

Women’s History Month is always a great time to explore new movies, and every year I try to show my kids a few movies with important historical women or strong female leads during our March family movie nights. Over the years I’ve collected quite the list of amazing movies that every family should watch together. Just remember that you can watch these anytime, not just during Women’s History Month!

Let’s check them out the best Women’s History Month movies!

1. A Ballerina’s Tale

This documentary tells the story of Misty Copeland, an African American ballerina. It follows her rise to become one of the first African American female soloists, a potentially career-ending injury, and themes of body image and race in the world of ballet. 

Women’s History Month - A Ballerina’s Tale

2. A League of Their Own

During World War II, the owners of baseball teams in the professional baseball league scouted the country for women to fill their teams while men were away fighting. When two sisters from Oregon get scouted but end up with a team manager who doesn’t take their team seriously, one of the sisters takes matters into her own hands. 

3. Belle

Belle tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate, biracial daughter of a Royal Navy Captain born in 18th-century England. She is raised by the Earl of Mansfield, her great uncle, and is awarded certain privileges because of this, but is held back by the color of her skin. Her story is instrumental in the ending of slavery in England.

Women’s History Month - Belle

4. Big Eyes

“Big Eyes” is a captivating biographical film perfect for Women’s History Month movies, telling the empowering story of artist Margaret Keane and her journey to reclaim her identity and artistic recognition in a male-dominated industry. With themes of resilience and female empowerment, it’s a must-watch for celebrating the achievements of women throughout history.

5. Cleopatra

The legendary Queen Cleopatra of Egypt is looking to expand her power and has her eyes set on Rome. She receives Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, and has an affair with him and bears his son. But things do not go according to plan. 

Women’s History Month - Cleopatra
CLEOPATRA, an epic four-hour miniseries starring Timothy Dalton (right) as Julius Caesar, Billy Zane as Marc Antony, and newcomer Leonor Varela as Cleopatra, Queen

6. Harriet

Harriet is based on the life of Harriet Tubman, an inspirational freedom fighter who escaped from slavery. Her actions freed hundreds of slaves and changed American history. 

Women’s History Month - Harriet

7. Hidden Figures

During the space race, the US was determined to get a man into space before Russia would be able to. Hidden Figures follows 3 women out of a group of female mathematicians also known as ‘human computers’ as they climbed the ranks at NASA and were instrumental in safely getting the first astronaut into space and back to earth. 

8. Homecoming

This Netflix documentary follows Beyonce as she prepares for her performance at Coachella in 2018. Written, directed and executive produced by Beyonce herself, this is an interesting look in how the performance grew from a concept to a movement. 

9. Julie and Julia

An American girl takes cooking classes in France and ends up publishing a cookbook about French cuisine. An aspiring blogger decides to cook all the recipes from this cookbook and blogs about it. 

10. Little Women

Little Women follows 4 sisters as they find their own way in life in the years after the Civil War. A devastating illness brings the girls back together. 

Women’s History Month - Little Women

11. Miss Americana

A documentary about the life of Taylor Swift as she finds her own voice and embraces her new life as a singer/songwriter. 

12. Norma Rae

“Norma Rae” is a timeless classic among Women’s History Month movies, depicting the inspiring true story of a courageous woman who stands up against injustice in her workplace, fighting for workers’ rights and empowerment. Sally Field’s iconic performance as Norma Rae resonates with themes of female strength, resilience, and the power of collective action.

13. On the Basis of Sex

“On the Basis of Sex” is a compelling addition to Women’s History Month movies, chronicling the early career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she challenges gender discrimination in the legal system. With powerful performances and a stirring narrative, the film celebrates Ginsburg’s groundbreaking achievements and the ongoing fight for gender equality.

14. Queen of Katwe

A young girl from a struggling family in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, learns how to play chess from a missionary. The game changes her whole life as she becomes a chess champion. 

15. Real Women Have Curves

A Mexican-American teenager receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, but gets pressured by her family to help provide for the family. After working in a sewing factory with her mother and sister over the summer, she realizes that education will be key to finding her own place in the world despite her family’s objections. 

16. Saving Mr. Banks

Based on true events, Saving Mr. Banks recounts the story of P.L. Travers’ reluctance to allow Walt Disney to make a movie of ‘Mary Poppins’. Disney pulls out all the stops for her, but Travers is not easily convinced. 

17. Selena

Based on the story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a ‘Tejano’ style singer who rose to fame and ended up having an album topping the US charts. 

18. Suffragette

Set in 1912 in London, this is the story of early feminists that were fighting for the right for women to vote. Join a young working mother as she goes to extremes after peaceful protests fail to accomplish any change. 

19. Temple Grandin

“Temple Grandin” is a poignant choice for Women’s History Month movies, depicting the remarkable true story of an autistic woman who defied societal expectations to revolutionize animal welfare practices in the agricultural industry. Through Temple Grandin’s journey, the film celebrates the resilience, brilliance, and indomitable spirit of women breaking barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields.

20. The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, looks back on her successes and failures after her husband’s death. 

21. The Miracle Worker

“The Miracle Worker” is a powerful selection for Women’s History Month movies, recounting the inspirational story of Helen Keller and her dedicated teacher, Annie Sullivan. Through their transformative relationship, the film highlights the resilience and determination of women in overcoming obstacles and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

22. The Woman King 

Based on true events, The Woman King tells the story of the Agojie, the all-female warriors from the 18th-century African Kingdom of Dahomey. The movie follows General Nanisca as she prepares her unit for battle to protect what they love. 

