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Cate Blanchett's career took off after her performance as a young Queen Elizabeth I in this glossy period piece. There's political intrigue, amazing costumes, and an affair with a dreamy suitor, played by Joseph Fiennes. Can't get enough? Try Elizabeth: The Golden Age for a second dose of Blanchett's queenly heroine.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
Even if you don't dig the late comedian's stand-up work or abrasive persona, this doc offers up an unprecedented insight into her career and her personal life.
A League Of Their Own (1992)
The onscreen grrrl power of Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell as pro baseball players is hard to beat. Adding Penny Marshall to the mix as their director makes this one hell of a unicorn chaser for any bad day.
Meryl Streep stars as Karen Silkwood, a small-town gal who inadvertently becomes a union activist and heroine after blowing the whistle on dangerous working conditions at the nuclear power plant where she worked. Plus, this is one of Cher's earliest film roles; she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Karen's queer roommate, co-worker, and BFF.
Norma Rae (1979)
Are you still feeling inspired to stick it to the man? Sally Field is inspirational as a textile plant employee who takes a key role in unionizing the cotton mill where she works. Norma Rae is based on the real-life trials and travails of the late Crystal Lee Sutton.