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The 11 Best Movies To Celebrate Women's History Month

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    We're still working on Hollywood to flip the script when it comes to diverse representations of people in media, but there are still plenty of fine films you can watch in honor of Women's History Month. Whether you want to get artistically inspired, kick ass and take names, or just have a laugh, we've got you covered.

    This is also a good jumping-off point for other goodies. For instance if you like Pink Saris, check out Kim Longinotto's Sundance hit Dreamcatcher, which will debut on Showtime on March 27. Be sure to keep your eyes out for future projects like What Happened, Miss Simone?, which will be available via Netflix later this year. Queen Latifah's upcoming HBO doc on the amazing Bessie Smith, written and directed by Dee Rees, is on our short list of must-see TV. Plus, Rees's Pariah is fantastic.

    For simplicity's sake, we've limited this list to movies based on real events, which are easy to find for rent on DVD or streaming. There are so many awesome docs, TV movies, and/or feature-length films that are harder to find, like the PBS doc Ida B. Wells: A Passion for JusticeA Woman Called Moses, Fly GirlsPillars of Hope,The Rosa Parks Story, and Paris Was a Woman. Of course, where there's a will — or maybe a library card — there's a way.

    Ahead, our top 11 movies to inspire the best Women's History Month.  

    Opener image by Charles Miller from Joan Rivers: Piece Of Work.

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    Elizabeth (1998)

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Silkwood (1983)

    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.

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    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.