Women’s History Month Movies with Strong Female Leads

1. Barbie

“Barbie” is a delightful addition to Women’s History Month movies, following the iconic doll as she embarks on exciting adventures that inspire young girls to dream big and break barriers. Through Barbie’s diverse roles and empowering stories, the film celebrates the spirit of female ambition, creativity, and resilience.

2. Brave

“Brave” is a captivating choice for Women’s History Month movies, showcasing the journey of Princess Merida as she defies tradition and forges her own path, proving that bravery knows no gender. Through Merida’s courage and determination, the film celebrates female empowerment and the importance of following one’s heart, even in the face of adversity.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a beloved cult classic television series that follows the adventures of Buffy Summers, a young woman chosen to battle supernatural forces. With its blend of action, humor, and strong female characters, “Buffy” has left a lasting impact on pop culture and remains a favorite among fans of supernatural dramas.

4. Clueless

“Clueless” is a quintessential ’90s teen comedy that follows the stylish and charismatic Cher Horowitz as she navigates the ups and downs of high school life in Beverly Hills. Filled with witty dialogue, iconic fashion moments, and timeless themes of friendship and self-discovery, “Clueless” continues to charm audiences with its infectious energy and enduring appeal.

5. Encanto 

All the Madrigal family members got a special magical power from their magical house, except for Mirabel. But it turns out that she is destined for something even greater and is the only hope to save the family magic when tragedy strikes. 

6. Ever After

“Ever After” is a captivating retelling of the Cinderella story, where Danielle, portrayed by Drew Barrymore, embodies a strong-willed and independent spirit. With its blend of romance, humor, and empowerment, “Ever After” offers a refreshing take on the classic fairy tale, emphasizing themes of resilience and self-determination. (Plus it’s one of my personal favorites!)

7. Million Dollar Baby

“Million Dollar Baby” is a poignant drama that follows the journey of Maggie Fitzgerald, a determined young woman who defies the odds to become a champion boxer. Through its powerful storytelling and compelling performances, the film explores themes of perseverance, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams against all odds.

8. Moana

When the harvests on her island become less and less plentiful, Moana sets out to lift an ancient curse that is threatening her island. She answers the Ocean’s call to make things right. 

9. Mona Lisa Smile

Set in the 1950s, a new art professor starts at a prestigious college. Ms. Watson challenges the girls to look past the expectations of the time and reach their own potential, but is challenged by the culture of the school. 

10. Mulan

When her father gets called to the army, Mulan disguises herself as a man and goes in his place to save him. Her ancestors send a disgraced dragon to change her mind, but nothing can dissuade her. 

24 Family Movie Night Ideas for Women’s History Month
 - Mulan

11. Pride and Prejudice

“Pride and Prejudice” is a timeless romance that follows the spirited Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates love, society, and family expectations in 19th-century England. With its sharp wit, memorable characters, and exploration of class and gender dynamics, the film remains a beloved classic that continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Which version is your favorite?

12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a thrilling addition to Women’s History Month movies, featuring Rey, a courageous and resilient heroine who embarks on an epic journey to discover her destiny and confront the forces of darkness. Through Rey’s bravery and determination, the film showcases the power of women to shape the destiny of the galaxy and inspires audiences with its message of hope and empowerment.

13. Steel Magnolias

“Steel Magnolias” is a poignant choice for Women’s History Month movies, portraying the enduring bonds of friendship and strength among a group of Southern women facing life’s joys and challenges. Through their resilience, wit, and unwavering support for one another, the film celebrates the indomitable spirit of women and their ability to overcome adversity with grace and humor.

14. The Color Purple

“The Color Purple” is a powerful film adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, exploring the lives of African American women in the early 20th century South. Through themes of resilience, sisterhood, and empowerment, the movie shines a light on the strength and endurance of women in the face of oppression and adversity.

15. The Devil Wears Prada

“The Devil Wears Prada” is a stylish and witty comedy that follows the ambitious Andy Sachs as she navigates the cutthroat world of fashion journalism under the formidable editor Miranda Priestly. Through its sharp humor and portrayal of workplace dynamics, the film offers a compelling commentary on the challenges and choices faced by women in pursuit of success and self-discovery.

16. The Marvels

“The Marvels” is an exciting choice for Women’s History Month movies, featuring strong female characters like Captain Marvel who inspire with their courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Through their heroic journeys, “The Marvels” celebrates the power of women to shape the destiny of the universe and inspires audiences with its message of empowerment and unity.

17. Turning Red

13-year-old Meilin suddenly starts turning into a huge red panda whenever she gets too excited – which is basically always during puberty. Should she seal this power away or embrace it?

19. Wish

“Wish” is a heartwarming family film that follows the enchanting journey of a young girl named Ally as she discovers the magic of friendship, love, and self-discovery. With its uplifting message and captivating storytelling, “Wish” reminds audiences of the power of believing in oneself and the importance of chasing one’s dreams.

19. Wonder Woman

After a pilot crashes on a remote island inhabited by the Amazons and shares how there is war happening in the outside world, Princess Diana of the Amazons sets out to stop the threat to the outside world. During this ultimate fight, she discovers her full powers.

Women’s History Month Movie Night Picks!

Whether you love a documentary, a historical drama based on true events, or a fictional story, these movie suggestions for your Women’s History Month family movie night will be sure to inspire the whole family! It’s never too early to introduce some badass women to your kids. 

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